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Adoption more "final" under new law (access required)

Changes to Virginia’s adoption law promise to make the legal process swifter and more certain when birth parents give their child up for adoption to new parents. The changes were recommended by a legislative subcommittee that studied Virginia’s adoption laws ...

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Creditor status won't bar shareholder from Ch. 7 vote (access required)

A shareholder lost his right to object to a corporation’s bankruptcy by waiting a year, a federal judge in Norfolk has ruled. The case makes clear the right of a shareholder to vote on a corporation’s bankruptcy, even if he ...

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Landlord gets cleanup costs in bankruptcy (access required)

A landlord sitting on storage tanks can get a bankruptcy trustee to pay environmental cleanup costs even when the trustee abandons the lease, a Norfolk Bankruptcy judge has ruled. The case offers guidance on how creditors can avoid being left ...

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Comp denied for fall in parking lot (access required)

A legal secretary who slipped and fell in a parking garage while walking to her office cannot receive workers’ compensation, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The panel reversed a Workers’ Compensation Commission decision and criticized a 1990 commission ...

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Open account requires lien for each delivery (access required)

The time limit for filing a mechanic’s lien under an open account agreement begins to run with each delivery to a construction site, a Loudoun County Circuit judge has ruled in a case of apparent first impression. The supplier in ...

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NOVA Law–Fairfax lawyer practices p.i. law en espa¤ol (access required)

FALLS CHURCH–Attorney Joel Atlas Skirble can thank his penchant for skiing for changing his professional life. By 1972, Skirble had worked as a legal services lawyer and then in his own private criminal defense practice in Washington, D.C. Then he ...

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Resist the temptation to litigate support (access required)

After custody, spousal support is the most troublesome issue a family lawyer faces. Sparring spouses sometimes use support as a weapon. “People focus on it as their retribution,” said attorney James R. Cottrell of Alexandria. He spoke at a family ...

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"Approved" lawyer liable to title co. (access required)

An attorney who was on a real estate company’s approved list is liable to the company after the lawyer paid off a deed of trust to an unauthorized recipient, a Newport News Circuit judge has ruled. Although no written contract ...

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Lawyers spend less time waiting for J&DR court (access required)

Lawyers have a much clearer idea about when they will have to appear at the Richmond Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, thanks to a new docketing system. Other less obvious changes also are afoot. The court has hired a chief ...

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New law protects elderly from financial abuse (access required)

Attorneys who may be reluctant to draft durable powers of attorney can rest a little easier, thanks to a new statute. The statute gives family members legal rights to look at the actions taken by the holder of a durable ...

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