Forms:

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Separation Agreement:

Dear Prospective Client:

Thank you for inquiring about hiring this firm to help you with your divorce. We are sorry things have not worked out between you and your spouse but are ready to assist you in settling your affairs and getting you divorced in an affordable and cooperative manner. Once I have received the enclosed questionnaire and your acknowledgment of my terms of representation, I will quote you, free of charge, a fee for drafting the agreement, which may be preceded, if necessary, by a telephone conference.

Please understand that I am not representing both parties but representing you only and acting on what you tell me is the agreement you have reached with your spouse. Further, and most important, because of my inexpensive fees, you acknowledge that I am acting in a ministerial capacity only, that is,I am simply drafting the agreement you have reached with your spouse into an appropriately lawyered separation agreement. If you need advice about any or all of your rights and obligations with respect to the separation, or if you require legal representation to negotiate any of the provisions of the agreement, then please contact another attorney. I will not so advise nor will I negotiate.

After I have received the quoted fee, and we have conferred by telephone, if necessary, regarding the content of the agreement, I will send you a draft copy of the proposed agreement which you will review with your spouse and send any changes and/or additions to me by email or by telephone.  Provided the changes are minor or relatively unsubstantial, there will be no additional charge for my services at $250 an hour.  I can’t remember the last time I billed a client for an additional charge.

Once we have finally drafted the agreement, I will then send you an original and two (2) copies for you and your spouse to sign before a notary public.  One of the signed and notarized copies is then returned to me so it can be attached as an exhibit to the complaint for divorce when the final divorce proceeding is filed with the court.

I thank you for your inquiry and look forward to the opportunity to be of service to you.

Bruce K. Tyler

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No-Fault Divorce:

Dear Prospective Client:

Thank you for contacting this office to obtain a“no-fault” divorce.There are two grounds under Virginia law for obtaining such a divorce. If you have minor children, then you and your spouse must be separated for at least a year. If there are no minor children, then separation for at least six months is sufficient, provided you and your spouse have signed a separation agreement.  Without an agreement, you must wait one-year separation before your case is filed.  When you submit the following questionnaire, you will be prompted by PayPal to pay either $399, court costs included, or$444, if resumption of a former or maiden name is desired.  If you prefer, please contact us to snail mail or email this divorce “package” to you and you can send it back with a paper check.  In either event, this letter will act as a retainer agreement and we agree as follows:

1.  My services include drafting and filing of the complaint for divorce, the taking of evidence by either deposition or affidavit, and the drafting and filing of a final divorce decree meeting all other requirements of the law of the Commonwealth ofVirginia. All divorce decrees are issued by the appropriate Circuit Court and will contain an order referring matters relating to the minor children to an appropriate Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. If your spouse will not cooperate by signing an "Acceptance of Service of Process and Waiver of Future Service of Process and Notice", then a sheriff will serve the complaint and notice to take depositions and it will be necessary for you and a witness to appear in this office to be deposed. If this becomes necessary, then there will be an additional attorney fee of $50 and a possible additional service fees (see paragraph 3 below). If your spouse cooperates, then there will be no need for depositions and we will send you and your witness affidavits. If that case, at the end of the questionnaire, please give the name, address and telephone number of your witness and tell us why this witness knows you’ve been separated for the required period of time.

2.  Our fee agreement is based on the assumption that the entire proceeding will be uncontested by your spouse. In the event your spouse does contest the action and/or files an answer to the complaint, then we will confer by telephone and discuss the nature of the opposition and any additional attorney fees which may be incurred if we continue to represent you. If the matter seems to be contested, then I will decline representation of you and you will be required to hire an attorney who will represent you in the contested matter.

3.  Our fee agreement is based on the assumption that your spouse resides in Virginia. In the event an out-of-state spouse is cooperative and signs the Acceptance and Waiver, there will be no additional charge. In the event we have to have your spouse served by the sheriff in his/her locality, there will be a additional charge of the difference between sheriffʼs fee and $24, the amount charged here in Virginia.In the event your spouse cannot be located, then an order of publication in a local newspaper will be required and my additional attorneyʼs fee of $75.00 and newspaper publication costs of $300 to $400 would be due and payable in full before the order could be published. Proceeding by publication will prolong the period of time for your divorce to be final to approximately three months.

4.  If one spouse is receiving a portion of a 401(k) or similar retirement plan, there is also an additional, minimum fee of $425 if a Qualified Domestic Relations Order(QUADRO) needs to be drafted for entry by the Court and registered with thePlan Administrator of any retirement account. We will also need full account information, including identification number of the account, the name/address/email address and telephone number of the Plan Administrator, user name, password and PIN, if any, of the“Participant” who is the spouse who is transferring to the “Alternate Payee” a portion of the Plan.

5.  In the event your spouse is incarcerated, the law requires that a guardian ad Iitem be appointed to protect his or her interests. Upon assurances from you that your spouse will have no objection to being divorced, we have lawyers who will act as a guardian ad litem for payment of $200, which can be paid directly by paper check or via a PayPal invoice for $206.  There also may be additional sheriff service fees if your spouse is incarcerated in another state.

