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Firm is Named a 2016 Best Law Firm by U.S. News – Best Lawyers

Parker, Pollard, Wilton & Peaden has again received a Tier 1 ranking in Richmond for its Elder Law Practice by U.S. News -Best Lawyers® – “Best Law Firms” in 2016, as it did in 2015. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and […]

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Ashley Harris Again Named to Best Lawyers in America

Ashley Harris has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for the third year in a row. Ms. Harris was selected for her work in the practice area of Real Estate Law. Selection for Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey comprising top attorneys. For three decades, […]

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Respecting the Advance Medical Directive

The Advance Directive (the “AD”) is another extremely important document to have prepared during the estate planning process along with a will, trust and a durable general power of attorney. An AD is a witnessed, written document where you give instructions regarding your preferences for treatment in the event that you become incapacitated. In addition, […]

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Should Burial Arrangements Be Part of My Will?

In Virginia, each person has the right to dictate the disposition of his or her remains, whether by cremation, interment, entombment, memorialization, or some combination thereof. Though arranging your own funeral might seem strange, it is a good way to forestall disagreements about how your body is to be treated. At first glance, it may […]

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You Can Disinherit Your Children, But Not Your Spouse

The months following the death of a spouse can be a trying time. Already complicated family relationship issues may be further strained. Blended families can be particularly challenging. While children have no legal right to an inheritance, in the absence of a pre or post nuptial agreement a spouse has rights whether or not there […]

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Why Do I Need Title Insurance?

Are you thinking about buying a home? Between lender’s fees, mortgage insurance premiums, escrow deposits, and recording taxes, closing costs can total thousands of dollars. Consequently, homebuyers often wonder whether title insurance is an unnecessary expense. For several reasons, we almost always advise our clients that title insurance is not the place to cut corners. […]

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What is a Residential Real Estate Closing?

If you are selling or purchasing real estate in Virginia there are many things you should know before, during, and after the closing (known as settlement). “Closing” and “settlement” are interchangeable terms used to describe the completion of a real estate sales transaction. The goal of every real estate transaction is to “close the deal.” Before […]

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Who is the Trustee in the Deed of Trust?

Most of us do not have enough cash reserves to purchase our home without the assistance of a lender such as a bank or a credit union. If you own real property in Virginia that you purchased by borrowing funds from a lender, then you have most likely signed a document called a deed of […]

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