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  • What are the penalties for a hit-and-run accident in Virginia?

    Being involved in an auto accident of any kind is a scary and stressful event. Unfortunately, traffic accidents are a part of driving on the roads today. You’re aware of this already, because it’s not uncommon to see damaged vehicles and an emergency crew on the side of the road as you drive along I-64 or travel from Suffolk to Virginia Beach. Making matters worse is the fact that many of these accidents often end in serious injury.

    Being accused of a hit-and-run crash will add to this already stressful situation of dealing with an auto accident and the injuries that follow. Some hit-and-run drivers don’t care about the accident and the injured parties involved. Other hit-and-run drivers are either wrongfully accused or had a good reason for leaving the scene.

    Being charged with a hit-and-run is a serious offense and should not be taken lightly. Those who are charged with a hit-and-run face the following legal penalties:

    • Class 4 misdemeanor. You will be charged with a Class 4 misdemeanor if the vehicle or property damage is less than $250 and the vehicle was unattended. This will also apply if the passenger does not report an accident. A Class 4 misdemeanor is punishable by only a fine.
       
    • Class 1 misdemeanor. If the hit-and-run accident had less than $1,000 of property damage and the vehicle was occupied, or if the vehicle was unoccupied and damage was between $250 and $1,000 than the driver can be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to one year in jail.
       
    • Class 5 felony. If the vehicle was occupied and an injury, death, or more than $1,000 in damages resulted, then a Class 5 felony may be charged. This is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

     

    As you can see, the consequences of a hit-and-run accident can be severe. If you have been charged with a hit-and-run it is important to seek legal guidance. Fill out the contact form on this page to learn more about how we can help your situation.

  • What are common birth injuries caused by medical malpractice?

    Many times little girls grow up with the dream of having children of their own. They plan and save to give their child the lives they deserve. Sometimes there are life events that can totally change these plans in an instant. One heartbreaking event that might take place is a birth injury caused by medical malpractice.

    There are many ways in which a birth injury may take place. There are times when the birth injury is caused by circumstances that are unavoidable. There are many other times a birth injury is caused by negligence of the doctor or medical staff.

    While there are several ways in which a doctor or staff may cause a birth injury, three common results are:

    • Cerebral palsy. This condition is often affects the child’s brain and nervous system. Cerebral palsy is often caused due to lack of oxygen to the brain or trauma to the head. A child may suffer from tremors or have difficulty walking or speaking. The effects can range from mild to nearly crippling, and may last for the rest of the individual’s life.
       
    • Erb’s palsy. Erb’s palsy is caused by an unnatural twisting or stretching the child’s arm and shoulder. The child who has Erb’s palsy can experience complete paralysis in the affected arm.
       
    • Death. Sadly, when negligence occurs it can cause death to the child. There are many ways in which negligence can cause the death of the child.

     

    If you or your child has experienced an injury during the birthing process and believe negligence was involved, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal options call 757.625.1214 today.

  • What should I do after being involved in a rear-end auto accident?

    One of the most common accidents on our roadways today is the rear-end accident. In the United States there are over 2.5 million rear-end car collisions every year. Because they are so common, it is not unlikely that any given driver will eventually be involved in one.

    Although rear-end accidents are common, many victims do not know what steps to take after an accident occurs. It is important that a driver knows what to do following a Norfolk rear-end auto accident.

    Four things a driver should do after a Virginia rear-end accident are:

    • Call 911. If there are any injuries involved in the crash, 911 should be called immediately. The most important thing to do after an accident is to ensure the safety of all of those involved.
    • Gather information. It is important to get all pertinent information from all parties involved. The information gathered should include driver names, driver license info, insurance companies, policy numbers, license plate numbers and types of vehicles involved in the accident.
    • Take photographs. It is a good idea to always keep a camera in the glove box. If one is not available after the accident, most cell phones have adequate cameras. Photos will help insurance adjusters and attorneys determine how the accident occurred.
    • Report the accident. After every one is safe and off the road the proper paperwork needs to be filled out and reported. Insurance companies, police, and attorneys should all be notified of the accident.

