Litigation and Bankruptcy. What is the effect?

If you are in the midst of litigation and one parties files for bankruptcy, a common belief is that those proceedings will automatically terminate.  Rather, depending on the type of bankruptcy, the … [Read more...]

Revocable v. Irrevocable Trusts

Trusts are an important part of estate planning. They can be used in place of a will, allow you to protect your assets, and may also be used to transfer assets to your beneficiaries after you pass … [Read more...]

Mediation in Custody, Visitation, and Support Cases

In Virginia, not all petitions for child custody, visitation, or support necessarily go to trial. This is, in part, because the Court must refer the parties in “appropriate cases” to mediation. See … [Read more...]

Terminating a Lease: Not a one size fits all procedure.

Not all leases are created equal. Under the eyes of the law, there are very few reasons that a landlord must let a tenant out of a lease early. However, that does not mean that there are not ways to … [Read more...]

Social Media Scams and the Quarantine

  During this pandemic we have all been spending more time in our homes than we did previously. As we remain at home, more people are relying on online platforms to purchase items directly … [Read more...]

Debt Collection and Successor Liability

The path seems obvious. A business won't pay your invoice so you go to court and get a judgment. Unfortunately, what many people do not realize is that securing a monetary judgment against an entity … [Read more...]

Repairing the damage from defamation: not every statement qualifies as one of “fact”

In heated situations, when tempers are lost, in situations where feelings are hurt and people make statements impugning the character of others, it’s not uncommon we get questions on when someone can … [Read more...]

Product Liability in Virginia: Injury from use of a product.

  Due to the current pandemic, people are finding themselves within their home much more than usual. This means that they are using appliances and items in their home that they may not … [Read more...]

Who can be “damaged” by defamation? Public figures and the requirement of malice.

Defamation actions usually concern showing that a person made a false statement about another person that harms them in some fashion. But the First Amendment puts one very important limitation on … [Read more...]

Civil trials during the pandemic

During the COVID-19 crisis, we have received a number of phone calls from clients or potential clients about civil matters. Right now, every jurisdiction is working to accommodate as much civil … [Read more...]