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Online Shopping: A Boon For Shoppers, A Burden for Community Associations?

A recent article in the Washington Post discusses how many online shoppers are shipping to their work addresses as a result of rampant doorstep package theft.  How is your association handling the influx of brown paper packages?  If you are a condominium built prior to 2000, chances are your front lobby area was not built with […]

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Lawn Care: Not Worth A Criminal Assault Charge

Believe it or not, there is good information to support that the recent attack of Rand Paul by his neighbor was not actually based on their differing politics, but was rather based on their disagreement regarding the rules of their community association regarding lawn care. https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-11-08/the-deep-question-behind-rand-paul-s-trivial-dispute For folks who have never had a disagreement with […]

Maximizing Your Corporate Philanthropy, Nov. 2

Register for Breakfast with an Expert, Nov. 2 Featuring Jason Hickman, Compton & Duling Managing Member A well-planned Corporate Philanthropy Program is the giving that gives back. In addition to the satisfaction that comes from lifting up those around you and simply doing the right thing, there are bottom line benefits as well. When managed […]

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Steele & Lucian to Present at HOA and COA Leadership Seminar, Oct. 20

The Prince William County Neighborhood Services Division has invited Heather R. Steele, Esq. and Lauren E. Lucian, Esq. of Compton & Duling to present at its 2017 HOA and COA Leadership Seminar. The event is designed to prepare board members and owners to meet the challenges of community management. Heather R. Steele and Lauren E. Lucian will […]

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Wills for Veterans CLE

Compton &  Duling’s Tim Aiken will be teaching a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar on September 21, 2017 for the Prince William County Bar Association called Wills for Veterans.  The Wills for Veterans Program is organized by the Pro Bono Committee of the Prince William County Bar Association to provide free Wills, Advance Medical Directives and […]

Whiteboard Wednesday – What is Legal Custody vs. Physical Custody?

Today on Whiteboard Wednesday, Krista Yancey and Heather Steele discuss the differences between legal custody and physical custody.  Below is the transcript, and scroll down to see a close up shot of the whiteboard. TRANSCRIPT: Heather: Hi everyone! It’s Heather Steele here with Whiteboard Wednesday from Compton & Duling.  I’m here today with Krista Yancey […]

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Free Virginia Guide For Military and Veterans

The Virginia Office of the Attorney General has published a Military and Veterans Legal Resource Guide this summer available at http://www.oag.state.va.us/files/Veterans_Legal_Resource_Guide_Final_PlusHeaders.pdf which is full of helpful information on laws impacting military members and their families. It covers a range of topics from employment, education, consumer and financial issues to voting, custody when deployed, divorce and […]

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New Law: Life Insurance Can Be Spousal Support In Virginia

As of July 1st Virginia judges have the power to order a support-paying spouse to maintain an existing life insurance policy for the spouse receiving support. As reported in Virginia Lawyers Weekly, this new statute fills a gap in the law.  Previously the court had authority only to order the support-paying spouse to maintain an […]

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Million Dollar Verdict Overturned; Company Not Properly Registered With VA SCC

A telecom company had its $2.35 million verdict overturned by the Supreme Court of Virginia because the company was not properly registered with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) prior to the entry of the final judgment.  Virginia law requires that foreign companies may file lawsuits in the Commonwealth but only after filing a certificate with the SCC […]

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How Does Your Divorce Affect Your Estate Plan?  

Can you disinherit a spouse? Virginia law was changed this year to adjust a spouse’s “elective share” rights in Virginia under Code § 64.2-308.4.   Prior to the passage of this law, a surviving spouse could claim up to one-third of their deceased spouse’s “augmented estate” (a calculation that takes into account all of the various […]