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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: I got my green card through my mom who got her citizenship this year. I have already spent 4 years in the USA.

I arrived in the USA in June 2018. I applied for my green card in September 2020. Until now I did not receive my green card. Since I already spent 4 Years in Usa and my mom is a US citizen, do you think that I'm eligible to fill out a citizenship application?

Monica E Rottermann
Monica E Rottermann
answered on Jun 30, 2022

There is not information to know whether you derived U.S. citizenship through your mother when she naturalized, as this depends on a number of factors. I’m also uncertain if you applied for adjustment of status or an immigrant visa and your case was approved but you just never received your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Virginia on
Q: how to deposit a cashiers check when the payee is deceased

The cashier check is made out to the deceased and drawn on the deceased bank account. The deceased bank account is frozen.

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Jun 29, 2022

You will need to make a claim in the deceased's probate estate, assuming there is an estate. If the account has a beneficiary and there is no estate, you may be out of luck. Consult legal counsel if the check is big enough to be worthwhile.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law and Collections for Virginia on
Q: Should I write a letter of demand first, or should I hire an attorney and sue the other party?

In October 2017, I signed a stock transfer agreement and I became a shareholder of a restaurant in Virginia.

In November 2019 I ended the agreement (verbally). My business partner (majority shareholder) and I sat down and we calculated what he owes me on a simple piece of paper. This... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Jun 28, 2022

You can do a letter or a lawsuit. You know your former business partner better than an attorney, so if you think the partner would be motivated o resolve if sent a letter then that's the way to go. If you think the partner would ignore the letter, then litigation is the way to go. I'm... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia on
Q: My son received a speeding ticket yesterday. He was doing 59 in a 45. The officer put on the ticket that he was 15 to 19

Over on the ticket. He was also in a work truck and he put down a personal vehicle

Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt
answered on Jun 22, 2022

I don't see where you have asked a question.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Collections and Small Claims for Virginia on
Q: Can the other women sue for $10k she gave my husband during their affair?

No written exchanges about the money. When he broke it off he asked her about it and she replied “I don’t give a f***” now after some stalking on her part she filed a warrant in debt for it. Does she have a case ?

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Jun 13, 2022

It really depends on what was the basis of giving the $10,000 or the agreement (even if verbal) around the money. If it was really a gift, then your husband should be able to successfully defend the lawsuit. If you or he decides to hire an attorney, I'm sure anyone who responds would be happy... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Constitutional Law for Virginia on
Q: 8 years ago, released from Tennessee without home plan or transfer of custody. Has been non-extraditable. Arrested now

Was in an atv accident with my daughter and a virginia state police charged me with reckless endangerment of a minor (no) and persuaded tennessee to extradite. I have not had my court date for the infraction to plead not guilty to this charge.

Susan Fremit
Susan Fremit
answered on Jun 9, 2022

It appears that Tennessee issued a warrant of extradition for a misdemeanor which is usually non-etraditable and the VA State police were simply following up that. You may want to ask your former Tennessee attorney for advice on what is going on there. Also advise that attorney that you want to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Government Contracts for Virginia on
Q: A company is refusing to pay me over $9000 that I earned as an independent contractor. What are my options?

The company is a subcontractor under a Prime Contractor who provides medical disability exams for Veterans Affairs. The company claims that the Prime didn't pay them for those particular services, and therefore they are not obligated to pay me for those services either. They haven't... Read more »

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on Jun 7, 2022

Yes, you have a few options: 1) send them a demand letter threatening a lawsuit if they don't pay you; or 2) pass on the letter and simply fie a lawsuit. Before doing either, I'd check to confirm that your agreement does not have any language in that conditions your payment on payment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: how relevant is an assault (in 1995) on your record if you are immigrating to the US from Canada?

My father is looking to immigrate to the US from Canada. He has an assault on his record (which occurred in 1995) for which he was arrested and later had his sentence suspended with 12 months of probation. In Canada, this is considered a criminal conviction from what I am told. How damaging... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler
answered on Jun 6, 2022

Your dad has to tell the truth, show remorse, and demonstrate good moral character. This is an old conviction, so he ought to be able to overcome any concerns.

He has the right to representation, outside the interview and through correspondence. Any representation is best engaged before a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Virginia on
Q: Should a Canadian citizen have a criminal record (Assault 266 CC) removed if applying for US permanent resident status?

Should the record be pardoned? Should we just leave it as it and apply. The situation was a one off situation and corrective measures were taken and there have been no other situations that have come after.

Roland Godfrey Ottley
Roland Godfrey Ottley PRO label
answered on Jun 4, 2022

We do not know the date when the crime was committed to see how remote it may be from your application now. Not sure if there was more than an arrest and what exactly the person was convicted for if in fact they were convicted. In any event, USCIS will be focusing on whether the criminal conviction... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Virginia on
Q: What happens when a life insurance policy says to the estatee? Does it spilt between all children

My mother died and had three life insurance policy’s. I was the sole beneficiary for all but one. The last one states it goes to the estatee, nobody was named. Who will that policy go to? Will it split between all children or will we have to go to court for one person to get it?

