1. Victory Over Zoning Board

    Vienna Board of Zoning Appeals Overturned for Barring Screened-in Porch In Kreyskop, et al. v. Town Council of Vienna the Fairfax County Circuit Court overturned a decision by the Vienna Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) denying a local resident’s application for a variance to build a screened-in porch. The Petitioners owned a corner lot in Vienna near a stream, which caused an unbearable amount of …Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Can I Persuade the Government to Drop My Charges?

    Is it possible to persuade the prosecutor to change his or her mind and not prosecute you after you have been charged with a crime? If you suspect that you may be charged, is it possible to persuade the prosecutor not to bring charges? The answer is "yes" to both questions, but don't count on it. However, I am convinced that in many cases a major effort to convince the prosecutor not to proceed is…Read More

  7. Is It Hers Or Is It Ours?

    Clients in a divorce proceeding have a lot to deal with, child support, custody, visitation, and the division of all the real and personal property that the parties own. I often receive the question, "how will the property be divided when we go to court?" In Virginia, the division of property in a divorce depends upon what kind of property must be divided as defined by Va. Code § 20-107.3. There …Read More

  8. 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

  9. 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