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Do as we say… Burger could have used a good T & E attorney (access required)

If the cobbler’s children go without shoes, lawyers have their own variation on that theme: A lawyer’s children pay big bucks to “Uncle Sam and Aunt Virginia” when the lawyer dies without a will or with a poor excuse for ...

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Lost contract yields $660K (access required)

A computer-repair company that prevailed in an important conspiracy case before the Virginia Supreme Court last January now has won a favorable jury verdict in Chesterfield Circuit Court. The verdict was not based on statutory conspiracy, however, even though the ...

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Estate can argue both p.i., death (access required)

After a woman was injured at a nursing home and died 10 weeks later, her estate can sue the home for both wrongful death and personal injury, a Richmond Circuit judge has ruled. The judge found that the estate need ...

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Personal-injury lawyers hit the medical books (access required)

When personal-injury lawyers want background medical information, they often pick up the phone and call a doctor. Perhaps they walk down the hall to talk to a senior partner or corner a knowledgeable lawyer at a bar meeting. But when ...

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NOVA Law: Gun permits spark cross-fire at Fairfax Bar lunch (access required)

FAIRFAX–Lawyers who belong to the Fairfax Bar Association ate lunch in a political minefield Sept. 21. The topic du jour was the new law that makes it easier to obtain concealed-weapon permits in Virginia. Fairfax Bar President Glenn C. Lewis ...

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SCC letter shocks real estate industry (access required)

Title companies were hit by a bolt of lightning earlier this month when the State Corporation Commission issued an administrative letter that declares a common insurance practice illegal. Commissioner of Insurance Stephen T. Foster announced that title underwriters are “monoline ...

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Gotcha! No med-pay for wreck on non-insured cycle (access required)

A young man who was covered by his parents’ insurance policy on their Chevrolet did not have medical coverage when he had an accident on his motorcycle, the Supreme Court has held. The motorcycle accident was excluded from the Chevrolet ...

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Sentencing options are multiplying (access required)

Criminal-defense lawyers can offer new sentencing alternatives to some of their convicted clients under statutory changes that went into effect July 1. Defense lawyers must come up with a sentencing plan for plea negotiations or for a hearing, and “we ...

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For shared custody, a "day" is 24-hour stretch (access required)

A father does not get credit for a “day” of visitation when his daughter stays overnight with him during the week, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled en banc. This ruling limits the father’s ability to benefit from the ...

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Creative lawyering: How to paint your clients out of a corner (access required)

The word “creative” may conjure up the image of an artist standing before a canvas or a scientist in a laboratory, but the term often describes a lawyer helping a client settle a lawsuit. Creative or nontraditional settlements frequently work ...

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