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Business Formation and General Business

  1. What do I need to start a new business in Virginia?
  2. What is the difference between a Corporation and a Limited Liability Company?
  3. What is a Registered Agent?
  4. What is the role of a Registered Agent?
  5. When can I open a bank account for my new business?
  6. Can I conduct business in a different state than the one I am incorporated in?
  7. What is a non-profit corporation?

General Litigation

  1. What are pleadings?
  2. What is discovery?
  3. What is a deposition?
  4. What should I do if I receive notification that someone is suing me?
  5. Can I file a lawsuit at any time?
  6. What is the difference between litigation, mediation and arbitration?

Divorce Litigation

  1. Is there a less expensive alternative to divorce than fighting in court?
  2. What is a Collaborative Divorce?
  3. How does the Collaborative Process work?
  4. How expensive is a Collaborative Divorce?
  5. If I choose Collaborative Divorce, will my rights be protected and, if so how?
  6. What happens if an agreement cannot be reached and one or both parties want a conventional divorce?

Real Estate

  1. Do I need an attorney to close my real estate transaction? Can I just use a title company?
  2. Do I need a survey?
  3. Why is my closing being delayed?
  4. Will I have to pay capital gains taxes on the sale of my house?
  5. Nothing came up on title and the sellers told me title is free and clear – their family has owned the land since the 1800’s – do I really need owner’s title insurance?
  6. Do both buyer and seller need to attend settlement at the same location?
  7. When will I know how much money I need to bring to closing?
  8. What happens if my lender is not ready to close on time? What are my options to move in early?

Estate Planning

  1. What is estate planning?
  2. What is your charge for estate planning?
  3. How much is a “simple will”?
  4. What’s the difference between a will and a revocable living trust?
  5. Do I need an estate plan even if my estate is not large?
  6. What happens if I do not have an estate plan?
  7. How do I choose a personal representative?
  8. What if I change my mind later about my estate plan?
  9. Can I draft my own estate plan?

Estate and Trust Administration

  1. What should I do if a family member just died?
  2. There is no will, how will the assets be distributed?
  3. Who can qualify as the executor/administrator?
  4. What are probate and non-probate assets?
  5. Am I required to have an attorney to carry out the administration of an estate/trust?
  6. Who pays for the attorney in the administration of an estate?
  7. What is required after I qualify as the personal representative of the estate?
  8. What if there are more debts than assets of the estate?

General Frequently Asked Questions

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Estate & Trust Planning

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Corporate and Business Transactions

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Elder Law

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Probate & Trust Administration

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Civil Litigation

Representing a client involved in business disputes, contract disputes, including mediation, arbitration, or civil litigation in court, is a big responsibility -- one we don't take lightly.


Church and Non-Profit Organizations

Church and non-profit law requires a special understanding of the issues and challenges that face non-profit and religious institutions. The legal advice that best serves business and


Commercial Real Estate Transactions

At Davis Law Group we understand that the commercial real estate process can be one of the most stressful events our clients will ever experience. Hampton Roads


Family Law & Collaborative Practice

The attorneys at Davis Law Group have extensive experience in representing individuals who find themselves in the middle of broken relationships, and we are effective advocates when


Employment Law

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Douglas W. Davis
Attorney, Managing Partner
Douglas H. Cook
Attorney, of Counsel
Jake Balderson
Stephen Haynes
Jeff Coombs
Attorney, Nonprofit Practice Leader
Christen Davis
Paralegal, Business & Corporate Law & Estate Planning
Jacob Tise
Lauren Baust
Rebecca Garnsey
Commercial Transactions Paralegal
Melissa Smith
Operations Manager
Karen Nootnagel
Accounts Manager

7 Legal Steps to Creating a Nonprofit Organization in Virginia

Before you can start your nonprofit and begin making an impact, you first have to take important legal steps to ensure your tax-exempt status and other internal decisions are up to your state’s standards. For charitable organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia, these 7 steps are critical before

Why Your Business Needs Insurance

You have invested your money, time, and sweat equity to build a company that will be successful for years to come, but even if you make all the right business moves, unexpected costs can arise at any time. Accidents, natural disasters, data breaches, employee theft, and other unexpected

Should Churches Incorporate

  While the process of incorporation is not required for a church to function, there are situations where it may be a good idea for both the leaders and congregation of a place of worship to do so. Here are a few things to keep in mind when