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Dues hike and discipline on VSB Council agenda (access required)

Mandatory IOLTA is not the only major question facing Virginia State Bar Council members when they meet Oct. 20-21 in Chantilly. The 1995-2000 long-range plan also awaits, with a decision on raising dues to fund a beefed-up disciplinary department. Under ...

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Program impacts banking relationships (access required)

Much of the commentary among fax poll responses centered on attorneys’ relationships with their banks. Of course, banks are the repositories of attorneys’ accounts, be they IOLTA catch-all accounts, accounts ear-marked for individual clients or general operating accounts. Banks also ...

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State agency late on review of child support guidelines? (access required)

Time is running short for a statutorily mandated review of the child support guidelines, according to attorneys who fear that revisions might not be ready for the General Assembly in January. Missing the deadline would not just violate a statutory ...

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IOLTA After One Year: Backers now tout benefit to clients (access required)

Backers of mandatory IOLTA have changed their strategy a bit to battle back the latest assault on the year-old program. At the Virginia State Bar Council meeting next month, when representatives will consider a motion to roll back IOLTA to ...

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No UM for passenger shot at intersection (access required)

The estate of a passenger accidentally shot and killed during a confrontation at a Lynchburg intersection cannot get uninsured motorist coverage for her injuries, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The court rejected the estate’s argument that the girl should ...

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State must provide court-appointed DNA expert (access required)

An indigent defendant has a due process right to a court-appointed DNA expert when the prosecution uses a DNA expert, the Court of Appeals has ruled. The ruling extends a 1985 U.S. Supreme Court ruling to find a right to ...

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Parents can't contract away support obligation (access required)

A property settlement agreement in which the wife waived child support in exchange for equity in the marital home is void, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The opinion reversed a sharply divided Court of Appeals en banc decision that ...

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Practice Tip: Mock juries help firm gain $7.3M settlement (access required)

A $2,000 investment helped attorneys settle a car crash case for $7.3 million. The $2,000 was used to run focus groups that allowed the plaintiff’s attorneys to evaluate the case and concentrate on arguments that were particularly effective, according to ...

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Waiting for the dough: Bar's budget cushion still pending (access required)

MOUNTAIN LAKE–Six months after the General Assembly imposed a budget freeze and three months after the Bar Council approved a trimmed down spending plan, the Virginia State Bar still is awaiting final word on the fate of its 1994-95 budget ...

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VSB seeks approval for insurance (access required)

MOUNTAIN LAKE–The Virginia State Bar will seek statutory authority from the 1995 General Assembly for its personal lines of insurance, used by at least 1,800 lawyers. The bar likely will ask the General Assembly to add medical, life, disability and ...

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