Eviction Suspension Ends in Virginia on June 29th

Housing. It is one thing which we all require. During the COVID-19 stay at home orders and the quarantine Virginia had a moratorium on evictions. Unlawful detainer cases which were already filed were … [Read more...]

Grandparents’ Rights to Custody in Virginia

In Virginia, individuals other than the parents of a child may be able to petition for custody and/or visitation of that child. Specifically, Virginia law allows a “person with a legitimate interest” … [Read more...]

When does a power of attorney become effective?

A few years ago we wrote about what is a power of attorney.  As we outlined in that article, the power of attorney is a legal document in which one person (the principal) appoints another person (the … [Read more...]

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...]

Public intoxication—what you need to know

With the weather warming up and people finally spending more time outside their homes, an issue that frequently arises concerns arrests for being intoxicated in public under Virginia Code § 18.2-388. … [Read more...]

Decriminalization of the Simple Possession of Marijuana in Virginia Effective July 1st, 2020

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam formally signed a bill into law decriminalizing simple possession of marijuana on the Commonwealth of Virginia. In early April, the two bills … [Read more...]

July 1st, 2020 Brings Another Change to the Grand Larceny Threshold in Virginia

On July 1, 2020, the threshold amount for a felony grand larceny will increase again from $500 to $1,000.  This law change comes quickly on the heels of the General Assembly increasing the threshold … [Read more...]

Advanced Medical Directives and Covid-19

Three months into the Covid Pandemic, we have all probably read online accounts of individual's first hand accounts with the virus, including articles written from the caretaker's point of … [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...]