Legal Blog

Trademarks: Valuable Assets That Must Be Protected

October 08, 2013

Trademarks represent valuable assets of a business. A company’s good will, reputation, and product line are at risk, if not legally protected. A trademark can be a product name, a service name, a business name, a logo, a character, or a domain...

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Charitable Gifts and Taxes (Doing Well While Doing Good)

October 03, 2013

It is never too late to support a worthy charity – you can even include them as a beneficiary of your will, IRA, annuity, life insurance, etc. However, if you wish to qualify for a 2013 tax deduction, now may be an excellent time to make your...

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EWW Tips: What to Do if You Are In an Automobile Accident

October 01, 2013

What to do if you are involved in an automobile accident: Immediately after the accident: Check for injuries; call an ambulance when in doubt. Turn off your vehicle and turn on your vehicle's hazard lights for safety. Call the police, even if...

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Does Your Corporation or Limited Liability Company Protect You?

October 01, 2013

The whole idea of using a corporation or limited liability company is to provide protection for the owner from the creditors of the corporation or limited liability company. The law says you are not personally liable for your corporate or limited...

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ERISA Protection for Your Family? Maybe.

October 01, 2013

It happens. An employee is provided a valuable insurance on their life through their employer’s benefit plan. They designated their spouse, by name, as the beneficiary in the case of their death. The marriage later falls apart and as part of the...

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Estate Plans are Not Goods

October 01, 2013

Every person is unique and so must be their estate plan. With the availability of estate planning documents on the web, the preparation of an estate plan has become akin to purchasing a good. The preparation of an estate plan is not simply...

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Increasing Urbanization Leads to Change in Virginia Boundary Law

October 01, 2013

Prior to 2007 under Virginia common law a landowner was typically limited to self- help when a neighbor’s vegetation such as tree roots or branches encroached onto his or her property. The only available remedy was to trim or cut the vegetation to...

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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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