What Happens to the House in a Virginia Divorce?

For many couples, real estate is one of their most valuable, if not the most valuable, assets.  As a result, when a couple is going through a divorce, attention, and often anxiety, turns to the disposition of the real estate, especially the primary residence.  The value, potential encumbrances, and illiquidity of real estate complicate division of this asset, requiring careful …

The Basic Process of a Virginia Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

A Virginia Chapter 7 Bankruptcy can be the road to brighter future. Below is a step-by-step explanation of the basic process of a Virginia Chapter 7 Bankruptcy provided by our Williamsburg Newport News Bankruptcy Attorneys. The Rules The Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and local rules of the bankruptcy court govern the procedure of a Virginia Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  Newport News …

Parties in a Virginia Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

There are a lot of moving parts in a Virginia Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Knowing the different players and the common terminology for those parties can help demystify the process.  The following is provided by our provided by our Williamsburg Newport News Bankruptcy Attorneys. The Debtor The debtor is the individual filing the petition in a Virginia Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, the person …

Virginia Foreclosure Laws – How to Protect your Investment

A review of the Virginia foreclosure laws and how to protect your investment provided by our Williamsburg Newport News Foreclosure Attorneys. Overview of Virginia Foreclosure Laws While some states provide multiple requirements before a lender can foreclose, Virginia has very few similar laws. Virginia permits lenders (through their foreclosing “trustee”) to foreclose on delinquent loans without going to Court if the Deed of Trust …

Virginia Security Deposit Laws – How to Get Your Deposit Back

A dispute with your landlord regarding return of a security deposit can be frustrating.  There are several ways, some with the help of an attorney, you can use Virginia security deposit laws to protect your deposit.  This information is provided by our Williamsburg Newport News Landlord/Tenant Attorneys. What are the Parties’ Responsibilities A dispute with your landlord regarding return of a …

When Must Police Read Miranda Warnings?

Many clients have questions regarding their “Miranda Rights.” It is very common, during an initial interview, for the client to report that the arresting officer did not read the client his or her Miranda rights and then ask whether that affects the case. That leads to one of a lawyer’s least-loved responses: “It depends.” It depends because the United States …

Social Media and Communications with Others

If you have been accused of a crime, DO NOT DISCUSS YOUR CASE WITH ANYONE other than your attorney. What you tell your lawyer is confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege, but what you tell other people is confidential, and may be used against you at a later date. This includes texting, emailing, and postings on Facebook and other …