Category Archives: Family Law

Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation, Part Three: What Can You Do?

This is the third article in a three-part series discussing Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation. In Part One, we discussed the definitions for elder abuse and the prevalence of it in our society. In Part Two, we discussed what to watch for in detecting the signs of elder abuse as well as identifying the situations in which our elderly citizens are most vulnerable to abuse. We also discussed what the Federal Government and the State of Virginia are doing to help combat the problem. In this Part Three, we will discuss what you can do to protect yourself, your loved ones, and/or your clients from elder abuse, neglect and exploitation. The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) oversees two programs that are helpful in the investigation and remediation of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation: the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and Adult Protective Services. The Ombudsman Program is mandated to receive, investigate, and resolve complaints made by….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Understanding Uncontested Divorce

Uncontested divorce means the spouses agrees on all major issues linked with getting divorced. These issues include the sharing of parenting responsibilities and also parenting time. The duration of child support and the amount of money must be taken into account. Property division and debt division must also be included. In case the couple can reach an agreement, they can file paperwork sans any court appearance. The divorce will be final as soon as required period of time as per California law has elapsed. It is to be noted that not all uncontested divorce proceedings are the same. These kind of divorces may also run into choppy weather.  The simplest process happens when no minor children are with the couple and assets are minimal. The proceedings will go fast if each of the spouses are financially independent or capable to support himself or herself by independent means. If substantial assets or minor children are present Couples with substantial assets or minor….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Honduran Man Kills Himself After Threat of Separation from Family at US Border

From The New York Times: A Honduran man who was told he would be separated from his family after he had crossed the United States border into Texas with them last month strangled himself in his holding cell, according to….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Great New Search and Seizure Case from US Supreme Court

A recent US Supreme Court ruling has the potential to affect many people who have had vehicles searched by law enforcement, including at least one client of Skier & Associates. The Court in Collins v. Virginia held that the 4th Amendment’s “automobile exception” (which allows police to search an automobile without a warrant) does not apply to a vehicle parked next to a home, and that police are required to obtain a warrant before they can search the vehicle. The facts of Collins were that police approached Collins’ home and lifted a tarp off of a motorcycle leaned up against his house in order to obtain the VIN from the vehicle. As a result, Collins was arrested for Receiving Stolen Property. The Court, in an 8-1 decision, held that this search was in violation of the 4th Amendment’s prohibition on unreasonable searches. Their reasoning was that the same expectation of privacy extends to vehicles parked near a house as applies to items within….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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What to Expect for Attorney Billing

    Family law cases can be daunting especially if it’s your face time to face it and you are not armed with enough information. You will surely have a ton of questions to ask. One of these questions will be how much hiring a family law attorney will cost you. Financial worries always try to make its way any legal case, and it’s mostly unavoidable in family law cases. In this article, we will provide you with an idea on how you will be billed by the family law attorney that you will hire to help you with the case.   As you are probably aware, family law cases are quite different from other types of civil cases such as property disputes and personal injury cases. More than these civil cases, family law cases are a lot more personal and it deals with people close to you, relationships and everything that is extremely important in your life. Because of this, you need to make sound decisions in choosing who will help you with your case and how much money….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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