Understanding the new Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System and Divorce

In 2016, the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress established a new military retirement system that significantly changed the traditional 20 year rule for military pensions. The new system is referred to as the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System and went into effect on January 1, 2018. The Traditional System Under the traditional military…


Discovery in Family Law Cases

Once a case has been filed, discovery is a process that is governed by a set of rules issued by the Supreme Court of Virginia. It is important that you understand how discovery works and the general nature of the rules that govern it. Failure to comply with discovery rules, or failure to provide a…


Has a Relative Named You As Power of Attorney in Virginia? Important Information You Need to Know Before Agreeing to Serve as Agent.

Many people use powers of attorney as part of their estate plan. Used in this way, a power of attorney will permit others to engage in financial transactions (such as paying bills, etc.) on your behalf in the event you become incapacitated or unable to care for yourself. As such, a power of attorney can…


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…


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…


Dividing retirement accounts in divorce with a Qualified Domestic Relations Order

  Unlike dividing checking or savings accounts, dividing retirement accounts in a divorce can present some special challenges. This is because of the numerous rules that govern how money can be distributed from retirement accounts like 401(k)’s or IRA’s. This article will help you understand some of the issues involved in dealing with retirement accounts in…