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Lawyer who borrowed from testator gets 6-month suspension (access required)

A Virginia Beach lawyer who used his position as executor of a neighbor’s will to try to negotiate relief from a loan repayment obligation has been suspended from law practice for six months. A three-judge panel of Virginia Beach Circuit ...

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An empty podium: Fairfax not staffing all cases; victims still must get notice (access required)

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Even if a commonwealth’s attorney decides not to staff certain misdemeanor cases, the prosecutor’s office still has the obligation to make sure crime victims are provided notice of their criminal proceedings, a Fairfax County judge has ruled. The judge’s decision ...

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Senators balk at plan for electronic signatures on wills (access required)

A proposal to make it possible for Virginians to sign their wills even though they may be isolated for pandemic or other reasons has died in the General Assembly. Skeptical senators concerned about mischief in the execution of wills say ...

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Dems advance diverse judicial candidates (access required)

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After a rocky start marked by protests from participating legislators, senators and delegates used Zoom to interview a notably diverse and mostly well-received field of 29 candidates for 28 open judgeships in Virginia’s trial courts last week. Legislators heatedly objected ...

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VSB ranks candidates for Appeals Court seats (access required)

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As the General Assembly refines plans to expand the Court of Appeals of Virginia to 15 or 17 judges, Virginia bar organizations are making recommendations on who should fill the extra seats. A Virginia State Bar committee reported 11 candidates ...

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Suspended lawyer signed papers, firm now barred (access required)

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A law firm has been disqualified from representing a medical malpractice plaintiff after one of the firm’s lawyers signed multiple case documents while his license was administratively suspended. The Washington-based lawyer let his Virginia license lapse for more than two ...

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