Choosing a Power of Attorney

Quickly defined, a Power of Attorney (POA) is a powerful estate planning tool that allows you to appoint a spouse, trusted family member, or friend to assist with handling your financial and medical affairs during a period of disability when you might not be able to do this for yourself. This person may be referred […]

Grandparent Visitation Rights

Until as recently as 40 years ago, the legal concept of grandparent visitation rights did not exist. This is because parents have a fundamental right under the U.S. Constitution to make decisions regarding the upbringing of their children. There are a number of reasons why grandparents might be denied visitation by family members, including a […]

The Advantages of Domestic Partnerships

Not everybody gets married, and not everybody wants to get married or can get married. That is why as Family Law attorneys, we are called upon to create legal documents to protect parties in different types of relationships, such as Domestic Partnership. A Domestic Partnership, sometimes referred to as a Civil Union, is defined as […]

Modifying Your Estate Plan: How and When To Do It

Congratulations for setting up your estate plan. You have taken the right steps to insure that your estate is distributed as you wish following your passing. But how long ago did you create this plan? If it has been longer than three to five years ago, you might want to look at modifying it. Life […]

Did You Know that Your Attorney-Client Privilege Survives Even After Your Death?

As estate planning attorneys, we help our clients develop estate plans, or how they plan to manage and pass along their wealth and property after they die. What people may not realize, however, is that sometimes our job extends past death, as in the case of what happens when family members challenge the terms of […]

Alimony, Spousal Support and Imputation

Many issues can come up during the course of a divorce, one of which is imputation of income. For most people, this is not a common term, although it can be a common problem, so let me explain it. When two people divorce, one of the considerations is the payment of alimony or spousal support. […]

Pets are Family Members Too

When setting up a trust or will, many people overlook the fact that their pets are members of the family too. We know that their lifespans are generally not as long as humans, so we don’t think about what might happen to them should they outlive us. As such, their long-term needs must be considered […]

What You Need to Know About International Custody and Child Abduction

Child abduction is one of the most heartbreaking events than can happen to any parent and is one of the most emotionally-charged areas of family law. It can also involve diplomatic involvement, especially when different countries are involved. Some countries may protect a parent from being forced to return a child if the abducting parent […]

Why Parenting Agreements Are So Essential

Even though you are divorced or divorcing your significant other, you both will remain tied together as parents for the rest of your lives. That means that working together for the best interest of your child or children, no matter what your own differences are, as the Honorable Loudoun County Circuit Court Judge Burke F. […]

Don’t Let Errors Derail Your Retirement Income Plan

When people talk about retirement income planning, they are most often referring to the assets they have in their IRA and 401(k) plans, and how they will withdraw that money, transfer it, or move it from place to place. What they need to be careful of, however, is doing it properly. If done incorrectly, it […]

Divorce 101 in Virginia

Nobody likes divorce, but sometimes getting a divorce becomes a necessity, and apart from the emotional impact divorce imposes on families, there are a number of legal issues that need to be addressed. This is why it is always a good idea to speak with an attorney, like the Law Office of Patricia E. Tichenor, […]

The Social Security and Medicare 2016 Outlook

How are Social Security and Medicare’s financial outlook for 2016? According to the Trustees for Social Security and Medicare trust funds, they pulled a financial burden of 41% of federal program expenditures in 2015. Due to economic and demographic factors, there are fewer workers paying into these funds than previously, resulting in decreasing income from […]

Child Custody and Relocation

When two parents divorce, the issue isn’t just between the two; it involves the children. Mistakenly, many couples think that once the custody issues have been settled it will be smooth sailing from then on. That is not normally the case because many other issues can crop up as life’s circumstances change. One of the […]

Avoid the Common Pitfalls of Estate Planning

Surprisingly, even well-educated Virginians can err when it comes to planning their estates. No matter what one’s financial situation is, there are elements to a solid estate plan that need to be set in place that often get overlooked. Here are some of the common pitfalls of estate planning: 1. No Will. Without a will, […]

How Do You Pick the Right Divorce Lawyer?

Thinking about divorce? While it’s not a pleasant topic, it is an unfortunate reality for many couples. As divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Patricia E. Tichenor, we counsel parties through the sometimes intricate matters surrounding divorce, and have listened to their concerns and heeded their wishes concerning their interaction with the attorney as […]

Defining Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

With a projected divorce rate at around 50%, many couples include prenuptial agreements in their marriage discussions. Others may suggest a postnuptial agreement during a marriage. Here, we define these agreements and share their similarities and differences. Prenuptial Agreements A prenuptial or premarital agreement (prenup) is a written contract entered into prior to marriage and […]

New Early-Detection Alzheimer’s Test May Enable Early Guardianship Decisions

When we talk about guardianship and conservatorship issues, a lot of questions are raised as to what conditions constitute having to necessitate a guardianship or conservatorship. One of these is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Disease A form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease that starts slowly and worsens over time. Its symptoms can include […]

Virginia’s ABLE Act Offers Benefits to Families with Special Needs Children

Virginia was the first state to adopt into law the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (the “ABLE Act”) that provides a new avenue for parents in planning for their special needs child. However, the ABLE Act has its benefits and its drawbacks as described below, and should be used as a supplement […]