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Premises Liability in Virginia: A Summary of the Duties and Responsibilities of the Landowner

October 01, 2013

The issue of whether a landowner may be liable for an injury to someone that occurs on their property depends on the legal classification of the injured person at the time of the injury. There are three types of visitors that are used in the...

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Shared Custody

October 01, 2013

I am often asked about the definition of shared custody. The term “shared custody” appears in the child support section of the Code of Virginia, not the custody and visitation section. It refers to circumstances where one party has custody or...

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Should I Form a Corporation or a Limited Liability Company?

October 01, 2013

One of the main benefits of a corporation or limited liability company (“LLC”) is that unlike a partnership or sole proprietorship, the owners of the entity have no personal liability to any contractual creditors of the corporation, unless they...

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The Glue Factor

October 01, 2013

Counseling is an important part of being an “attorney and counselor at law” and the longer your professional relationship lasts with a client the more important it becomes. This may not be the case in all aspects and specialties of the practice...

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Wrongful Death in Virginia

October 01, 2013

Every death caused by the negligence of another is horrific and brings with it untold pain to friends and loved ones of the decedent. I do not mean to diminish that point in this note. Nonetheless, all deaths are not the same under the law and my...

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Fiduciary Duties During Administration of Trusts and Estates

September 30, 2013

You have been appointed executor of an estate or trustee of a trust. You want to do your best for the beneficiaries but you have another major concern as well: avoiding being sued for the way you carry out your duties. Acting as fiduciary is a...

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Tips for Defending Overweight Citations in Virginia

September 30, 2013

This is a simple guide for transport companies and drivers to follow to aid a knowledgeable attorney in defending against Overweight Citations in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Step 1: What to do before you start to move the load. Have all...

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Examining the Structure of How You Do Business

December 03, 2011

Most of us are the recipients of numerous sources of information pertaining to taxes and a number of newsletters cover tax topics. However, it is important to realize that tax planning is not a once in a year, do at the very end of year,...

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Estate Planning and Powers of Attorney

October 12, 2011

In our estate planning practice, we often see Powers of Attorney prepared as part of a normal estate planning package. Because the terms and conditions of a typical, well-designed power of attorney are fairly standard, there is a tendency to treat...

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Employee Covenants Not to Compete

March 23, 2011

As a general rule, covenants not to compete in employment contracts are not favored in Virginia and are always strictly construed against the employer. Does this mean that all such covenants aren’t enforceable? No. It does mean, however, that the...

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