     

    If you have been involved in a rear-end collision, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Fill out the contact form on this page to learn how we can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.

  • What are some of the consequences I can expect after being accused of a DUI traffic accident?

    You leave a party or get-together—as you have on many other occasions—only to find yourself slammed into the back of another vehicle. Or perhaps you wake up and head to work after a long night and before you know it you are in an accident while crossing through an intersection.

    Next thing you know you are behind bars being accused of a drunken-driving or drugged driving  accident.

    These scenarios are common and can leave the driver being accused of driving under the influence (DUI) facing serious consequences. Because these consequences will be so severe, it is important to have an experienced DUI attorney on his side.

    Some of the consequences an individual may face after being accused of a DUI accident in Virginia are:

    • Prison time. A person who was involved in an accident and being accused of a DUI can spend time behind bars. The time behind bars depends on how serious the accident was and if they have had any other DUI offenses.
    • Financial loss. The driver can expect a lawsuit from any person who has been injured in the accident. There will also be fines and penalties imposed by any court rulings.
    • Loss of license. Depending on the severity of the accident and prior offenses, the driver can expect some sort of suspension of his license. This can be anywhere from one year to indefinitely.

     

    If you have been involved in an accident involving a DUI accusation, it is important to contact us today. To learn how we can help your case simply fill out the contact form found on this page.

  • Why should I use a corporate law attorney?

    If you are in business, the odds are you will need to use an attorney at some point, whether your business is large or small. Being in business means dealing with all sorts of laws governing buying and selling, managing employees, dealing with customers, and sundry other matters.

    If you decide to hire a corporate law attorney, it is important to do your research and use an attorney who will best suit you and your corporation’s needs. Take your time and do your research before hiring an attorney.

    While you may be able to take care of some of the corporations legal matters on your own, it is wise to use an attorney. Three reasons you should use a corporate law attorney for your company are:

    • Experience. The odds are you do not have the necessary knowledge to best handle corporate law situations. On the other hand, an experienced attorney will have the know-how you need.
       
    • Saving money. Yes, hiring an attorney does cost you money initially. What many people do not understand is that they may actually be saving money and time in the long run. The cost of hiring an often outweigh the long term cost when one is not used. Hiring legal help when appropriate should be considered just a normal cost of doing business.
       
    • Ease of mind. When handling the legal work on your own, you may be asking yourself, Did I miss something? Did I cover all the legal requirements? You wont have to think about these issues when using a corporate attorney.

     

    Put your mind at rest and use an experienced Virginia corporate law attorney at Tavss Fletcher. Simply fill out the contact form on this page to request more information.

  • Can you give me tips on how I can get through the divorce process?

    Divorce. Just a few decades ago the sound of that word would make people cringe. In more recent years, however, divorce has become quite the norm. In fact, nearly half of first time marriages wind up in divorce.

    Although the rate of divorce has been steadily increasing, one thing remains true: a divorce battle can be bitter and full of anger.

    A divorce can get ugly because both sides believe they are entitled to more then what the other partner feels they deserve. Believe it or not, neither side usually wants the divorce to get ugly. It is important that both sides keep things in perspective and realize that life must go on outside of the divorce settlement.

    Three important things to remember when going through a divorce are:

    • Use an attorney. Using a divorce attorney will take a lot of weight off your shoulders. An experienced attorney will help you to understand the divorce process, prepare any needed papers, negotiate the settlement, and guide you.
       
    • Remember what’s important. Many people get caught up in the divorce and let it consume them. It is important to take a step back and remember what is important in your life. Take the time to continue doing the things you enjoy and if you have kids, tending to them.
       
    • Seek help. Going through a divorce may leave you feeling alone, alienated, and afraid. Remember that there are many others that have gone through (or are going through) the same thing. You can get help by talking to and socializing with these people. There are support groups that you can join as well.

