respondent signed a retainer agreement with Presbitero to follow up the release of the payment for the latter’s 2.7-hectare property located in Bacolod which was the subject of a Voluntary Offer to Sell (VOS) to the Department of Agrarian Reform
agreement also included the payment of the debts of Presbitero’s late husband to the Philippine National Bank
sale of the retained areas of the property, and the collection of the rentals due for the retained areas from their occupants
DAR was supposed to pay ₱700,000 for the property but it was mortgaged by Presbitero and her late husband to PNB for ₱1,200,000
Presbitero alleged that PNB’s claim had already prescribed, and she engaged the services of respondent to represent her in the matter. Respondent proposed the filing of a case for quieting of title against PNB
Respondent and Presbitero agreed to an attorney’s fee of 10% of the proceeds from the VOS or the sale of the property, with the expenses to be advanced by Presbitero but deductible from respondent’s fees. Respondent received ₱50,000 from Presbitero, supposedly for the expenses of the case, but nothing came out of it.
Presbitero’s daughter, Ma. Theresa P. Yulo (Yulo), also engaged respondent’s services to handle the registration of her 18.85-hectare lot located in Nasud-ong, Caradio-an, Himamaylan, Negros
convinced her sister, Navarro, to finance the expenses for the registration of the property. Respondent undertook to register the property in consideration of 30% of the value of the property once it is registered. Respondent obtained ₱200,000 from Navarro for the registration expenses. Navarro later learned that the registration decree over the property was already issued in the name of one Teodoro Yulo
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