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I assist clients with legal problems in the areas of bankruptcy, divorce, wills and trusts, and probate or estate administration. I am an experienced trial lawyer and have been a member of the Virginia State Bar since 1987. While I am glad to help clients settle their legal matters expeditiously and at the lowest costs to their satisfaction, I welcome the opportunity to litigate contested matters when settlement is not an acceptable option. I particularly enjoy the interplay between different practice areas, and have helped clients with both marital or divorce problems and financial problems such as bankruptcy, or family problems and probate or estate administration needs. I was graduated from the University of Virginia in 1984 with a B.A., and from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1987 with a J.D.

I am happily married with two sons at home. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, reading, chess, and sailing.

Practice Areas
    Bankruptcy
    Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Debt Relief
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Elder Law
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free initial half hour consultation.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Virginia
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
James H. Wilson, Jr., Attorney & Counsellor at Law
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Education
University of Richmond School of Law
J.D
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University of Virginia
B.A | Foreign Affairs
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Professional Associations
Virginia State Bar
Member
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Activities: Bankruptcy Law, Family Law and Trusts & Estates Sections
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Henrico County Bar Association
Member
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Richmond Bar Association
Member
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Activities: Bankruptcy Law Section
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Videos
How Is Child Custody Decided In Virginia? How Is Child Custody Decided In Virginia?

How Is Child Custody Decided In Virginia?

How Is Property Divided In a Virginia Divorce? How Is Property Divided In a Virginia Divorce?

How Is Property Divided In a Virginia Divorce?

How is spousal support calculated in Virginia? How Is Spousal Support Calculated in Virginia?

How is spousal support calculated in Virginia?

How is child support calculated in Virginia? How Is Child Support Calculated in Virginia?

How is child support calculated in Virginia?

Which divorce debts may be discharged in bankruptcy? Which Divorce Debts May Be Discharged In Bankruptcy?

Which divorce debts may be discharged in bankruptcy?

How are temporary spousal support and child support calculated in Virginia? How Are Temporary Spousal Support and Child Support Calculated in Virginia?

How are temporary spousal support and child support calculated in Virginia?

Is a separation agreement necessary for a no fault divorce in Virginia? Is a Separation Agreement Necessary for a No Fault Divorce in Virginia?

Is a separation agreement necessary for a no fault divorce in Virginia?

Is a husband or wife responsible for his or her spouse's debts in Virginia? Is a Husband or Wife Responsible for His or Her Spouse's Debts in Virginia?

Is a husband or wife responsible for his or her spouse's debts in Virginia?

Does legal title determine interests in marital property in Virginia? Does Legal Title Determine Interests in Marital Property in a Virginia Divorce?

Does legal title determine interests in marital property in Virginia?

Must a husband and wife file bankruptcy together in Virginia? Must a Husband and Wife File Bankruptcy Together in Virginia?

Must a husband and wife file bankruptcy together in Virginia?

Is there a legal separation in Virginia? Is There a Legal Separation in Virginia?

Is there a legal separation in Virginia?

What are the grounds for annulment in Virginia? What Are the Grounds For Annulment in Virginia?

What are the grounds for annulment in Virginia?

Can an individual with high income obtain bankruptcy relief in Virginia? Can an Individual with High Income Obtain Bankruptcy Relief in Virginia?

Can an individual with high income obtain bankruptcy relief in Virginia?

How may a separated spouse obtain support in Virginia? How May a Separated Spouse Obtain Support in Virginia?

How may a separated spouse obtain support in Virginia?

What are the grounds for divorce in Virginia? What are the grounds for divorce in Virginia?

What are the grounds for divorce in Virginia?

Will I lose my home in a Virginia bankruptcy? Will I Lose My Home in a Virginia Bankruptcy?

Will I lose my home in a Virginia bankruptcy?

What are the different types of consumer bankruptcies in Virginia? What are the different types of consumer bankruptcies in Virginia?

What are the different types of consumer bankruptcies in Virginia?

The Benefits of Filing Bankruptcy in Virginia. The Benefits of Filing Bankruptcy in Virginia

The Benefits of Filing Bankruptcy in Virginia.

Legal Answers
103 Questions Answered
Q. What happens when a life insurance policy says to the estatee? Does it spilt between all children
A: A life insurance policy payable to the estate should be deposited in the estate account. The personal representative of the estate should have opened an estate bank account and obtained a taxpayer identification number for the estate. The personal representative must qualify through an appointment with the probate clerk of the appropriate Virginia Circuit Court for the city or county where the decedent resided prior to his or her death. Inventories and accountings are filed with the Commissioner of Accounts for that city or county. The insurance money should not be immediately divided among the heirs or beneficiaries, as debts and claims of the estate must be paid first, in the priority set out in the Code of Virginia, which can differ depending on whether the estate is solvent or insolvent. A debts and demands procedure may be requested, to ensure all proper claims have been satisfied and to protect the personal representative from potential liability. Anyone with an interest in a decedent's estate in Virginia should consult with an experienced Virginia probate lawyer.
Q. Can I legally get power of attorney over my mother, even though she is still married?
A: A principal must have the capacity to contract to give a power to an attorney-in-fact. That generally requires understand the nature and consequences of the legal act. If a principal lacks capacity or is incompetent, the proper arrangement is to have a guardian or conservator appointed for the principal. A guardian ad litem will be appointed to represent the incapacitated or incompetent person in the legal proceeding seeking to appoint a guardian or conservator. A conservator is appointed to manage the finances of a person who is incapable of doing so; a guardian is appointed to make legal decisions in all areas of the ward's life. Anyone interested in the appointment of a guardian or conservator should consult with an experienced Virginia elder law lawyer.
Q. Are children entitled to anything after a parent dies, but leaves a spouse?
A: Children of a decedent, who are not children of the surviving spouse, share 2/3rds of the intestate decedent's estate with the surviving spouse, who is entitled to 1/3 of the estate. There are also various statutory allowances and exemptions available to a surviving spouse and to any minor children. A person with an interest in an estate can sign a written disclaimer, in which they waive or give up their rights in the estate. Anyone with a financial interest in a decedent's estate should consult with an experienced Virginia probate lawyer to discuss his or her options and the best course of action.
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