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  • If You Lost Someone After a Hit-and-Run Accident in Virginia, Can You Sue The At-Fault Driver?

    Mar 15, 2024

    The sudden loss of a loved one in a hit-and-run accident is a profound tragedy that leaves families in Virginia facing not only emotional devastation but also a maze of legal questions. The path to seeking justice and compensation in such cases is fraught with complexities, yet it is a necessary journey for many seeking closure and financial stability in the wake of their loss. This comprehensive guide aims to provide clarity and support for...
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  • Love, Trust, and Signing on the Dotted Line: A Basic Primer for Common Prenuptial Agreement Terms

    Apr 10, 2023

    Johnny Cash sang, “Because you’re mine, I walk the line,” but what happens when lines get crossed in a marriage? How far are you willing to let your partner go before you find your limit, and how badly will the ensuing argument(s) fracture your relationship? What happens to everything you brought into the marriage if it ends? When a couple gets engaged, there may be only love in their eyes. However, the American Psychological Association...
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  • Leaving an Abusive Marriage? Follow These Steps to Protect Yourself and Your Children

    Mar 1, 2023

    First things first—if you are in imminent danger from your abusive spouse, get out of the house with your children and call the police. Do not worry about eventually getting custody or alimony when you file for divorce—your safety comes first. However, if you are not under immediate threat, and you believe that you can safely take a bit of time to get some things in place first, it could benefit you during the divorce...
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  • SCRA Impacts Divorce and Custody Proceedings for Active-Duty Military

    Jan 3, 2023

    There is no other job quite like serving in the military. While servicemembers are on active duty, they are basically at work 24/7. In many cases, they are out of the country for months at a time. Because of this, they cannot respond to civil litigation in the same way civilians can. That is why, under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), members of the military are protected from civil litigation while they are on...
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  • If You Are Getting Divorced for the Second Time, You Need to Be Aware of These Challenges

    Dec 1, 2022

    When MacKenzie Scott filed for divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2019, it made headlines owing to the vast wealth that would be divided. Many people were surprised when she re-married in 2021, but we should not be that surprised that she has now filed for divorce for a second time. Over 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce, and apparently, the uber-wealthy are no exception. You might not have a net worth...
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  • Relocating Out of State With Children After a Virginia Divorce

    Nov 10, 2022

    You are divorced and have an opportunity for a better life in a state other than Virginia. Maybe the move will take you closer to your family, or perhaps you have been offered a better job. Regardless of the reason, if you believe it is the right decision for you, you should be free to make the move. However, if you have children and share custody with your ex, you will have to get their...
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  • The Dangers of a Do-It-Yourself Virginia Divorce

    Oct 11, 2022

    Now that you've decided to end your marriage, you may wonder whether you need to hire a lawyer or if you can handle the divorce on your own. Though you may be a competent and capable do-it-yourselfer in many other areas, law – and especially divorce law – is one field that's best left to the professionals. Here's what you need to know about the dangers of a DIY Virginia divorce and how MacDowell Law...
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  • Northern Virginia Truck Rollover Accidents and Recoveries

    May 10, 2022

    Truckers are responsible for controlling large and sometimes unstable vehicles. Truck accidents happen in a variety of ways, but one of the worst possible accidents is a rollover. A rollover truck accident can be caused by anything from driver error to improperly loaded cargo. If you are hurt by a rolled over truck, the injuries can be significant, and you may have the right to make a legal recovery The Dangers of a Truck Rollover...
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  • Defamation of Character in Divorce: What Virginia Couples Can Learn From the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard Trial

    Apr 25, 2022

    There’s no doubt that ending a marriage can be a messy process. When tensions run high, spouses may lash out by saying things that are incredibly hurtful. Sometimes, this may even rise to the level of defamation—as seen in John C. Depp, II v. Amber Laura Heard (CL-2019-2911). At the heart of the dispute between actor Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard is a December 2018 opinion column in Depp is suing Heard for $50...
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  • What to Do If You Break a Bone in a Vehicle Collision

    Apr 12, 2022

    Daily life in Virginia requires driving, be it your morning commute or running the kids to various activities. With busy roads and distracted and reckless drivers, accidents can and do happen. If the accident is severe enough, both driver and passengers may experience serious injuries such as broken bones. If this happens to you, do you know what steps to take to ensure a full recovery, both physically and financially? Here's what you should do...
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