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Elder Law: Professor proposes cash market for human organs (access required)

WASHINGTON–Lloyd Cohen says he’s found a way to end the severe shortage of vital organs needed for medical transplants: Let people sell their hearts, livers and kidneys when they die. “There are those who like to pontificate about the desecration ...

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Elder abuse and how to prevent it (access required)

NEW YORK–Elder abuse is an ugly topic that no one likes to talk about. When it does happen, the abusers are likely to be family members, most often adult children. Experts have some practical advice about how to avoid it. ...

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Assembly Update for Feb. 26, 1996 (access required)

VSB disbursements to Clients’ fund restricted The Virginia State Bar Council could no longer simply vote to make a disbursement to the VSB’s Clients’ Protection Fund, under a bill passed by the Senate. Senate Bill 458, introduced by Sen. Joseph ...

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News in Brief for 2/26/96 (access required)

VSB Disciplinary Actions Fredericksburg attorney Ralph M. Whitticar III has surrendered his license to practice law, effective Feb. 6. Disciplinary charges existed against Whitticar at the time of his surrender, according to the Virginia State Bar. *** Keswick attorney George ...

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Review Granted for February 1996 (access required)

Review Granted provides a brief synopsis of recent cases in which the Virginia Supreme Court has granted petitions for appeal. This feature appears in the last issue of Virginia Lawyers Weekly each month. The information provided comes from the successful ...

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'Slow plea' halted (access required)

A criminal defendant who was found guilty by a jury could not then change his plea to guilty in order to take the sentencing away from the jury, the Court of Appeals has ruled in a case of apparent first ...

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Tenant can't sue project over attack (access required)

A housing project did not have a duty to protect an elderly resident from the attack of a trespasser, a Wise County Circuit judge has ruled. To tag the project for liability, the plaintiff needed to plead and show a ...

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Accident report fracas surfaces in Richmond (access required)

A discovery dispute that has engaged Tidewater courts in recent months has rolled into Richmond. The dispute is over accident or incident reports filed in personal-injury cases. In a typical auto-accident case, an insurance adjuster investigates and makes a report ...

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Retiree hit for support from imputed income (access required)

When setting spousal support, a divorce court may impute income to a retired man at the salary he could earn if he were employed, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled. The decision pushes the retiree back into the work ...

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General Assembly: VaREAL wins some, loses some (access required)

Lay settlement companies have been conducting real estate closings in Virginia for more than a decade; they are not going to be rousted out by lawyers during one General Assembly session. That interpretation has been adopted by the Virginia Real ...

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