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Written by Scott Krystiniak

A Recent Development in Virginia’s Law of Necessary Parties: Is Your Boundary Dispute or Riparian Rights Case Impacted?

When you own land, many different conflicts with your neighbors can arise—even under the most “neighborly” of circumstances. Boundary line disputes and riparian rights issues persist as two of the the most prevalent conflicts that come up,...

March 02, 2022 in Land Use & Zoning

Written by Barry Dorans

Optional Extension of Expanded Paid Sick Leave and Family and Medical Leave

At the outset of the pandemic, Congress enacted an expanded family and medical leave program which required employers with less than 500 employees to provide paid expanded FMLA leave and emergency sick leave. That program ended on December 31,...

April 14, 2021 in Employment Law for Employers

Written by Barry Dorans

Construction Defect Claims in Virginia

When an owner wants to make a construction defect claim in Virginia, there are three factors that need to be considered: liability, damages and source of recovery. Whether an owner is contracting to have minor repair work done on their home, or is...

November 12, 2020 in Construction Law; Litigation;

Written by Mark Pascucci

A Brave New (Electronic) Will

Will the passage of the Uniform Electronic Wills Act pave the way for electronic wills in Virginia and other states? For better or worse, we are living in an age of technology. At our fingertips we have computers, smartphones, tablets and other...

September 24, 2020 in Estate Planning; Wills, Trusts & Estate Administration;

Written by Barry Dorans

Employee Payroll Tax Withholdings - Deferral

In response to the COVID crisis, a number of proposals have been suggested to assist the economy. In particular, President Trump suggested that the employee’s share of the payroll tax be eliminated during the negotiations concerning the extension...

September 09, 2020 in Employment Law for Employers

Written by Barry Dorans

Important Changes In Virginia Employment Law

There are a number of very significant changes to Virginia employment laws that go into effect July 1, 2020. This article is an executive summary of those changes. They will dramatically impact the landscape in Virginia.

June 15, 2020 in Employment Law for Employers

Norfolk Supply Chain Emergency Grant Funding

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, City of Norfolk Economic Development has introduced a business loan product to help business impacted by inventory and supply chain disruptions and are in danger of ceasing business operations. Successful...

May 15, 2020 in Banking & Finance

Virginia Beach Emergency Grants

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and Governor Northam’s order to close businesses, The Virginia Beach City Council has voted to allow economic development funds from the Virginia Beach Development Authority to be used for emergency grants....

May 15, 2020 in Banking & Finance

Written by Bretta Lewis

A New Approach to Family Law as a Healing Force in a Time of Upheaval and Uncertainty in Post-Pandemic Virginia

The phrase Mr. Rogers used to guide children in frightening situations, “Look for the Helpers,” has been quoted a lot lately. Now more than ever, those of us who are feeling frightened and alone are looking for someone to guide us through the...

May 07, 2020 in Child & Spousal Support; Child Custody; Divorce & Family Law;

Written by Edward Wolcott, & Gordon Wolcott

Coronavirus & Personal Injury Cases

At Wolcott Rivers Gates, our team prepared as much as possible for the impact COVID-19 has caused to everyday life. Our office remains open, however, our in-office staff is limited to a small number. This “skeleton crew” is able to keep the office...

April 22, 2020 in Personal Injury & Wrongful Death