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Heather Steele sheds light on HOA documents at conference, Mar. 18

The Prince William County Neighborhood Services Division has invited Heather Steele, Compton & Duling litigating partner, to present at its Annual Neighborhood Conference on March 18 at the Development Services Building, 5 County Complex Court in Woodbridge, VA. Her session on “Association Governing Documents” will provide homeowner association board members with insight on governing documents, […]

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It’s Complicated: The Effect of Virginia Intestacy Statutes When There are Children from a Prior Marriage

By Thomas D. Duling Have you ever wondered what will happen to your property after your death? This property, which is generally known as your estate, is distributed pursuant to certain statutes that have been enacted by our legislature. A common myth is that your estate that is not disposed of by a Will is […]

Heather Steele to Discuss Business Disaster Planning

As the featured speaker at Women’s Wedding Network on March 8, Heather Steele will talk about disaster planning, helping businesses to better prepare to weather inevitable storms.  Tickets are available for the luncheon and presentation, which will be from 11:30 am to 1 pm at Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. From the death of […]

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Should Your Church Incorporate?

By: Kathy Waters, Esq. Is your church or synagogue a corporation? You may not have given it much thought, perhaps because for more than 200 years, and until relatively recently, a clause in the Constitution of Virginia prohibited any religious institution from incorporating. The prohibition was struck down in 2002 in the seminal case of […]

Hiring and Supervising New Lawyers

By Maryse C. Allen The adage “hire slow, fire fast” seems like sound practice. Yet I have never had either the luxury of time to do the first or the ruthlessness to do the last. When I have needed to hire a new lawyer, I typically needed to fill a position with speed. And, when […]

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What You Do & Do Not Learn in Law School

By Krista N. Yancey We are all familiar with the recurring discussions over whether law school really prepares its students for practice. Luckily, I have had the pleasure of working with dozens of excellent professors and mentors throughout law school, during internships, and in the beginning of practice. Every single one, it seems, has shared […]

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Compton & Duling Attorneys Speak to Richmond Law Students

Maryse Allen and Krista Yancey, of Compton & Duling’s Domestic Relations practice group, returned to the University of Richmond School of Law on Thursday, October 27, 2016 as guest speakers in the law school’s Family Law Clinic. Ms. Allen and Ms. Yancey, both graduates of the law school, shared their experience in family law private […]

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SmartCEO Magazine Names Compton & Duling Washington Area Cornerstone Award Honoree

SmartCEO Magazine, which provides ideas and inspiration to the region’s top CEOs and companies, named Compton & Duling as a 2016 Washington Area Cornerstone Honoree. Compton & Duling was honored along with other Washington-area organizations like Bloomberg Government, the NoMa Business Improvement District, Cynet Systems, Inc. and Isom Global Strategies. In addition to quality legal services, […]

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Owner’s Title Insurance: Why You Need It

By Geary H. Rogers At the time of settlement on the purchase of a home, every homebuyer is given the option to purchase owner’s title insurance. Owner’s title insurance insures that the purchaser has clear title to the property, free of any liens except for the buyer’s mortgage, if any.  Title insurance does not insure […]

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What Do Unmarried, Separated or Divorced Parents Need to Know About Imputed Income?

By Kristina J. Wenberg All parents have a duty to support their children under Virginia law. Virginia courts must follow specific statutory guidelines to calculate child support in all child support cases, and the guideline calculation is presumed correct. However, courts may deviate from that guideline calculation by considering several statutory factors. One such factor […]