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Bill Cosby is Released Following Acquittal

Bill Cosby is Released Following Acquittal

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Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Bill Cosby prosecution and immediately release him from prison. This ruling has left many wondering what happened and for good reason; the path to this decision was very convoluted an…
What is a Transfer on Death Deed?

What is a Transfer on Death Deed?

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Estate planning comes in all shapes and sizes. It includes updating beneficiary designations on financial accounts and insurance policies, adding joint owners to accounts, and gifting personal property items during one’s life. Estate planning is…
Am I Eligible for an Annulment?

Am I Eligible for an Annulment?

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Annulments are available in very limited situations in Virginia. Marriage is a contract between two people, and it comes with certain rights and obligations that are ordinarily only terminated with a divorce. A divorce, in addition to dissolving…
Now That I Have Custody, Can I Move?

Now That I Have Custody, Can I Move?

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Once the dust has settled after a custody trial or divorce, one of the first questions I am frequently asked is: Can I move? The answer, unfortunately, is not always simple. The ability to move depends on the reasons provided, the relationsh…
The Top 5 Myths of Estate Planning

The Top 5 Myths of Estate Planning

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1. I’m young, so I don’t need a Will.   Even if you don’t have a large estate, you may disagree with how Virginia’s laws will handle distribution of the assets. You may wish to leave items of sentimental value to certain indiv…
Do I need a Separation Agreement in Virginia?

Do I need a Separation Agreement in Virginia?

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Virginia only has one requirement to initiate a legal separation: start sleeping separately from your spouse. Time spent living under the same roof can qualify as living separate and apart with the intent to separate permanently, as long as …
Can I Get Custody of My Grandchild?

Can I Get Custody of My Grandchild?

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In some cases a grandparent may want to petition for full custody of their grandchild where the child’s parent suffers from mental health problems, drug or alcohol addiction, or has been abusive or neglectful of the child in the past. In suc…
I don’t have an “estate,” why do I need a plan?

I don’t have an “estate,” why do I need a plan?

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The term “estate planning” can be a bit of a misnomer. The term “estate” can summon images of a stately manor full of housekeepers and stables out back. The truth is that every single person has an “estate” – whether that means assets, liabi…
The Top 5 Common Mistakes When Choosing Life Insurance Beneficiaries

The Top 5 Common Mistakes When Choosing Life Insurance Beneficiaries

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So you’ve made the responsible decision and purchased a life insurance policy to ensure your dependents will be cared for in the unfortunate event something happens to you. Naming a beneficiary should be the easy part, right? But mistakes ma…

Do I have to pay spousal support?

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Spousal support can be a major aspect of divorce cases in Virginia. The court may order temporary support while the case is pending and may order time-limited or even permanent spousal support at the end of the case.  Spousal support, also kn…

Should You Make A Trust For Your Kids?

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    When it comes to estate planning, most families have the same objectives: to provide income for their children or other descendants. Parents want their children to continue having the sa me comfortable lifestyle and the freedom …
Divorced Spouse Gets to Keep Ill-Gotten OPM Benefits

Divorced Spouse Gets to Keep Ill-Gotten OPM Benefits

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Keep the Money, and Run! In a recent case, the Virginia Supreme Court allowed a divorced wife to keep almost $63,000 worth of survivor benefits wrongfully paid to her by OPM. Read more. Read the opinion here: Emond v. Office of Personnel Manag…

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