Estate Planning in the Age of DNA Testing Kits

By Christine Collins             We all saw the commercial on TV – a smiling older gentleman, repeatedly opening the front door of his home to young people who were, presumably, strangers not long before yet shared some percentage of their DNA with the man.  The man looked happy, ready to share the joys of the holiday season with the former-strangers-turned-kin.  …

Virginia Criminal Law Case Outline: Offenses M through Z

The following is an outline of Virginia criminal case law related to offenses (alphabetically, M through Z). It is copied from an outline maintained by Richard Collins, an attorney at Collins & Hyman, PLC. Because Mr. Collins created the outline for his own reference, rather than for publication, the outline contains many abbreviations. Questions regarding the abbreviations, or case cites, …

Estate Planning Basics: The Documents

We understand.  Thinking about estate planning isn’t at the top of your list of enjoyable things to do.  Maybe you are concerned that the process will be outrageously expensive, time-consuming, confusing and/or emotionally draining.  It doesn’t have to be (we can help with that), and we are here to say this:  just do it.  Your family members will thank you …

Virginia Criminal Law Case Outline- Post-Trial Procedure

The following is an outline of post-trial criminal case law from Virginia.  The outline is copied from the Post-Trial section of an outline maintained by Richard Collins, an attorney at Collins & Hyman, PLC.  Because Mr. Collins created the outline for his own reference, rather than for publication, the outline contains many abbreviations.  Questions regarding the abbreviations, or case cites, can …

Virginia Criminal Law Case Outline- Offenses A through L

The following is an outline of Virginia criminal case law related to offenses (alphabetically, A through L).  It is copied from an outline maintained by Richard Collins, an attorney at Collins & Hyman, PLC. Because Mr. Collins created the outline for his own reference, rather than for publication, the outline contains many abbreviations.  Questions regarding the abbreviations, or case cites, …

Must a Landlord Accept Rent After an Eviction Lawsuit in Virginia?

The Virginia Residential Landlord Tenant Act includes provisions allowing landlords to accept rent after an eviction lawsuit and still preserve their rights to evict.  This is called accepting rent with reservation in Virginia.  It also has rules allowing tenants to take steps to fully dismiss an action for unlawful detainer by paying their rent.  This is called redemption.  Below is …

Virginia Criminal Law Case Outline- Evidence

The following is an outline of Virginia criminal case law related to evidence.  It is copied from the Evidence section of an outline maintained by Richard Collins, an attorney at Collins & Hyman, PLC. Because Mr. Collins created the outline for his own reference, rather than for publication, the outline contains many abbreviations.  Questions regarding the abbreviations, or case cites, …

Virginia Criminal Law Case Outline-Defenses

The following is an outline of Virginia criminal case law related to defenses (and a subsection related to juvenile specific case law).  It is copied from the Defenses section of an outline maintained by Richard Collins, an attorney at Collins & Hyman, PLC. Because Mr. Collins created the outline for his own reference, rather than for publication, the outline contains …

Virginia Criminal Law Case Outline- Procedure

The following is an outline of Virginia criminal case law related to non-constitutional procedural issues.  It is copied from the Procedure section of an outline maintained by Richard Collins, an attorney at Collins & Hyman, PLC. Because Mr. Collins created the outline for his own reference, rather than for publication, the outline contains many abbreviations.  Questions regarding the abbreviations, or …

Virginia Criminal Law Case Outline: Sixth Amendment Cases

 The following is an outline of Sixth Amendment case law, with an emphasis on Virginia.  The outline is copied from the Sixth Amendment section of an outline maintained by Richard Collins, an attorney at Collins & Hyman, PLC.  Because Mr. Collins created the outline for his own reference, rather than for publication, the outline contains many abbreviations.  Questions regarding the abbreviations, or case cites, can …