Magner Law, PLLC

We are a civil law practice serving Northern Virginia. We handle estates, property law, small business law, personal injury, contracts, and much more.

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In case anyone is interested or knows of anyone who is interested, I have been invited to speak at a conference next month.

The topic is: Getting Married: What married couples need to know about the legal issues surrounding blending property and finances.

The presentation will be on June 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at 604 S. King Street in Leesburg, VA. RSVP to Linda Black: [email protected]

[05/16/19]   In case anyone is interested or knows of anyone who is interested, I have been invited to speak at a conference next month.

The topic is: Getting Married: What married couples need to know about the legal issues surrounding blending property and finances.

The presentation will be on June 19, 2019 at 11:00 am at 604 S. King Street in Leesburg, VA. RSVP to Linda Black: [email protected]

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A Troubling Message

linkedin.com I've noticed a troubling trend in TV crime dramas. The "good guy" cops throw wild accusations around and arrest people on the flimsiest hunch, and then interrogate them in ways that stamp all over their rights, and then, when the "innocent" character says that he didn't do it ("Honest! Really! I wou

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Over-Lawyered?

linkedin.com Everyone is familiar with the old proverb, "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." The same is true of lawyers.

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A win for people who park too long: Tire marking thrown out | WTOP

This is a nice decision because it enforces the rule of law and constitutional rights as absolutes; the government can't skirt the constitution even for minor issues like parking tickets. Rights are rights. Period.

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wtop.com Marking tires to enforce parking rules is like entering property without a search warrant, a federal court said Monday as it declared the practice unconstitutional in Michigan and three other states.

[04/19/19]   The toughest question I get asked as a lawyer is, "What do you think I should I do?" This is especially tough with estate planning clients, who are looking for suggestions on how to handle certain situations. For example, lets say the client wants to leave his house to his two adult children, but worries that one of them will want to keep the house and the other will want to sell it. The client isn't sure how to resolve that conundrum and is looking for suggestions. I'll go over the client's options with him and explain the various pros and cons of each, but ultimately, the client has to make the decision. When the client asks, "What do you think is the best way to handle that?" it is tempting to recommend a course of action, just as I would for a criminal defense client or a litigation client, but in the estate case, this is supposed to be the CLIENT'S last will, not mine.

There are two methods of getting a divorce: 1) you can agree that the relationship has ended and try to work through the problem of untangling your lives and assets through compromise and agreement; or, 2) you can have a knock-down drag-out in the courts and litigate the entire process. Guess which one is better for us and which one is better for our clients?

Divorce with dignity. It's not only possible, it's preferable.

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The Law is not a "Technicality"​

linkedin.com We've all heard the tired trope on TV and in the movies: the cops arrested some scoundrel, but he hires a slick (read: "evil") defense attorney, and gets off on a "technicality." Except the "technicality" they are referring to is usually the Constitution or criminal procedure.

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[03/01/19]   We want to thank all of our clients, friends, neighbors, and colleagues for naming Magner Law "Best in Loudoun" for 2019. This award is a great honor and it is one that we hope to live up to. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

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Do you REALLY have a corporation?

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linkedin.com The other day, I had a depressingly familiar conversation with one of my small business clients. She had come to my office to have me draw up paperwork to add her new business partner as a shareholder of her closely held corporation.

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The schedule has been released. Magner Law will be traveling to Richmond on January 10, 2019 to appear before the Virginia Supreme Court. We will be arguing our appeal in the case of Mercer v. MacKinnon, and the issue is whether a non-US Citizen who gets appointed as a conservator for an incapacitated person in a Virginia Court, but then returns to their own country with the money can be hauled back into a Virginia Court to answer for her use of the funds. I have personally been working on this case for close to four years, and if we win, we will be headed back to the Loudoun Circuit Court for trial. Wish us, and our client, luck!

