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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.

Practice Areas
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Elder Law
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
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  • Free Consultation
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Education
University of Richmond School of Law
J.D
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University of Virginia
B.A | Foreign Affairs
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Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar
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Activities: Bankruptcy Law, Family Law and Trusts & Estates Sections
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Henrico County Bar Association
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Richmond Bar Association
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Activities: Bankruptcy Law Section
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Videos
How Is Child Custody Decided In Virginia? How Is Child Custody Decided In Virginia?

How Is Child Custody Decided In Virginia?

How Is Property Divided In a Virginia Divorce? How Is Property Divided In a Virginia Divorce?

How Is Property Divided In a Virginia Divorce?

How is spousal support calculated in Virginia? How Is Spousal Support Calculated in Virginia?

How is spousal support calculated in Virginia?

How is child support calculated in Virginia? How Is Child Support Calculated in Virginia?

How is child support calculated in Virginia?

Which divorce debts may be discharged in bankruptcy? Which Divorce Debts May Be Discharged In Bankruptcy?

Which divorce debts may be discharged in bankruptcy?

How are temporary spousal support and child support calculated in Virginia? How Are Temporary Spousal Support and Child Support Calculated in Virginia?

How are temporary spousal support and child support calculated in Virginia?

Is a separation agreement necessary for a no fault divorce in Virginia? Is a Separation Agreement Necessary for a No Fault Divorce in Virginia?

Is a separation agreement necessary for a no fault divorce in Virginia?

Is a husband or wife responsible for his or her spouse's debts in Virginia? Is a Husband or Wife Responsible for His or Her Spouse's Debts in Virginia?

Is a husband or wife responsible for his or her spouse's debts in Virginia?

Does legal title determine interests in marital property in Virginia? Does Legal Title Determine Interests in Marital Property in a Virginia Divorce?

Does legal title determine interests in marital property in Virginia?

Must a husband and wife file bankruptcy together in Virginia? Must a Husband and Wife File Bankruptcy Together in Virginia?

Must a husband and wife file bankruptcy together in Virginia?

Is there a legal separation in Virginia? Is There a Legal Separation in Virginia?

Is there a legal separation in Virginia?

What are the grounds for annulment in Virginia? What Are the Grounds For Annulment in Virginia?

What are the grounds for annulment in Virginia?

Can an individual with high income obtain bankruptcy relief in Virginia? Can an Individual with High Income Obtain Bankruptcy Relief in Virginia?

Can an individual with high income obtain bankruptcy relief in Virginia?

How may a separated spouse obtain support in Virginia? How May a Separated Spouse Obtain Support in Virginia?

How may a separated spouse obtain support in Virginia?

What are the grounds for divorce in Virginia? What are the grounds for divorce in Virginia?

What are the grounds for divorce in Virginia?

Will I lose my home in a Virginia bankruptcy? Will I Lose My Home in a Virginia Bankruptcy?

Will I lose my home in a Virginia bankruptcy?

What are the different types of consumer bankruptcies in Virginia? What are the different types of consumer bankruptcies in Virginia?

What are the different types of consumer bankruptcies in Virginia?

The Benefits of Filing Bankruptcy in Virginia. The Benefits of Filing Bankruptcy in Virginia

The Benefits of Filing Bankruptcy in Virginia.

Legal Answers
134 Questions Answered
Q. If my teen decided she no longer wants to go to her father's, do I have to make her?
A: Unjustifiably withholding visitation can result in a change of primary physical custody of a child. A custodial parent must do everything within his or her power and authority to allow visitation to occur, absent some credible evidence of family abuse which would justify a modification of a visitation order. Judges are sensitive to allegations of parental alienation, when one parent intentionally alienates the child from the other parent. Family law judges allow expect a certain level of co-parenting, in the best interests of the child, however distasteful that may be to a parent. Parents must act like adults and not use the child as a pawn in some ongoing conflict between themselves. If there are legitimate reasons to discontinue current court-ordered visitation, a party should file a motion to modify visitation and expect to prove both (1) a material change in circumstances justifying a change in visitation, and how, (2) considering that material change, a change in visitation would be in the best interests of the child. While a child's preference in custody or visitation is a factor, and may be heard by the judge from an older child of sufficient intelligence and maturity, many in the family law system are opposed to such an expression of preference. Anyone facing a custody or visitation dispute should consult with an experienced Virginia family law lawyer.
Q. We have existing will and trust. Can we modify current successor trustee with an addendum we create and notarize?
A: A will may be modfied with a codicil. Most attorney advise against the use of a codicil for various reasons. As it requires the same formalities as a will, the testator is often better off by simply writing a new will. A trust may be modified in accordance with its terms, or, in certain instances, by court order. Anyone interested in the modification of a will or trust should first consult with an experienced Virginia estate planning attorneys.
Q. Can Virginia make you pay child support for a child over 18 if they have disability?
A: Under Virginia Code Section 16.1-278.15, child support may be ordered to continue for an adult child in the following circumstances: "...The court may also order that support be paid or continue to be paid for any child over the age of 18 who is (a) severely and permanently mentally or physically disabled, and such disability existed prior to the child reaching the age of 18 or the age of 19 if the child met the requirements of clauses (i), (ii), and (iii); (b) unable to live independently and support himself; and (c) residing in the home of the parent seeking or receiving child support. Upon request of either party, the court may also order that support payments be made to a special needs trust or an ABLE savings trust account as defined in § 23.1-700..." Anyone interested in a child support case in Virginia should consult with an experienced Virginia family law lawyer.
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