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PPWP Included in 2014 “Best Law Firms” Rankings List

Parker, Pollard, Wilton & Peaden has received a Tier 1 ranking in Richmond for its Elder Law Practice by U.S. News -Best Lawyers® - “Best Law Firms” in 2014. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading […]

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How Property Passes as Part of an Estate

There are three ways your property passes to another person in the event of your death. I use the analogy that your property will travel along one of three roads from you to some other person. The first road is what I refer to as the Road of Law. This law, called intestate succession, applies […]

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Non-monetary Assets: Avoid a Legacy of Hate

People who plan their estates generally want their offspring to enjoy each other well after the parents have passed, but nothing breaks up a family faster than leaving a legacy of hate. Deciding whether to leave grandchildren or charities a monetary bequest, and what percentage to leave each child, is relatively simple. More difficult issues […]

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How Do We Pay for Long-term Care? The Role of Public Assistance

The words Medicare and Medicaid are frequently confused. Although both were created by the U.S. government in 1965, they are two very different public assistance programs. Medicare guarantees access to health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older. Certain disabled people younger than age 65 can qualify for Medicare. Medicare pays for short-term skilled nursing […]

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Ignition Interlock Devices: Painful Consequences of DUI

In Virginia, all those convicted of DUI must now have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle in order to drive on a restricted license, even if it’s a first DUI and there is no evidence of blood alcohol content at all. An ignition is a pain for a number of reasons: it is […]

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Virginia Texting-While-Driving Law

The police can, and will, pull you over for “texting-while-driving.” Texting-while-driving covers the operation of a motor vehicle while manually entering letters/text in a handheld personal communication device as a means of communicating with another person. The term also includes reading any email or text message transmitted to the device or stored within it. For […]

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Power of Attorney and Conservators: Important Planning Tools

A power of attorney enables you to select who it is that you would want to handle your affairs in the event of your incapacity, as opposed to having the court decide this for you.  The primary purpose of a power of attorney is to give one or more persons the legal authority to handle […]

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