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Author Archives: Baker McClanahan

Defrauded couple gets $171K in fees, costs (access required)

A couple can recover more than $171,000 in attorney’s fees and costs from a developer who misrepresented that land the couple was buying was located next to scenic property that could not be developed, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ruled. ...

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Grandparent visitation is not allowed (access required)

The grandparents of a 7-year-old girl are not entitled to court-ordered visitation with her over her parents’ objection, a fractured Supreme Court of Virginia has ruled. The court upheld the constitutionality of a statute enacted in 1994 granting courts the ...

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DMV, criminal checks on jurors are banned (access required)

Prosecutors in Loudoun County have been banned from running criminal and traffic background checks on prospective jurors. Commonwealth’s attorneys across Virginia routinely have used Division of Motor Vehicles records and other state and national databases to screen venire members. These ...

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Mays & Valentine provides website for clients (access required)

With the Internet blossoming as a means of communication, law firms have grappled with how to establish an Internet presence. For many firms, an Internet site is a glorified brochure. The site may describe the firm’s practice, give a biographical ...

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Using the Model Jury Instructions (access required)

When preparing for trial, litigators often turn to a common resource–the Virginia Model Jury Instructions. The instructions have been widely used by lawyers and judges over the last two decades and, according to a forward written by Chief Justice Harry ...

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Should only PDs handle capital case defendants? (access required)

Should Virginia’s public defenders be the only lawyers to defend indigent capital murder defendants? A special committee of the Virginia Crime Commission has been given the task of determining whether to scrap the present system, in which private attorneys often ...

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Lawyers mull strategy on new rehab alimony law (access required)

A lawyer whose client wants a divorce should consider whether to file now or to wait until a new spousal support scheme takes effect July 1, according to domestic relations experts. The legislature overhauled spousal support during the last legislative ...

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Help the Clerk Help You (access required)

One of a lawyer’s most valuable practice resources can be found behind a counter in the courthouse. A key to good practice is getting to know the court clerk and his staff. Judges and experienced lawyers stress that truism time ...

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VaREAL survives CRESPA, sets a new, broad agenda (access required)

The Virginia Real Estate Attorneys League, thought by some to be on its way to extinction, is still in business, according to its president, Craig E. Buck of Fairfax. The group has a renewed focus and agenda. It hopes to ...

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Lawyers seek true costs of appointed defense work (access required)

Lawyers trying to fight the commonwealth’s low pay for court-appointed criminal cases have a new strategy: They are trying to gather numbers and statistics to document the true costs of defending a court-appointed case. Lawyers appointed to represent poor criminal ...

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