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Adoption severs visitation rights of grandparents (access required)


An adoption order severs the visitation rights of a child’s biological grandparents, the Virginia Court of Appeals has held. The court construed a 1997 legislative change that made it clear that General Assembly intended to break the connection between a ...

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Fixed fees: both sides of the debate (access required)


Is it possible for lawyers to embrace some other type of billing besides hourly billing? In particular, is it possible for lawyers to embrace fixed-fee or task-based billing, in which a fee for a specific task is determined before the ...

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Debt relief work spells bar trouble for Va. lawyer (access required)

Businessman signing contract

A Virginia lawyer who signed on to work with a national debt relief service ended up with a public admonition from the Virginia State Bar in June. The national company, meanwhile, was shut down on the order of a federal ...

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Tech Toolkit: 3 top security issues your firm needs to address (access required)

Technology security

Numerous technology tools can help to lock down systems, including software and hardware controls as well as mobile-specific products. But even with all that firepower, security breaches are still common, and some experts believe that every company has already been ...

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‘Redskins’ trademark loss doesn’t matter much (access required)


For those who are fans of both trademarks and the NFL’s team in Washington, last month’s decision of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, affirming the cancellation by the United States Patent and Trademark Office of the “Redskins” mark, may ...

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