The general rule is that a client is bound by the acts, even mistakes, of his counsel in the realm of procedural technique. There are exceptions to this rule, such as when the reckless or gross negligence of counsel deprives the client of due process of law, or when the application of the general rule results in the outright deprivation of one’s property through a technicality. ESTATE OF FELOMINA G. MACADANGDANG vs. LUCIA GAVIOLA (G.R. No. 156809, March 4, 2009)