Lisa Mathews is a licensed attorney serving clients throughout northern Virginia in the areas of estate planning and custody/divorce cases. She also takes mediation cases to help clients avoid litigation, if possible.
Please go to https://mathewslawpllc.com/book-an-appointment-online/ to set up an appointment online. Or call (866) 980-0838.
Mathews Law is built on the premise that everyone deserves access to a caring, affordable, competent attorney.
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- George Mason University School of Law
- J.D. (2017)
- Honors: cum laude
- Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
- MBA (2014)
- Virginia State Bar  # 92697
- Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
- Prince William County Bar Association
- Q. I'm writing my will. Is there a minimum requirement or a percentage that a former spouse is to receive after death?
- A: Hello, There is no requirement that you include a former spouse in a will in Virginia.
- Q. He bought the house before we got married. Of the 10 years he's owned it, we were married 3 years. Am I owed equity?
- A: Yes, you are probably entitled to a value equal to some amount of equity in the house. In a Virginia equitable division of assets during a divorce, property is divided into three types: marital, separate and hybrid. Marital property is divided between the parties, separate property is left to the party who owns it, and hybrid property - property that is both marital and separate - will be will be carefully valued to determine which percentage of the property is marital, and then the value of the marital portion will be taken into account when assets are divided. In this case, your contributions to the home don't necessarily give you the right to the house in the divorce, but your contributions to the mortgage will be taken into account and you will have some right to the value of the home. Keep in mind that the way your funds were paid will be taken into account, in other words, whether your funds were paid from your personal property or from marital property. Lisa Mathews MathewsLawpllc.com