     

    If you would like more information on divorce and how we can help you through the process, please fill out the simple contact form found on this page. You can also click on the related links to learn more.

  • How can I show composure when being pulled over for a DUI?

    Driving while under the influence is a serious offense that carries hefty consequences. In fact, being charged with a DUI can result in a driver not only to have to pay a large fine, but also to serve time behind bars. DUI offenses can change the lives of the driver and his or her family.

    We often see or hear of the driver being interrogated after being pulled over and basically being forced into admitting guilt of a DUI. It is important that a driver who has been pulled over for a DUI know his rights and react in a way that will benefit his case.

    Your Attitude Matters

    When being pulled over, a driver should not give the police officers any reason to accuse him of a DUI offense. He should stay calm and keep his composure. This will help keep the situation calm and in the favor of the driver.

    Four things to keep in mind in order to keep your composure are:

    • Stay calm. No matter how frustrating the situation can be, the driver must remain composed through the ordeal. Try to not seem nervous, which can draw further scrutiny from the police officer.
       
    • Put it out, spit it out. Two things that police often look for when pulling over an individual for a possible DUI is smoking or chewing gum. Before the officer approaches the vehicle, put out the cigarette if smoking or spit out the gum if chewing it.
       
    • Don’t over speak. Keep quiet until necessary. Use the old rule, “Speak only when spoken to.” Anything that is said may be used against the driver. You are not obligated to answer questions—other than to identify yourself—without an attorney present.
       
    • Be polite. When the officer asks for identification and registration, be polite and hand the items to the officer.

     

    If you have been accused of a DUI, it is vital to seek the advice of an experienced attorney. Fill out the contact form on this page to discover how we can help you in your case.

  • Is there a link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and depression?

    A serious boating accident in Willoughby Bay, a slip and fall accident at the Home Depot on North Military Highway, or a car accident on the Hampton Roads Beltway can cause serious injuries. One common type of injury is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results from a blow to the head. A TBI can vary greatly in severity, causing a number of adverse conditions including epilepsy, loss of memory, personality changes, and many others. Dealing with these changes is stressful and may cause depression.

    Depression is a serious illness that can cause constant feelings of sadness, excessive guilt, poor concentration, insomnia, fatigue, appetite problems, and thoughts of suicide.  It is not something the victim can shake off—it requires help from a medical professional.

    Following is some useful information regarding depression and TBI:

    • Do not mix medications – Mixing medication can have deadly results, so be sure your doctor knows about all of the medication you are taking.
    • Depression is common for TBI victims – Those with a TBI are more likely to suffer from depression that those who have not been injured. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, one out of ten people who have not suffered a TBI will suffer from depression, while three of ten people who suffer a TBI will experience depression.
    • Seeking treatment – Others with a TBI also suffer from depression—you are not alone. Seeking treatment from your doctor and support from others who are going through the same thing as you are can make a big difference in your recovery.

     

    Our compassionate and experienced attorneys are standing by to help you understand your legal rights and options after a serious injury—contact us today to schedule a case evaluation.

  • Do you have any statistics regarding medical malpractice?

    When you become ill, your first instinct is to contact a health care professional for treatment.

    As Americans we put a lot of faith and trust in our health care providers. Unfortunately, there are times when a patient seeks the attention of a doctor or health care provider, only to leave in a worse condition.

    Medical malpractice can cause serious injuries, and may even cause a patient to die. Sadly, medical malpractice is much more common than you would think. Reading over statistics regarding medical malpractice can be quite alarming. After learning of these statistics, you may be thinking differently about your doctor visits.

    Some of the statistics relating to medical malpractice are:

    • Death. In the most extreme instances, death becomes the result of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice kills close to 200,000 people every year in the United States. Nearly 12,000 of these deaths occur when people receive unnecessary surgery.
       
