I assist clients with legal problems in the areas of bankruptcy, divorce, wills and trusts, and probate or estate administration. I am an experienced trial lawyer and have been a member of the Virginia State Bar since 1987. While I am glad to help clients settle their legal matters expeditiously and at the lowest costs to their satisfaction, I welcome the opportunity to litigate contested matters when settlement is not an acceptable option. I particularly enjoy the interplay between different practice areas, and have helped clients with both marital or divorce problems and financial problems such as bankruptcy, or family problems and probate or estate administration needs. I was graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984 with a B.A., and from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1987 with a J.D.
I am happily married with two sons at home. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, reading, chess, and sailing.
- Family Law
- Elder Law
- Estate Planning
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Free initial half hour consultation.
- Credit Cards Accepted
- English: Spoken, Written
- University of Richmond School of Law
- University of Virginia
- B.A | Foreign Affairs
- Virginia State Bar
- Activities: Bankruptcy Law, Family Law and Trusts & Estates Sections
- Henrico County Bar Association
- Richmond Bar Association
- Activities: Bankruptcy Law Section
- James H. Wilson, Jr.'s Website Profile
- James H. Wilson, Jr. Website
- The Interplay Between Bankruptcy and Divorce Law in Virginia
- Common Mistakes to Avoid Before Filing Bankruptcy, and Longer-Term Bankruptcy Planning
11 May 2020
- Greater protection under the Virginia Homestead Exemption starting July 1, 2020
30 April 2020
- Will a federal court enforce an immigration support affidavit against a husband while a divorce is pending in Virginia?
30 April 2018
- Adultery in Divorce Law in Virginia
- Change in Adultery Law in 2020 Legislative Session
5 May 2020
- Does a mutual reservation of spousal support satisfy the manifest injustice exception to the bar of spousal support for adultery?
10 May 2018
- Did wife waive her 5th Amendment privilege against testifying about her adultery and was husband’s stock purchase agreement properly classified as hybrid property?
19 February 2018
- Q. Can a certified copy of a will be probated if original is lost? In Virginia.
- A: Yes, a copy of a will can be established through a proceeding in the appropriate Circuit Court in Virginia to be the last will and testament of a decedent. A probate clerk may not accept a copy, however, for the cheaper and faster ex parte probate process available. You should consult with an experienced Virginia probate lawyer to discuss your options and the best course of action.
- Q. I live in Virginia, have 5 yr old boy & I'm pregnant by same father. I'm not married, can I legally take my son to FL?
- A: Unless and until there is a court order, both biological parents have equal rights to and responsibilities for their child(ren). Either could travel with the child for a family visit within the U.S. If there is a court order in place, taking against the terms of the order might be considered kidnapping. The refusal to allow the other fit parent visitation might be used against a parent in a custody or visitation case.
- Q. VA law on oral agreements. My ex husband and I orally agreed to pay a loan for our son's college. After my ex paid a few
- A: Parents in Virginia have no legal obligation to support their capable, able-bodied adult children. However, the parents of a child may create a binding legal obligation to pay for their child's college education. Virginia Code Section 20-155 validates marital agreements provided they are in writing and signed by both parties, or contained in a court order, or recorded and transcribed by a court reporter and acknowledged by the parties. The Virginia Statute of Frauds, Virginia Code Section 11-2, requires that certain agreements be in writing in order to be enforceable. Subsection 4 includes the following: "To charge any person upon a promise to answer for the debt, default, or misdoings of another;" Anyone considering creating an agreement to pay for their children's college education should consult with an experienced Virginia family law lawyer.