Wakefield Law, PLLC

Wakefield Law, PLLC (formerly Charles S. Wakefield, Jr., P.C.) is a boutique law firm providing premier legal services with the personalized client attention of a small practice and the experience and quality of a large firm.

Charles S. Wakefield, Jr. P.C. was established on January 1, 1995. This law firm specializes in personal injury, contract litigation, collection of debts, and landlord representation.

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More eco-friendly Americans are making a final statement by planning a 'green' burial

In the spirit of Earth Day this week, we couldn’t pass up the chance to share this article. The eco-friendly generation who spent their lives recycling are forgoing brass caskets and concrete burial tombs in an effort to reduce their final carbon footprint. Pretty cool idea!

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northjersey.com A green burial is one in which no embalming chemicals are used. The casket, if used at all, is made of biodegradable materials.

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SCOTUS Stance in Trust Tax Case May Complicate Estate Planning (Corrected)

Estate planning could get trickier depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a case involving taxation of trust income based on where beneficiaries live.
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news.bloombergtax.com Estate planning could get trickier depending on how the U.S. Supreme Court rules in a case involving taxation of trust income based on where beneficiaries live.

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When a Tenant Leaves a Rental Damaged

As a landlord, there are few times that are more stressful than when a tenant leaves your rental property, and you enter to find it damaged. You know you need to take action quickly, but you also know that you need to keep careful documentation. So, what’s first? How do you get started solving these problems? Let Wakefield Law walk you through it. Check out today’s blog post.

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wakefieldpllc.com As a landlord, there are few times that are more stressful than when a tenant leaves your rental property, and you enter to find it damaged.

Everyone needs a little rest, even our planet earth. Let’s remember to turn off the lights, turn down the plastic bags, and put in some extra effort for the world this earth day.

To all who observe, wishing you and yours a blessed Good Friday and Happy Passover.

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9 red flags you're not building wealth, and how to fix it

One of the most important aspects of estate planning is building wealth for the next generation. Here are 9 signs you're probably not yet on the path to a rich future.
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businessinsider.com You're probably not on the path to wealth if you live above your means or if you haven't started investing. Here's how to change that.

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Personal Injury Claims Aren’t About Revenge, They Are About Protection

You can probably imagine that, as attorneys, we’ve heard all the jokes. We know that not everyone has a rosy view of what it’s like to work with an attorney. In general, we have pretty thick skins. But, there are common misconceptions about working with a personal injury attorney that we just can’t let slide. Check out our responses to the top four myths we hear about working with a personal injury attorney.

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wakefieldpllc.com People don’t really trust lawyers, and there is a general feeling that the act of hiring (or even just talking to) an attorney is a confrontational act. This misconception is common, but it’s dangerous. So, we are here to set the record straight.

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Creating an Advance Medical Directive (Living Will) is one of the only ways to make sure your medical wishes will be honored. Read up and make sure your documents are in order!

nhdd.org National Healthcare Decisions Day is an initiative of The Conversation Project, which works in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

It’s never fun to think about how your worldly possessions will be distributed when you go to the great beyond, but consider the alternative: family feuding, unnecessary taxes, and probate. These problems and others can be avoided by setting up a trust.
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How Often Do You Need to Update Your Estate Plan?

For the month of April, Wakefield Law wants to offer you an opportunity to get your estate plan reviewed for free. If you wrote your estate planning documents more than three years ago, or if there have been major changes in your life (like marriage, divorce, births, deaths, buying or selling real estate, and starting or selling a business), your plan may no longer be serving you the way you intend. Jump on our schedule for a complementary estate plan review and don’t worry, if your plan is still serving you, we’ll say so!

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wakefieldpllc.com You may not want to hear this, but an estate plan is a lifetime commitment to protecting your loved ones and managing your wealth. As your life changes, it is essential that you revisit your estate planning documents and ensure that they are still working for you.

