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In Virginia, when a property owner fails to pay assessments to the community association, the association has the option of filing a judgment lien or a memorandum of lien against the owner’s property as a means of securing the debt. The benefit of a lien is that it attaches to the property of the debtor, which increases the likelihood that the secured debt will be paid. A lien will prevent the property owner from selling the property or refinancing without first paying the...
Computer software has driven a significant part of our economy for the last half-century. From simple DOS programs to complex software and mobile apps that currently drive business and industry, innovation in software and computer technology continue to move at an increasingly fast pace. As a result, intellectual property protections afforded to computer and software innovations have changed dramatically.  Before you spend a lot of money to have a patent application prepared...
As we begin a new year, many of us look to the future and begin to plan changes in our lives. Unfortunately, for many people the old adage “out with the old and in with the new” involves ending a marriage or other long-term relationship. As with any other major change in life, it is important to plan for a possible divorce or separation. Therefore, as we begin 2018 it might be helpful to review a few tips in planning for an impending divorce. Seek counseling/therapy- Prior...
In all child custody cases, including those between a parent and a nonparent, the best interests of the child are paramount for the guidance of the court in determining the dispute.  Bailes v. Sours, 231 Va. 96, 99 (1986) (quoting Walker v. Brooks, 203 Va. 417, 421 (1962)).  However, there are situations when non-parents have standing to seek custody and/or visitation of a minor child.  The presumption that a child’s best interests will be served when he is in custody of a...
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