1. Common Sense Rules for Lawyers

    Many years ago as I began the practice of law, I realized how important it was for an attorney at law to be a positive example in the community in which he or she serves. No matter how many lawyer jokes people hear or re-tell, when their liberty is threatened they have no place to go except their attorney. When the Government decides that you are guilty of criminal activity and should be removed f…Read More

  2. Do I Have to Be A Doctor to Sign This?

    I recently represented a client who was looking to probate her deceased aunt's will in Virginia.  She was named executor and a beneficiary.   This will contained what is known as a "self-proving affidavit", allowing a will to be recorded and probated without a judicial determination of its validity.   The self-proving affidavit is signed by the witnesses to the will and the person signing the…Read More

  3. Immigration: History and Overview

    TATE BYWATER is proud to announce the addition of an immigration practice to the firm's full suite of services. For many years, clients have asked us to handle their immigration case and we are now excited to be able to do so. As an introduction to the practice area, here is a brief overview of the United States immigration system. History of Immigration Almost all United States citizens are desce…Read More

  4. Tate, Bywater, Fuller, Mickelsen & Tull, PLC

    We are pleased to announce the merger and creation of Tate, Bywater, Fuller, Mickelsen & Tull, PLC ("TATE BYWATER").  Effective September 1, 2014, Travis Tull of Law Offices of Travis Tull, PLLC, and Paul Mickelsen of Law Office of Paul Mickelsen, PLLC, joined Douglas Bywater, James Tate, and Gary Fuller of Tate, Bywater & Fuller, PLC. With over 100 years of combined legal experience in a…Read More