    • Injuries. A large number of Americans are injured every year due to medical malpractice. Every day there are approximately 40,000 injuries caused by medical malpractice. There are another 1.5 million people who suffer injury due to medication errors.
       
    • Legal action. There is much fewer medical malpractice claims then there are incidents. Only two percent of all people who are injured in a medical error will seek compensation. Half of all malpractice claims are filed against surgeons.
       

    It is important to hold those responsible accountable for their actions. To discuss your legal options you need to get in contact with an experienced Virginia malpractice attorney by filling out the contact form on this page.

  • What can I do to become a better driver and avoid causing an auto accident?

    Let’s face it, we have all made mistakes while out on the road—driving to work on I-64, heading to class at Hampton University, or going to Costco in Newport News. In fact, research shows that nearly 90 percent of accidents are caused by driver error. The important thing is to learn from our mistakes and the mistakes of others to prevent future accidents from happening.

    Following are some of the common driver errors that can lead to a serious car accident:

    • Tailgating – Tailgating, or following a car too closely, is a form of aggressive driving. It is dangerous because, if the lead car has to stop suddenly, the tailgating vehicle will not be able to stop in time to avoid a rear-end crash.
    • Speeding – Many people speed in order to save time. However, speeding is never a good idea because it does not give the driver enough time to react to changing situations on the road.
    • Failing to yield – Many drivers cause accidents when they fail to yield the right of way to another driver. For example, a driver who pulls out of the Jefferson Common’s Shopping Center parking lot and turns directly in front of a car traveling southbound on Jefferson Street in Newport News, may cause a serious accident.
    • Stopping rapidly – When a driver slams on the brakes, he may lose control of his vehicle and crash. A quick stop may also result in a rear-end accident because the car in back does not have time to respond.

     

    Avoiding these four driver errors—tailgating, speeding, failing to yield the right of way, and stopping rapidly—will make you a better driver and help you to avoid a serious accident. Have you been hurt due to the careless acts of another driver? Contact us now to find out how we can help.

  • What are some of the common mistakes people make when it comes to negotiating the purchase price for residential real estate?

    With mortgage interest rates so low, now is a great time to purchase residential real estate. Perhaps you have finally found a perfect house on Magnolia Avenue, near Virginia Park, so that your son can attend Larchmont Elementary School and your spouse can attend classes at Old Dominion University. The house has been recently updated and the yard is private and beautiful—just waiting for that first backyard barbecue. This is an exciting time for your family, but a stressful one at the same time. After all, this is the biggest purchase you have made in your entire life!

    Because it is such a large purchase, obtaining the best possible purchase price is an absolute must. Unfortunately, many do not get the best possible deal because of negotiation errors. Following are four common price negotiation mistakes:

    • Not negotiating in person – It is tempting to deal with a seller through email, phone, text, or fax—these are great ways to communicate. However, when negotiating a deal, the best way to persuade a seller to accept your offer is to meet face to face to discuss your proposal.
    • Not doing enough research – Before going into a price negotiation, it is important to understand the local market and as much about what motivates the seller as possible.  Important factors such as comparable sales, how long certain houses have been on the market, and whether the market in the area is hot or cold can provide you with great insight. Speaking with neighbors and learning more about the area can also provide you with information you can use at the negotiating table.
    • Offering a set amount – Many buyers feel it is necessary to present a set figure to the seller. However, it may actually be more beneficial to present a range of prices, such as $225,000 – $255,000, which provides more flexibility throughout the negotiation process.
    • Not using a professional – It may be tempting to try to save a few dollars and negotiate without the help of a professional real estate attorney, but it is generally a bad idea. Experienced real estate lawyers are skilled negotiators and can save you money on the purchase price of your home while ensuring that the purchase process proceeds smoothly.

     

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  • Do I really need an attorney to help me create my living will?

