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Lawyer sued after murder of process server (access required)

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It’s a daily occurrence for family lawyers. The client wants a divorce, the lawyer has prepared the pleadings, and it’s time to get the official papers delivered to the opposing party. The local sheriff’s office can do the job – ...

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Witness prep: Not only permissible, but essential (access required)


Just settling into the witness preparation session, your client nervously asks: “What if they ask about preparation?” It’s a frequent question — and concern — from witnesses. Contained within it are all the common stereotypes about dishonest lawyers improperly “coaching” ...

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Delay likely for judge evaluation program (access required)


Even with funding in the 2014 budget, Virginia’s Judicial Performance Evaluation program is unlikely to cover judges up for review in the 2015 legislative cycle, court administrators said June 6 in a meeting of the Judicial Council. The JPE, and ...

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The stress-free law practice (access required)


Many of you saw the headline of this column and thought one of two things: “That is absolutely impossible” or “Yes, I want that.” I am fairly certain that a completely stress-free law practice is not possible, any more than ...

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Real property theft: Imposter sold man’s beach lots, stole proceeds (access required)

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Guy Gugliotta was “absolutely amazed and extremely upset” when he was told he no longer owned the two Sandbridge lots he wanted to sell last year. A real estate agent said Gugliotta himself had sold the properties the year before. ...

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