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No give-back for $3M ED award

A husband who voluntarily paid a $3 million equitable distribution award and $72,000 of wife’s attorney’s fees has forfeited his right to challenge the court-ordered payments on appeal, the Court of Appeals said yesterday. But the husband got a consolation ...

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Wills & Trusts – No-Contest Provision – Stepson Executors – Widow’s Lawsuits (access required)

A widow’s 12-count bill of complaint filed in 2002 and her 2004 motion for judgment alleging conversion and seeking $2.1 million from her husband’s estate, challenging what she called the “will from hell,” triggered the will’s no-contest provision, and a ...

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Civil Procedure – Final Order – Rule 1:1 – Condemnation Action (access required)

In this follow-up to a condemnation action by the Commonwealth Transportation Commissioner, a Fairfax Circuit Court denies respondent landowner’s request for reimbursement of expert costs; although the “final order” entered in this case reserved respondent’s right to seek costs, the ...

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