    A living will is legal document that clearly outlines your wishes in the event you are too sick or injured to direct your own health care decisions. The creation of a living will may sound like a simple do-it-yourself project. However, it is actually quite complex and should be handled by an experienced attorney. After all, if your living will is not prepared properly, your wishes may not be carried out in the manner you intended. Following are three good reasons to use an experienced attorney to prepare your living will:

    • Eliminate risk – People who try to create their own legal documents, such as a living will, often use fill-in-the-blank legal documents. The problem with these documents is that they are generic and may not cover all of your needs.
    • Provide peace of mind – Knowing that an experienced attorney prepared your living will will put your mind at ease. You will not have to be concerned about mistakes that you may have made while trying to prepare it on your own.
    • Save time and frustration – Creating a living will on your own without means you will need to spend a great deal of time researching all of the options to create a solid legal document. This can be both frustrating and time consuming. An experienced attorney can remove this burden from your shoulders.

     

    If you are ready to create a living will, our attorneys are here to help. We have a breadth of experience with family law, wills, and estate planning and are happy to put our skills to work for you.

  • I have been accused of assault and battery in Virginia and am worried about the consequences. What do I need to know?

    Being charged with any crime, including assault and battery, is something that should not be taken lightly. Whether you are a first-time offender or a repeat offender, it is important to take the matter very seriously as the consequences can have life-altering results.

    If you are currently facing assault charges, you may be uncertain of about your  future—assault charges are generally prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Following is some important information about assault and battery:

    • Definition – Assault and battery is an act, such as striking or stabbing someone, that is intentionally harmful or offensive. Although we typically think of it as one crime, it is actually two separate crimes. Assault is the apprehension associated with the threat of harm, while battery is the harmful act itself.
    • Liability – Many people are unaware that an assault and battery can be a crime, an illegal act, and a tort, an act that causes a victim to suffer loss or harm. This means that the person charged with the crime may be liable for both criminal and civil liability.
    • Types – The severity of the offense determines whether you will be charged with felony or a misdemeanor assault and battery. For example, misdemeanor assault and battery, which involves touching done in an angry, rude, or insolent manner, carries a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Malicious wounding, with the intent to maim, disfigure, or kill, is a Class 3 Felony, which carries a penalty of between 5 and 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.

     

    Although you may have been accused of a crime, this does not mean you will be certain to do time behind bars. As a Virginia resident, you have the right to fight the charges that are brought against you. Call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Tavss Fletcher at 757-625-1214 today for a free case evaluation.

  • What are some of the common ways surgery can result in a Norfolk medical malpractice lawsuit?

    There are many reasons people have surgery—to relieve pain, improve a body function, reduce a symptom, or to discover a problem. Whether the procedure is considered minor or major, the team of healthcare professionals involved should take it very seriously. A successful surgical procedure takes a full team of providers performing at a high level of professionalism.

    Unfortunately, there are times when a surgeon or other healthcare worker acts in a negligent manner. This can result in a surgical error that causes great harm to the patient. Surgery is one of the most common causes for medical malpractice in Virginia. There are many different causes for surgical errors, the most common being:

    • Miscommunication – Staff members may misidentify a patient or mark the wrong site for surgery. In addition, errors can occur when a surgeon is misinformed, misreads drug dosages, or misreads patient drug sensitivities and allergies.
    • Fatigue – Surgeons and other medical professionals work long hours. This can cause fatigue and exhaustion, which can lead to impaired judgment and errors.
    • Neglect – Failing to sterilize instruments or using defective surgical instruments can lead to infection, septic shock, and other serious conditions that may result in harm to the patient.
    • Improper planning – Before a surgical procedure, medical staff should take a complete patient medical history including prior health conditions, drug sensitivities, and allergies in order to assess surgical risks.

     

    To get the compensation you deserve from your medical malpractice case, contact an experienced Norfolk medical malpractice attorney at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today for a free case evaluation.

  • I understand that there are different degrees of road rash associated with Virginia motorcycle crashes. Can you explain these, and what should I do if I’m in an accident?

