Paris, 27 August 2022 – The Philippine Embassy in Paris organized a free legal consultation for Filipinos in France at the Embassy’s premises on Saturday, 27 August 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Embassy partnered with LGTON Law, a Manila-based law firm, to assist and provide legal guidance to kababayans in need.

Ambassador Junever M. Mahilum-West (first row, center) with members of LGTON Law led by Professor Andre C. Palacios, Chair of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines International Law and International Affairs Committee and Partner at LGTON Law (first row, left), and Attorney Diosdado E. Trillana, Managing Partner at LGTON Law (first row, right).

LGTON Law’s delegation of thirty lawyers, composed of both associates and partners, made themselves available to lend their legal expertise to the Filipino community. The Comité Générale des Associations Philippine en France (CGAPF) supported the event.

Officers of the Philippine Embassy in Paris pose with members of LGTON Law and CGAPF.

In her welcome remarks, Ambassador Junever M. Mahilum-West stated that there are over 25,000 Filipinos in France. She mentioned the general problems and common legal concerns encountered by Overseas Filipinos such as annulment, petition for recognition of a foreign divorce decree, petition for support, and correction of entries in civil registry documents.

Attendees engaged in a one-on-one consultation with lawyers from LGTON Law, who provided free legal advise.

The main event kicked off with a briefing on estate tax, real estate, property law, civil law, divorce recognition, and family law. The briefing was held in an interactive manner, and attendees were able to ask questions and share various experiences. A one-on-one consultation followed where Filipino community members were able to further discuss their legal concerns and receive guidance on the next steps to take in order to resolve their respective issues. Questions received through the Embassy’s social media platforms were also entertained, with lawyers calling concerned kababayans in order to speak with them directly and share legal advice.

This event is part of the Embassy’s efforts to reach out to the Filipino community, and provide them with the appropriate assistance, as well as promote their welfare. END.