Principal's death renders agent's acts void ab initio

Article 1919 states that the death of the principal extinguishes the agency. That being the general rule, it follows a fortiori that any act of an agent after the death of his principal is void ab initio unless the same falls under the exception provided for in the aforementioned Articles 1930 and 1931. Article 1931, being an exception to the general rule, is to be strictly construed, it is not to be given an interpretation or application beyond the clear import of its terms for otherwise the courts will be involved in a process of legislation outside of their judicial function. (G.R. No. L-24332. January 31, 1978)

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