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Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 5/10/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, the attorneys of General Counsel P.C. discuss the recently leaked Supreme Court decision on abortion, and what Virginians need to know. In case you missed it, it appears that the U.S. Supreme Court is gearing up to overturn Roe v.
Supreme Court of Virginia Finds Beneficiaries of Estate Don’t Have Standing to Sue on Behalf of the Estate
In a recent case, the Supreme Court of Virginia offered guidance about who has standing to sue on behalf of an estate. Here, the court confirmed that the personal representative, not the beneficiaries of an estate, is the proper party to litigate on behalf of the estate. Kittrell v. Fowler In Kittrell v. Fowler, Walter
Caution When Signing Promissory Note – It Could Result in Personal Liability
In a recent case, the 19th Judicial Circuit of Virginia (Fairfax) answered the question of whether a person who signs a promissory note naming himself a personal guarantor is personally liable on the note if he purportedly signed only on behalf of an LLC. Here, the court ultimately concluded that a borrower’s signature on a
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 4/13/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, we discuss how business owners can (and should) protect their business before (and during) a divorce. If you don’t want to read this article, you don’t have to. . . . instead, you can watch a webinar
Your Game Is Not the Only Thing That Needs a Winning Strategy: Get a Legal Game Plan!
In sports and in business, success often brings significant monetary compensation. While this is a dream come true for most individuals, it is important to take the right steps to safeguard this hard-earned money. This article discusses a legal game plan to protect and safeguard yourself and your family: Your Off-Court or Off-Field Penalty: Taxes
Wine and Trusts? Decanting Explained

Wine and Trusts? Decanting Explained

It may seem surprising to use a wine analogy to explain a legal concept, however, when discussing trust decanting, pouring wine is often a part of the conversation. When you take a bottle of wine and slowly pour the wine from the bottle into a different container, you are separating the wine from any sediments
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 3/23/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, we discuss a July 2021 court order reducing the spousal support obligations for a former AOL executive. If you have questions about this case, divorce or family law matters, please contact Joanna Foard, who leads General Counsel P.C.’s divorce
Businesses May Now Need To Plan Against Successor Liability After Asset Sales: What To Know
As businesses grow, business owners may start to think about further expansion and even consider acquiring another company’s operations. Typically, these acquisitions can be structured in a way that limits the potential liabilities for the purchaser company based on obligations on the seller company and the assets being acquired. However, even if a business owner
Discrimination and Law
In a recent case, the Fourth Circuit found for the employer, holding the former employee couldn’t establish his claims of hostile work environment or wrongful termination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). Here, the court determined that the employee was not a “qualified individual” under the ADA and couldn’t establish sufficiently severe or pervasive
Ask General Counsel: Top 10 issues that should be addressed in a services agreement
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 3/8/2022 Image from Inside Nova Just like the expression “good fences make good neighbors,” you can say that “good contracts make good business partners.” Time after time clients come to General Counsel P.C. with a business dispute.  We ask to see their contact and they either don’t have
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 2/24/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, we pay homage to the Washington area’s number one business – the federal government.  Specifically, we will discuss what you need to know about bid protests. General Counsel, P.C.’s Government Contracts Practice Group, led by Craig Lawless, has represented
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 2/11/2022 Image from Inside Nova Craig Lawless, who leads General Counsel PC’s Government Contracts Practice and is editor of the Bid Protest Weekly, provides an overview of SBA Contracting Programs.     Question:  How can small businesses leverage assistance from the federal government? The federal government wants to help
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 1/26/2022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, Ann-Marie Murzin, who leads General Counsel PC’s Estate Planning Practice, discusses how to avoid celebrity estate planning mistakes.  Make sure that you are not making the same mistakes as these celebrities!   Lesson #1: Do Nothing – Prince,
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Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 01/13/02022 Image from Inside Nova In this edition of Ask General Counsel, a bi-monthly publication of the law firm, General Counsel, P.C., we are trying something different.  Instead of writing a page or two about family law issues, we have a series of videos that answer common questions about divorce,
Virginia Court of Appeals Grants Decrease In Spousal Support Award After Husband Takes New Job With Lower Salary
One of the biggest considerations during divorce proceedings is the matter of spousal support. Spousal support is an amount of money paid by one spouse to the more financially dependent spouse. An award of spousal support can typically be modified if a spouse can show a material change in circumstances justifying a modification of the
Published by Ask General Counsel on InsideNova, 12/28/2021 Image from Inside Nova As we approach 2022, all employers should review and update human resources/employment policies and procedures.  This is particularly important with the challenges and changes in employment law during the past two years.  Provided below are eight topics all employers should review. 1. Review
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