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  • Va. justices: Lawyer had no duty to warn process server in divorce case

    The Virginia Supreme Court says a lawyer who hired a private investigator to serve divorce papers had no duty to warn him that the defendant might be armed and dangerous.

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  • Justices weigh spousal rights against security concerns

    Justices weigh spousal rights against security concerns

    Fauzia Din, a naturalized citizen, was told only that her petition for a visa for her spouse was rejected. She argues that she is entitled to a specific reason, based on her marital rights under the Constitution.

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  • Attorney disbarred for failing to pay child support

    A six-figure failure to pay child support warranted disbarment of an attorney after more than 20 years in practice. "The duty of a parent to support his or her children is no less important than the duty of an attorney to act responsibly when handling client funds...," the Kentucky Supreme Court said. "Furthermore, as officers of the court, attorneys have a duty to follow court orders, and we have disbarred attorneys for, in part, failing to do so.”

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Human trafficking: Danger grows in our own backyard

Victims of human trafficking are often thrust into this criminal activity by deception or blackmail, with the perpetrators targeting vulnerable populations — generally females between the ages of 14-21, often with backgrounds that include early childhood trauma, a history of being sexually assaulted, witnessing community violence or parental neglect.

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Legislation Watch: Estate planning strategies under attack in recent budget proposals

The Obama Administration’s 2015 budget contained several proposals addressing estate and gift tax planning that were carried over from the 2014 proposals. Taxpayers considering any ...

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Same-sex prenups: Consider this before the nuptials

Same-sex prenups: Consider this before the nuptials

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 after a voter referendum. Just six months later, on June 26, ...

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Carol G. Cooper and F. Kirk Kolodner: Spotlight on “Twilight” Alimony

Establishing, modifying or terminating alimony can be challenging, especially when one or both parties is approaching retirement age.

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