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Tag Archives: Judge Catherine Hammond

Harmless error rule allows use of ‘de facto will’ (access required)

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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 ...

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Family fight: Seven suits in three different courts (access required)

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Siblings who traded accusations over use of their mother’s money have spent thousands on legal fees, and the legal wrangling is still not over. A son is fighting with two sisters, both sides claiming the other breached duties under a ...

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Photocopy of handwritten will prevails in international dispute (access required)

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A will contest with an international flavor was resolved in a Henrico County courtroom last month when a judge concluded that a formally executed will offered by a widow, backed by two witnesses, was just “an elaborate fake.” Henrico Circuit ...

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Auto Liability Policy Voided for Arrest Record (access required)

An auto liability policy is void because the applicant, a sole proprietor who applied as “Kitchens Unlimited LLC,” had a criminal record but denied he had ever been arrested; the Henrico Circuit Court grants judgment to plaintiff insurance carrier in ...

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