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1 Answer | Asked in Legal Malpractice for Virginia on
Q: How does one seek a listing of Northern VA attorneys, who will handle a legal professional malpractice lawsuit?

There is a rich documented history confirming this attorney’s legal malpractice actions.

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on May 21, 2022

I'm not sure there is a comprehensive list, but my firm may be able to hep. Please give us a call at your earliest convenience and we'll run a conflict check, do an intake, and try to be helpful. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Contracts for Virginia on
Q: Non-competition and non-solicitation agreement

Hi there,

So my question is about the working contract that I have signed! I'm a home inspector in VA, working

for a franchise company. I have signed a non-competition and non-solicitation agreement with them that I cannot compete with them for two years after signing this... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on May 12, 2022

It really depends on the the specific terms of your prior agreement. Some non-compete provisions are not enforceable, but it really depends on the details. If you decide to retain a lawyer to assist you, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Education Law and Libel & Slander for Virginia on
Q: My spouse has been accused (verbal and In Writing) of “forcing subordinates” to falsify documents (student grades).

Additionally, her employer (for profit college) has been accused of violating Virginia Board of Nursing practices. The institution is being represented, and tell my spouse “not to worry, they represent her too”…I am afraid she will be made scapegoat. Do I need an employment or defamation attorney?

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on May 11, 2022

You may need both, but it depends on the allegations in the complaint and if she's a named party. If not, and she simply wants to sue for the defamation, then you only need a defamation lawyer. I don't think the company's lawyer could properly represent her as well. I'm sure... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: I gifted my son $18,500 to him, only so that he and his girlfriend could buy a house since then she has kicked him out.

Can I get my money back, she said no I am not giving the money back.

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Apr 30, 2022

If it was a gift, then it will be more challenging. But if it there was an agreement that this money was to be used to purchase a house such that the money was a condition to the agreement, then you'd have a stronger case. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: Do I need to hire a lawyer in the state of Virginia in order to send a demand letter? It’s a civil case.

I’m current in California, and the other party is in Virginia. I am trying to obtain my items that they do not want to return. I have pictures of them stating they have it and are not trying to return my items.

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Apr 30, 2022

You're not required to hire a lawyer, but the letter may be taken more seriously if you hire a lawyer. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to retain an attorney. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: How can I file a civil suit against an evicted tenant for over $100k in damages and costs?
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Apr 23, 2022

You'd just file a complaint for breach of contract in Virginia Circuit Court for the unpaid rent and any other damages (like property damage) and then serve the former tenants with the complaint. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help if you decide to hire a lawyer. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Virginia on
Q: Wedding planner canceled our contract 2 months before wedding. What rights do we have to the deposit?

The cancellation terms say that the retainer and payments are not refundable if we cancel, but does not provide language regarding what happens if the planner cancels. The planner canceled 48 hours ago via text and has not provided any information on how we will proceed with refunds or next steps.... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Apr 21, 2022

Yes, you should be able to recover any fees you paid unless the contract has a specific term that permits termination or that the fee structure is set based on milestones. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to hep if you decide to hire a firm.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: My niece’s mother passed in December, 2021. How do I get her live in boyfriend out of the home?
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Mar 29, 2022

You'd likely have to provide a 30 day notice and then file an unlawful detainer with the court if he doesn't leave (assuming the boyfriend was not given the home in the will). If you decide to hire an attorney, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Virginia on
Q: I bought a car March 5th 22 “NEW” inspection sticker since i’ve had issues such as axels, the control arms they wont fix

they’re refusing to fix the issues it had when i purchased the vehicle that were not told to me and refusing to give me money back this vehicle should’ve never had a new inspection sticker

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Mar 19, 2022

If the vehicle was represented to you as "new" and it was not new, then you have a claim. If you have a warranty, the warranty should cover these repairs regardless. If you decide to hire an attorney, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law for District of Columbia on
Q: What is the worst that can happen when flipping a house with 100% private money financing??

If I am using someone else's money and a house that I flip sells for less then previously estimated am I out anything more then my time? Or can the private money lender sue me and make me cover the loss?

What if I am using an LLC?

I am mostly worried that the private lender... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Mar 19, 2022

It really depends on the details of the contract you signed, but often personal guarantees are required. Hopefully, things go smoothly with the project, but if you end up needing an attorney, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: My landlord has given me a 60 day notice to leave as he “wants to sell” the home. We have been here a year and lease is

About to expire. I’ve talked with previous tenants and the landlord has done the same to them and refused offers that was given to buy. What can I do to stay?

