Serving Hanover County and Central Virginia
-Flexible schedule and locations
-Excellent customer service
- Uncontested and Contested Divorces
- Child Support
- Equitable Distribution
- Spousal Support
Going through a divorce or child custody case is a complicated, overwhelming time of life for many people. We strive to make that process as easy and understandable as possible. The divorce process has many aspects. Through a divorce, we first establish what caused the divorce. Whether it was normal growing apart, adultery or abuse matters and will guide your whole divorce case. After we have determined the cause of the divorce, we work to determine the best way to divide all of the property acquired during the marriage and whether or not it is appropriate for one party to pay another party any amount of spousal support. Along with those decisions, we work to determine what will be best for the children in terms of custody, visitation and child support. We will work with you to determine the best strategy to reach your goals. We are also happy to provide you with referrals for other types of support, whether it is emotional or financial support to help you transition through your divorce.
After the divorce is complete, if your ex-spouse is not complying with the court order or property settlement agreement, we will work with you to compel your ex-spouse to comply or, if necessary, ask the court to compel your ex-spouse to comply.
Whether you are thinking about separating, already separated, or already divorced, we are happy to talk with you about your circumstances and possible avenues of legal action for you to pursue.
- Last Will and Testaments
- Powers of Attorney
- Living Wills
Estate planning is a tool used to plan for your future and the future of your heirs. In a full estate planning session, we look at all of your assets and your desires for the future and create an all-encompassing plan for how your finances will be distributed upon your death and how future decisions will be made. This usually involves the creation of a will, an advanced medical directive and power of attorney. Depending on your circumstances, it may involve the creation of a trust as well.
A will typically sets out how you want your property to be distributed upon your death. In a will, you can also include provisions relating to minor children and who you would like to take care of them as well. An advanced medical directive provides directions on how you want to receive medical treatment should you become unable to articulate your wishes yourself. Finally, a power of attorney grants another person the ability to act on your behalf, particularly with finances. This can be granted immediately or can be granted upon your incapacitation, depending on your desires. Using these three major tools, as well as other methods, you should have a complete picture of how your future will play out in regards to future decisions and the distribution of your property. If you would like an estate planning session, or simply a will or other document drawn up, we are happy to talk with you about your circumstances and possible legal resolutions.
- Wrongful Termination
- Hostile Work Environment
Virginia is an at-will employment state. This means that your employer can terminate you for any reason or no reason at all, with few exceptions. The most common exceptions are discrimination based on age, gender or race. Depending on your circumstance, you may have a claim of wrongful termination. These types of cases move quickly, especially at the beginning, and have very short time limits within which you must file some sort of action to preserve your claim. You may also be eligible to receive unemployment compensation from the Virginia Employment Commission for a period of time.
If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated or are subject to discrimination, we are happy to talk with you about your circumstances and your options for pursuing legal action.
Guardianship and Conservatorship
Guardianship involves the appointment of a capable, willing individual to ensure the well-being of an incapable person. This may be due to autism, Alzheimer's, dementia or many other circumstances. This process involves the appointment of a guardian ad litem, who will recommend to the court whether or not a certain person should be appointed as guardian. These cases are highly fact-based and tend to have high stakes for the incapacitated person.
Along with guardianship, is the process of appointing a conservator. The same person can, in many instances, serve as both guardian and conservator. The conservator handles the finances of the incapacitated person. This process, again, involves the appointment of a guardian ad litem to make recommendations to the court. If you are appointed conservator, you will be required to account to the Commissioner of Accounts, all income coming in and out of the incapacitated person's account. These cases are also highly-fact based and tend to have high stakes.
The process of appointing a guardian and conservator can usually be done at the same time. These cases tend to take a significant amount of time from the time of filing to the appointment of the guardian and conservator. Because of that, it is important to consider these cases well in advance to ensure the process is completed in a timely manner.
The guardian and conservator may be the same person or may be two separate individuals. Guardians and Conservators are not always necessary for incapacitated individuals. For example, if the individual has a Power of Attorney and/or Advanced Medical Directive, those documents and appointments may serve the same purpose as a guardian and conservator.
Business Planning and Consulting
As a business owner who has grown my firm from the ground up, I am passionate about helping small business and solo practitioner attorneys plan and structure their business to be fully operable in accordance with all laws. I also provide advice and consulting for the business or firm at any stage in the business' life. Whether you need limited advice on a particular issue or full service in opening and operating your business, we're happy to find an unique arrangement to fit your needs.