Magner Law, PC

We are a civil law practice serving Northern Virginia. We handle estates, property law, small business law, personal injury, contracts, family law, criminal/traffic, and much more.

07/18/2021

Polo in the Park was (briefly) great fun.

Polo in the Park was (briefly) great fun.

Photos from Magner Law, PC's post 06/28/2021

I guess we are official now at the new address.

[05/28/21]   Magner Law scores another big win! ML Attorney Sameera Ali was representing a person accused of distributing drugs and assault. But the police and the prosecutors took shortcuts in the case and Sameera was all over it. The entire case was tossed at trial on her motion to strike. We citizens have the right to demand that our law enforcement and prosecution agencies do their jobs by the book so that we can rely on the integrity of the process and the convictions that result from that process. When the rights of citizens are threatened, it is the astute defense attorney who prevents the legal process from becoming a convenient conveyor belt of justice.

[05/27/21]   GREAT JOB Jeff Saradar!
Jeff had a really tough case this week representing a young man who was facing being separated from his children. It was an uphill battle because of some challenges particular to this case, but Jeff put together a strategic plan and presented the case with precision and persistence. The result was a big win; a win for Jeff and the firm, yes, but also for the client and his kids.

Magner Law, PC updated their address. 04/30/2021

Magner Law, PC updated their address.

Magner Law, PC updated their address.

[04/30/21]   WE'RE MOVING!
Effective May 1, 2021, Magner Law will be relocating to:

6 Wirt St., NW, 1st Fl.
Leesburg, VA 20176

Feel free to drop by our new digs and say, "Hello!"

Business Cents 03/24/2021

Business Cents

Why pay good money to an attorney to set up your business when you can do it for practically nothing yourself? Well, as it turns out, there's a reason...
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/business-cents-james-magner/?published=t

Business Cents My firm charges a reasonable flat fee to set up a corporate entity. It is reasonable, not cheap.

[02/10/21]   ANNOUNCEMENT: Magner Law is no longer handling landlord-tenant disputes, either in residential or commercial cases.

Recent changes to the law regarding residential leases in Virginia have rendered it impractical for us to get involved in such cases. The time it would take to comply with all of the new requirements in each case would result in exorbitant fees to our clients.

Likewise, our experience with cases involving commercial lease disputes have led us to conclude that taking on such cases is almost always a money-losing proposition for both the client and this firm.

We are still more than happy to prepare and negotiate commercial leases, including such negotiations related to the sale/purchase of a business and, of course, we still take on cases involving real estate disputes.

Best of Loudoun 01/08/2021

Best of Loudoun

We are very grateful to have been nominated for a "Best of Loudoun" award for the third year in a row. You can cast your vote for us here:
https://www.loudountimes.com/best/#/gallery?group=372059

Best of Loudoun Vote for your favorite people, places, and business in Loudoun County!

[12/04/20]   ANNOUNCEMENT TO OUR SMALL BUSINESS CLIENTS:
Many of you have corporate bylaws that direct you to hold your annual shareholders and directors meetings right around or just after the new year. Even if you are a sole shareholder S Corp, this is a legal requirement and if you skip it, you run the risk of invalidating your corporation. Time to blow the dust off of those corporate books we put together for you and see what it says. If you have questions, remember, we're here to help.

[08/17/20]   ANNOUNCEMENT: Magner Law is pleased to announce that Sameera Ali, Esq. has joined our team. Sameera is a fantastic litigator with experience in both civil and criminal cases. We are very excited to have her on our team!

linkedin.com 05/27/2020

It's Time to Rethink Professional Billing

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/its-time-rethink-professional-billing-james-magner/?published=t

linkedin.com Imagine if you went into a store barefoot, spent $250 on a pair of shoes, and then were sent away, still barefoot, while the shoe store owner thinks about what kind of shoes you need, and then, when he/she figures it out, calls you back demanding another $500 to actually make the shoes, but of cours

linkedin.com 04/02/2020

Where there's a Will, there's a relative.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/where-theres-relative-james-magner/

linkedin.com Today, April 2, 2020, we are in the midst of the corona virus emergency. The advice I'm about to give is relevant to these frantic times, but it will still be relevant years from now.

[03/31/20]   UPDATE: WE'RE STILL ON THE JOB

At our partners meeting yesterday, we all resolved to remain on the case and on the job. We will be closing our physical office for the time being for the safety of our staff and clients. However, we are still operating at capacity and will continue to serve our clients via telephone, email and video conferencing. We will be using the "Zoom" app, so if you need to have a virtual meeting, please download that app and contact us to arrange a meeting.

[03/20/20]   A MESSAGE TO OUR CLIENTS:
Magner Law has not closed down. In fact, with all of the other closings and postponements and delays, we've been working harder than ever this week for our clients - getting cases rescheduled and working with the courts and other attorneys. We are also helping our small business clients modify their contracts and draft change orders to accommodate this situation as it develops to avoid disputes and litigation in the future. We are here and we are on the job and we are going to stay on the job.

[03/18/20]   STUCK AT HOME?
Now is a GREAT time to get around to that estate planning that you've been putting off. Magner Law can conduct the initial consult via telephone, collect your information via email, and prepare your estate documents all without you ever leaving your house. Once this crisis has passed, we can schedule a document signing that will take only a few minutes. Give us a call at 540-431-4400.

[03/12/20]   A MESSAGE TO OUR CLIENTS:
We at ML realize that mass hysteria over the corona virus is taking hold of people, governments and institutions. However, ML has elected not to participate in that hysteria. Our clients have paid us good money and have entrusted us to do a job, and we're going to do that job.

Yes, we are being extra cautious and will be wiping down surfaces in our office with antibacterial wipes. Yes, we will conduct as much of our business electronically as we can. Yes, we will gladly accommodate our clients who opt for telephone conferences over face to face meetings. We want our clients and our staff to be safe and healthy. But we are not willing to sacrifice the quality of service that we pride ourselves on.

Your legal affairs will not be neglected. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Vote for the winners now in Best of Loudoun

Thank you again to everyone who voted for Magner Law for Best of Loudoun! We would be very grateful for any vote in this final round.

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northernvatimes.secondstreetapp.com You can vote once per day per category in any or all categories through Friday, Feb. 21.

northernvatimes.secondstreetapp.com 12/13/2019

Best of Loudoun Nominations 2020

northernvatimes.secondstreetapp.com Best of Loudoun nominations are open!

12/09/2019

Holiday elves have spruced up the mansion at Magner Law!

linkedin.com 11/20/2019

For Sale by Fiduciary

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sale-fiduciary-james-magner

linkedin.com One common scenario that clients and real estate agents bring to me involves the sale of a home or other property that is held in the name of a trust, or that is being handled by a fiduciary such as a guardian, conservator or agent under a power of attorney. The questions are typically: "Whose name

[10/17/19]   A while back, I wrote an article about the complexities of dealing with a deceased loved one's social media and other online accounts. In the article, I predicted that the law would eventually catch up. It has. In Virginia, we have now adopted the "Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act" which provides estate fiduciaries, including Trustees and Executors, with access to the decedent's online accounts. This fixes a HUGE problem in the law, but, it also allows you to designate a specific person to have control over your accounts if anything happens to you.

If you are interested in this issue and what to know how to protect your digital privacy and dignity, give us a call.

linkedin.com 10/08/2019

Do we still NEED to be writing Trusts?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/do-we-still-need-writing-trusts-james-magner/?published=t

linkedin.com At least once a month, a prospective client will come to me for a revocable trust because his or her CPA or financial advisor recommended that they set one up. Sometimes, I talk them out of it.

linkedin.com 08/17/2019

What makes a good divorce attorney?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/what-makes-good-divorce-attorney-james-magner/?published=t

linkedin.com A client asked me that question the other day. This client also asked whether it was better to have a male or female divorce attorney in certain situations.

linkedin.com 07/16/2019

Wolves Lurking

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/wolves-lurking-james-magner

linkedin.com There is an app for everything these days and even if there isn't an app, there's a downloadable form or an online tool. Want to buy or sell a house, do your taxes, invest money, start a business, make a will or even just plan a vacation? You can do it yourself with a click of a mouse and a flick of

linkedin.com 06/19/2019

How Much Fell Through the Cracks?

linkedin.com Whenever a client calls to tell me that someone has passed away and that the client has been left in charge, the very first thing I tell them to do is hang up, call a locksmith and call me back when the decedent’s home has been secured. The NEXT conversation typically involves me asking questions ...

[06/12/19]   I will be giving a presentation tomorrow afternoon (4:00 pm) at Poet's Walk in Leesburg on the topic of "What to do if My Parents Never did Any Estate Planning." I'll be discussing the legal options for the family as well as giving some advice about things to do to prepare BEFORE they become incapacitated. I am told that light refreshments will be served.

05/24/2019

Magner Law, PC

05/16/2019

Magner Law, PLLC

In case anyone is interested or knows of anyone who is interested, I have been invited to speak at a conference next month.

The topic is: Getting Married: What married couples need to know about the legal issues surrounding blending property and finances.

The presentation will be on June 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at 604 S. King Street in Leesburg, VA. RSVP to Linda Black: [email protected]

[05/16/19]   In case anyone is interested or knows of anyone who is interested, I have been invited to speak at a conference next month.

The topic is: Getting Married: What married couples need to know about the legal issues surrounding blending property and finances.

The presentation will be on June 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at 604 S. King Street in Leesburg, VA. RSVP to Linda Black: [email protected]

linkedin.com 05/14/2019

A Troubling Message

linkedin.com I've noticed a troubling trend in TV crime dramas. The "good guy" cops throw wild accusations around and arrest people on the flimsiest hunch, and then interrogate them in ways that stamp all over their rights, and then, when the "innocent" character says that he didn't do it ("Honest! Really! I wou

linkedin.com 04/24/2019

Over-Lawyered?

linkedin.com Everyone is familiar with the old proverb, "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." The same is true of lawyers.

wtop.com 04/23/2019

A win for people who park too long: Tire marking thrown out | WTOP

This is a nice decision because it enforces the rule of law and constitutional rights as absolutes; the government can't skirt the constitution even for minor issues like parking tickets. Rights are rights. Period.

https://wtop.com/national/2019/04/a-win-for-people-who-park-too-long-tire-chalking-thrown-out/

wtop.com Marking tires to enforce parking rules is like entering property without a search warrant, a federal court said Monday as it declared the practice unconstitutional in Michigan and three other states.

[04/19/19]   The toughest question I get asked as a lawyer is, "What do you think I should I do?" This is especially tough with estate planning clients, who are looking for suggestions on how to handle certain situations. For example, lets say the client wants to leave his house to his two adult children, but worries that one of them will want to keep the house and the other will want to sell it. The client isn't sure how to resolve that conundrum and is looking for suggestions. I'll go over the client's options with him and explain the various pros and cons of each, but ultimately, the client has to make the decision. When the client asks, "What do you think is the best way to handle that?" it is tempting to recommend a course of action, just as I would for a criminal defense client or a litigation client, but in the estate case, this is supposed to be the CLIENT'S last will, not mine.

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6 Wirt St., NW, First Floor
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20176
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