Virginia lawyers have had a tool to validate wills that fail to meet the strict requirements of authenticity for almost nine years. Lawyers report increasing use of what has been called the “harmless error rule” for wills that don’t quite ...Read More »
An often-neglected area in the world of benefit plan administration is the beneficiary designation form. Many participants complete their beneficiary designations incorrectly because they don’t read the instructions carefully or don’t understand the instructions. Beneficiary designation forms are often filed ...
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Historically, estate planning has focused more on estate, gift, and generation-skipping taxes, and less on income taxes. Therefore, most estate plans for affluent couples include what is often referred to as “A-B Trusts.” Following the substantial changes made by the ...Read More »
A judge need not automatically recuse himself when a lawyer who regularly appears before the court is a witness or a defendant in a case, according to the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. The judge must “introspectively determine” her own impartiality ...Read More »
A student suing her college after she allegedly was raped by a fellow student following an on-campus party is facing sanctions for falsely stating that she was a virgin prior to the alleged assault. A Norfolk Circuit Court said on ...Read More »
A Northern Virginia circuit judge has allowed a legal malpractice suit over a wife’s elective share claim to go to trial this fall, declining an invitation to cut the case short by finding the defendant law firm liable as a ...Read More »
Virginia courts are under pressure to make sure traffic offenders have a realistic chance to pay off their court obligations without losing their driving privileges. The Supreme Court of Virginia is expected to consider a rule directing courts to provide ...Read More »