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2016

Blog Posts in 2016

  • 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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