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High court can settle circuit split over nursing home arbitration (access required)

The fight over nursing home arbitration agreements, percolating through Virginia circuit courts for the last five years, has reached the Supreme Court of Virginia. A split in Virginia circuit courts usually gets the high court’s attention. Looking to his own ...

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Reverse mortgages: an elder law planning tool (access required)

Reverse mortgages have been a standard item in the toolbox for Fairfax elder law specialist Evan Farr. A reverse mortgage, which pays cash for an older person’s home equity, can allow her to stay where she most wants to be ...

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Medical, phone records tell tale after mom’s death (access required)

Maritess Lopez didn’t seem to be breathing normally when her brother-in-law picked her up after plastic surgery on her breasts and abdomen in July 2008. He asked a nurse about Lopez’s breathing. Not a problem, the nurse responded. “She’s still ...

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Writs granted on arbitration, slayer statute and workers’ comp issues (access required)

The case of a Norfolk judge who refused to enforce an arbitration clause in a nursing home contract is among the more interesting of the first flush of petitions for appeal granted by the Supreme Court of Virginia after its ...

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Harris Poll reports view of U.S. Supreme Court

As new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was preparing to hear her first arguments, the Harris Poll conducted a survey aimed at determining how knowledgeable Americans are about the process of confirming a justice. Forty-two percent of 2,775 adults ...

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Harris Poll reports view of U.S. Supreme Court

As new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was preparing to hear her first arguments, the Harris Poll conducted a survey aimed at determining how knowledgeable Americans are about the process of confirming a justice. Forty-two percent of 2,775 adults ...

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Wise County judge resigns

Wise County Circuit Judge Joseph R. Carico resigned last Thursday, according to a Supreme Court of Virginia spokeswoman. His two colleagues on the 30th Circuit bench announced in early June that Carico would not be hearing cases until further notice, ...

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