1. Should I Open My Preschool?

    If you run a preschool or daycare and are considering opening this fall, be sure to review your safety procedures and parent handbooks, and consider drafting a COVID-19 waiver. Safety Procedures: Physical and Legal The decision to open your facility is ​a difficult one that should be made with the utmost consideration for the safety of the children and teachers you will allow into your school. A…Read More

  2. Does Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy Cover Your In-Home Business?

    Does your Homeowner's Insurance Policy Cover Your In-Home Business? Some homeowner insurance policies have business exclusions that bar coverage for damages or injuries resulting from activity relating to a business that is operated within the home. This was demonstrated recently by a case in the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke, Pennsylvania National Mutual Casualty Ins. Co. v. Newman, Cas…Read More

  3. Looking At Your Feet

    Is it negligent to not look at your feet while walking? In a recent decision in the Western District of Virginia at Harrisonburg (Beach v. Costco Wholesale Corporation, Case No. 18-cv-92) a woman was found to be contributorily negligent when she fell on the edge of a pothole in a Costco parking lot. Virginia, D.C. and Maryland follow the contributory negligence rule, which means a plaintiff cannot…Read More

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    Your Fairfax County Local Law Firm Explains Legislative Changes

    Wow, it’s nearly ⅓ of the way through 2020: where has the time gone? Did you know that some major state laws took effect last July that have lasting and impacting changes for all Virginians? Your local law firm in Fairfax County is always here to help make sense of these changes and to answer any questions you may have about them.  We’ll talk about these here so that you know that you’re …Read More

  5. Wills and Pets: Who Gets the Dog?

    It's important to plan for the future, which also means planning for the future when you are no longer in this world. Having a will that states your desires once you are gone is prudent to help avoid conflicts amongst family members and excessive taxation. One issue that can be forgotten in wills is the pets. What happens to your dog or cat when you die? Who will take care of them? Tate Bywater is…Read More

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    Divorce and Pets: Who Gets the Dog?

    Americans have embraced their precious pets as tight as toddlers do their favorite stuffed animal. These fur babies have become integral to many people's lives, with dogs traveling everywhere with their owners, having their own beds, blankets, and coats, and being fawned over and treated as much as newborns. According to the National Pet Owners Survey from 2017, 60% of US households own dogs and 4…Read More

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    The Complexity of Internet Defamation

    We briefly touched on the fact that the internet can seem like the Wild West of the late 1800s where anything goes with not many repercussions. However, there are laws in place to protect you against internet defamation; however, it's exceedingly hard to do with anonymous IP addresses and the like. Tate Bywater believes in the United States Constitution and our right to free speech. However, we al…Read More

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    What is Commercial or Business Disparagement?

    In our on-going blog series on defamation, we've been mainly talking about individual defamation, slander, and libel, which is where someone says an untruth about you that causes you harm in some way. But what about businesses? How are they protected from disparagement if people say untruths about them? After all, businesses can lose money as well and can even be put out of business. So what do yo…Read More

  9. Dos and Don’ts in a Home Renovation

    Getting your home renovated can be an exhilarating experience. But be cautious and enter the situation with care because when things go wrong, they can often go very wrong. Follow this advice to avoid problems in the first place: Always Set Clear Expectations Lay out clear expectations for the contractor of what you want as your end goal. You likely have a vision in your head of how you want thing…Read More

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    Damages in Defamation Cases

    Defamation is something that happens every day around the world somewhere; just most of it goes unnoticed or is ignored. For the most part, this is probably for the best. After all, sometimes it's just better to let things go because you have better things to do in your life, like watching your son's soccer game or your daughter's gymnastics competition. However, sometimes if your reputation is da…Read More