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Mar 13, 2022

It depends on the specific language in your lease agreement. If there's a provision that permits the owner to terminate the agreement for purposes of a sale, then you're in a more difficult position. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to hep if you'd ie to hire an attorney. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for Virginia on
Q: What are the chances of contunued targeted harassment on social media that includes defamation and doxxing lawsuit?

They used the person's real name each time they go on social media to harass her. They also claim she committed a crime that has not been proven by evidence.

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Mar 6, 2022

If you're asking about chances of stopping online harassment, it's possible, but you'd likely ned to reach out to the platform or social media company for assistance. If statements were made that are defamatory, then you could bring a a lawsuit for the defamation. I'm sure... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander for District of Columbia on
Q: I had given ex fiancé my car and she has promised me some form of payments she’s never gave me any payments also hold

Title is still in my name and I’m in a different state and she may be holding my w-2s

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Feb 27, 2022

This probably isn't a libel case, but you could certainly file a lawsuit and/or send a demand letter to get your vehicle back and have her return your documents. If you decide to hire an attorney, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Elder Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: My sister lives in Amherst, Virginia. A very controlling, manipulative, mentally unstable boyfriend won't leave.

How can she remove him and keep herself safe?

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Feb 22, 2022

She needs to provide notice and then file the eviction paperwork with the court. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to hep if you decide to hire an attorney. Good luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Virginia on
Q: Possible unlicensed contractor

Shoddy work, the floor is already coming apart and he will not answer my texts or emails about fixing it. He just finished the work in August. I do have a signed contract. He also cut electrical to my loft so now I have to hire someone to run electrical. I messed up because I did not ask if he was... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Feb 19, 2022

It sounds like you have a claim for a brach of contract, but may also have a claim under the VA Consumer Protection Act. You'd probably need an attorney to review your documentation and any correspondence. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: I live in Va. My ex boyfriend is living in my home and wont leave.can I evict him? How long is the process?

He does not pay rent nor is he leasing. I own the home.I served 3 day eviction notice but he doesn't believe it's real and refuse to leave. Ive called police on him for harassing me in my home. He keeps attempting to hurt himself by falling down steps, falling on furniture and breaking... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Jan 25, 2022

Yes, you can evict him. The specific process depends on what your agreement with him was. Was there a signed lease? Did he pay rent or perform some service in exchange for living there. That impacts the type of notice you give. If you decide to hire a lawyer, I'm sure anyone who responds would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: Can my s corp/llc be sued bc a former biz partner owes money from previous business? My business is named in the suit

I started an s corp with 2 other equal partners in Feb 2020. Myself and another partner bought the 3rd partners shares in March of 2021. The partner that was bought out was just sued by a vendor of his that he dealt with in his previous business. The person is alleging that my former business... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Jan 12, 2022

Possibly. It sounds like the plaintiff is trying to allege some type of tortious business interference and conspiracy with your new business and your former business partner. This scenario where a person closes down a business to avoid debts and then opens a new business does occur. While your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: My boss is my landlord we had a verbal agreement, my husband passed away and the very next day my landlord change the

locks on my apartment and I can't get in to get any of my belongings. He told me that he will only let me come in one time. I would have to have a pickup truck and I can only get my clothes I can't get anything else that is mine out of the apartment

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Dec 6, 2021

The landlord cannot simply lock you out. You can file a complaint with the court and get the landlord to pay you for your damages, which could include rent and attorney's fees. If you decide to hire a lawyer, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: : What happens if your landlord does not renew your lease and you do not move out on that date
Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Nov 28, 2021

The landlord could initiate the eviction proceedings against you. It would not happen immediately, but ultimately, the landlord could evict you simply because the lease expires. However, the landlord is not permitted to change the locks or do anything to diminish services pursuant to your lease and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Collections and Elder Law for Virginia on
Q: My father was a victim of fraud I am now his POA. I need to obtain legal assistance to sort through corrective action.

My father was involved in a Publishers Clearing House scam. Police reports were filed and now receiving numerous letters from attorneys to pay back credit card debt. Need significant assistance to navigate.

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Nov 26, 2021

Many credit card companies have some type of fraud department that investigates these claims, but if not, I'm sure you could hire a lawyer to respond to the attorneys who are reaching out. I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy to help and will need to see the letters you've... Read more »

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