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Author Archives: Susan Pawlick

Bankruptcy filings continue to drop (access required)

Bankruptcy filings in western Virginia continue to decline for a second year, according to second quarter 1993 petition figures released by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District. If the current rate holds, the Court will receive roughly 5,700 ...

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…A higher calling (access required)

Norfolk attorney Henry Austin had just finished a motion session in Virginia Beach and was having a cup of coffee with another lawyer. They discussed the conflicting principles involved in being a Christian and a lawyer. Specifically, they talked about ...

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Conversion does not affect relief from stay (access required)

Even though a Chapter 13 case was converted to one under Chapter 7, a prior relief from the automatic stay granted in the Chapter 13 case remained effective, a bankruptcy judge in Richmond has ruled in a case of apparent ...

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For fee, legal work must benefit debtors' estate (access required)

A lawyer cannot collect a fee for representing a debtor in a dischargeability proceeding without first showing that his services benefitted the bankruptcy estate, a federal district court judge in Alexandria has ruled. In a case of first impression, the ...

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Drunken FBI agent fired for misconduct (access required)

Where an FBI agent was fired after admitting he was drunk while on duty, he was dismissed because of his misconduct and not because of his alcoholism, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Therefore, the agent fell ...

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Local plans to implement family court system filed (access required)

The family court system in Virginia continues to move forward–next month the Judicial Council will receive a plan to implement and fund the court from the Supreme Court’s special planning committee. But leaders in the domestic relations bar continue to ...

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Firm not barred by prior work (access required)

A law firm was not disqualified from representing a man even though it previously represented his ex-wife in the submission of a land development application, a bankruptcy judge in Alexandria has ruled. The court found no “substantial relationship” between the ...

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Lawyer's busy schedule no excuse for late filing (access required)

Where a debtor missed the appeal deadline due to his lawyer’s busy trial schedule and a calendar error that delayed a meeting, the debtor cannot file a late notice of appeal, a bankruptcy court in Richmond has ruled. These circumstances ...

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Prenuptial not revived after wedding canceled (access required)

Where a man canceled his wedding, he repudiated a prenuptial agreement, and the couple’s eventual marriage did not revitalize the agreement, the Court of Appeals held. The court held the repudiated agreement was not revitalized by their eventual marriage, because ...

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Client's admission at plea negates malpractice claim (access required)

Even if a lawyer had been late in withdrawing a client’s guilty plea, he would not have been liable for malpractice, a federal judge in Abingdon has ruled. The client’s admission in open court that he had distributed drugs was ...

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