It’s a challenging process to get legal charges removed or sealed in Virginia. But it’s absolutely doable if you meet certain criteria and have a good lawyer. For now, Virginia courts sometimes clear charges when the accused is acquitted or the case is dismissed. And in the next few years, Virginia laws will expand expungement to include some misdemeanor and low-level felony convictions. Whether you’re convicted of a crime or charged and acquitted, it’s crucial to know the ins and outs of the legal system to clear your name. Working with an experienced attorney is the best way to make the … [Read more...] about How Can I Get Legal Charges Removed From My Record?
Thanks to a 1967 Supreme Court ruling, youth and children have the right to an attorney in juvenile court. However, children and families don’t always understand the process or the need for legal representation. The days when authorities let kids accused of minor offenses go with a slap on the wrist are long gone. Juvenile convictions can have serious consequences. Families need a legal team that understands the system and can help young people avoid carrying the weight of a teenage mistake for life. Hire an attorney the day your child is arrested and rely on their expertise throughout the … [Read more...] about Do Juvenile Offenders Need an Attorney?
An adoption is a joyful event. One blogger aptly describes it as “the happy side of family law.” It means providing a permanent and loving home for kids, allowing them to become full legal members of their new family. But as anyone who has been through the process will confirm, the adoption process has its share of complexities, headaches and bureaucracy. Just like marriage and divorce, adoption is a legal process that goes through your local court system. That’s why it’s essential to have an experienced family law attorney to guide you through the process. Your attorney will protect your … [Read more...] about Do I Need An Attorney For Adoption In Virginia?
For some of us, a prenuptial agreement is something we associate with soap operas and reality TV. The stereotype almost always involves a wealthy older spouse engaged to a younger partner, and it’s fodder for plenty of drama. But in the 21st Century, prenuptial agreements cover a much broader range of circumstances. And prenups are not just about divorce. They’re also an essential estate planning tool, especially when a spouse has children from a previous marriage. Prenups can protect inheritance rights and small business holdings for people of all income levels. And while some couples fear a … [Read more...] about Do I Need A Prenuptial Agreement?
Wills and trusts are both vital estate-planning tools. They both protect your assets and help you provide for your heirs in precisely the way you want. There is certainly some overlap in what each of these legal documents does. Many people have both a will and a trust, with each meeting different needs for their family. And remember, thoughtful estate planning is for everyone--not just the super-wealthy What Are The Differences Between a Will and a Trust? A will and testament is a legal document that lays out your wishes for how your property and financial assets will be distributed after … [Read more...] about Do I Need A Will or Trust?
Virginia is known for strict drug laws compared with many other states. In some cases, drug possession can land you in jail. But the consequences depend on which type of drugs and the amount involved. Virginia also has brand new marijuana possession laws that kick in on July 1, 2021. They make it legal to use small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. When it comes to drug possession charges, there are a lot of potentially mitigating factors. So having a skilled defense lawyer on your side is a must. Is Drug Possession a Felony In Virginia? The seriousness of a drug possession charge … [Read more...] about What Can Happen To Me If I Get Caught With Drugs In Virginia?
Whether it’s a major wreck or a fender bender, most of us are in a state of shock after a car accident. If you’re in an accident, major or minor, call law enforcement right away. An accident report is the first step in providing clarity, accountability, and protection for both parties. Then it’s time to consider all of the elements involved, including dealing with insurance companies--both yours and the other drivers. An experienced attorney can help you navigate the complexities of the insurance process, handle any traffic or criminal charges and reduce the stress of the situation. When … [Read more...] about Should I Call A Lawyer After A Car Accident?
Getting pulled over for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is scary. And with good reason: Virginia is known to have some of the toughest drunk driving laws in the nation. Of course, the best way to avoid a DUI is to make good choices. Don’t drink and drive, even if you’ve just had a few, and use a designated driver system. But everyone makes mistakes. The most important things to remember are: stay calm, know your rights and get a lawyer right away. What Should I Keep In Mind If I Get Pulled Over for DUI? The first few minutes of a stop can set the tone for the encounter and impact the … [Read more...] about What Should I Do If I Get A DUI?
Divorce can be a painful experience for couples and families. Spouses are usually looking to get through the process with as little stress and contention as possible, especially when children are involved. Working with a divorce mediator is a trend as couples seek to work out differences outside of the court system. There are many situations where mediation is an excellent path. It can save money and reduce stress. However, even in mediation, both spouses still need lawyers to protect their interests and make sure the final divorce agreement is legally sound. Remember, a divorce doesn’t need … [Read more...] about Lawyer Or Mediator, Which Is Best For Your Situation?
We are thrilled to announce that Laurel Brigade Law Group’s very own Rhonda Wilson Paice was named one of our community’s three favorite attorneys in Loudoun Now newspaper’s inaugural Loudoun’s Favorites poll. Rhonda was first runner-up in this year’s poll. This informal yet meaningful acknowledgment of Rhonda’s years of professional and community service is a reflection of the high regard in which she is held by her clients, colleagues, and neighbors. We’d like to give a shout-out to our esteemed colleague, longtime Leesburg attorney Bob Sevila, who is this year’s winner. We think this … [Read more...] about Rhonda Wilson Paice Named One of Loudoun’s Favorite Attorneys