Family's earnest efforts cannot justify extra-legal measures

Petitioners' assignments of errors boil down to the basic issue of whether or not Alice and Rosita are justified in encashing the subject check given the factual circumstances established in the present case.

Petitioners' posture is not sanctioned by law. If they truly believe that Arturo took advantage of and violated the rights of Rosita, petitioners should have sought redress from the courts and should not have simply taken the law into their own hands. Our laws are replete with specific remedies designed to provide relief for the violation of one's rights. In the instant case, Rosita could have immediately filed an action for the nullification of the sale of the building she owns in light of petitioners' claim that the document bearing her conformity to the sale of the said building was taken by Arturo from her without her knowledge and consent. Or, in the alternative, as the CA correctly held, she could have brought a suit for the collection of a sum of money to recover her share in the sale of her property in Morayta. In a civilized society such as ours, the rule of law should always prevail. To allow otherwise would be productive of nothing but mischief, chaos and anarchy. As a lawyer, who has sworn to uphold the rule of law, Rosita should know better.She must go to court for relief.
It is true that Article 151 of the Family Code requires that earnest efforts towards a compromise be made before family members can institute suits against each other. However, nothing in the law sanctions or allows the commission of or resort to any extra-legal or illegal measure or remedy in order for family members to avoid the filing of suits against another family member for the enforcement or protection of their respective rights. (G.R. No. 155033; December 19, 2007)