Virginia Small Estate Affidavit: Sometimes probate isn’t necessary.

It is not rare for us to have our estate clients ask us how they can avoid probate. During the estate planning process we discuss the pros and cons and options that are available to them. Once … [Read more...]

Expungements: a way to prevent problems down the road

A question attorneys often get is whether a conviction goes on someone’s “permanent record.” In Virginia, every conviction—and, frequently, every charge—is entered into the National Crime Information … [Read more...]

Is it a threat? Or just words? The difference between a conviction for assault and keeping a violent offense off your record

A frequent argument we see in trials for assault is whether a threat alone constitutes an “assault.” In Virginia, there are two kinds of ‘assault.’ One is attempting to offensively touch another … [Read more...]

Marijuana Possession in Virginia Update

  Last week, two bills that were attempting to redefine how the Commonwealth of Virginia treats marijuana were again defeated in the General Assembly.  A bill to legalize marijuana for … [Read more...]

Protective orders: tricky to obtain, but powerful once issued

Anyone who knows someone who has suffered at the hands of a vindictive and even frightening ex- has seen the effects of living in fear. People who are being stalked, slandered, or threatened by that … [Read more...]

First time offenders and deferred dispositions: New opinion from the Attorney General permits some kinds of ‘deferred dispositions’

The criminal justice system is, thankfully, one that many of us never have to deal with. But too often, someone who has never dealt with it finds themselves charged with an offense. A frequent worry … [Read more...]

Personal Injury: Survival Action vs. Wrongful Death Claim

It is never easy to loose a loved one.  And then, it is even harder to have to go through the process of financial recovery - especially when it becomes necessary to go through the courts.  When … [Read more...]

The importance of a will. Yes, you need one.

As lawyers, we often find ourselves being asked legal questions outside of office hours.  A common question we receive is, "I don't really need a will, do I?".  The short answer to that question is … [Read more...]

Special Education in Virginia: What is an IEP?

As a parent or guardian you want what is best for your child, including ensuring that your child is receiving an appropriate education. If your child has been identified as requiring special education … [Read more...]

Virginia Wrongful Death in Auto Cases: What are the damages?

The death of a loved one is one of the hardest things life can throw our way, made even more painful when it comes unexpectedly. In 2017 alone there were 843 auto-related fatalities in Virginia. … [Read more...]