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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Landlord/Tenant Law Seminar on June 7

Heather Steele, a Partner at the prominent local law firm of Compton & Duling, and Jason Hickman, managing member at the firm, will lead an informational session for Apartment & Office Building Association (AOBA) members on June 7. This Landlord/Tenant Law Seminar will focus on changes to state laws and regulations affecting commercial and multifamily […]

Can your business survive the future? Heather Steele talks continuity planning, May 4

Prince William Living has invited Heather Steele, Compton & Duling litigation partner, to help local companies prepare for the future, during its May 4 “Breakfast with an Expert” on business continuity. Drawing upon years of experience of guiding small businesses through all manner of legal issues, Steele will highlight contingencies for which all businesses should […]


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, […]


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 […]