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Wills & Trusts – Codicils – Holographic Will (access required)

Where the testator’s holographic will included six holographic codicils which made several changes, the chancellor did not err in ruling that the testator intended for her estate to be held in trust for the benefit of her husband until his ...

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Contract – Municipal – Procurement Act – 'Disinterested Person' (access required)

Where the contractor hired to renovate the Old Fairfax County Courthouse pursued a claim against the county for additional costs and damages, the county executive designated by the county to decide the contractual dispute was not a qualified “disinterested person” ...

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Wills & Trusts – Executor's Authority – Disclaimer By Named Beneficiary (access required)

Where testator desired to have a wildlife refuge established from her 500 acres, and to that end, she devised all her real property to the Humane Society of the United States, but that organization formally disclaimed the devise, the executor ...

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Corporate – Closely-Held – Distribution Of Assets – Shareholder Liability (access required)

Although the purchaser/share holders of the stock in the car dealership did not hold corporate meetings or elect corporate directors as required by statute, the shareholders nevertheless could be sued by the sellers, for their alleged “unlawful distribution of assets” ...

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Labor & Employment – At-Will Doctrine – Employee Manual – Disciplinary Memos (access required)

Although the former head bank teller claimed that an employment contract not to be terminated without cause had been created by certain oral assurances as well as by the employees’ handbook, the teller’s job description and two disciplinary memoranda written ...

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Real Property – Tenants In Common – Cotenants' Deed Of Trust (access required)

Where the property originally was purchased by a woman and her former husband as tenants by the entireties with a right of survivorship, and after the original owners divorced, the wife remarried, the first husband died intestate, survived by two ...

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Real Property – Deed – Fraud In Procurement – Failure Of Delivery (access required)

Although the grantor of the deed, a 94-year old nursing home patient, had frequently told friends and relatives that he loved all his children and planned to leave his property to all of them, the inconsistency between these statements and ...

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