6.  Our fee agreement is based on the assumption that all information given on the enclosed information sheet is true and correct; that you will provide this office with any existing court orders and/or other documents referred to in the questionnaire and that you fully disclose any unsettled matters between you and your spouse, including any issues relating to jointly-owned property which would include but not be limited to real estate, motor vehicles, mobile homes, etc. If any property remains jointly-titled, please indicate that on the enclosed questionnaire.There must be some written agreement which will determine what happens to that property in view of the divorce and there would be additional fees in the event this firm drafts a separation agreement dealing with those issues.

7.  I am willing to speak with you over the telephone about anything for which you seek legal opinion and/or advice, reserving the right to quote you additional fees in the event I get more involved over and above a short telephone conference about the matter. When we receive your agreement to the above conditions, the questionnaire and your payment, we will send the complaint to you for review, file it with the court and proceed to the taking of evidence either by deposition or affidavit. I look forward to working for you.

Bruce K. Tyler

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Business Formation, Corporation:

Dear Prospective Client:

Thank you for engaging this law firm to form your Corporation. By signing below, you acknowledge the following:
You have read the “Business Formations” page of our website.
You understand that we are not suggesting whether or not your financial circumstances even call for the formation of a corporation.

You understand, in the event you have decided to protect your personal assets, that we are not suggesting whether you should form either a corporation, but that decision should be made after consultation with your accountant or financial advisor.

You acknowledge that our services for the money which you are paying us are set forth on the Business Formations page.

You acknowledge that our representation of you ends when we send the corporate kit and the minutes of the organizational meeting of the Board of Directors.

Very truly yours,
Bruce K. Tyler

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name your company

§13.1-630 of the Code of Virginia states that a “corporate name shall contain the word "corporation," "incorporated," "company," or "limited," or the abbreviation "corp.," "inc.," "co.," or "ltd." Such words and their corresponding abbreviations may be used interchangeably for all purposes.” We will check with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to determine whether the same is available. Just in case it is not, please supply us with a second choice!

SUPPLY THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE REGISTERED

Virginia law requires that the articles of incorporation name a registered agent (RA) of the corporation. All communications between the SCC and the corporation are addressed to this person. Also, if the corporation is sued, this will be the person on whom the sheriff would serve papers so the address may not be a post office box. In the usual, small corporation, the president also acts as the RA. You may want to name your attorney as registered agent but this will involve an annual payment to him.

IDENTIFY THE DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS OF THE COMPANY

You should have at least two (2) people on the Board of Directors who as you might imagine direct the business of the company. You must name a president, secretary and treasurer of the corporation. The president and secretary cannot be the same person. In the usual, small corporation, the secretary and treasurer are the same person. If desired, you can name as many vice-presidents as you like.

IDENTIFY THE INITIAL SHAREHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY

Your corporation will be authorized to issue 1000 shares of common stock. Usually, the initial issuance of stock will leave the great majority of the shares in the treasury. Please supply the “consideration”, that is, the money, services or other property given in exchange for the stock.

IDENTIFY THE BANK WHERE THE CORPORATION WILL HAVE ACCOUNTS.

When you open the corporate accounts, your banker will give you a corporate resolution which identifies the person or persons who will be authorized by the corporation to sign checks and conduct other business with the bank. This is a good time to apply for an Federal Tax Identification Number with the Internal Revenue Service by visiting irs-tax-id.com. Have the resolution handy for the organizational meeting of the Board of Directors when the bank will be named the depository of the company.

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Business Formation, LLC:

Dear Prospective Client:

Thank you for engaging this law firm to form your Limited Liability Company. By signing below, you acknowledge the following:

You have read the “Business Formations” page of our website.

You understand that we are not suggesting whether or not your financial circumstances even call for the formation of a limited liability company.

You understand, in the event you have decided to protect your personal assets, that we are not suggesting whether you should form a limited liability company, but that decision should be made after consultation with your accountant or financial advisor.

You acknowledge that our services for the money which you are paying us are set forth on the Business Formations page.

You acknowledge that our representation of you ends when we deliver the operating agreement to you.

Very truly yours,
Bruce K. Tyler

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name your company

§ 13.1-1012 of the Code of Virginia states that “a limited liability company name shall contain the words "limited company" or "limited liability company" or their abbreviations "L.C.," "LC," "L.L.C.," or "LLC." We will check with the State Corporation Commission to determine whether the same is available. Just in case it is not, please supply us with a second choice.

SUPPLY THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF THE REGISTERED Agent

Virginia law requires that the articles of organization name a registered agent (RA) of the limited liability company (LLC). All communications between the SCC and the LLC are addressed to this person. Also, if the LLC is sued, this will be the person on whom the sheriff would serve papers so the address may not be a post office box. In the usual, small LLC, the Member-Manager also acts as the RA. You may want to name your attorney as registered agent but this will involve a needless annual payment to him.

