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Avoid these behaviors in a high-asset divorce

When a wealthy couple in Virginia decides to divorce, there is so much at stake. The couple may have spent years or even decades amassing a substantial amount of financial wealth. They may own several pieces of real estate, they both may have a lot of funds held in retirement plans, they may have valuable stocks and investments and more. When it comes to divorce, even if both partners are on the same page in that they want to end their marriage, rancor can still be present and disagreements can occur throughout the divorce process. However, there are some behaviors a spouse should avoid doing, especially in a high-asset divorce.

These life changes may affect your estate plan

Creating an estate plan is a complex process, using many interdependent documents to create protections and benefits that align with your wishes for your property and your beneficiaries. In most cases, an estate plan works in concert with a will, which requires regular review and possible amendment to account for numerous potential complications.

Business law attorneys provide valuable assistance to Virginians

People in Virginia have a strong work ethic, and for many this means building a successful business from the ground up. Throughout all the ups and downs of running a business, it is imperative that business owners have the help of an attorney every step of the way. This is to ensure the business stays on the right side of the law, and the business owner's interests are protected.

After 40 years, Virginia man's rape conviction vacated

A man who had been convicted of rape 40 years ago has had his conviction vacated. According to the Virginia Supreme Court, due to new evidence presented to them, they deemed it impossible that a jury would have determined the man committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

Zero tolerance laws apply to teenagers accused of drunk driving

Teenagers are still maturing and may not always make the best decisions. Some teenagers in may experiment with alcohol. They may do so out of peer pressure, or they may simply be curious about its taste and effects. There are laws regarding minors and alcohol that, if violated, could lead to serious consequences.  These consequences can follow them for the rest of their lives - affecting college admissions, sports, careers, etc.

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