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Must Report Taxable Earnings To Benefit From SSD │ Attorney Mary Ann Barnes

If my earnings are “under the table”, I’m self-employed or I work for my spouse, will I still be able to receive Social Security Disability benefits if needed? In order to accumulate earnings for Social Security Retirement benefits and Social Security Disability benefits, you must report taxable earnings.  If you are self- employed, must pay […]

Do I really Need a Power of Attorney or Medical Directive? │ Attorney Mary Ann Barnes

YES!! A power of attorney allows you to name an agent to manage your financial affairs.  A medical directive allows you to name an agent to make medical decisions for you in the event you are unable to make them yourself.  Do not wait until you are in need of these documents. If you do […]

Should I fight my Speeding Ticket? │ Attorney Leila Higgins-Fleishman

Should I fight my Speeding Ticket? Whether or not to fight your speeding ticket involves a calculous depending on your own circumstances and the jurisdiction your ticket is in. There are more costs to a speeding ticket than just paying the fine and court costs, which you should consider: Insurance: You should call your insurance […]

Why You Need A Gun Trust │ Attorney Russell Kruse

What is a Gun Trust and why do I need one? A Gun Trust is a carefully drafted document which creates something that can legally hold title/own your firearms. Like all trusts, there must be a trustee (who controls the firearms owned by the trust) and at least one beneficiary (who may benefit from the […]

The Story Of A Title IX Sexual Misconduct Charge At UVA │ Attorney Andre Hakes

What not to Say or Do if you are accused of sexual misconduct as a student at the University of Virginia CHAPTER ONE: It is 8:15 and you have just rolled out of bed to go to class. You check your email, and there is a message there from the Office of the President. That […]

What is a Living Will? │ Attorney Mary Ann Barnes

In Virginia, a living will generally refers to a clause in our Advanced Medical Directive that states “do not keep me alive in a vegetative state”. At Tucker Griffin Barnes, we start with the Medical Directive provided in the Virginia Code.   A person can alter this clause depending on their personal wishes.  For example, a […]

VAR Contract & HOA Restrictions │ Attorney William D. Tucker, III

Tucker’s Tips  Tip 17-2016: VAR Contract and HOA Restrictions Tucker’s Tip 16-2016 discussed that in some situations where there is “no HOA,” there still may be a set of restrictions and covenants that limit the Purchaser’s use of the property. If a recorded set of CCRs or other type of restrictions governs property not in […]

No HOA – Double Check │ Attorney William D. Tucker, III

Tip 16-2016: NO HOA – Double Check! The VAR Contract, in Paragraph 23, “The Property Owners Association Disclosure”, indicates whether or not the property being purchased is within a Home Owners Association (HOA). However, just because the “Is Not Located” box is checked does not necessarily mean the property is free from a set of […]

The No Financing Affidavit │ Attorney William D. Tucker, III

Tucker’s Tips The No Financing Affidavit Assuming the Seller has no outstanding loans on the Property being sold (Deeds of Trust, HELOCS, Equity Lines), the Purchaser’s title company, while doing the title search, will find there is no mortgage on the property. The title company will accordingly request that the Seller sign a “No Financing […]

William D. Tucker, III │ Last Minute Changes on the CD

Tucker’s Tips  Tip 13-2016:  TRID – Last Minute Changes on the CD Here is another example of why it’s important to stay flexible during the closing process now dictated by TRID regulations. Although lenders theoretically have to tell the Purchaser how much money is needed for the closing well in advance of the actual settlement, […]

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