Wishing everyone a happy (as possible) tax day! :)

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How to Collect Overdue Bills From Good Customers

Did you know that 53% of small businesses rank cash flow as their top business challenge?
Customers who are slow on payments (or who just don’t pay) can have a huge impact of your business’ day-to-day. But, how do you get those customers to pay without losing their business? Take a look at this article about collecting payments from good customers. There is a way to make sure that your debts are collected and that all communications with customers are respectful and focused on resolving the issue as fairly as possible. Wakefield Law can help!
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business.com How to collect overdue payments from quality customers without damaging a good business relationship.

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How Loudoun County Ranks For Health, Life Expectancy

Loudoun County is the healthiest place to live in Virginia. We’ll take it!

patch.com See how Loudoun County ranks for quality of life, physical environment and other factors compared to other places in Virginia.

Give your furry family member an extra hug. April is National Pet Month!

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Estate Planning for Newlyweds

A lot of young couples tell me that they don’t feel like they really need an estate plan until they buy their first house or start having children. “We don’t really own that much,” they tell me.
In response, I always say the same thing: it’s easier to amend an estate plan than to start from scratch. Also, anyone at any age needs a Power of Attorney and Advance Medical Directive!

What I mean by this is: start now, when things are relatively simple. Get your basic documents in place. Then, as your family grows and you begin establishing more assets, you can adapt your plan to suit your changing life. Check out this week’s blog post about estate planning for newlyweds just in time for this spring’s wedding season!

wakefieldpllc.com It’s wedding season! Once again, we ring in the springtime with wedding bells and a flurry of “I dos.” As a newly married couple, you are now entitled to certain benefits that come with marriage, as well as some added responsibilities.  

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Supreme Court defines ‘debt collector’ under Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP that a business is not a “debt collector” under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, except in enforcing security interest under 15 USC §1692f(6).

jurist.org The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP that a business is not a 'debtor collector' under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, except in enforcing...

Just a friendly heads up! ;)

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What Happens to My Vehicle if it’s Damaged in an Accident?

If you are injured in a car accident, chances are that your vehicle suffered some damage, too. Maybe you just have a bent fender or maybe your car is totaled. So, what now? Often, personal injury attorneys don’t extend their legal representation to include resolving your vehicle problem. At Wakefield Law, we do things differently. We work with our clients to ensure that their vehicle property damage claim is handled quickly and fairly.

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wakefieldpllc.com If you are injured in a car accident, chances are that your vehicle suffered some damage, too. Maybe you just have a bent fender or maybe your car is totaled. So, what now?

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Beginner Estate Planning for Millennials | Investopedia

You’re never too young to start estate planning! Another great article for Millennials.

investopedia.com Regardless of how much money or possessions they have, it's important that Millennials take these steps to start their estate planning today.

Still not sure what a revocable living trust is or why you might need one? Check out our newest resource for understanding revocable living trusts, courtesy of Michael Wakefield!

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Sobriety Checkpoint Stops 97 Drivers In Loudoun County: LCSO

In our work, we see the real-life impacts that drunk drivers can have on our community. We were thrilled to see no arrests were made in a recent traffic stop in Loudoun County.
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patch.com A sobriety checkpoint Friday night in Loudoun County stopped 97 drivers, according to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

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Collection Q&A: When is the Right Time to Take Action Against an Outstanding Invoice?

We’ve got another Collection Q&A for you this week. This question is one we get from a lot of business owners. Of course, you love your customers and want to give them every chance to pay off their invoices, but when do you say “enough is enough”?

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wakefieldpllc.com Q. I love my customers, so I give them a bunch of chances to catch up on unpaid invoices. But when have I been waiting long enough? Should I just let it go or should I pursue legal action?

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5 Ways To Get More Cash Flowing Into Your Business

Over 61% of businesses say they have problems with cash flow, and a big reason is because of accounts receivable. We thought this was a great article on increasing cash flow and wanted to share!

