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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Civil Litigation and Education Law for Virginia on
Q: Does VA law require a notary to sign when notarizing a document?

A document that I recently had notarized by Bank of America is being rejected by my university on the grounds that the notary hasn't signed it. While attempting to research this online, I have yet to find definitive answers.

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Jan 26, 2023

There are seven (7) items required for the notary to state on each document being notarized:

1. The name of the county or independent city in which the document is signed

2. The date the document is signed.

3. The notarial statement – what is being notarized (i.e. a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Q: Can someone with a nonviolent drug felony visit a home where the homeowner owns guns. In Virginia.

My nephew has a felony record for possession from a few years ago and was wanting to come visit me, but I am a gun owner and dont know if he is allowed to come and stay for a few days? I don't want to give up my firearm but don't want to get him in trouble.

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Jan 25, 2023

It is unlawful for a felon to be in possession of a firearm unless they have had their right to possess a firearm restored. Possession can be actual or constructive and is very fact specific. Actual is obvious, but constructive can be tricky. In court, the questions considered for constructive... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for Virginia on
Q: Tatsuro & Mariya (by Smile Company Ltd.); Can You Have "Tatsuro & Mariya" Had a Trademark?

Toys, Apparel, Video Games, Books, Puzzles, Board Games, CDs, Electronics, DVDs, Party Supplies.

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Dec 29, 2022

If you are referring to the process of applying for a federally registered trademark, it depends. Trademark protection can be granted for words, designs, etc., but the mark must be unique and suitable for registration. An attorney would need to know more about your use of "Tatsuro &... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can a landlord charge a move out inspection fee
Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Dec 29, 2022

Unfortunately, what someone can do, should do, and actually does aren't always the same. Assuming you paid a security deposit and the VRLTA applies, I'm not sure why the landlord wouldn't want a move out inspection. You have a right to be present during the move out inspection.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Virginia on
Q: What is the acceptable format for filing a promissory note with the court clerk's office in the state of Virginia?

I am aware that they typically do not like to file these for things other than real estate. Also, is there is an equally sufficient alternative (like a security backed loan), which may be more readily accepted?

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Dec 21, 2022

I'm not aware of any mechanism that would permit you to file a general promissory note in the Clerk's office unless it is associated with an enforcement action as part of a claim. If you have a security agreement with the debtor or sufficient language in the promissory note, you may be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Virginia on
Q: Is it legal for one person to be agent for 20-40 corporations?

Is it legal for one person to be agent for 20-40 corporations under their agent address and then for these same companies to all have their headquarter address listed as the same address for all of them even though the companies aren't related to each other in anyway?

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Dec 21, 2022

You are asking for an opinion, and attorneys only provide opinions to their clients after knowing sufficient facts to render an opinion.

I can point you to the VCC's requirements for registered agents.

Registered agents must meet the following requirements:

Be a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Q: I’m charging with a 18.2-300 and I didn’t even touch the gun the plaintive was trying to take me away from my home

I have never been in trouble before ever.

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Dec 21, 2022

Virginia law criminalizes the possession of a sawed-off shotgun under Virginia Code Section 18.2-300. In Virginia, possession can be actual or constructive. You should consult with an attorney to discuss the facts of your particular case and any defenses you may have. Its not wise to post... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Virginia on
Q: I have an arraignment coming soon and I need to know what kind of bail I’ll get

I was set a bond when I was arrested and it was unsecured because I have no prior criminal record and I’m not violent or a flight risk.

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Dec 21, 2022

It sounds like you have already posted a bond and are scheduled for an arraignment. An arraignment is typically to determine if you have retained an attorney or need one to be appointed for you. You should not have a separate bond hearing unless the Commonwealth has filed a motion to revoke your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for California on
Q: Selling 1 franchise in CA for 60K. What is the surety bond amount? IL is cost x no. of franchisees. Is it same in CA?

California has determined that we, the franchisor, have not demonstrated we are adequately capitalized and/or that we must rely on franchise fees to fund our operations. The Commissioner has imposed a fee deferral condition. I would rather establish a surety bond instead. Is that allowed as an... Read more »

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Dec 1, 2022

Section 310.113.5 - Surety Bond in Lieu of Impound

In lieu of the imposition of an impound condition a franchiser may post a surety bond in such amount as shall be required by the Commissioner. Such bond shall be issued by a corporate surety admitted to transact business in the State of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Florida on
Q: I own a small business that I’d like to sell. I’m considering owner financing. Can an agreement include repossession?

I want to be sure I’m protected if the buyer defaults, or fails to maintain the business. The business is a franchised restaurant so there standards that need to be maintained. If the agreement includes a down payment, would I retain it as well?

Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
answered on Sep 28, 2022

There is always some level of risk involved in every business transaction. Providing owner financing and the nature of the franchise relationship will need to be taken into account. You can't eliminate risk, but you can manage risk by contemplating these issues in an asset purchase... Read more »

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