IDENTIFY THE MEMBER-MANAGER OF THE COMPANY

The company may have as many members as you like but some of them might not be active in the conduct of the business of the company. The member-manager (there may be more than one) is the person who runs the business of the company and is authorized to sign legal and other documents on behalf of the company.

IDENTIFY THE INITIAL MEMBERS OF THE COMPANY

Your operating agreement will set forth the percentage each member has in the profits of the company, usually based on each member’s capital contribution. For each member of the company, please supply the “consideration”, that is, the capital contribution, services or other property given by the member in exchange for his particular percentage ownership interest in the LLC.

IDENTIFY THE BANK WHERE THE COmpany WILL HAVE ACCOUNTS

When you open the company accounts, your banker will give you a resolution which identifies the person or persons who will be authorized by the company to sign checks and conduct other business with the bank, usually one or more Member-Managers.This is a good time to apply for an Federal Tax Identification Number with the Internal Revenue Service by visiting irs-tax-id.com.

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Be Prepared:

Dear Prospective Client:

Thank you for retaining me to draft a “Be Prepared” document package for you. The package is very reasonably priced at $225 per person, or $400 for married couples. It consists of a simple will or will with an orphans’ trust ($150 separately), a combined property and medical power of attorney ($90 separately) and an advance medical directive ($75 separately), all drafted in strict accordance with Virginia law, and, of course, your wishes. If a “simple” will turns out to be considerably more than “simple”, which rarely happens, then we will confer and decide on whether to proceed and if so, on what terms.

Please complete the accompanying questionnaire and mail it to us with a check for $225 per person along with a signed copy of this letter. We will send a draft of the will to you at your residence, make any changes in a telephone conference, and then schedule you for a will signing ceremony here at my office in Afton. At that time, you will sign the power of attorney and the advance medical directive; advance copies of those documents are not sent to you beforehand.

If you decide to deal with us electronically, you can either email us the questionnaire and a signed copy of this letter, or fill it out on line and electronically sign this letter and in both cases, pay the $225 per person, or $400 for married couples, either by snail mail, or through PayPal on my website, aftonlaw.com. We will email you the draft of the will and proceed as above. Although you are welcome here in Afton to sign all three documents, if you wish, we will send you instructions on how to properly execute a will (and the other documents) at home or at the office. Just let us know. Our services end when you leave the Afton office or we mail you the original documents for signing at home or the office. Once again, I thank you for the opportunity to be of service to you.

Very truly yours,
Bruce K. Tyler

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Executor

The Executor of your Will is the person whom you as “Testator” appoints to make sure that your wishes, as set forth in the Will, are fulfilled. The usual compensation approved by the local Commissioner of Accounts is five per cent (5%) of the value of the assets administered by the Executor. The Executor would not be entitled to 5% of the value of any real estate devised in the Will unless the Testator instructs him to sell the real estate. It is wise to name an alternate Executor in case the primary Executor is unable to act.

Beneficiary

List the names (with middle initials) of the persons who will receive something of value in your Will and the family relationship, if any, to you. These are your beneficiaries. If any are under eighteen years of age, please supply his or her age.

Last Will and Testament

Your Last Will and Testament will contain a provision enabling you to bequeath (give) certain items of tangible personal property to specific persons by filling out in your own handwriting at any time a list which will be attached as an addendum to your Will. This listing will not transfer money. Please list any beneficiaries to whom you would like to leave a sum of money and how much you want them to receive.

Residuary Estate

All Wills contain a “Residuary” provision whereby the “Residuary Estate” (what property is “left over” after the bequests of tangible personal property, cash and the specific real estate devises) is given to the primary beneficiaries. For example, in the case of a married couple, the Residuary Estate is usually given to the surviving spouse as the primary beneficiary and states that if that spouse has predeceased the Testator, then the Residuary Estate is given to another person(s), usually children in equal shares, and to the grandchildren if a child has predeceased the surviving spouse.

Trustee

Although happily it does not often happen, there is a chance that both parents may die while one or more of their children are under the age of eighteen years. In this case, it is necessary to name a “Trustee” who will handle the assets of the parents’ estate for the benefit of the children under the terms of a simple “Orphans’ Trust” established in the Will until the child reaches a certain age. We recommend twenty-five (25) years as an appropriate age to turn over the “corpus” of the trust to the child. The Trustee is often the same person as the Executor and must supply the local Commissioner of Accounts with an annual accounting of what he has done with the child’s money.

Power of Attorney

The Power of Attorney will authorize your “Attorney-in-Fact” to deal with any type of property in your name when you are unable and will contain a medical powers paragraph which overlaps in part with the Advance Medical Directive which empowers an “Agent” to make a decision to end your life under certain circumstances. For an example of both instances, a married couple will appoint each other, and an alternate, usually a child or children, in the event either has died or is unable to act for whatever reason.

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