Expungements after guilty verdicts in Virginia. What options do you have?

A question we frequently hear is whether a conviction can be expunged that is "years old" or that was "simply a misdemeanor". Generally, the answer is no—no matter how old or how minimal the offense … [Read more...]

IEP Parental Consent: Make sure you are satisfied with the terms BEFORE you sign.

In any context - the general rule of thumb to never sign anything until you are certain you agree is a good rule to follow. This concept also holds true for your child’s Individual Education … [Read more...]

Equitable Distribution in Virginia. What is equitable?

In a divorce case, the judge has the ability to divide the property and debts of the parties. This process is called equitable distribution, and it involves several steps. The first of those steps … [Read more...]

Probate in Virginia. What are the first steps?

The internet often seems to be full of misinformation regarding the probate process. Even a cursory google search of probate leads to an overwhelming amount of articles beguiling the probate process. … [Read more...]

The Emotional Roller Coaster of Divorce – How do I help myself and my case?

Divorce is undoubtedly one of the most stressful events an individual can go through. Along with the changes that accompany the dissolution of a marriage, there are also court proceedings that add to … [Read more...]

Virginia’s New Residential Landlord Tenant Laws: The Power of the Assumed Lease

This year, Virginia's legislature took action and made large strides to protecting a residential tenant’s interest. In their last session the Virginia General Assembly passed a new set of laws which … [Read more...]

Employer Vicarious Liability for Violent Crimes: Know your responsibility.

Vicarious liability and respondent superior. Both are legal terms with a simple meaning. They both mean to some degree to hold someone else liable for the actions of a person, most often used to hold … [Read more...]

Child Support and Spousal Support: What is a material change in circumstances?

In divorce proceedings, a court may order payment of spousal support and/or child support. Often, circumstances change after a final decree of divorce has been entered but the obligation to pay … [Read more...]

Burglary in Virginia: It isn’t as simple as you think.

At common law, and what most people continue to assume it is, is that burglary was the breaking into a home of another person at night with the intent to commit a larceny or other felony.  Because of … [Read more...]

Spousal Support. What do you need to know in Virginia divorces?

If you have found yourself in the middle of a divorce or are thinking about divorcing your spouse, you may be wondering if you are entitled to spousal support. Generally, in Virginia spousal support … [Read more...]