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Harrisonburg posts "whopping" jump in bankruptcy filings (access required)

Compared with the first six months of 1994, filings this year are up substantially in the Western District. Lynchburg is up by 13.4 percent, and Roanoke by 14 percent. Harrisonburg filings increased by what Bankruptcy Clerk John W. L. Craig ...

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Elder Law–Lawyers overlook Act that eases stock transfer (access required)

In July 1994, a new law permitted Virginians to transfer securities upon death to a designated beneficiary, allowing the securities to avoid probate. Yet, over a year after the statute went into effect, most lawyers report that they have counselled ...

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Guest Column: How to relate better to clients with disabilities (access required)

What would you do if you saw a blind person walk directly into a packing crate left just inside the doorway of your office suite? Should you remain standing when talking to a client in a wheelchair? What is the ...

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News in Brief for Sept. 11, 1995 (access required)

Group seeks to block racetrack on battlefield CHARLOTTESVILLE–A preservationist group is suing to block construction of a Formula One racetrack on a Civil War battlefield in Culpeper. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville, the Brandy Station ...

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For shared custody, a "day" is 24-hour stretch (access required)

A father does not get credit for a “day” of visitation when his daughter stays overnight with him during the week, the Virginia Court of Appeals has ruled en banc. This ruling limits the father’s ability to benefit from the ...

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Prior DUIs with flaws still count (access required)

During a repeat drunken-driving prosecution, a judge can consider a prior conviction where the defendant had no lawyer and served two days in jail, the en banc Court of Appeals has ruled. Even though the sentence may have been unconstitutional, ...

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Pre-trial conferences could become mandatory (access required)

A pre-trial conference could become mandatory upon the motion of any party, under a proposal referred by legislators to the Supreme Court for study. Legislators were looking at ways to streamline settlements in tort cases. Although they reached an impasse ...

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Creative lawyering: How to paint your clients out of a corner (access required)

The word “creative” may conjure up the image of an artist standing before a canvas or a scientist in a laboratory, but the term often describes a lawyer helping a client settle a lawsuit. Creative or nontraditional settlements frequently work ...

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Consumer Protection claim was based on oral ad (access required)

The buyer of a mobile home suing in Rockingham County Circuit Court can bring a claim under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act for an oral “advertisement,” the court ruled on an issue of apparent first impression. In Richardson v. Fleetwood ...

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Jury instruction taken off headnote created error (access required)

Lawyers and judges who stray from the Model Jury Instructions have a new imperative: When writing instructions taken from cases, make sure the headnotes of the case match the actual language of a decision. A man convicted of sodomy earned ...

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