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April 2019 Archives

Amazon CEO and wife reach settlement in their high-asset divorce

Amazon has become a household name and most people in Virginia have either ordered something from the online retail giant at some point in time or at least know someone who has. Therefore, they may be interested to hear of the outcome of the divorce of Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos and what it means for the future of Amazon.

Detecting drugged driving remains a problem

While a person in Virginia may lawfully be prescribed medical marijuana for certain conditions, that doesn't mean that the use of the drug couldn't land them in legal hot water. Specifically, not unlike alcohol, police who suspect a motorist is driving while high on marijuana may issue the motorist a citation for driving while intoxicated. This is due to the belief that certain drugs can impair a motorist's ability to safely operate an automobile.

Prenup at issue in Dixie Chicks singer's high asset divorce

Virginia residents may be fans of the country music band, the Dixie Chicks and the band's lead singer, Natalie Maines. In 2017 Maines filed for divorce from her husband on grounds of irreconcilable differences. The couple have two teenage sons. Maines' husband is requesting over $16,000 per month in child support and over $44,000 per month in spousal support from Maines. He is also requesting that Maines be responsible for the $350,000 he has spent in attorney fees.

Prevent challenges from heirs with a "no-contest" clause

A will is the cornerstone of a comprehensive estate plan and allows an individual to designate who inherits certain assets and personal belongings. However, in some cases, heirs may challenge the validity of a will—leading to costly legal battles and irreparable family rifts. Thankfully, when drafting a will, there are steps that you can take to protect your wishes and guard against possible future legal actions.  

Have you and your parents planned for long-term care needs?

According to the U.S. government’s Administration on Aging, there is a 70 percent likelihood that individuals age 65 and older will need some sort of long-term care. Despite this staggering statistic, many people fail to plan for long-term care needs.

Don't let divorce destroy your business

When divorce is imminent, you may suddenly look at your life very differently. Everything that you have is something you could potentially lose, from your home to your children. For business owners, divorce presents additional challenges and worries.

What is legal versus physical custody in Virginia?

Parents in Virginia who were very much in love when their child was born may find that as time marches on, while their love for their child grows, the relationship they have with one another has become untenable and they are best off divorcing. When this happens a child custody and parenting plan will need to be established. It is important that parents in Virginia who find themselves in such situations understand their child custody options, so they can make decisions that are in their child's best interests.

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