Hugh J. M. Jones, III, P.C. Hugh J. M. Jones, III, P.C.
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How you can prevent a family battle over your estate

No one wants their family fighting over their assets after they're gone. One thing that motivates many people to create an estate plan is the desire to prevent such battles. Indeed, by putting an estate plan in place while there's no question of your mental clarity, you can ease any concerns that you didn't understand what you were doing or were unduly influenced by someone else. However, besides not procrastinating, there are other things you can do to lessen the chances of a legal battle over your estate.

You can include a no contest clause. These clauses state that anyone who challenges a will or other document in an estate plan and loses will receive nothing -- even if the estate plan designated an inheritance. However, these clauses can be challenged.

A spendthrift trust can protect your money -- and your child

If you're a parent of adult children, you likely want to leave some of your assets to each of them. However, what if one of your kids has never learned how to be responsible with money? You fear they could blow through their inheritance, no matter how substantial, in no time rather than investing it or putting it towards their own retirement savings.

Even worse, what if you have a child with a substance abuse issue? An inheritance of any amount could be used to purchase lethal amounts of drugs.

Loans don't just disappear when you have a lemon car in Virginia

When an individual buys a new car, they don't expect it to give them problems right off the bat. Given that the average automobile has as many as 30,000 different parts, manufacturing errors can happen.

While many consumers can take their car back to the dealership and have a simple repair performed on it, there are some that never seem to get fixed. If you have one of these, then you might have what's called a "lemon" car on your hands.

Is cell phone use the ultimate driving distraction?

Smartphones have more computing power than the computers that put men on the moon back in 1969. You can browse the internet, look up the closest place to buy something you need and watch your favorite movies all from a device around the size of a deck of cards, or perhaps a little larger.

This technological advancement has changed the world, but it has also made it a more dangerous place. Far too many drivers use their phones as they travel at highway speeds. Doing so puts more lives in danger on Virginia's roadways than ever before. Of course, this isn't the only thing distracting drivers, but many say it is the most dangerous.

A Lynchburg drunk driver is sentenced; his victim still suffers

While an area resident has finally received a sentence of four years in prison for a drunk driving crash that he caused in July 2017, his punishment has brought very little closure to the three victims that he seriously injured that fateful night.

At the Lynchburg man's sentencing, the Commonwealth Attorney recounted how five people left a Fort Avenue house party just before 2:20 a.m. on July 2, 2017. She said that they were all walking in the grass nearby a church parking lot back en route to their cars when all of the sudden, a motorist fast approached them from behind and turned into their direction.

Benefits to setting up a Virginia limited liability company

Many individuals who decide to set up a limited liability company (LLC) in Virginia do so because it's relatively simple, it affords liability protection to the owners and because it offers many tax advantages.

Ease of setup

What's considered a lemon car in Virginia?

One of the reasons that many of us purchase a new vehicle is so we don't have to face a lot of the headaches such as costly car repairs that often come with owning a used one. What many don't realize is that new cars aren't always problem-free. Newer vehicles are often subject to recalls. There may even be a bad one in the bunch. Fortunately, Virginia has laws on the books to protect those who purchase one of these "lemon" cars.

Virginia's "Lemon Law," which is formally known as the Virginia Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act, remains in effect from the time a new car is purchased by a consumer up until their 18th month of ownership. It may even apply in rare instances to used vehicles, especially if a new car was sold to a secondary owner within 18 months of its purchase.

A second tow truck driver is struck, injured in Lynchburg

A tow truck driver was injured when he was struck by a motorist in Lynchburg on Jan. 23.

According to a spokesperson with Bee Line Transport, one of their drivers had almost finished hooking up a large bus to their rotator when a passing car approached and ran into him.

Could someone make a claim to the property you want to buy?

Whether you decide to buy a house for yourself or as an investment, you expect to own it after sealing the deal. In order to make sure that happens, a title search is necessary to make sure that no one else has a legal claim to the property.

If that search reveals an issue that could impede your ownership, a legal avenue of potential recourse exists. You may be able to file a "quiet title action" aimed at settling the question of ownership.

Easement disputes aren't easily resolved without a fight

Is it your dream to purchase or build your home among a clearing in the woods somewhere? If so, you may want to make sure to have a home inspector, a title company or a real estate attorney complete a review of the property records to make sure that there's no property line or easement dispute that's going to cause you a headache on down the line before you buy.

In case you're not completely clear as to what an easement is, it's essentially a legal right someone may have attained to use your property or a portion of it as if it were their own.

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