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John Tarley Jr.

John Tarley’s Legal Guides

9 total

  • Can I cut down my neighbor’s tree when its branches overhang my property?

    In our ever crowding residential areas, more of us experience the situation in which the limbs of a neighbors tree overhang our property line. Most of the time, these limbs do not pose us any concern, but questions do arise as to whether we have the right to prune our neighbors ...

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  • What should you expect from your attorney?

    I read a recent article in the ABA Journal that differentiated between the teaching of "issue spotting" versus "problem solving" in law schools. This article strikes at the core of the services we provide as attorneys. We believe firmly that although it is our responsibility to h...

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  • Should I incorporate my Virginia business?

    Frequently, budding entrepreneurs merely evolve into business without giving it the upfront thought the transition deserves. They become what are usually known as sole proprietors operating sole proprietorships, or one-man/woman businesses. A sole proprietorship is the simplest...

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  • You obtained a judgment against a contractor, now what?

    Sometimes your dispute with your contractor goes all the way to court and you obtain a judgment. However, sometimes the contractor does not have the ability to pay the judgment, so financially, you are out-of-pocket your judgment damages plus your attorneys fees. You may have...

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  • One important tip for your construction project – Change Orders

    The DPOR regulationsrequire Class A Contractors to obtain written change orderswhich are signed by both the consumer and the licensee. This requirement sounds pretty reasonable and easy to maintain, yet the reality is that many contractors fail to fully comply with this provisio...

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  • Can an engineering firm limit its liability by contract in Virginia?

    Maybe not, in certain circumstances. A Fairfax County judge has determined that an engineering firm cannot limit its liability by contract in a case involving a 2008 fee contract. The typical fee agreement for an engineering firm includes some form of limitation of liability in w...

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  • I want to rent my house to a tenant, do I need an attorney to draft my lease?

    Frequently, a homeowner contemplating renting out his property believes that he will be able to save money by writing his own lease or using a do-it-yourself lease form found or purchased online. Almost as frequently, the homeowner realizes too late that if he had spent a little...

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  • Can I Cut Down My Neighbor’s Tree When Its Branches Overhang My Property?

    In our ever crowding residential areas, more of us experience the situation in which the limbs of a neighbors tree overhang our property line. Most of the time, these limbs do not pose us any concern, but questions do arise as to whether we have the right to prune our neighbors t...

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  • 4 things your HOA needs to know about Virginia’s new complaint process

    In 2008, Virginia enacted legislation requiring condominium and property owners associations to establish reasonable procedures for resolving member and citizen complaints. The legislation further required the Common Interest Community Board (the CICB) to establish regulations fo...

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