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Friday, May 23, 2014

Martial Arts Contracts and Breaking Out...

Giving the "chop" to a monthly revolving contract at a local martial arts studio

From time-to-time, Hanover Law is asked to give an opinion on civil actions in VA, DC, MD. A "civil action" is a lawsuit between two private parties. Usually a contract breach or suit for harm caused by some infraction or breach of duty. A great question was recently asked about revolving payment contracts for services at dance studios, martial arts studios, etc. I've included it here so everyone can benefit from the answer.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Revenge Porn in VA

Show me the pictures!!

(or not!)

A recent request made to Hanover Law asked for information related to unauthorized disclosure of naked pictures. Is this permitted in VA, and can you do anything about it?

Our Answer:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

I am mad -- they took my money!

You can take this International Shoe and stick it right up your tailpipe!

Folks, you need to read this in its entirety. There is a lot here -- and it covers a very common situation related to commercial suits.

Here's the story (from a upset citizen, addressed to us):

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Does my employer have to pay my holiday pay when I leave?

Generally, you are entitled to all benefits you earned during the course of your employment. To fully answer this question, though, we would need to see what the employment handbook reads. While the employment handbook does not trump VA law, it can explain what the employer is contemplating.

However, in answer to your question, the code section in question is VA Code 40.1-29. While the employer is not required to pay holiday, personal, or sick days, once they agree to do so as part of your employment package, it becomes part of your wages.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

My boyfriend is getting rail-roaded on custody matters. Help!

Sometimes, a little tough love is the best advice. Mr. Sean Hanover answered a question regarding family law in a recent legal forum --


[NOTE: This question is not edited -- and for those of you who are tempted to write in a similar manner -- read on!] This question is for my boyfriend he has a daughter she stays with her mother who does not work lives for free does not drive and she gets child support from him there is no legal arrangement she will only allow him to see his daughter but, once a month.