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  • I'm a photographer that wants to start up a photography business. What are my first steps?

    I started out taking photos of my kids and then family members starting asking me to take photos for them. Next thing I knew, lots of people were asking me to take their photos and wanted to pay me. I accepted payments in order to invest in bett...

    Brandon’s Answer

    You need to consult initially with 3 professional advisers who need to work together - an attorney, an accountant and an insurance professional. The attorney and accountant need to advise on what is the best corporate structure for your business and then set it up correctly. Generally, the forms found on the internet are too general in nature to give you the property legal protections. The attorney can also advise on business licenses, fictitious name registration and drafting your contract. I advise spending some time and money to make sure your contract protects your rights and clearly defines your obligations to your clients. A well drafted contract will prevent more disputes then any other single piece of paper.

    Next, you need to understand what kind of insurance would best protect you.

    Either the attorney or accountant can assist with other business issues such as accepting credit card payments and the like.

    To this list I would add a good web designer/web marketer. Not many businesses are successful without a significant and professional web presence.

    Good luck with your new venture.

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  • Can Child Custody Be Modified after Divorce?

    My ex wife & my current girlfriend had a non threatening & non violent electronic exchange. My ex wife is threatening to take me back to court for full custody if I don't end my relationship with my girlfriend & will not allow my child to be aroun...

    Brandon’s Answer

    Your ex-wife may be able to prohibit your current GF from spending the night when you have parenting time if such a prohibition was included in the final decree. Besides that, and based on the facts given, your ex-wife is generally threatening an outcome that will not happen. The Court must determine what is in the child's best interest if either Party seeks to modify custody or visitation and a spat between your current GF and your ex-wife will not factor into that determination.

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  • Can an employer force me to not file for unemployment if it was in a contract?

    Employer laid me off and has now been threatening me to not file for unemployment because of a contract that I signed that allegedly contained an unemployment clause. I already have a non-compete clause that is affecting where I can work in the ar...

    Brandon’s Answer

    Such a clause is not enforceable and the unemployment commission - if you get to a hearing - will not look kindly on a company attempting to enforce it.

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  • Have a grand larceny it's been since 2000-2001 since I can't get it expunged how can I get it sealed so that it can't hinder me

    From getting a job?

    Brandon’s Answer

    You can't. You can petition the Governor to pardon you which will clear your records but the Court will not seal the conviction.

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  • Can I sue a title loan company

    I got a title loan about 4 years ago for 2000 I have since then paid 5200 and some change and they are still telling me I owe 1100 more I refuse to pay another dollar the car has been out of use for over a year now and I explained that to them to ...

    Brandon’s Answer

    Yes you can sue the title loan company but you will not win if your only claim is you have paid them enough already. You need to carefully review the contract you signed when you borrowed the money to determine how your payments were to be applied and the appropriate interest rate. You then need to ensure that their accounting of the monies owed is correct. If their claim is correct you need to work with them to resolve the debt. If not, you need to bring the error(s) to their attention and then determine what is owed if anything.

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  • Who is responsible for repairing/cleaning the bathroom exhaust pipe? Unit owner or HOA building maintenance?

    It is a condominium unit. The exhaust pipes in question are behind the drywall and not accessible from the unit. Home inspector said: "The exhaust vent at the side exterior wall showed no sign of airflow when the exhaust fan (bathroom) was opera...

    Brandon’s Answer

    You will need to review your condo docs to determine if the exhaust pipes are common elements, limited common elements or property of the unit. If they are common elements then usually the association is responsible for the repair and maintenance. If limited common elements then the condo docs control who pays for the repair. If property of the unit, then the unit owner pays for the repair.

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  • For Virginia Beach, what are the stipulations for shared custody?

    Right now I have primary custody and my exwife has secondary, but we are in the process of changing that. My daughter wants to live with her mom, which is fine with me but I want to stay involved in her life. How do I do about getting shared custo...

    Brandon’s Answer

    If you two agree on your time with your daughter, then you need to draft a consent order and the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will usually enter it without the need for a hearing. If you two can't agree on your time/level of involvement with your daughter, you need to be prepared to have a hearing where you should present evidence on the factors listed in Virginia Code Section 20-124.3.

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  • How long does it take to finalize divorce.

    Once a divorce is filed that is totally uncontested with no children with a separation agreement in place how long does it normally take to be finalized.

    Brandon’s Answer

    By divorce being filed do you mean the complaint asking for the divorce or a draft of the final decree. If just a draft of the final decree along with all required documents and affidavits, most courts get those turned around within 5-10 business days. That is assuming the initial filing was correct in all aspects. If you are talking about the complaint, the opposing side has 21 days to answer and then you have to agree on the wording of the final decree.

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  • Can a GAL enter documents into a case file that were not presented during hearing after being released from case?

    GAL wrote a report and letters to the judge in a custody modification case in VA but it was never entered into evidence or brought up in open court, nor were they notarized by the clerk. The GAL was released before adjournment of the hearing. Afte...

    Brandon’s Answer

    In my experience the Judges in Norfolk give the GAL wide latitude to operate and the Court has the right to consider all evidence in its file or introduced at trial in determining what is in the children's best interest. Please note that there is no requirement that the documents are notarized. Your chances of getting the documents removed are slim at best.

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  • Can I get the judge to award me back support?

    I live in MD, filed for child support through my local support enforcement. Because the NCP lives in VA they had to send all information there and VA would have to put the order together. I filed in September 2014, the order was not in place until...

    Brandon’s Answer

    I do not know what MD law allows but Virginia law allows the retro-activity of a child support award to the date of filing if it is a initial petition and to the date of service if it is a motion to amend. Ask your MD support enforcement agent to request Virginia Department of Child Support Enforcement to make the motion on retro-activity and not just do an administrative order.

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