Last Will and Testament

Last Will and Testament

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT Death is the only certain thing in life and yet, it is the most uncertain thing in life.  We never know when our time will come, but we want to be prepared for the sake of our family and loved ones.  It’s never too early to start planning for your estate upon your passing. Did you know? If you don’t outline your wishes ahead of time, your estate could be passed onto relatives that you don’t wish to benefit from your passing. The probate process takes considerably more time if no will is in place and your heirs will have to post surety in order to deal with it. You can always adjust your will according to new life circumstances. You cannot sign a will if you are not mentally competent. If an unexpected accident or disease impairs your reasoning, it may be too late. The Steidle Law Firm makes creating a Last Will and Testament as easy as 1-2-3! Fill out the Will Worksheet online by using the hyperlink below. Decide whether you would like to add a Power of Attorney or Medical Health Directive as well! Once your Worksheet is complete, the Steidle Law Firm will contact you to: Take payment over the phone (see pricing list below) Clarify all wishes specified in the worksheet Schedule a date to execute your will Review and sign the documents You will meet briefly with an attorney in order to judge competency and ensure your wishes are carried out. Pricing:  Get started today by following THIS...
DUI Overview

DUI Overview

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Drugs, and Driving While Drinking and are closely related crimes. They can all mean the same thing: loss of license, stiff fines, embarrassment, and possible mandatory Jail time. See Virginia Drunk Driving Fines and Penalties. Although Driving Under the Influence is a relatively common crime, few people are familiar with their rights and how to protect themselves in such a situation. Driving under the influence, referred to as, “drunk driving,” describes operating a motor vehicle while one’s blood alcohol content is above the legal limit set by Virginia statutes, which supposedly is the level at which a person cannot drive safely. What does .08 mean? The Virginia Code sets the legal limit at .08 for adults and .02 for persons under 21. This means 8/100ths to one-tenth of one percent by weight of alcohol to the weight of blood. This is translated into grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood in tests of blood or urine sample, or grams of alcohol per 210 liters of air in a “breathalyzer” test.   There are many variables to take into consideration, such as an individual’s metabolism, food consumption, and the time period over which alcohol is consumed. This chart should not be used for determining how much alcohol one can consume before safely engaging in such activities as operating a motor vehicle. What is considered DUI? A combination of the use of alcohol and narcotics can also be considered “under the influence” based on erratic driving. Driving on private property such as a parking lot is no drunk driving defense, but sitting in a...
Court Resources

Court Resources

Did you know that the Virginia Court System has a website? Did you know that it’s super helpful? http://www.courts.state.va.us/main.htm Here are a few things you can find on this website: Court dates Ever get charged for something and then immediately forget when your court date is? The Virginia Court System Website has it all there for you to look up! Unless your case is under the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, your hearing date will be on the website. Charges You remember being arrested, but you’ve forgotten your charge. Look it up on the website! There is also a link that will tell you what the charge code means. Mediation Resources If you’re trying to stay away from the courtroom and work your divorce, custody, civil suit, etc. out with the opposing party, you can give mediation a try. There is a link to a directory of mediators as well as frequently asked questions. A system to pay your traffic tickets and other violations You can pay before or after your court date and you can do it all without leaving the comfort of your home! But remember, if you prepay, you are essentially pleading guilty! Information on programs in which you may have been ordered to participate. Were you ordered to attend VASAP? Are you wondering what VASAP is? All the information you need to know about this any many other programs is on this website. Forms Any form you need! It’s here! Directories Do you want to know if your favorite lawyer is a Guardian Ad Litem? Check the GAL directory! (and by the way, yes,...
Felony Process

Felony Process

Felonies are very serious charges – more so than misdemeanors or violations.  They range from Grand Larceny to Homicide.  There are six classes of Felonies in Virginia, which define the severity of the charge. Class 1 felonies are the most serious, while class 6 felonies are the least serious, although any felony can tarnish a criminal record.  There are also Unclassified Felonies that have individualistic punishments that are usually listed in the statutory section of the charge. It’s complicated stuff, felonies. To know exactly what you are facing, you need a lawyer with experience.  David Steidle is the person who can help you.  Contact the Steidle Law Firm to help you sort through the process. If you want to see the penalties for each class, refer to Virginia Code Section 18.2-10 (for example, Class 1 felonies are punishable by death, while Class 6 felonies can get you 1-5 years in prison). Let’s get down to the felony process. If you are charged with a felony WHAT HAPPENS?? The 10 stages to the felony process: Arrest Magistrate Appearance Arraignment Discovery for Preliminary Hearing Preliminary Hearing Preparation Preliminary Hearing Grand Jury Discovery Trial Preparation Trial Here’s a breakdown of what each step means. Stage 1:  Arrest This stage is when a police officer arrests you and charges you with the Felony Charge.  The Officer may arrest you on the scene of the alleged crime or may seek you out to arrest you based on someone else’s allegations that you committed a Felony. It is very important how the Officer conducts him or herself during the arrest phase.  Any statements you make to the Officer may be used against...
Divorce 101

Divorce 101

We know divorce is a very sensitive subject and sometimes very emotional situation. Our attorneys have represented clients on divorce issues and can lend integrity and respect to your case. Within Virginia, the Circuit Courts and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts have jurisdiction to hear divorce cases. Generally, the Circuit Court with jurisdiction for your case is the Circuit Court in the county where you live or the Circuit Court in the county where your spouse lives. When you file the relevant papers, you must have stated your grounds for that court to have jurisdiction. If not stated correctly, your spouse could file a motion to dismiss your case. Protect yourself and your case! Contact the Steidle Law Firm today!   There are two types of divorces: Contested and Uncontested. Uncontested divorce – Simple divorces with little to no disagreements over property, custody, or the divorce in general. Getting your spouse to sign a separation agreement and/or divorce decree is easy and there is not much push-back.   Contested divorce – When the parties cannot come to an agreement on anything ranging from property distribution, child custody, etc. These divorce cases are likely to go to court. Grounds for a contested divorce: Adultery, sodomy, or buggery committed outside the marriage Conviction of a felony with sentence of confinement for more than one year Cruelty and reasonable apprehension of bodily harm for one continuous year Abandonment and desertion for one continuous year Did you know?? In an uncontested divorce, if you and your spouse have minor children (under the age of 18 years old), you have to wait one...