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    Legal Questions: Do You Need To Add “Hold Harmless” Language to Brokerage Agreements Amid COVID-19?

    A number of Realtors in the Virginia area have been concerned recently about the necessity of adding “hold harmless” language to their agreements when brokering the selling or buying of a home. Since we know this is a cause of real concern for our friends in the real estate industry, we wanted to take a moment and give the legal perspective. Why would you need to add this language in the first…Read More

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    Is A Social Media Clause Necessary in Our Prenup?

    Social media has brought an extraordinary new dimension into our worlds, and your Vienna law firm is here to help navigate it. TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, LinkedIn, and all of the other social networking platforms have expanded our interactions considerably. Sometimes, this has come with some serious consequences: couples have gotten divorced, for example, over what one person said in a F…Read More

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    Are You Worried About Wage Garnishment in Prince William County?

    As unemployment numbers continue to climb, and those in power make “suggestions” about things like rent and mortgage payments following the initial months of the COVID-19 crisis without committing the power of the law to back their authority in these matters, times can seem terrifying for tens of thousands of Americans. Your local Prince William County attorney understands, and can assist with…Read More

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    What You Need To Know About the False Claims Act

    The False Claims Act is a piece of legislation specifically concerning qui tam law. “Qui tam” means “as well as” and refers to citizens who bring matters to court concerning harm done to the government as well as to themselves. This is different from a whistleblower, who acts on behalf of a private entity, though the verbiage is often confused. Qui tam law in the United States began in 186…Read More

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    Your Prince William County Law Firm Answers Legal Questions About The Coronavirus

    In a matter of weeks, TATE BYWATER has observed that the United States’ landscape has changed drastically. Many businesses are shuttered. People don’t gather for lunch or dinner in restaurants or head out for Happy Hour on Friday afternoons. The stock market is tumbling on a daily basis. Fear amongst citizens who would otherwise not react in such ways has prompted hoarding activities, and figh…Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  10. 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