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Assembly Update for Jan. 29, 1996 (access required)

No rehab support statute this year Virginia lawyers can expect to wait at least another year for rehabilitative spousal support, which is support for a limited duration. A special committee of the Virginia State Bar’s Family Law Section has not ...

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News in Brief for Jan. 29, 1996 (access required)

Another mom must stay put in Old Dominion Here’s a Cleveland story that doesn’t have anything to do with the Browns, the Indians or the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It has to do with yet another mom who ...

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Review Granted for January 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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All closings would be the 'practice of law' (access required)

By Paul Fletcher, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief In the feud between real estate lawyers and non-lawyer closing services, the lawyers have gone for the jugular. The Virginia Real Estate Attorneys League has floated a bill in the General Assembly that would ...

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Statute required for Bowman claim (access required)

A repairman who was fired because he refused to fix a car in a manner he considered unsafe cannot sue under the Bowman public-policy exception, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled. The repairman failed to identify a statute establishing a ...

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Breach of good faith under UCC not a tort (access required)

A borrower cannot sue a bank in tort for a breach of the duty of good faith under the Uniform Commercial Code, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in a case of first impression. A contract claim may exist for ...

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VSB dues won't drop this year (access required)

Virginia lawyers will have to wait a little longer for lower bar dues. The General Assembly apparently will not impose a dues cut on the Virginia State Bar this year. The Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission recommended several legislative ...

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Juries give more time than judges (access required)

When a criminal-defense lawyer meets with a client behind bars to discuss strategy, an important topic is whether to seek a bench trial or whether to roll the dice with a jury. That decision often will hinge on certain facts ...

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Deal's failure not due to legal malpractice (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a legal malpractice judgment because the client, a purchaser of commercial real estate, did not prove that his lawyer’s failure to negotiate two critical provisions in the sales contract caused the client’s losses. The ...

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House lost over timing of divorce (access required)

A wife whose divorce came through five months after she filed for bankruptcy cannot protect her house from her creditors, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Although the home was held as a tenancy-by-the-entirety when the wife ...

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