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Ross Allen Has New Summer Office Hours:

Posted on May 26th, 2015

Smith & Wells, P.C. is open Monday through Friday from 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. Beginning this Saturday May 30, 2015 I will also be available on Saturday from 9:00a.m. through 12:00p.m. I am making this change to better serve clients and potential clients who are unable to take time away from work during the week. The […]

This is a Big Deal: New Rules to Slay “Zombie Foreclosures”!

Posted on October 10th, 2014

Written by: Michael O. Wells There was a recent article in the the Washington Post titled: House Lawyer: New Federal loan guidelines ease the sting of “zombie foreclosures” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/realestate/house-lawyer-new-federal-loan-guidelines-ease-the-sting-of-zombie-foreclosures/2014/09/25/bd45bec4-4003-11e4-b0ea-8141703bbf6f_story.html). A “zombie foreclosure” is when a house is surrendered by the borrower, such as in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, and the lender delays and delays […]

Should I Reaffirm my Car Loan or Not?

Posted on September 17th, 2014

Written by: Michael O. Wells In an earlier blog post, I discussed the reaffirmation process, where you agree to keep the loan on your car “alive” and to survive your Chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge. But is reaffirmation the right way to go in all cases? No! If your car is “underwater”, in that the value […]

Grounds for Divorce

Posted on September 12th, 2014

Written by: Ross Charles Allen There are two types of divorce in Virginia: a limited divorce from bed and board, and a final divorce. Or for those of you fluent in dead languages: a divorce a mensa et thoro and a divorce a viniculo matrimonii. It is amazing the Latin I retained from law school. […]

Advantage of an Advanced Medical Directive

Posted on September 3rd, 2014

Written by: J. Randolph Smith An Advance Medical Directive allows you to state what you want for your own medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. You can appoint a person to act as your agent in making health care decisions for you if you are unable to make health care […]

I’m Injured: Do I Need a Lawyer?

Posted on August 26th, 2014

Written by: Michael O. Wells There you are, minding your own business, behind the wheel of your car, waiting for the red light to change to green. Suddenly, you are hit from behind by another driver. Your rear bumper is scraped and dented, and your neck is burning, and you are getting a headache. You […]

DUI? Penalties for Drunk Driving

Posted on August 20th, 2014

Written by: Ross Charles Allen State and local law enforcement are focused on arresting intoxicated drivers, and as more offenses become primary offenses, probable cause becomes less of an issue. I represent individuals who are accused of driving while intoxicated. More often than not the client’s first question is: “If I am convicted, what type […]

How Custody is Determined When Parents Separate

Posted on August 15th, 2014

Written: J. Randolph Smith Custody of child (or children) of parents who live separately is generally determined by the agreement of the parents. But what happens if the parents cannot agree on who should have custody of the child when they separate? Controversies over custody will be resolved by a judicial proceeding with a hearing […]

“Can I keep my car if I file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy?”

Posted on August 6th, 2014

Written by: Michael O. Wells This is one of the most-asked questions that we get. Many people who are good candidates for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection hesitate to see a lawyer because they assume that they would lose their car by filing for Chapter 7. In reality, nearly all of our clients are able to […]

Debate Over Bicycle Lanes in Richmond

Posted on July 15th, 2014

With debate churning over the proposed bicycle lanes on Floyd Avenue in the fan, here is a quick reminder that bicycle riders must abide by the same traffic laws as motor vehicle drivers.  This is expressed in Va. Code § 46.2-800, which states: “Every person riding a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted […]