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Time to give everyone cell phone holders for Christmas!
#Loudoun, beginning January 1, 2021 it will be illegal to hold a handheld personal communication device (e.g. cellphone) while driving a motor vehicle. Penalties for violating this law include $125 for a first offense and $250 for a second offense. Breaking the law in a highway work zone is punishable by a mandatory $250 fine.
Best of luck to all the parents and the teachers with returning to school! 🥰
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The newest information regarding schools!
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[05/31/20] Although Court hearings are very limited at this time, Harley and I are back at our desk! Looking forward to seeing our clients
To our clients and potential clients:
We are open and can work remotely when needed. Please call the following number to schedule the manner of consultation that works for you in this difficult time: 703-829-7701
May your families stay safe!
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Here is an app to use if you are having a tough time getting your kids to respond to your messages. Brilliant.
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Happy Independence Day!
Clients please note this change in the law. Keep our kids safe!
fox5dc.com As of July 1, all children two years of age and younger will need to have a rear-facing child safety seat in Virginia. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children are less likely to die or have a serious injury if they’re put in a rear-facing seat.
Harley doing a little research for me during his visit yesterday.
I am sorry to report this terrible news for our Loudoun County Circuit Court and our County citizens. Cases will continue to be delayed due to a lack of funding for a fourth Judge.
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It's time to vote for your favorite lawyer in the professional services section. No need to be in Loudoun County to vote! You all lifted me up last year so let's try this again! Thanks all!
Happy Thanksgiving to my clients and their families!!! I am blessed to have a “job” that I love! What are you thankful for?!
Divorce is not an easy step. Here is a wonderful story- true or not- about saving a marriage. We are honored to represent our clients but we are joyful when they don't divorce and just get the guidance they needed to make it work.
She married him today.
At the end of the wedding party, her mother gave her a newly opened bank savings passbook, with $1000 deposited in it.
She told her, "My dear daughter, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your married life. Whenever something happy and memorable happens in your new life, put some money in. Write down what it's about next to the amount. The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I've done the first one for you today. Do the others with your husband. When you look back after years, you will know how much happiness you've both shared.'
She shared this with him after getting home. Both of them thought it was a great idea and couldn't wait to make the next deposit! This is what the passbook looked like after a while:
- 7 Feb: $100, his first birthday celebration after marriage
- 1 Mar: $300, she gets a salary raise
- 20 Mar: $200, vacation to Bali
- 15 Apr: $2000, She's pregnant!
- 1 Jun: $1000, He gets the big promotion
and so on...
However, as the years went by, they began fighting and arguing over trivial things. They didn't talk much. They regretted that they had married the most nasty person in the world...There was no more love.
One day she talked to her Mother. 'Mom, we can't stand it anymore. We have decided to divorce. I can't imagine how I decided to marry this guy!'
Her mother replied, 'Sure, that's no big deal. Just do whatever you want, if you really can't stand it. But before that, do one thing. Remember the savings passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first. You shouldn't keep any record of such a poor marriage.'
She agreed with her. So she went to the bank, and was waiting in the queue to cancel the account. While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to her. Her eyes were filled with tears. She left and went home.
When she got home, she handed the passbook to him and asked him to spend the money before getting divorced.
So the next day, he went to the bank, and was waiting in the queue to cancel the account. While he was waiting, he took a look at the passbook record. He looked, and looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joyful moments came back to him. His eyes were filled with tears. He left and went home.
He gave the passbook back to her. She found a new deposit of $5000. And a line next to the record: 'This is the day I realized how much I've loved you throughout all these years. How much happiness you've brought me.'
They hugged and cried, putting the passbook back into the safe.
If you like this story then from now on give a print out of this story to every couple who is getting married along with a nice notebook to record their happy times...who know you may just be able to help them !! —
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How wonderful is this story! Thank you to all of these amazing individuals!
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It's that time again! Hooray! Tickets go on sale this weekend for our 4th annual Loudoun Empty Bowls night. Thurs., Sept 14th! You can buy tickets online @ http://www.loudounemptybowls.org/tickets-2017
Finishing out Autism Awareness Month with these amazing LuLaRoe leggings from Andrea Ryall.
[04/21/17] Don't forget that the streets in downtown Leesburg are closed starting this evening for the Leesburg Flower and Garden Show!
Some legal humor but no truer words were written!
We have some disappointing news from our local delegate Randy Minchew. As many of you know, Loudoun County received funding for a sorely needed fourth Circuit Court Judge in 2015 and as a result, Judge Douglas Fleming was appointed to the Bench, easing the caseload of the other judges and resulting in better case management and efficiency for the firm's clients. With the recent retirement of Judge Burke McCahill, the State Senate has voted to cut the funding for a fourth judge for Loudoun County. This is devastating news for litigants and our clients particularly since time is of the essence in many domestic relations cases.
