Ross Cameron Hart

Ross Cameron Hart

Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd
  • Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning
  • Virginia
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Biography

I was born and grew up in the area - my family has served the legal needs of the area since 1892, over 120 years. My goal is to explain the legal process in plain English and to avoid the 'technical lawyer words' which only confuse many people. The primary focus of my firm is now "Elder Law" which broadly includes estate planning, Nursing Home admissions and Medicaid applications and adult guardianship. After a family member dies, we advise and assist in the estate administration process. In short, we help families plan and deal with aging and death and navigating the legal system.

Practice Areas
    Elder Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
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Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We charge a modest consultation fee which is less than half of the normal hourly rate for professional services. Our consultation usually takes an hour and frequently provides advice and information that the individual can use immediately. The fee for continued services is discussed at the consultation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
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4th Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner/President
Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd
- Current
Family firm begun by my grandfather and his brother (Hon. John L. Hart) in 1892
Education
University of Virginia School of Law
J.D. (1976)
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Monmouth College
B.A. (1973) | Business Adm
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Awards
SuperLawyer
SuperLawyers
First listed as SuperLawyer in 2019 and annually since. Recognition of top 5% of lawyers in field of law
Chapter Member of Year
Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA)
VAELA is a group of around 200 lawyers focusing on Elder Law; award recognizes member of chapter who contributes time, expertise, etc. for the chapter and other members.
Pro-bono Award, 2008 (23rd Circuit)
Virginia State Bar
Award for pro-bono (low income clients)
Professional Associations
NAELA
MEMBER
- Current
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Virginia Academy Elder Law Attorneys
Director
- Current
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Salem/Roanoke County Bar Ass'n
Member
- Current
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Virginia State Bar
Member
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd.
Legal Answers
155 Questions Answered
Q. My landlord sent me a copy of a water bill. But there was no address, account number ect. It's got be a fake, what can I
A: You have your question backwards. It's up to the landlord to prove it's the bill for your property. You might call the water utility and ask about billing at your address.
Q. What is the Virginia statute of limitations involving a third party promissory note with a deed of trust?
A: You've left out some important information - when was the mortgage taken out, when was it's original due date, and a few other things. I have a lot more questions than answers at this point.

That said, the odds are that the holder of the debt may still be able to foreclose on the property. it is an attempt to collect a debt so you have the right to ask for full verification of the debt, the payment history, and so forth.

You need to meet with an experienced real estate and/or collection defense attorney to review everything you have on the account and help you get verifications.
Q. Can the estate be responsible for the medical bills of the decedent ?
A: Handling of estates is a lot more technical than most people think, and you should consult an experienced probate attorney to review the estate and advise you. If there is no estate under administration (through the court system) you - as an individual - are generally not responsible for the decedent's debts unless you are a co-signer on the debt or otherwise agreed, in writing, to pay them. Certain medical bills may be your responsibility (as an individual) but that is rare. If there is formal administration then the executor/administrator must pay the debts if there are sufficient funds. There is a very specific order of priority, and as surviving spouse you have a priority for at least $44,000 before most creditors. Consult an experienced probate lawyer. ... Read More
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Contact & Map
HART & HART ATTORNEYS, LTD.
40 W Main St
PO Box 567
Salem, VA 24153
Telephone: (540) 375-3281
Fax: (540) 375-7677
Monday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 1 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
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