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We are living through unprecedented times.  Many states have issued orders to “shelter in place”.   Our Governor has closed all non-essential businesses.  One significant effect of these conditions is the loss of diminution of employment.  As a result, people who are subject to court orders, may find themselves unable to pay their court ordered support be it spousal or child support. The first thing to remember is that support is pursuant to a court order.  An order remains...
Last week, the President signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), the first of what promises to be a number of legislative enactments addressing the current pandemic.  The FFCRA contains three specific laws that small to mid-sized employers should review: Public Health Emergency Leave, the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act, and the Tax Credits for Paid Sick and Paid Family and Medical Leave.  According to guidance published by the Department of...
We are operating in a new world.  It is in this new world that a business’ communications with its employees, customers, and investors are more important than ever. Indeed, businesses of all shapes and sizes are communicating their response to the global epidemic.  So, how can you effectively communicate your COVID-19 response?  Here are a few tips: Know your message and stick to it. As COVID-19 is an evolving situation, your messages and communications may involve...
A fraudulent conveyance is one undertaken “with intent to delay, hinder, or defraud creditors”.  Va. Code § 55.1-400.  Case law demonstrates that a court looks at the enumerated badges of fraud similar to a totality of circumstances analysis.  In general, there are many facts and scenarios which the law interprets to be signs of fraud, and from which fraudulent intent may be inferred. I. Applicable Virginia Law Under Virginia law, a fraudulent conveyance has no specific...
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