I have posted below Delegate Minchew's letter to the Loudoun County Bar Association in its entirety. The best we can recommend is to contact your local elected officials and make your thoughts known.
Please see the following message from Delegate Randy Minchew:
Dear Members of the Loudoun County Bar Association,
Late last night, the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee released its proposed reconciled budget and I feel compelled to give you the bad news before you hear it elsewhere.
As discussed in my last e-mail to you, the House version of the Budget (HB 1500) provided funding for this vacant 20th Judicial Circuit judgeship, formerly held by Judge McCahill, but the Senate version (SB 900) did not. During the budget reconciliation negotiations, the Senate Budget conference committee members held firm to their desire to defund this Loudoun-based judgeship. The preferences of the Senate Budget conference committee members prevailed in the end.
Here is a link to the Judicial Department section of the Budget Conference Report:
As a result of this ill-conceived and imprudent action, the third most-populous county in Virginia has lost 25% of its judicial workforce and will now have only three resident circuit court judges to handle a complex and growing docket. I fear that this reduction in Loudoun judicial force will most certainly lead to a postponement of the proposed establishment of a remedial drug court in Loudoun County given the judicial time commitments required to run such a program.
I do not know what steps are available to remedy this, other than wait for the 2018-2020 Biennial Budget process and hope that funding can be restored effective July 1, 2018.
But, together with the other ten members of the Loudoun delegation, we will investigate all available options and continue the fight.
What is truly maddening about this is that this judgeship was funded in the 2016-2018 Biennial Budget approved last year but was stricken as part of the cost-reductions done in this year's budget. The Senate Budget conference committee members basically took advantage of Judge McCahill's December 2016 retirement to defund this much-needed judgeship.
I am completing my 6th year in the General Assembly and I do not recall anything more disappointing than what I learned late last night when I read this budget conference committee report.
If I had any suspicion that this Loudoun Circuit Court judicial defunding might occur, I would have asked Judge McCahill to hold off on his retirement until after the General Assembly adjourned its 2017 Session so that a gubernatorial recess appointment could occur. I do not think that the Senate Budget conference committee members would have chosen to defund a Loudoun Circuit Court judgeship that was filled by a working judge.
Senator Wexton did all she could, including having the guts to file a Floor Amendment to SB 900.
Generally speaking, a Floor Amendment to the Budget approved by the Senate Finance Committee or the House Appropriations Committee is as welcome as is a comment to young parents that their baby has a wart on its face.
I have filed a few Floor Amendments over the years and each one has earned me the umbrage of the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
Lastly, while it does not ameliorate the sting of this judgeship defunding, I am happy to report that the Loudoun County Bar Association's recommended candidate for this authorized, but now-defunded judgeship, Alex Levay, had an outstanding interview before the Judicial Panel last Friday and, despite the lack of funding for his intended judgeship, will be certified this week as having all of the requisite credentials, sound character, and qualifications to serve as a circuit court judge.
J. Randall Minchew
Member, 10th District
Virginia House of Delegates
P.O. Box 385
Leesburg, Virginia 20178
804-698-1010 (Capitol, Richmond)
703-777-1570 (District Office)
Serving parts of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties
budget.lis.virginia.gov 1. Circuit Court judgeships: one each in the 3rd, 6th, 7th Circuits, and two in the 19th Circuit, for a total of five Circuit Court judgeships to be filled as of July 1, 2017.
[01/16/17] Now that 2017 is in full swing, make time to check and update your beneficiaries on all of your accounts and retirement plans! This is especially important if you have been divorced. Have a wonderful and healthy 2017 filled with joy!!!
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[11/08/16] In this country we have the right to be part of the political system. Get out and vote!!!!
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Good morning, Virginia! There are many new laws going into effect on July 1, 2016. I have attached the link to the listing. If you have any questions, please call us and we would be happy to give you guidance.
wset.com Hundreds of new laws are set to go into effect on Friday.TRAFFIC:Smoking in motor vehicles with the presence of a minor under the age of eight.It will be a civil penalty. The law says that any person who smokes in a motor vehicle when a minor is under the
[05/26/16] Wishing everyone a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and asking all to keep in mind the reason for this holiday - thanks and prayers for our service members of every kind! Thanks for your service!
[04/21/16] I would like to thank The Real Housewives of Loudoun County for all of their referrals.
[04/21/16] Relocating and need to revisit visitation? Please contact us for a consultation about how to navigate the process.
[04/21/16] If you are looking to make changes in schools for your children and can't agree with the other parent, don't wait. You need to get something on the Court docket NOW given the current docket. Contact us for a consultation.
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[01/22/16] Loudoun County Government and Courts are closed a noon today. My cases on for today are moved to Monday at the same time. Stay safe and be careful!
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