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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

Integrated Bar of the Philippines


Office of the President/Secretary
Dona Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City, Metro Manila

RE: PETITION FOR VOLUNTARY


TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
CASE NO. ________________
For: Termination of Membership
___________________________,
Petitioner.
x---------------------------------------------x

VERIFIED PETITION/NOTICE
[For: Voluntary Termination of Membership]
The undersigned Petitioner before the honorable Integrated Bar of the Philippines
respectfully states:
1.

The Petitioner is a Bachelor of Laws/Juris Doctor graduate of the

____________________ and admitted to the Philippine Bar on ______________;


2.

The Petitioner engaged in law practice from ________ until ________;

3.

However, Petitioner has not been engaged in the practice of law since

_________ because Petitioner has focused his efforts on _________________;


4.

Having stopped the practice of law notwithstanding, Petitioner has

nonetheless continuously and faithfully attended Mandatory Continuing Legal Education


and paid the annual membership dues as evidenced by O.R. No. __________ paid to
the Integrated bar of the Philippines (IBP) _______________ Chapter of which
Petitioner is a member. A copy of the O.R. is attached as Annex A and made an
integral part of this Petition.
5.

In fact, Petitioners participation in the legal profession is limited to paying

the requisite membership dues, professional tax and penalties, all done merely for the
sake of compliance.

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6.

The practice of law, broadly defined in the landmark case of Cayetano vs.

Monsod (G.R. No. 100113, September 3, 1991) is understood as follows:


Practice of law under modern conditions consists in no small part of work
performed outside of any court and having no immediate relation to proceedings
in court. It embraces conveyancing, the giving of legal advice on a large variety of
subjects, and the preparation and execution of legal instruments covering an
extensive field of business and trust relations and other affairs. Although these
transactions may have no direct connection with court proceedings, they are
always subject to become involved in litigation. They require in many aspects a
high degree of legal skill, a wide experience with men and affairs, and great
capacity for adaptation to difficult and complex situations.xxx (Citations omitted)

7.

Petitioner states that he is not practicing law and has not for years, as

described and defined above. Petitioner has not accepted any cases for litigation or
engagements requiring the giving of legal advice or execution of legal instruments.
8.

More importantly, Petitioner has no intention to engage in the practice of

law in any context or form.


9.

Section 11 of Rule 139-C of the Revised Rules of Court provides such an

option of a lawyer to terminate his/her membership:


A member may terminate his membership by filing a written notice to
that effect with the Secretary of the Integrated Bar, who shall immediately
bring the matter to the attention of the Supreme Court. Forthwith he shall
cease to be a member and his name shall be stricken by the Court from
the Roll of Attorneys. xxx (Emphasis supplied)
10.

Likewise, Section 22 of the by-laws of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines

similarly states:
A member may terminate his membership by filing a verified notice to
that effect with the Secretary of the Integrated Bar, who shall immediately
bring the matter to the attention of the Supreme Court. Forthwith, he shall
cease to be a member and his name shall be stricken from the Roll of
Attorneys. xxx (Emphasis supplied)

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11.

In view of the above, Petitioner would like to formalize his intention to

voluntarily terminate her membership in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP).

PRAYER
WHEREFORE, in view of the foregoing, it is respectfully prayed that a Decision
or Resolution be rendered:
1) Granting this Petition;
2) Endorsing this Petition/Notice favorably to the Supreme Court for:
a) The cessation of the Petitioners membership in the Integrated Bar of the
Philippines;
b) Removal of the Petitioners name from the Roll of Attorneys.

Other reliefs just and equitable under the law and rules are likewise prayed for.

Respectfully submitted.

__________________ for Pasig City, ___ April 2015.

____________________________________
Petitioner
IBP No. ____________; (mm/dd/year issued)
PTR No. ___________; (mm/dd/year issued)
Roll
of
Attorneys
No.
____________________
MCLE Compliance Certificate No. __________

VERIFICATION
I, ____________________, single/married, of legal age, Filipino,, with address at
__________________ after having been duly sworn in accordance with law, hereby
depose and state that:
1. I am the Petitioner in the above-mentioned case; and,

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2. I have caused the preparation of the above Petition and that I have read the
same and the allegations contained therein are true and correct of my own personal
knowledge and belief.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto affixed my signature this ___ day of
______, 2015 at ______________________.
___________________________
Petitioner/Affiant

SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before me this ____ day of __________, 2015 in


_______________ where Affiant personally appeared before me and exhibited to me
his/her government issued __________ ID with ID no. ______________ issued at
_________ on ____________ as competent proof of her identity.

NOTARY PUBLIC
Doc No. __________
Page No. _________
Book No. _________
Series of 2015

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