The schedule has been released. Magner Law will be traveling to Richmond on January 10, 2019 to appear before the Virginia Supreme Court. We will be arguing our appeal in the case of Mercer v. MacKinnon, and the issue is whether a non-US Citizen who gets appointed as a conservator for an incapacitated person in a Virginia Court, but then returns to their own country with the money can be hauled back into a Virginia Court to answer for her use of the funds. I have personally been working on this case for close to four years, and if we win, we will be headed back to the Loudoun Circuit Court for trial. Wish us, and our client, luck!

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Best of Loudoun

Thank you to everyone who nominated us! Now it's time for the final voting. Please vote for Jim Magner with Magner Law for Best of Loudoun 2019. https://www.loudountimes.com/best/#//

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Best

Please vote for Magner Law for this year's "Best of Loudoun." This award is a highly prestigious and sought after and can significantly boost a business here in the fastest growing county in the nation! https://www.loudountimes.com/best/#//

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Estate Planning for the Blended Family

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linkedin.com Blended families - ones in which one or both partners has been previously married and/or had children with a prior partner - are pretty common these days. The good news is that partners in a blended family tend to be more conscious of their finances and better at planning then your typical "starry-e

A few pics from Magner Law at the Middleburg Fall Races! It was chilly with occasional wind 💨 but the horses 🐎 were gorgeous. Good food with racing excitement made for a great time! Thank you to all of our Magner Law Family that were able to join us 😀

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What happens to all of my social media accounts if I pass away?

linkedin.com Consider this: you're reading this on social media right now, which means that, like most Americans, you're active on at least SOME social media sites and platforms. Have you ever considered what happens to all of those accounts after you pass away? No? Neither has anyone else, frankly.

[09/05/18]   Magner Law isn't expanding... we've expanded, and we need to bring in talent to help carry the load. We're looking to talk to any solo practice attorneys who passed the bar in the last couple of years who might be interested in merging their practice with us. If you or anyone you know fits that description, drop us a line!

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Representing Yourself in Court? 10 Things You Need to Know

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linkedin.com If you were involved in a major accident and millions of dollars in damages are on the line, you’ll probably have your choice of a dozen lawyers

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Intellectual Property: What you need to know as a small business owner.

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linkedin.com By Jim Magner, managing member of Magner Law, PLLC. A few months ago, one of my clients forwarded a letter that they had received from a rival

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APPEAL GRANTED! The Virginia Supreme Court has granted our appeal in the case of: Virginia Lynn Mercer as Administrator of the Estate of Clifton Wood v. MacKinnon and Cox & Palmer, Record No. 180358. Looks like I'm going to need to find where I hid my Westlaw password.

[05/31/18]   APPEAL GRANTED! The Virginia Supreme Court has granted our appeal in the case of: Virginia Lynn Mercer as Administrator of the Estate of Clifton Wood v. MacKinnon and Cox & Palmer, Record No. 180358. Looks like I'm going to need to find where I hid my Westlaw password.

[05/29/18]   Great teamwork, guys! Magner Law sealed up a very good and very fair mediated settlement this afternoon for a client who was injured in a dog attack. It took two of us and a very dedicated and hardworking client all working together to get it done, but we managed to walk out of there with a solid, respectable deal. Job well done!

[04/25/18]   Magner Law is headed to Richmond! Firm principal, Jim Magner, will appear before the Virginia Supreme Court on May 18, 2018 to argue its petition for appeal on behalf of an estate client of the firm. The case is: Virginia Lynn Mercer, Administrator of the Estate of Clifton Wood v. M. Lori-Belle MacKinnon, et al., Record No. 180358. The case tests the jurisdictional limits of a probate court to recover assets of an estate that have been removed to Canada. Wish us luck!

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2018 Top Financial Professionals Peer Survey

We at Magner Law would be very pleased and very honored if our friends, colleagues and clients would kindly nominate us for Northern Virginia Magazine's Top Financial Professionals survey in the category of Estate Planning. If you like the work that we're doing here, please help us spread the word!

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northernvirginiamag.com Submit your nominations for Northern Virginia Magazine's 2018 list of the Top Financial Professionals around the region.

