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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 […]

C&D Attorney Lauren Lucian Featured in Prince William Living

Compton & Duling’s Litigation Associate, Lauren Lucian, is featured this week in Prince William Living Magazine online!  Not only does Lauren work hard for her clients at the firm, she also works hard teaching her early-morning BodyPump classes  and her evening law classes at George Mason University School of Law! Click below to read the […]

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What Powers Do You Have As Executor of a Will Before Appointment?

As a the named executor of a person who has recently passed away, there is more on your mind than simply administering the decedent’s estate. But before you rush to make an appointment with the probate clerk, it is wise to step back and consider what powers you have before you are officially sworn in […]

Is Your Company’s Waiver Document Effective?

Typically in Virginia, a pre-negligence waiver is ineffective.  In layman’s terms, that means if you go to a trampoline park and sign a waiver before jumping on the trampolines, the waiver does not serve to release the trampoline park from liability for its negligence if you later get injured. However, according to a recent case […]

Wife Doesn’t Have To Draw Down Investments For Support

The Virginia Court of Appeals has recently opined in a multi-million dollar equitable distribution case that it would be unfair to require a wife to draw down on her share of marital investments while the husband’s investment accounts could continue to grow. The court in Gordon v. Gordon affirmed the lower court’s ruling in favor of the […]

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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 […]

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 […]