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    Who Owns Your Property? Adverse Possession in Virginia

    At first glance, it might seem like the answer to that question is a no-brainer. Who owns your property? You do, of course! In Virginia, however, adverse possession law can allow someone else who occupies your property for a period of time to claim ownership of that property. Adverse possession takes a long time to establish, but if it is done properly, it can be used against you to give someone e…Read More

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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

  3. 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

  4. 10 Reasons To Hire A Real Estate Lawyer

    At TATE BYWATER, we want to help you secure the safety of your new home. With an experienced real estate lawyer on your side, you can protect your property and avoid any complications in your home ownership. Our real estate lawyers will know what to look for, how to identify troublesome situations, and proactively seek the best solutions for you and your family. If you are unsure if you need a rea…Read More

  5. Problems That Can Arise When You Don’t Hire A Real Estate Attorney

    So you're thinking about buying some property and you're putting together a checklist of all the professionals you'll need to execute the purchase properly. Whether it's residential or commercial real estate, the list probably reads something like: Realtor Mortgage Broker Property Inspector Appraiser Lender As experienced legal professionals in Prince William County, we're here to remind you to ad…Read More

  6. The Homebuyer’s Guide to Real Estate Lawyers

    Congratulations! You've found the home of your dreams, now what? For most people, buying a house is one of the most expensive transactions they will ever make and signing your name to such a large transaction can affect your life for years to come. A real estate lawyer can be a valuable asset throughout the buying process, saving you time and potential headaches when it comes to locking down your …Read More

  7. Virginia Foreclosure Law: Do Not Despair, Take Action

    Virginia foreclosure law is heavily slanted away from homeowners, and is considered one of the harshest in the nation. In Virginia, if your home goes into foreclosure you may have as little as 2 weeks before your home is eligible for resale. This is obviously terrifying for most individuals, which is why it is important to seek experienced foreclosure defense preemptively - And quickly. Sadly, peo…Read More

  8. 3 Reasons You Need A Real Estate Attorney

    Because of the large amount of money involved, real estate transactions are incredibly complex and require an experienced real estate attorney to make sure that everything goes right. That's why it's important to give Gary B. Fuller at TATE BYWATER a call when you're entering into an agreement to buy or sell real estate. Gary has more than 20 years dealing with the intricacies of the real estate …Read More