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Employee Religious Exemption for Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

At some point in the near future, the Supreme Court is set to decide the Biden Administration’s mandate that employers of a certain size require that their employees are vaccinated. Some employees have been able to qualify for a religious exemption from the Covid-19 vaccine. This complex legal issue seeks to strike a balance between […]

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Mergers and Acquisitions, and Divestitures

Companies eventually evolve and strive for improved operations or growth by combining their resources and efforts with other companies. Sometimes, the legal requirement for spinning off specific productive assets involves Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and divestitures, both of which may entail structural modifications to underlying business via the sale or purchase of the entire company […]

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Business Torts – How They Can Affect Your Business?

Torts are intentional, neglectful, or reckless acts that cause individuals or entities unlawful harm. Economic (business) torts refer to wrongful acts specifically impacting businesses. These acts may involve anything from trade secret theft to false and disparaging statements. While trademark infringement, defective products, and breached employment agreements might harm businesses, Virginia recognizes a handful of […]

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What Landlords Should Know About Virginia Eviction Laws

Between the mass layoffs and pandemic eviction moratoriums, many Virginia landlords are struggling to say afloat. Instead of finding new tenants, landlords have been forced to cover months of mortgage payments and taxes without the requisite rental income. The federal government extended certain rent-based eviction prohibitions until June 30, 2021. However, a federal judge recently […]

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Statute of Limitations in Virginia

Whether criminal or civil, every potential legal claim has a commencement deadline called the statute of limitations (SOL). Timeframes differ depending on the claim type, but missing these statutory deadlines means losing related litigation and financial recovery rights. Insurers typically refuse to settle claims barred by the applicable SOL – called time-barred litigation – and […]

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The Importance of a Power of Attorney

Despite the name, powers of attorney don’t vest anyone with permission to practice law. Instead, the document allows individuals to grant agency authority, whether general or limited, to an approved representative. This may be an attorney, family member, business partner, or friend. A power of attorney (or “POA”) serves multiple functions but has limitations. In […]

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Does my Business Need a General Legal Counsel?

From obtaining an EIN to negotiating startup acquisitions, nearly every aspect of running a small business requires legal know-how. Even minor oversights during the registration process can have devastating consequences for Virginia corporations, but many new companies cannot afford seemingly expensive corporate counsel. Instead, business owners commonly turn to discount legal services and self-help tools […]

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Virginia Construction License

If you offer or are planning to offer services related to construction in Virginia, you need a general contractor license to operate legally. But the specific license you will need must be based on the types and scope of projects you want to perform. In Virginia, the term contractor means any individual that can bid […]

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Purchasing or Starting a Medical, Dental, or Veterinary Practice

If you are a doctor, dentist, or veterinarian, you’ve gone through the arduous process of obtaining an undergraduate degree and the ongoing to an additional four years to earn the title “Doctor.” Even upon completing academic requirements, you’ve likely been required to complete years of further training before you can go out on your own. […]

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The Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act Is About to Become Reality

Virginia businesses that maintain and use customers’ data should be aware of what is on the horizon. The Virginia Legislature is poised to finalize and pass data privacy legislation that will impose new obligations on these businesses called the Consumer Data Protection Act. Companies should begin to prepare themselves for the new statutory requirements by […]

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