Importance of having a durable power of attorney is discussed - The Probate Nation

Jim Magner, appearing on the television program "Probate Nation" discussing durable powers of attorneys.

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Three Hats and a Staple Remover

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Are you being bullied by your customers?

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[03/05/18]   Magner Law would like to thank its guests at the Habitat for Humanity Raise the Roof Gala. A good time was had by all and it was in support of a great cause. Thanks for making it such a fun, memorable evening.

[03/05/18]   Magner Law would like to thank its guests at the Habitat for Humanity Raise the Roof Gala. A good time was had by all and it was in support of a great cause. Thanks for making it such a fun, memorable evening.

[03/05/18]   Magner Law would like to thank its guests at the Habitat for Humanity Raise the Roof Gala. A good time was had by all and it was in support of a great cause. Thanks for making it such a fun, memorable evening.

[03/05/18]   Magner Law would like to thank its guests at the Habitat for Humanity Raise the Roof Gala. A good time was had by all and it was in support of a great cause. Thanks for making it such a fun, memorable evening.

[01/22/18]   Magner Law earned a nice victory for a business client today in a trial involving a construction contract. However, the case was both cautionary and a little bit frightening, as it pointed out the dangers of do-it-yourself lawyering. Had opposing counsel drafted the contract instead of his client, the outcome might have been different. The other side may have saved a few bucks by writing its own agreement, but it ended up costing them dearly. If it matters for your business and your livelihood, then it aught to be worth doing right.

Magner Law offices will be closed December 22nd at noon through January 1, 2018! Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday Season!

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Vote for 2018’s Best of Loudoun | LoudounTimes.com

Please consider nominating Magner Law, PLLC for this year's Best of Loudoun award for professional services. I'm very proud of our team and it would be great to see their hard work recognized.

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Hackable Holidays: Bluetooth scam hits drivers at area gas stations

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wtop.com Hackers are striking gas stations around the D.C. region in a new scam where they attempt to access drivers' personal information using Bluetooth.

[11/22/17]   I am very pleased to announce that I have been appointed as a special justice for the 20th judicial circuit. I will be hearing cases involving civil commitments and end of life medical care disputes. This is a great honor to be able to serve my community in an area of the law that has become near and dear to my heart.

[11/10/17]   We want to give a special thanks to all of our family, friends and fellow citizens who have put on a uniform and served us all with honor and distinction. Happy Veterans' Day.

[10/24/17]   Do you have an IRA? When was the last time you looked at how your beneficiaries were designated? Most of us probably filled out a form, puts some names and addresses down, and never gave it another thought. However... as it turns out, the wording on those forms is actually very important. Not being specific enough can have expensive consequences for those we leave behind.

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Garage door opener burglaries spark warnings from police in Va.

A warning from our local law enforcement. remember to lock your car, even when it's parked in your own driveway. https://wtop.com/virginia/2017/10/garage-door-opener-burglaries-spark-warnings/

wtop.com Criminals are using garage door openers from unlocked cars to gain access to homes in Loudoun and Prince William Counties.

What a gorgeous day to support Round Hill Fire and Rescue at NGSC Charity Golf Event!

[08/17/17]   It's back to school time! Yay for all the parents. However, for some, that may mean changes in schedules and activities. If you have an old, outdated custody/visitation order with your Ex and you're playing the "make it up as we go along" game to accommodate those changes, we can help! Our family law attorney is happy to sit down with you and help you modify your order so that everyone can get back to focusing on what's important. #ChildCustody #VAFamilyLaw #Divorce

[08/11/17]   Get it in writing! That's good advice, but I'll go one step further - make sure that writing is clear and unambiguous. Recently, I was assisting a client with a dispute over change orders to a construction contract. It was great that the changes had been put in writing, but it was nearly impossible to tell what was being changed from the original contract. A small lack of clarity nearly cost the client thousands of dollars. So, after you put it in writing, but BEFORE you sign it, give it to someone else to read and ask them if it makes sense. If not, it probably won't make sense to a juror later on.

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