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Adoption more "final" under new law (access required)

Changes to Virginia’s adoption law promise to make the legal process swifter and more certain when birth parents give their child up for adoption to new parents. The changes were recommended by a legislative subcommittee that studied Virginia’s adoption laws ...

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Va. Beach lawyers volunteer to thwart abuse (access required)

On Friday mornings, the Virginia Beach Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court looks like a bus terminal with many people filing through. But unlike people at most bus stations, these people are likely to have black eyes, bruises and broken spirits, ...

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Charm for hire: P.I. gets the goods for lawyers (access required)

As a private investigator, Renee Armbruster of Virginia Beach has “the gift.” It’s not the gift for coercing, threatening or using seduction on the job, though she may have resorted to these tactics. What Armbruster has is the gift for ...

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Salary deferrals grow in popularity with small firms (access required)

One growing trend in the employee benefits area is for more and more small firms to add salary deferral features to their existing retirement plans. In the April 1995 issue of CFO Magazine, Access Research reported that they expect 90,000 ...

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News in Brief for Aug. 21, 1995 (access required)

Score one for West-Enders in Richmond venue war The battle over venue in the metro Richmond area still blazes. As reported in this newspaper last month, defendants trying to stay out of the plaintiff-friendly city have been getting the worst ...

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Loudoun judge borrows support guidelines (access required)

Loudoun County does not have local spousal-support guidelines, so when Judge James H. Chamblin Jr. recently addressed the issue, he borrowed from a neighbor, Fairfax County. After a hearing on pendente lite support, Chamblin wrote that he would defer to ...

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Landlord gets cleanup costs in bankruptcy (access required)

A landlord sitting on storage tanks can get a bankruptcy trustee to pay environmental cleanup costs even when the trustee abandons the lease, a Norfolk Bankruptcy judge has ruled. The case offers guidance on how creditors can avoid being left ...

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Spousal guidelines voted down in Charlottesville (access required)

While judges and practitioners continue to wrestle with pendente lite spousal-support guidelines in some regions, an ad hoc committee reviewing the idea in Charlottesville has completed its work. The committee of nine lawyers decided against adopting guidelines by a 5-4 ...

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Elder Law: Put clients' pianos, dolls, medals in a "tangibles list" (access required)

Under a new Virginia statute, a person can give away tangibles, such as doll collections and tool kits, with a list that can be created or changed even after the will is executed. Section 64.1-45.1 offers a way to transfer ...

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News in Brief for Aug. 14, 1995 (access required)

DUI appeal will stay with Court of Appeals The Virginia Supreme Court has rejected a request from Attorney General James S. Gilmore III to let him bypass the Court of Appeals in the first appeal of the DUI double jeopardy ...

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