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Ronald N. Walters Lawyer

Ronald N. Walters

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Accident & Injury, Criminal, Bankruptcy & Debt, Family Law, Trusts

Ron has, over the last decade, assisted clients by planning and designing settlements to address future needs and ensure any government benefits are p... (more)

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Claude S. Smith, III Lawyer

Claude S. Smith, III

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Car Accident, Personal Injury, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal

Whether you have suffered an accident while on the job or suffered an injury during a car accident or semi truck accident, The Law Offices of Claude S... (more)

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800-936-8471

Eric J. Holmes Lawyer

Eric J. Holmes

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Accident & Injury, Real Estate, Adoption, Social Security -- Disability, Wills & Probate

Harris and Holmes have been successfully representing clients for over 16 years. Focusing on personal injury, real estate and more. Give us a call and... (more)

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304-372-7004

Jon D. Hoover Lawyer

Jon D. Hoover

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Accident & Injury, Divorce & Family Law, Employment, DUI-DWI

Jon graduated from Widener University School of Law in 1999. Jon returned to West Virginia and worked briefly with the Kanawha County Prosecuting Atto... (more)

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Elizabeth S. Lawton

Family Law, Products Liability, Personal Injury, Professional Malpractice
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Robert P. Martin

Products Liability, Family Law, Antitrust, Dispute Resolution
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Nathan J. Chill

Family Law, Corporate, Elder Law, Estate Planning
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Truman Griffith

Litigation, Estate Planning, Family Law, Personal Injury
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Lyne Ranson

Family Law, Divorce, Divorce & Family Law, Child Support
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Sharon McKeny Lord

Adoption, Dispute Resolution, Child Support, Constitutional Law
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LEGAL TERMS

SEPARATION

A situation in which the partners in a married couple live apart. Spouses are said to be living apart if they no longer reside in the same dwelling, even though... (more...)
A situation in which the partners in a married couple live apart. Spouses are said to be living apart if they no longer reside in the same dwelling, even though they may continue their relationship. A legal separation results when the parties separate and a court rules on the division of property, such as alimony or child support -- but does not grant a divorce.

PREMARITAL AGREEMENT

An agreement made by a couple before marriage that controls certain aspects of their relationship, usually the management and ownership of property, and sometim... (more...)
An agreement made by a couple before marriage that controls certain aspects of their relationship, usually the management and ownership of property, and sometimes whether alimony will be paid if the couple later divorces. Courts usually honor premarital agreements unless one person shows that the agreement was likely to promote divorce, was written with the intention of divorcing or was entered into unfairly. A premarital agreement may also be known as a 'prenuptial agreement.'

SPLIT CUSTODY

A custody arrangement in the case of multiple children, awarding sole custody of one child to one parent and sole custody of another child to the other parent. ... (more...)
A custody arrangement in the case of multiple children, awarding sole custody of one child to one parent and sole custody of another child to the other parent. This arrangement is generally disfavored by judges because they are reluctant to split up siblings.

CLOSE CORPORATION

A corporation owned and operated by a few individuals, often members of the same family, rather than by public shareholders. State laws permit close corporation... (more...)
A corporation owned and operated by a few individuals, often members of the same family, rather than by public shareholders. State laws permit close corporations to function more informally than regular corporations. For example, shareholders can make decisions without holding meetings of the board of directors, and can fill vacancies on the board without a vote of the shareholders.

PETITIONER

A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly div... (more...)
A person who initiates a lawsuit. A synonym for plaintiff, used almost universally in some states and in others for certain types of lawsuits, most commonly divorce and other family law cases.

ZONING

The laws dividing cities into different areas according to use, from single-family residences to industrial plants. Zoning ordinances control the size, location... (more...)
The laws dividing cities into different areas according to use, from single-family residences to industrial plants. Zoning ordinances control the size, location, and use of buildings within these different areas.

SICK LEAVE

Time off work for illness. Most employers provide for some paid sick leave, although no law requires them to do so. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, howe... (more...)
Time off work for illness. Most employers provide for some paid sick leave, although no law requires them to do so. Under the Family and Medical Leave Act, however, a worker is guaranteed up to 12 weeks per year of unpaid leave for severe or lasting illnesses.

ABANDONMENT (OF A CHILD)

A parent's failure to provide any financial assistance to or communicate with his or her child over a period of time. When this happens, a court may deem the ch... (more...)
A parent's failure to provide any financial assistance to or communicate with his or her child over a period of time. When this happens, a court may deem the child abandoned by that parent and order that person's parental rights terminated. Abandonment also describes situations in which a child is physically abandoned -- for example, left on a doorstep, delivered to a hospital or put in a trash can. Physically abandoned children are usually placed in orphanages and made available for adoption.

FOSTER CHILD

A child placed by a government agency or a court in the care of someone other than his or her natural parents. Foster children may be removed from their family ... (more...)
A child placed by a government agency or a court in the care of someone other than his or her natural parents. Foster children may be removed from their family home because of parental abuse or neglect. Occasionally, parents voluntarily place their children in foster care. See foster care.