201706.24
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Guardianship and Conservatorship in Virginia

Guardianship and conservatorship are legal arrangements for persons who have been found to be incapacitated in a judicial proceeding. Per Virginia Code Section 64.2-2000, a person is incapacitated when he or she “has been found by a court to be incapable of receiving and evaluating information effectively or responding to people, events, or environments to such…

201612.01
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Living together, but not married? Estate Planning can be critical for you.

Over the past several years there has been an increasingly popular trend towards couples living together in relationships that are very similar to marriage, without actually becoming legally married. In many circumstances couples may own property together, have children together, and do all of the things that are traditionally associated with marriage – all without…

201608.02
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What is the difference between uncontested divorce and contested divorce in Virginia?

In Virginia, when we talk about an “uncontested” divorce, we are simply talking about a divorce where there are no unresolved issues that need to be addressed by the court. Generally speaking, this can be because either 1) the parties to the divorce have already resolve the issues in the divorce with a signed, written…

201607.26
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Legal Separation in Virginia – How it Works

Often clients will ask how to file for “Legal Separation” in Virginia. The quick answer to that question is: you can’t really. It is true that some states (like California) allow people to file for “Legal Separation” – which allows you to deal with a number of issues without actually obtaining a divorce. While Virginia…

201606.25
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What happens to “digital assets” in Virginia when someone passes away?

For many, the of development technology like Facebook, email, online banking / investment accounts, and similar “digital assets” raises the question – what happens to these type of accounts when the user dies? Virginia’s Privacy Expectation Afterlife and Choices Act The Virginia Privacy Expectation Afterlife and Choices act was signed into law March 26, 2015….

201606.25
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Reckless Driving in Virginia

In Virginia, “Reckless Driving” can describe a range of traffic violations. It can include charges such as: Virginia Code 46.2-862 – Driving twenty miles per hour over the posted speed limit, or exceeding 80 miles per hour Virginia Code 46.2-852 – Driving in a manner that endangers the life, limb or property of any person…

201602.28
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Revocable Living Trusts for Estate Planning

Trusts can be a very effective a tool for estate planning. Often trusts may be used instead of a will (or in conjunction with a particular type of will called a pour over will) to transfer assets upon death. Trusts can also help address management of assets for purposes of incapacity (i.e. when someone cannot manage their…

201601.17
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Premarital Agreements – not just for the rich and famous

When many people think about “pre-nups” or premarital agreements, the conventional wisdom is that they are really only necessary when one has a significant fortune to protect. This is not necessarily the case. Many everyday people can benefit from the protection afforded by a premarital agreement. But to understand how a premarital agreement can help…