Susan Fremit's answer The problem is: prove what counsel told you. If it was not in writing or recorded, counsel will likely deny advising you that after a year, the conction would automatically be “sealed”, because that is is so blatantly wrong. It is a long shot to convince a circuit court judge to expunge a conviction when the governor has granted a pardon. But you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by applying for a pardon. Hire an attorney who does pardon applications and know that a response...
Peter Munsing's answer The problem is that the value of the animal is basically the market value.However there may be other things involved.Start with members of the Va. trial Lawyers Assn-they give free consults.
Jeffrey Michael Haber's answer It depends on whether you and your attorney discussed the modified fee arrangement, and you authorized the modification, before the modification was made. Your summary suggests that you discussed and approved the modification. If so, there is probably not much you can do. Also, are there any writings, such as emails or texts, apart from the modification, that discuss the modification and the reasons for it? If so, these writings might be relevant.
Jerry Lutkenhaus' answer An attorney is normally not allowed to divulge any client secrets to a third party. If the disclosure causes damages, then the lawyer could be sued for legal malpractice. In addition, this could be considered unethical practice and could lead to sanctions against the attorney by the Virginia State Bar Association.
Gary D. Godman's answer The best thing you can do is discuss it with your attorney! QDRO's are touchy in that different investment companies require different words in the order - it's possible the investment company gave incorrect info and that there's no fault on the part of your attorney. Review your retainer agreement and have an open discussion with the attorney. Good luck!
Jerry Lutkenhaus' answer If you had a verbal contact, it may be three years. If you had a written contact with the lawyer it may be 5 years. This ia meant to be general information and not legal advice.
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