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Can You Be Married Without A Wedding?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Oct 04, 2019 | 0 Comments

You might be surprised to know that two people can get married without ever walking down an aisle. If those two people express a present tense intent to be married and hold themselves out as spouses, they may be considered legally married despite never having had a wedding or ceremony. There a...

When Do You Need An Expert Witness?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Sep 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

In trial, you should never go it alone if you don't have to. Sometimes the best defense requires the testimony of an expert (or two). What is an “expert witness”? There are two types of witnesses in litigation: a lay witness and an expert witness. A lay witness is someone who testifies from...

What is “Chain of Custody”?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Sep 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

In criminal court cases, both inside the military and in civilian courtrooms, there are certain procedures the prosecution must follow to admit physical evidence in a trial. This means that for every exhibit of physical evidence, the prosecution should have a carefully maintained record of where ...

Part 1 – The Probate Process: The Will

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Aug 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Editor's Note: This is Part 1 of our series on the Probate Process. To learn more, move on to Part 2: Ways To Contest A Will.  Part 1 of this 3-part series on the probate process focuses on the Will and understanding the distribution of an estate. All states consider the decedent's estate — th...

Drug Possession Charges: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Jul 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

Drug Possession Charges: What's the Difference? Use or possession of illegal drugs, or illegal use of legal drugs, constitutes a serious charge. At Patriots Law Group, we understand that good people can make mistakes and we fight hard to ensure a single mistake doesn't end a person's career an...

The Military Tenant “Bill of Rights”

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Jun 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

For many of our clients who live on base or in privatized military housing, issues with maintenance requests and other tenant-to-landlord concerns have historically caused major headaches. Although there are established rights for both tenants and landlords, such as the rights put in place in Mar...

Traffic Citation Procedure in the DMV

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Apr 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Traffic citations are never fun. Whether you've accidentally run a red light or weren't paying enough attention to your speedometer, a law enforcement officer may give you a ticket that requires you to pay a fine, or write you a citation, requiring a court appearance. Most traffic tickets are the...

Slip and Fall Season: Personal Injuries in Virginia

Posted by Michael E. Lyons | Mar 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

March weather is said to come in like a lion and out like a lamb, and it can produce some precarious situations to navigate. Even when the weather isn't complicating matters, slip and fall cases in Virginia can be difficult to settle. No matter who is at fault, if you find yourself in the midst o...

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