1. You Want the Kids and My Life Insurance?

    After an unfortunate decline in the marriage relationship, you and your spouse have agreed that a divorce would be best for both of you. Despite agreeing you both need a divorce, you can't seem to agree on anything else. After weeks or months of back-and-forth negotiation you have finally settled on everything from child custody, spousal support, and who will get the set of decorative silver butte…Read More

  2. It stinks in here Dad, hang up the tree!

    They're everywhere, air freshener trees in varied scents and themes.  You pick it up after your car wash to freshen up the interior but where are you supposed to hang that thing?  If you drive in Virginia and are tempted to hang it from your rear-view mirror, think again, unless you want to be stopped by police and given a ticket (or worse). In Virginia, according to Virginia Code 46.2-1054 "[i]…Read More

  3. Can I Make a Contract with My Spouse?

    It's a familiar story: man meets woman, they fall in love, get married and live happily ever after. Turns out, many find "happily ever after" is not really forever. Death or divorce can permanently end any marriage. People are getting married later in life and, consequently, have substantial savings or other assets they bring with them in a marriage that must be protected if the marriage ends. Som…Read More

  4. Virginia Child Custody Options

    Child custody can be one of the most contentious aspects of divorce and family law. If both parents want their child to live with them, it can create a zero-sum situation where litigation is inevitable. Before deciding on a course of action, there are several considerations parents should be aware of. First, it is important to differentiate between legal and physical custody. Legal custody is havi…Read More

  5. DUIs, Traffic Lawyers, And You, Part One

    Understanding Your Best Options In today's post, we will be staring into the unknown abyss that is a DUI, along with its facets and intricacies. Why would we want to bring up such an uncomfortable topic like DUIs as they pertain to traffic law as a whole? That is an excellent question, we are thrilled you asked. The first reason is that people get in these situations more often than most any of us…Read More

  6. Understanding Civil Litigation

    Generally speaking, civil litigation is the result of at least one party is claimed to have committed a wrong, but not a crime. Depending on who you ask, some litigation attorneys will say that many specialized subjects within the umbrella of civil litigation are not, strictly speaking, civil litigation cases. For example, labor law and small claims cases can be given more precise descriptors, but…Read More

  7. Estate Planning And Simple Mistakes To Avoid

    TATE BYWATER Law has been serving the regions of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. for nearly 50 years, having been founded by James R. Tate and Douglas E. Bywater all the way back in 1972. Why should you care about how long TATE BYWATER has been providing clients with exceptional estate planning? We are glad you asked. The bottom line is that any law practice that has been around for such…Read More

  8. The Most Common Divorce Traps Men Fall Into

    When a marriage is moving towards its unfortunate conclusion, husbands and fathers tend to fall victim to various emotional traps. Frequently, husbands think they can make legal concessions to as a last-ditch effort to save their marriage by making grand gestures. Sometimes these gestures are monetary, meaning husbands will concede financial rights in an effort to win their wife back. Others can b…Read More

  9. Things To Consider While Choosing An Immigration Attorney

    Perhaps you are one of the many Americans out there who is concerned about recent immigration policy changes and how it may affect you or your loved one's livelihoods. Although it is difficult and often imprudent to extrapolate and therefore speculate, the purpose of this post is to educate you in a general way about what to look for if you are in considering retaining an immigration lawyer. Of co…Read More

  10. What Our Clients Are Saying About Us

    At TATE BYWATER Law, we strive to provide the very best legal counsel, because we genuinely care about the lives of our clients. Our practice areas of expertise are numerous, because we want you to come to us, no matter the legal service you require. Whether it's Bankruptcy, Business and Corporate Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal and Traffic, Family Law, Immigration, Personal Industry, Real Estate…Read More