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June 2019 Archives

Supreme Court declines to expand double jeopardy protections

Virginia readers might be interested to learn that, on June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a bid to expand double jeopardy protections for individuals charged with state and federal crimes. Experts say the case could impact President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who was convicted on federal charges during Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation and could additionally face state charges.

About trusts

Virginia residents should consider using a trust in their estate plans for a number of reasons. A trust is a legal tool that can be used to protect assets against instances of incompetency, avoid the lengthy and expensive probate process and protect heirs. The expenses associated with establishing a trust vary and can cost as much as several thousand dollars.

Neighborhood crime apps may cause racial sterotyping

Violent crime has decreased sharply over the past decades in Virginia and across the United States. According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, violent crimes fell 49 percent from 1993 to 2017. New neighborhood crime prevention apps, though, may have users feeling otherwise.

Are psilocybin mushrooms dangerous?

After the recent decisions to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms in the cities of Denver and Oakland, many people are wondering if their state may be next in line to change its policies on the substance. Here's the impact that this hallucinogenic can have.

How parenting plans may change over the summer

Summer vacation can bring schedule changes, and divorced parents in Virginia may need to adjust the parenting plan to accommodate those changes. This adjustment should start well before the summer begins. The aim should be to get both parents in agreement and provide a calm, safe atmosphere for the child. Parents can turn to a mediator for help if they are struggling to communicate effectively.

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