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Heirs May Sue Neighbors for Undue Influence (access required)

A trial court erred in dismissing portions of a complaint filed by decedent’s great-grandchildren against decedent’s neighbors and her sister, alleging certain substantial inter vivos financial transfers were the result of undue influence by defendants who allegedly were in confidential ...

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Court wants to hear more in defamation case (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia wants to hear more about a defamation case argued during last week’s court session. The court changed its mind about hearing appellate issues raised by The Virginian-Pilot in a school administrator’s appeal of a decision setting ...

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Bill would require FOIA disclosures for SCC

Virginia Capitol

Del. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax, wants to shine more light on the workings of the State Corporation Commission by making the state agency subject to Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. Surovell won a measure of success on Sept. 12, when the ...

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Quality of clients = Quality of practice (access required)


If you, like many of your colleagues, have stocked your practice with clients that aren’t a good fit, you’ll spend much of your career feeling frustrated, unappreciated and resentful. What’s more, you’ll never realize your income potential or find real ...

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Birth Parents’ Consent Required for Adoption (access required)

A Roanoke County Circuit Court says a notarized letter from a child’s birth mother, who is incarcerated until late 2014, is no substitute for the statutory requirement that a JDR court make findings that both birth parents consent to adoption ...

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Lawyer contributions: Attorneys’ political giving leans to GOP (access required)

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With Republicans effectively in control of the Virginia governorship and both houses of the General Assembly, lawyers have been leaning to the red side in making political campaign contributions this year. The trend holds even for trial lawyers, often seen ...

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Woman suffers brain injury in Route 288 rear-ender – $3,500,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a 56-year-old female, was injured on June 18, 2010, in a collision on southbound Route 288 in Chesterfield County. She was driving a 2001 Jeep Cherokee, which was rear-ended by a 2004 Ford F-150 pickup. The plaintiff was ...

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