Ross Cameron Hart

Ross Cameron Hart

Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd
  • Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning ...
  • Virginia
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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
  • Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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4th Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd
- Current
Family firm begun by my grandfather and his brother (Hon. John L. Hart) in 1892
University of Virginia School of Law
J.D. (1976)
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Monmouth College
B.A. (1973) | Business Adm
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Professional Associations
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Virginia Academy Elder Law Attorneys
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Salem/Roanoke County Bar Ass'n
- Current
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Virginia State Bar
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Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd.
Legal Answers
81 Questions Answered

Q. Warrant in Debt for a tenant; judgement 9/2/15 Wants to settle. Do we go to Clerk of Court or how do I proceed?
A: Yes, she can file bankruptcy to discharge the debt. All you really need to do is 1) agree on an amount 2) get that amount and give tenant a receipt, 3) within 30 days advise the court that the judgment has been satisfied. It's an easy form and the clerk will help you with it. As to interest - $14,000 at 6% from 9/2/2015 does NOT make it over $20,000. It looks as if you compounded the interest which you cannot do. (I calculate the interest at just under $4000).
Q. Can a son or daughter on the deed of their parents home, simply sell the house for profit if they have siblings?
A: Mr. Sternberg is correct - you don't provide nearly enough information to answer your question. Being 'on the deed' can mean a number of things from simply a co-owner to having the remainder after a parents' life estate.
Q. With VA slayer statute, who pays slayers debts ?
A: If this has happened in your family or close friend, you have my deepest sympathy. Mr. Wilson is correct - Virginia law doesn't address the issue. What Virginia law does is prevent the slayer (or his estate) from profiting - getting money - from his crime. That means that anything that the slayer might have gotten from joint accounts, joint ownership of property, etc. is blocked. Beyond that it can get real complicated. Every estate is different and there are several ways to handle it, some more expensive and bigger hassle than others. For this reason I always recommend a consultation with an experienced probate lawyer to get an idea of what the problems in administration would be. This forum is designed and good for simple, general questions that will get you to the 'next step' for legal situations. Sometimes all people need is a simple answer. From the facts you’ve given, it seems that you need a lot more than an internet answer. Find and sit down with an experienced attorney in your area – there is a ‘search’ feature that can help you.
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Contact & Map
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 (Today)
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 1 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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