    A sad reality of riding a motorcycle in Virginia is that you must deal with erratic drivers on the road. These drivers are often the cause of motorcycle accidents in Norfolk. If you’re a motorcycle rider and have the unfortunate luck of being the victim of an accident, you will likely sustain injuries, including road rash.

    Road rash is when skin comes in contact with the pavement, asphalt, dirt or gravel and causing damage to the skin. As you can imagine, this can be very painful and difficult to treat.

    A road rash injury can be categorized into three degrees of severity:

    • First degree – A first degree road rash injury is when the first layer of skin in visibly red. First degree road rash does not typically need any emergency medical treatment. It is important to clean the area with water and mild soap. A topical antibiotic ointment may also be applied to aid in healing and alleviating discomfort. A first degree rash will most likely heal on its own with no visible scarring.
    • Second degree When the outermost layer of skin breaks from road rash, it is considered to be second degree. As with a first degree road rash injury, it will most likely heal on its own. Typically, there will be no scarring or permanent damage. But again, it is important to clean and treat the affected area.
    • Third degree –The third, and most severe, degree of road rash occurs when the skin is peeled away, leaving underlying tissue exposed. It is extremely important to get medical care as soon as possible. This type of road rash commonly requires the victim to undergo skin grafts or reconstructive surgery.

     

    To get the compensation you deserve after a motorcycle accident, contact a skilled Norfolk motorcycle accident attorney at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today for a FREE legal consultation.

  • I was recently involved in an auto accident in Norfolk. What evidence will I need to build a strong case for my settlement?

    It is important that a victim of a Norfolk auto accident collect and organize all pertinent information that will get the victim the compensation that is deserved. Not having key pieces of evidence can hinder your case, and potentially cause you to not get fair compensation. Unfortunately, many accident victims are unaware of what they will need to support their case. By the time they realize what they need, it may be too late.

    After being involved in an accident you will need key pieces of evidence in order to best present your case, such as:

    • Pictures – Take photos of the scene of the accident directly after the accident. Pictures are hard to dispute and can help prove who was at fault of the accident.
    • Witness statements – Gather anyone at the scene who might have been an eyewitness of the accident. Obtain a written statement form them and let them know you might be contacting them in the future. Be sure to get their contact information.
    • Medical records – Your medical records will come into play when trying to reach an amount for the settlement. These records can be anything from an ambulance ride, to multiple doctor visits, to at-home care.

     

    To get the compensation you deserve after an accident, contact a Norfolk car accident lawyer at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 to schedule a free and confidential legal consultation. We’re here to explain your rights and will work diligently to obtain fair and just compensation.

  • I’m a Virginia taxpayer and have just been notified that I’m getting audited by the IRS. Do you have any tips that may help me during the audit?

    If you are like many other Americans, you pay your taxes on time and honestly every year and never expect that you will be audited by the IRS. The fact is that many people can and will be audited at some point during their working years. It seems like the audit happens at the worst time. It can be a stressful period of time.

     

    If you are audited, it is your duty to prove to the IRS that you have properly filed your taxes. This is usually done by providing the IRS with documentation to back your tax statement. There are a number of things that you should keep in mind during an audit.

     

    Some tips to keep in mind during an IRS audit are:

    • Know your rights – Take the time to read through IRS information such as the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. You may also want to speak with a Norfolk tax attorney to discuss your situation.
    • Prepare – Go through your documents to check for completion. If you are missing receipts or other documents, you are allowed to reconstruct the missing records.
    • Don’t give too much info – Do not give the auditor more information than they are entitled to. Don’t give answers unless you are directly asked. Do not give copies of other years’ tax returns to the auditor.
    • Delay – Try to postpone the audit when possible. This can work in your favor. Requesting more time will allow you to get your records together or any other items you will need time to prepare.

     

    Do not try to go through an audit on your own. There are many pitfalls and the codes can be very confusing. It will be beneficial for you to contact an experienced Virginia tax attorney at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today for a free case evaluation.

  • What should I look for when searching for a Norfolk tax attorney?

