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Guest Column: The case for arbitration of divorce cases (access required)

At the close of the 1995 General Assembly, Virginia’s Family Court still languishes on the 50-yard line of the political football field. Even when and if the ball is moved toward the goal line, the outcome of the game is ...

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Tidewater attorney flies under cover of the night (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH–By day, Virginia Beach attorney Michael J. Dumont does the usual lawyer tasks, preparing civil cases for trial and serving as a special assistant commonwealth’s attorney. But by night, his duties change. Then he straps on night-vision goggles, climbs ...

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Guest Column: Creditors' strategies under Equal Credit Act (access required)

In a major decision favoring guarantors in collection actions, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled last year that a violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act may be used as a defense against an action to collect on the guaranty. The ...

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News in Brief for March 27, 1995 (access required)

Claim against real estate agents fails on remand Last year, the Supreme Court ruled that a buyer could sue a real estate agent that the buyer engaged, when the agent failed to disclose a defect in the house the buyer ...

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Review Granted for March 27, 1995 (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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Expert on auto accident reconstruction reined in (access required)

In an auto-crash case, an expert on accident reconstruction cannot testify that a van was going within a certain range of speeds at the time of the accident, a Washington County Circuit judge has ruled. The judge also excluded a ...

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Experts explain facts, promote settlements (access required)

Although expert testimony on accident reconstruction may not be admitted into evidence in a case, the expert can still be useful. “Even if an expert cannot state an opinion in court, he or she can give invaluable insight into your ...

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New Family Court rules published (access required)

The future of Virginia’s Family Court system remains in limbo. While the General Assembly enacted legislation to begin the system next year, there is no money allocated yet to it. Despite the uncertainty, the Judicial Council and the Family Court ...

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Appreciation of marital home divided pro rata (access required)

A husband and wife who divorce after a “later-in-life second marriage” each take away their separate contributions toward the down payment on the marital home, plus a proportionate share of the increase in its value, a Fairfax Circuit judge has ...

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Practice Tip: Preventing bar discipline for support staff's errors (access required)

Earlier this month, a Falls Church attorney received a public reprimand from the Virginia State Bar for something he did not do. His secretary had misappropriated client funds without the attorney’s knowledge, according to the disciplinary order in the case. ...

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