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  • What to Say After a Motor Vehicle Accident

    The number one rule after a motor vehicle accident is do not give a statement to any insurance company about the accident until you have spoken to a qualified attorney . There are no exceptions to this rule. You, or someone on your behalf, should report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as practical. But you do not want to give a statement about the accident. This can be difficult ...
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  • What the Surgeon General Hasn't Told You

    Most of us in Virginia and across the U.S. are familiar with warnings from the Surgeon General. The “WARNING”, outlined in a thin black box on tobacco products, informs consumers about the dangers of smoking. In turn, this has raised the public’s overall awareness of the dangers, not only of the nicotine found in most cigarettes, but also of secondhand smoke. The warning sign, however, says ...
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  • Are There Risks to Using Social Media in Litigation?

    Even though you might believe that your account is private and you have ensured your privacy settings are switched on, you may be surprised to learn that your social media posts are not actually private. Social media has quickly become an instrumental tool in litigation, in many different types of cases such as personal injury, criminal charges, family law matters, employment law, and much more. ...
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  • $1.8 Million Jury Award In Wrongful Pregnancy Case

    Stephen K. Lewellyn , senior litigation attorney at Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards, PLC of Culpeper, recently won a jury verdict for $1.8 Million in the Newport News Circuit Court for a client in a case involving a medical malpractice claim for wrongful pregnancy. This is believed to be the largest jury award in Virginia for such a claim. The lawsuit was filed in state court against a ...
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  • How Is Child Support Calculated in Virginia?

    Child support is calculated using many variables, including the parents’ wages and other forms of income. There is not a set formula for calculating child support; rather, the judge who is overseeing the case will review the variables to find a conclusive solution. The factors to consider often involve reviewing the parent's income, but also the parent’s ability to provide support, the amount a ...
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  • Why Not Creating a Will Places You at a Disadvantage

    Davies, Barrell, Will, Lewellyn & Edwards, PLC has long been an advocate for protecting your family, your best interests, and especially the wealth you have created. The recent passing of the pop superstar and songwriter, Prince, has caused a stir for those concerned about the status of his estate. He died with an estimated accumulated wealth of around $300 million. The issue is, though, that ...
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  • The Right for Grandparents to Provide Kinship Care

    Kinship care is the right for family members and extended family , such as the child’s grandparents, to step in and take care of the children. This can happen if, for any reason, the parent is unable to provide for the child. It may be due to the loss of one’s job, problems with drug or alcohol abuse, or other circumstances that would not make it possible for them to provide proper care to their ...
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  • Minimum Insurance Leaves Drivers Vulnerable to Uninsured and Underinsured Negligent Drivers

    If you drive a car in Virginia, you are required by law to carry liability insurance of at least $25,000 of coverage per claimant with a cap of $50,000 if multiple claims arise from the same accident. There are additional optional coverages to complete what people often describe as “full coverage”. Many people, however, who believe they are adequately protected because they have “full coverage,” ...
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  • Criminal Law Developments Examined at Annual Criminal Law Seminar

    Criminal law attorney, Michael Mott, attended the highly acclaimed 46th Annual Criminal Law Seminar in Charlottesville, VA. on February 12, 2016. He heard the latest developments in criminal law as well as laws surrounding the use of technology and the rights of privacy in searches and seizures by law enforcement - important knowledge to have to protect your rights and freedom!
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  • November is National Diabetes Month

    Our Firm, in support of and solidarity with two of our own, has adopted National Diabetes Day, November 14, to help raise awareness and educate ourselves and our loved ones. We invite you to journey with us as we spend a couple of weeks learning the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, dispelling some common myths, and examining some facts. Our hope is that we can all become a little ...
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  • 34th Annual Family Law Seminar

    Domestic Relations and Family Law Attorneys Elizabeth G. Thorne and Rex L. Edwards, Jr. attended the 34th Annual Family Law Seminar: Hot Topics in Domestic Practice Today on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015 in Richmond, VA. Presentations focused on computer forensics, social media and electronic evidence in family law cases. Social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram are increasingly serving as ...
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  • National Estate Planning Awareness Week

    It’s been estimated that 70% of Americans do not have a proper estate plan. Many people believe that estate planning is only for the wealthy. It is not. Estate planning includes creating Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Medical Directives that safeguard you and your family in case of sickness, accidents, or untimely death. These documents let you choose beneficiaries for your assets, mitigate ...
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  • Looking For Answers

    Holding ourselves ethically accountable to our clients is something we take seriously. Attorneys at DBWLE recently attended the 2015 ALPS CLE program, "Looking for Answers." This program provided an in-depth look at a number of ethical concerns facing lawyers in private practice today.
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  • Elder Law

    By 2020 over 56 million Americans will be over the age of 65. Elder Law, a field covering estate planning, disability, guardianship and other aging-related issues, is becoming increasingly critical. Attorney John J. "Butch" Davies, III attended the 24th Annual Advanced Elder Law Update Seminar, co-sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA) on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 in ...
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