James H. Wilson Jr.
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James H. Wilson Jr.
answered on Jun 3, 2022

A life insurance policy payable to the estate should be deposited in the estate account. The personal representative of the estate should have opened an estate bank account and obtained a taxpayer identification number for the estate. The personal representative must qualify through an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Virginia on
Q: Can I legally get power of attorney over my mother, even though she is still married?

My mother has dementia, and she just married the wrong person. This man has decided to give up, moved me in with them to take care of her, told me he's not spending any more money and that I need to get a power of attorney over her.

One would think that would be his responsibility. Am... Read more »

James H. Wilson Jr.
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James H. Wilson Jr.
answered on Jun 2, 2022

A principal must have the capacity to contract to give a power to an attorney-in-fact. That generally requires understand the nature and consequences of the legal act. If a principal lacks capacity or is incompetent, the proper arrangement is to have a guardian or conservator appointed for the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Do I need to give notice to a person staying in my property in the state of Virginia? More details below.

Does not pay rent and is not in a lease agreement. Property damage has occurred by this person. If a notice needs to be given how long? Also do I need to go through the court system as in an eviction?

Steven Krieger
Steven Krieger
answered on May 31, 2022

If you're going to evict based on non-payment or property damage, then you do need to give notice and evict through the court process. If you're evicting based on a person who has no tenancy rights then arguably no notice is required, but even then, the safest thing to do is give notice.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Estate Planning for Virginia on
Q: How to find out if my deceased father left anything for his children
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on May 26, 2022

Have you asked your siblings or (step-)mother or other relatives if there is a Will or someone is filing probate? Did he have assets, and should you file as Administrator? A consult with a lawyer discussing your situation might be helpful, and, if that lawyer opens the estate, you’ll be repaid... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Libel & Slander and Workers' Compensation for Virginia on
Q: Can an car accident defense attorney subpoena previous/future jobs for medical records? Can the employers refuse?

I was struck by an angry Road rager on January 31st 2020. Of course the road ranger lied in court and pretended that we were both at fault. So the judge, confused, dismiss the case. I appealed, have no attorney, and now we are headed to trial soon. Ironically enough, when I finally found another... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 25, 2022

A Virginia attorney is going to need to advise here, but your post remains open for two weeks. Making the call you are describing is often not a simple thing. Although you contend that the incidents are separate, and they well may be, defense attorneys will typically summon medical records on the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Virginia on
Q: Rental property in Virginia that needs to be fixed but renter is not ready to pay.

Hi i have a rental property in Virginia. The tenant has moved out after the lease completed. They did not do a wakthru. There is mold and appliances have been abused. the repairs are more than the deposit amount. they are refusing to pay. what are my options.

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on May 23, 2022

You can ask politely and be ignored; or you can document the evidence, send a demand letter, and sue.

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Virginia on
Q: My family member filed for bankruptcy. His case was closed and then given to another lawyer who sued him for the same

Debts. He paid him 100,000 not to lose his house. The lawyer ( trusty) and his wife came in to short sell my brothers and his families house. He thought the case was closed. He is now suing him for the third time and his LLC which is my mothers land and property. This is occurring in the Eastern... Read more »

Elaine Jarvis
Elaine Jarvis
answered on Jun 17, 2022

I agree with what the other lawyers stated. It would make sense for you to:

1. Ask your lawyer for a written explanation of what is going on;

2. Take that letter to another lawyer for an opinion;

3. If you feel like your lawyer is defrauding you, ask for an explanation and...
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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 Family Law for Virginia on
Q: Are children entitled to anything after a parent dies, but leaves a spouse?

My father died without a WILL and his wife asked me and 5 other siblings to just sign a document that would release any assets that he may have had. She indicated that the document didn't have anything to do with us. When we asked to see what items we were waiving, she said that it didn't... Read more »

James H. Wilson Jr.
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James H. Wilson Jr.
answered on May 20, 2022

Children of a decedent, who are not children of the surviving spouse, share 2/3rds of the intestate decedent's estate with the surviving spouse, who is entitled to 1/3 of the estate. There are also various statutory allowances and exemptions available to a surviving spouse and to any minor... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia on
Q: If I received a speeding ticket in VA, the officer wrote female instead of a male, can my ticket be withdrawn?
Daniel P Leavitt
Daniel P Leavitt
answered on May 19, 2022

I don't know what you mean by withdrawn. You can go to court and plead not guilty but I don't know any judge that would accept that mistake as a legal defense if the identifying information on the ticket is otherwise correct. You may be able to get it reduced or dismissed by hiring a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Virginia on
Q: What fines are most likely associated with non-compliance with notice requirements per statute in final divorce decree?

Ex-spouse received fraudulent spousal support payments for two years. The ex-spouse also did not notify the other party of the new location as stated in the court order. The divorce decree was entered by the Norfolk Circuit Court in the state of Virginia.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on May 17, 2022

If there would be any fines, you might be able to find out if you ask your question at Justia > Ask a Lawyer > Virginia > Divorce. It's a matter of Virginia law, not Florida law. If you do, you might want to clarify what you mean by "... Ex-spouse received fraudulent spousal... Read more »

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