I will give you a leg up. Foreigners may not own land in the Philippines. It is the Law. The law also states that any attempt to get around or evade the law is illegal. Anything which goes against the intent of the law is illegal. That pretty much closes the loopholes. Many people have bright ideas, but how are you going to beat the law when anything you do to own land is illegal? You can own a condo in a building that is at least 60% Filipino owned because you don't actually own any land, the corporation owns the land. You could incorporate and buy a place I suppose but since you can own a maximum of 40%, you just granted others 60% (thank you!) and what do you do if they want THEIR money? It's theirs, you gave it to them. You could refuse to sell and they can bring a partition suit because your refusal to sell denies them their natural rights to the property and a judge will order the sale. The best one I have heard is the land will be in the wife's name and the Foreigner will lease from the wife. I think that if that lease was challenged by the wife in court, it wouldn't stand. In any contract language can be declared surplusage, which means it has no meaning, it is just filler. There is no need to lease marital property from one's wife and I believe the entire contract would be declared void on that basis. Part two is a contract must serve some purpose or it is void on the face of it. A contract is an agreement in the exchange of value. What do you gain by leasing from your spouse? This is not to say that a lawyer will not draw up a contract to say absolutely anything you want it to say. If I really wanted to try to own some dirt, I would try naturalization. There is a lengthy residency requirement and you need to learn a language I believe other than English. Still if you had children who were foreigners themselves they could inherit if you died without a will but it is against the law to will land to a foreigner, they can only inherit if you die intestate. The 50% compulsory heirs (unless you had a Filipino national child) would put them over the 40% ownership limit but the court would give them a reasonable time to sell. Has anyone mentioned that the Philippines doesn't want a foreigner to own land? You might also want to look into the perils of title, inheritance as it bears on title and taxes. Land title is a mess in the Philippines because there is compulsory heirs for 50% of any estate. The rest can be willed. Grandpa had clear title (1950) and 6 kids and died intestate. The second 50% is divided by the secondary heirs , wife, illegitimate children and the legitimate children get to double dip n the non-compulsory pool. Mom inherited 1/8 and remarried. To keep it simple, mom stopped having kids. When Mom passed her husband inherited 1/8 of mom's share and Mom's natural children inherited divided what was left. The six kids went on to marry and have 6 kids each and when they passed their 36 legitimate children inherited. There may be a few spouses, aunts, and so forth but they are superfluous to the point which I will get to shortly. The 36 kids averaged about 5 kids each. We are up to about 180 heirs for one piece of land that doesn't have updated title. Who do you buy it from? What if some don't want to sell? I think those who do want to sell will conveniently forget to mention the ones that don't. Don't worry though, you will be hearing from them in the future. They are actually your Co-tenants in the land with rights to use all and any part of it, albeit not exclusive right. Howdy neighbor! THERE IS NO TITLE INSURANCE IN THE PHILIPPINES.