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  • When Does a Small Business Need an Attorney?

    If you are a small business owner, the thought has likely crossed your mind about whether or not you should hire an attorney to help you with your business matters. Throughout the course of your business’s existence, it is highly likely that a dispute or legal issue will arise that requires the expertise of a skilled business lawyer. Our firm has put together a short list of scenarios to help you ...
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  • What You Should Know Before Hiring a Small Business Attorney

    If you are a small business owner, the reality is that sooner or later you will run headfirst into a legal problem. If you are lucky, it will not shut down your entire operations with red tape. If you are not, you might be in for some headaches. Regardless of the size or severity of your case, you always want to retain the services of a professional business law attorney. Overlooking even small ...
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  • Four Tips to Help Bicyclists Avoid Collisions

    While many bicycle safety tips simply tell people to “wear a helmet and follow the law,” there are several other things that cyclists can do to keep safe on the roads. Bicycle accidents can be devastating, making it crucial that cyclists stay aware of their surroundings when riding. Our firm has compiled a short list of tips to follow that can keep you visible and help you avoid a collision. 1. ...
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  • Lingering Consequences of Bicycle Accidents

    According to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), there were close to 750 bicycle accidents in the state per year for the last five years, with a high in 2012 at 804 and a low in 2010 at 641. Around 150 of those accidents each year occur within Arlington or Fairfax; that’s roughly 20% of all bicycle accidents in the state happening in just two areas, a number that is disproportionately ...
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  • Four Tips for Becoming a Better Driver

    Aggressive drivers are known road hazards and have been known to cause nearly one-third of all traffic accidents. While other people can’t be controlled, you can counter their reckless behavior by driving smarter. Driving defensively can greatly reduce your chances of getting in a car accident . The following tips can help keep you safe on the roads by improving your situational awareness. 1. ...
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  • What Should I Do after a Car Accident?

    According to estimates, the average driver will be involved in a car accident once approximately every 18 years. Many people, however, are unaware of what they should do in the event of a collision. Once the initial shock of being involved in a crash wears off, there are several things you should do in order to protect yourself from liability and improve your chances of filing a successful claim. ...
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  • Getting an Alcohol License in Virginia

    What better way is there to grow your restaurant, bar, or catering business than to allow your guests, patrons, and clients to come to your establishment and enjoy an alcoholic beverage? Most business owners and restauranteurs would agree that there is none! But before you can set up the taps and get the liquor flowing in your Virginian establishment, you’re going to need to get an alcohol license ...
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  • Understanding Lease Assignments vs. Subleases

    If you are in the market for a commercial office or retail space, and you are about to sign a lease agreement, you will want to familiarize yourself with both the financial and the legal elements of the terms in the lease agreement. The process of leasing a business space can be very complex as it often involves a commitment in terms of time, expensive deposits, and restrictions on how you can ...
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  • An air bag deployed during my Falls Church auto accident. Could the air bag be responsible for my pulmonary contusion?

    Q An air bag deployed during my Falls Church auto accident. Could the air bag be responsible for my pulmonary contusion? A For the most part, air bags brace and cushion you during the rapid deceleration of a collision. They are there to protect you from the sort of blunt chest trauma that causes dangerous internal injuries like pulmonary contusions. Air bag contact injuries aren’t unusual, but ...
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  • I have heard it is not a good idea to give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster after my accident. If they insist on giving a statement, what should I tell them?

    Q I have heard it is not a good idea to give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster after my accident. if they insist on giving a statement, what should I tell them? A Don’t give a recorded statement. Why give a statement whose only purpose is to reduce or defeat the value of your claim? The adjuster will tell you this statement will speed up or remove doubt about the merits of your claim. ...
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  • A Virginia State taxes levy has been issued. Can VA take my Federal Student Loan Refund check?

    Q A Virginia State taxes levy has been issued. Can VA take my Federal Student Loan Refund check? A More Info: I owe State taxes. I borrowed more money than was needed to pay for tuition and books at a the community college from Federal Student Loan funds. A refund check will be issued. The refund is to be used for national and state board exams. Can VA take my refund check and apply it to the ...
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  • Understanding the Franchising Process

    Do you currently own a successful business that kicks off lots of profit, but the cost of capital prevents you from growing to new locations? If so, you may want to consider creating a franchise operation to help increase your business presence cheaply. To do this, you will need a franchising agreement, and often a state level franchise registration process is required. A franchising agreement can ...
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  • How to Start a Business in Virginia

    Starting a business can be a very involved process. As a new business owner you have lots of decisions to make. Whether you have experience in business management or not, you will want to understand how to best protect your business legally, financially, and minimize the probability of failure. In Virginia, starting a business is a rather simple process in terms of paperwork, but hiring an ...
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  • Learn the Secrets of Negotiating a Commercial Lease Deal in Northern Virginia.

    Many commercial small businesses need a physical location to do business from. If you want to start a small restaurant, finding a good location with sufficient street exposure, off street parking, minimum distance from schools or churches or daycare facilitites is just the start of the process. If you though finding the space was a tough process, now you have to negotiate with the property owner ...
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  • Can federal student loan refunds be levied?

    There is a risk that your funds will be seized and garnished even if they are otherwise exempt from creditor process if they are placed in a bank account. The Virginia Supreme Court has held that funds deposited in a general bank account and co-mingled with non-exempt funds become non-exempt, even if they would have been exempt before. Therefore, if you place your check in your existing bank ...
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