Serving the Community Since 1936

Practice Areas

BUSINESS LAW

Our business law and corporate entity practice involves a wide range of legal services for owners, employers, and organizations throughout Southside Virginia. We are experienced in providing legal counsel at multiple phases during the life of a business, including its formation, administration, and dissolution. These services often involve our transactional expertise in the drafting and negotiation of contracts, creation of bylaws and operating agreements, development of management operations, and guidance with purchases, transfers and succession plans. Our attorneys serve as registered agents and outside counsel for several companies, always ready to help ensure compliance with regulations and supply representation at administrative appeals or in litigation. Whether a corporation, limited liability company, partnership, church or non-profit, the needs of your entity will be served with excellence by lawyers with personal business experience.

 

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Our criminal defense and traffic related practice provides clients with valuable capabilities based on extraordinary experience from prosecutorial, legislative, and courtroom settings. With this background, we ably and zealously defend the rights of the accused at every stage of the criminal justice process, including pre-charge negotiations, bail bonds and pre-trial release proceedings, bench and jury trials, sentencing hearings, and appeals. We have a track record of success for clients defending against charges alleging felony, misdemeanor, and traffic violations, including the common offenses of DUI / DWI and reckless driving. We also have extensive experience assisting persons seeking restoration of the right to possess a firearm. When your liberty is at stake, you will be able to count on lawyers who will skillfully and aggressively advocate for your due process and constitutional rights.

 

ESTATE PLANNING

Our estate planning and wealth management practice helps individuals and families prepare for the preservation and distribution of assets in accordance with their goals. We help craft plans for our clients that seamlessly carry out their wishes by working closely with financial planners, insurance agents, accountants, and other professionals in developing comprehensive and personalized legal strategies. Based on the unique situation of each client, we employ our transactional expertise in drafting documents establishing power of attorney, advance medical directives, guardianships, conservatorships, wills and trusts. Beyond the complexities inherent in elder law matters, we also help clients accomplish their objectives respecting charitable donations, special needs trusts, family farms, and other family planning arrangements. When preparing for the future and those you care about, your aims can be secured with lawyers you can trust.

 

FAMILY LAW

Our family law and domestic relations practice is comprehensive and capable in leading clients through the most challenging circumstances involving their family relationships. We are experienced in divorce cases, both contested and uncontested, including the drafting and negotiating of property settlement agreements. We also represent parents in child custody and child support matters in both mediation and courtroom settings, as well as cases petitioning for adoption. With many years of experience in service to children as Guardians ad litem, we have a clear understanding of what constitutes the governing standard of a child’s best interest and special expertise in matters involving foster care, including those which call for the termination of parental rights. Whether your situation is amicable or fraught with contention, we will provide caring representation in pursuit of superior outcomes.

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Our local government and administrative law practice draws upon remarkable experience from service in municipal and state settings, unmatched in Southside Virginia. We have unique expertise in the development and implementation of town policy and have managed a process of recodification of local ordinances. We have advised on matters specific to government contracts and procurements, negotiations of lease agreements, procedures under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, and police powers of local law enforcement. We also have a wide range of experience with state administrative agencies, litigated over the Administrative Process Act, and represented a local department, as well as small business owners, in matters before the Virginia Employment Commission. Whether in service to an entity of local government, or an individual seeking administrative relief, we possess the experience to help you succeed.

 

PERSONAL INJURY

Our personal injury and civil litigation practice is focused on obtaining recovery for persons and plaintiffs who have suffered damages resulting from the wrongdoing of others. We have successfully represented clients in civil claims alleging both intentional and unintentional torts, including negligence as a cause of action in automobile accident and property damage cases. Other types of civil claims we have pursued involved defamation and wrongful death actions. In addition, for cases based on contract where a breach was alleged, we have succeeded in negotiating settlements and representing clients in court, including matters of landlord-tenant and insurance law. Whether your case is initiated by a warrant in debt in the district court, or requires a more complex circuit court complaint, our lawyers are prepared to obtain the relief owed under law.

 

REAL ESTATE

Our real estate and property law practice is longstanding and dynamic, meeting the many needs of buyers and sellers in both residential and commercial transactions. We advise clients on numerous facets in this field, including easement and boundary concerns, land use and zoning restrictions, and tax consequences and economic opportunities in parcel acquisitions. Our years of expertise ensure that clients experience efficient and professional closings in the cases we handle, whether to effectuate a mortgage on a new home or a refinance, business settlement, deed to a farm or family gift. We are also equipped to seek enforcement of an instrument’s terms in court or litigate an eviction in an action for unlawful detainer. When decisions are made respecting real property, your resources can be protected by knowledgeable lawyers focused on your interests.