    An attorney can be used for almost any aspect of your life. Especially in today’s society where it seems as if the simplest contract has become pages of complex legal speak. And when it comes to taxes, this is especially true. Tax law is complex and seems to only get more complex as time goes on.

    When you are searching for an attorney, it is important to be sure that the attorney practices in the field you are looking for. You may encounter attorneys who will be willing to take on any case regardless of the situation. As a client, you should be very wary of an attorney who does this.

    As you are looking for a tax attorney in Virginia it is important to know what to look for. Three attributes you should be sure that your attorney has are:

    • Knowledge – One of the most important things your attorney should have is a knowledge of the tax law. An attorney may be able to practice tax law but that does not mean they know details of it.
    • Experience – A tax attorney should have experience with other similar tax situations as what you are dealing in. The attorney will not be able to fully use the knowledge they have if they do not have experience.
    • Trust – You will be discussing and handing over information to your attorney that may be very personal. You will also be putting a lot of faith in your attorney that they will do what is right for you. You want to be sure that you have the trust in your attorney that you need to feel secure.

     

    For an attorney that has these attributes, contact a Norfolk tax attorney at Tavss and Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today for a free legal consultation.

  • I’m getting married soon and need to create a prenuptial agreement. What are the benefits of using a Virginia family law attorney for a prenuptial agreement?

    Divorce rates in America are extremely high. Because so many marriages end in divorce, this institution must be looked at from a different perspective than the past.

    Before beginning a prenuptial agreement is it important to talk with your spouse and be sure to be on the same page. This can save you heartache now and in the future.

    Once you are both on the same page it is time to begin the process of creating a prenuptial agreement. Some couples try to do this on their own without the help of an attorney. The benefits of using a Norfolk family law attorney to create a prenuptial agreement include:

    • Knowledge – It is important to understand the process and laws when creating a prenuptial agreement. Using a knowledgeable attorney for your prenuptial agreement will ensure the prenup is created the way it should be.
    • Experience – The attorney you use should have experience with prenuptial agreements. They will be able to use their experience to resolve any issues that may arise during the process.
    • Negotiation skills – Most do not realize it but negotiations do play a role in the creation of a prenuptial agreement. They will negotiate and ensure that you have the best deal possible.
    • Answers – There are sure to be many questions and concerns during the process of creating a prenuptial agreement. Your attorney will be able to answer all your questions and put your mind at ease.

    Begin your claim by contacting a Virginia family law attorney at Tavss Fletcher. Call 757-625-1214 today for a free legal consultation.

  • Do I need a Norfolk criminal law attorney if my case is under investigation and no charges have been filed?

    It is common for someone being accused of a crime to put off contacting an attorney, especially if that person feels he is innocent. An experienced Virginia criminal law attorney will understand the laws and will know how to navigate the tedious and overwhelming process of building a strong defense. Whether you are accused of a violent crime, sexual offense, drug possession or trafficking, or a white-collar crime, a skilled attorney can help you.

    People often think that the time to hire an attorney is after charges have been filed for a criminal case. This is not true. In fact, a Virginia criminal law attorney can be very beneficial to the defendant in the early stages of the investigation.

    Three reasons you should hire an attorney before any charges are filed a criminal offense are:

    • Education – An experienced attorney will educate you on what lies ahead. He will make sure you understand the process of the investigation, and will explain what to expect should your case go to trial.
    • Gather Evidence – Many times law enforcement agencies will not give you the benefit of the doubt. They may make mistakes or not be thorough. Your attorney will be able to gather evidence and obtain key witnesses to support your defense.
    • Negotiate – Using the evidence that was gathered, your attorney will negotiate with the prosecutors and police before charges are filed, and will try to persuade them not to file any charges.

     

    If you have been accused of a criminal offense it is critical that you contact a knowledgeable Norfolk criminal law attorney at Tavss Fletcher immediately. Call 757-625-1214 today to schedule a free case evaluation.