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forbes.com Many small business owners struggle to get their customers to pay them on time. Here's how to turn the situation around, no matter how tiny your firm.

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6 Things To Do During Women’s History Month To Push Progress Forward

At Wakefield Law, we believe every month is National Women’s History month. But March gives us special occasion to set aside time to remember the incredible women who’ve shaped the way we live today. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate throughout the month.

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bustle.com Though you likely celebrate women all year round, Women's History Month in March is a unique time to remember and honor women from history who've shaped the way we live today. If you want to commemorate it with Instagram quotes and sharing some…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Wakefield Law!

Friday FAQ -What are estate taxes?

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Children's books go head-to-head in Loudoun County Public Library's Literary March Madness

It's that time of year, again. The NCAA's March Madness has kicked off and Loudoun County's public libraries are joining in on the fun!
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localdvm.com It's that time of year, again. The NCAA's March Madness has kicked off and Loudoun County's public libraries are joining in on the fun.

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GETTING THERE: Virginia one of the toughest places to get a driver's license

This might come as a shock if you’ve seen some of the area’s drivers behind the wheel: Virginia has one of the most stringent driver’s license tests in the country, according to a recent study.
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fredericksburg.com This might come as a shock if you watch area drivers at work, but Virginia has one of the most stringent driver’s license tests in the country, according to a

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Children's books go head-to-head in Loudoun County Public Library's Literary March Madness

It's that time of year, again. The NCAA's March Madness has kicked off and Loudoun County's public libraries are joining in on the fun!
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localdvm.com It's that time of year, again. The NCAA's March Madness has kicked off and Loudoun County's public libraries are joining in on the fun.

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Collection Q&A: What to Do When a Debtor Files for Bankruptcy

We get a lot of questions about what it means to hire a collection attorney to help your small business. So, we decided to take on these questions on our blog. This week, we are answering the question:

Q: Help! I have been trying to collect an outstanding bill, but the customer just filed for bankruptcy. Am I out of luck?

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wakefieldpllc.com Q: Help! I have been trying to collect an outstanding bill, but the customer just filed for bankruptcy. Am I out of luck?

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A Guide to Estate Planning Involving Digital Assets

If you’re in the crypto game, do you have an estate plan for those types of assets?
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natlawreview.com With the evolution of technology, estate planning has transformed considerably. Earlier, planning for the division of assets after an individual’s demise used to be a straight-forward procedure,

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Why One Of Karl Lagerfeld's Legacies Might Be Estate Planning For Your Pet

Karl Lagerfeld isn’t the first to include his pet in his estate plan, but he may be the most well known at the moment.

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forbes.com Karl Lagerfeld was an icon - as was his adored cat Choupette. But in light of Lagerfeld's recent death, the issue arises of how to plan for your pet in your estate planning. While it is unclear how Lagerfeld handled this issue, pet trusts might be an optimal solution.

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How to Leave Assets to a Loved One who Struggles with Addiction

In the United States, 21.5 million adults (aged 12 or older) battle with some kind of substance abuse disorder. All estate plans should be carefully tailored to suit the unique needs of each individual -- providing for a loved one with addiction is no different.

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wakefieldpllc.com In the United States, 21.5 million adults (aged 12 or older) battle with some kind of substance abuse disorder. All estate plans should be carefully tailored to suit the unique needs of each individual -- providing for a loved one with addiction is no different.

Estate planning is especially important if you don’t have children! Someone has to inherit your assets: might as well make sure it’s the person you want!

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Landlords! Here’s What You Need to Know About Virginia’s New Smoke Detector Law

This may come as a surprise, but, before this year, the Commonwealth of Virginia did not have a specific standard for the installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in rental units. In 2018, legislation came into effect creating a statewide standard. Check out our helpful blog post for an update on what landlords need to know about the new legislation.

wakefieldpllc.com This may come as a surprise, but, before this year, the Commonwealth of Virginia did not have a specific standard for the installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in rental units. In 2018, a new law is on the books.

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