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Helpful Virginia Legal Resources

The following links and resources are provided by the attorneys at Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz for the benefit of individuals, families and businesses seeking information on family law, business law, personal injury, estate planning and homeowners’ associations in Virginia. We hope these resources help you find the information you are looking for. If you require legal assistance in any of these areas in Albemarle County or Central Virginia, contact Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz in Charlottesville for help from one of our experienced civil lawyers.

Virginia Family Law Resources

Virginia Domestic Relations laws can be found at Title 20 of the Virginia Code. Individual chapters cover marriage, parentage (paternity), support, child custody and visitation, premarital agreements and more.

The Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar provides sensitive and practical guidelines for parents regarding children and divorce. You can also download a brochure called Spare the Child: A Guide to Parenting During Family Dissolution. There is even a Spare the Child video to go along with the brochure.

Other helpful materials from the State Bar include pamphlets covering topics such as divorce in Virginia and financial issues in divorce. Another pamphlet, Marriage in Virginia, covers a range of issues such as support obligations, property rights, and name change.

When the property division in a divorce includes certain pension or retirement benefits, it may be necessary to obtain a Qualified Domestic Relations Order instructing the plan administrator on how to transfer ownership. Click this link to learn more about QDROs.

For help with child support enforcement, visit the Virginia Department of Social Services Division of Child Support Enforcement.

Virginia Business Legal Resources

A host of Virginia government entities banded together to create Business One Stop. Online services include business registration and links to everything from drafting a business plan to obtaining capital for growth and development.

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) of the Commonwealth of Virginia regulates business entities such as corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies in areas such as franchising, securities and more.

To conduct an entity name search or learn more about business entity formation, including required forms, fees and annual reports, visit the SCC Office of the Clerk.

The Virginia Department of Business Assistance and the DMBE merged to form Small Business and Supplier Diversity, a state agency dedicated to enhancing the participation of small, women- and minority-owned businesses in Virginia’s procurement process.

Virginia Personal Injury Resources

To plan your route and help avoid a serious car accident, road and traffic conditions are updated in real time at these websites from the Virginia Department of Transportation: VDOT 511 and Virginia Roads.

If your car was severely damaged in an auto accident and needs to be replaced, you can get a good estimate of its value by using the Kelly Blue Book or NADA Guides.

If you were injured in a commercial trucking accident, you may want to review trucker and trucking company log books to see if they were in compliance with regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) governing hours of service for drivers, height and weight limits for trucks, safety equipment and other matters. To view the accident history and safety records of a particular trucking company, search the Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) database.

If you are a motorcyclist or motorist interested in motorcycle safety, you can find useful information at the American Motorcycle Association, including an overview of Virginia motorcycle laws. Another good resource is the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Safety tips for bicyclists, motorists and motorcycle riders can be found at the website of Yield to Life. To access bike and trail maps for cycling safety, visit the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and go to their resource page for Virginia.

Distraction.gov is the official U.S. website on distracted driving. Learn about current safety awareness campaigns or download promotional materials regarding texting while driving, handheld cell phone use and more.

More information on distracted driving and other important safety issues, such as pedestrian safety and drunk driving, can be had at the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Virginia Estate Planning Resources

Keep your Living Will and other similar documents (Advance Health Care Directive, Health Care Power of Attorney, Declaration of Anatomical Gift) safe by depositing them with the Virginia Department of Health Advance Health Care Directive Registry. They will be kept secure and confidential yet accessible by doctors, hospitals, first responders and other emergency care providers when needed.

Information on Virginia Advance Directives from the Virginia State Bar includes forms, guides and FAQs on health care decision making. It is recommended that you do not try to complete legal documents on your own without legal assistance from experienced estate planning attorneys.

The Virginia State Bar also provides valuable information on the reasons why you need a will and how to create a will that is legally binding. This information can be found on the VSB Wills in Virginia webpage.

Useful information from the American Bar Association includes 10 Things Estate Planning Can Do for You and limited access to selected articles in the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section’s magazine Probate & Property.

Virginia Homeowners’ Association Resources

Virginia Condominium Act

Virginia Property Owners’ Association Act

Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

VRLTA Handbook – This resource includes the text of the Virginia Landlord and Tenant Act along with a brief introduction and some links about where one can go for legal services, including fair housing agencies and legal aid offices if you cannot afford a private attorney of your choice.

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