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We’re honored to continuously receive recognition in Virginia and beyond for our amazing legal team. Over the years, CowanGates has been awarded by notable companies such as Virginia Lawyers Weekly, U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers, American Institute of Legal Counsel, Super Lawyers, and many others. As experienced attorneys with a shared passion for practicing law, we’re constantly striving for excellence by staying up-to-date with the latest industry insights and trends. To serve our community, we also create monthly blog articles on important topics to share with our clients.

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Not Afraid of Drinking & Driving? You Should Be.

Not Afraid of Drinking & Driving? You Should Be. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is taken very seriously in Virginia. The consequences of being convicted of a DUI in Virginia are significant. Most people are not aware of the far-reaching effects of a DUI conviction. At CowanGates, we want our clients to think twice about driving while impaired. Here is a breakdown of what will likely happen if you are arrested for a DUI [...]

August 9th, 2019|

Is an Estate Plan Created in One State Valid in Another? Portability of Estate Plans Across State Lines*

Is an Estate Plan Created in One State Valid in Another? Portability of Estate Plans Across State Lines* By: Scott D. Stovall, Esq.  While most estate planning documents drafted and executed in one state would be recognized by other states if you move to another state, you should have your estate plan reviewed by an estate planning attorney in the state where you move.  The typical estate plan includes wills, powers of attorney for financial and medical [...]

August 8th, 2019|

What’s the First Step in My Personal Injury Case?

What’s the First Step in My Personal Injury Case? Personal injury cases are often very intricate, involving a number of different parties and potential damage elements. When taking the first steps to establishing a personal injury case, be sure to do the following: Bring together everything you have that relates to the case: any documentation, witnesses of the event, any other parties involved in the incident, law enforcement officers that were present or documentation issued by those [...]

June 19th, 2017|

Sole Custody of Children

Sole Custody of Children The “sole custody” label is a fairly new one in custody disputes in that, until the 1980s, courts rarely considered any option other than awarding one parent custody of the children while granting the other limited amounts of time to “visit” with the children. American law has evolved from bright-line rules regarding the placement of children with their fathers, to the Tender Years Doctrine requiring that small children remain with their mothers, to [...]

August 12th, 2015|

What Happens to My Assets if I Die Without a Will?

What Happens to My Assets if I Die Without a Will? If you die without a will in Virginia, Virginia law essentially creates a will for you. This is commonly referred to as intestate succession [read as “where your assets go if you don’t have a will”]. During this process, the Commonwealth will dictate, by law, to whom your assets go upon your death.  The urban legend is that without a will, the “state” gets your assets; [...]

July 22nd, 2014|

What Two Characteristics Should I Look For in a Personal Injury Attorney?

What Two Characteristics Should I Look For in a Personal Injury Attorney? In a personal injury case, you need a strong support team to help you through the detailed process. This might include family, friends, and coworkers, but the foundation of your support team should be an attorney that you trust. Two key characteristics to look for in a good personal injury attorney are experience and compassion. Experience: When searching for a personal injury attorney in an [...]

June 13th, 2014|

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