1. Child Support Basics

    Getting a divorce is messy and difficult, but it's even more difficult when there are children in the mix. One of the issues that gets brought up the most is child support. It's made more difficult to agree on child support when one parent is the one giving and the other is receiving. As family law attorneys practicing primarily in Fairfax County we at TATE BYWATER want to make sure that figuring…Read More

  2. Should Contracts Include an Arbitration Clause?

    I have recently been involved in a litigation matter involving a contract in which there is in excess of $1 million at issue.  The contract between the parties contained a term that any dispute involving the contract would be arbitrated under the rules of a particular international arbitration group instead of being litigated in the court system.  Many commercial contracts have such provisions.…Read More

  3. I Am Charged With A Crime

    Our law partner, Jim Tate, has written his first book. The title is I Am Charged With a Crime, and it is available here on Amazon.com. Jim was persuaded by his co-author, Charles Van Hardenbergh, to write the book; and we think you will agree Van was inspired to encourage him to write it. Jim Tate has been trying cases, many of them criminal, for almost a half century in the United States and in V…Read More

  4. Home School v. Public School

    When the custody of a child is in dispute, the courts make determinations as to what custody arrangement is in the best interests of the child.  The courts look to several factors as outlined by statute and/or case law. Click to see the best interest factors in VA, MD, and DC.  Not surprisingly, parents diverge in what they believe is in the child's best interests. Recently I was involved in a c…Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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