201410.20
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Same Sex Marriage Now Legal in Virginia

In February 2014, the United States District Court ruled in Bostic v. Rainey that Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional. That decision was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which upheld the ruling. On October 6, 2014, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the case, which leaves the…

201408.21
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Are lawyers worth it? Real life examples of how skimping on legal advice can hurt you.

With the advent of services like Legal Zoom and the ever increasing availability of legal forms and information on the internet, many potential consumers of legal services are tempted to ask – do I really need to hire a lawyer? In answering this question, it may help to consider some of the following real-life examples:…

201401.16
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Why do lawyers and judges tell divorce clients that it is often better to reach a settlement in their case, rather than go to trial?

At some point you will almost certainly be told that it is better to settle your case rather than go to trial. In fact, the likelihood is that you will probably be told this several times by several different people, including your lawyer and the judge who ultimately hears your case. Why do we say this,…

201401.16
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Divorce Meets Estate Planning – What is an Elective Share and What Does it Mean to Waive it in a Settlement?

Once you have negotiated a settlement in your divorce case, the next step is to put it all together into a formal settlement agreement that each side signs. Typically these agreements (often referred to as PSAs or MSAs for Property Settlement Agreement or Marital Settlement Agreement) contain a fair amount of ‘boilerplate’ language. One standard…