MacDowell Law Group, P.C.

MacDowell Law Group, P.C. Our goal is to settle cases whenever possible, but we are always well prepared to go to court when i
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Determining Possible Defendants in a Virginia Truck Accident CaseTruck accidents are complicated and traumatic for victi...
04/23/2023

Determining Possible Defendants in a Virginia Truck Accident Case

Truck accidents are complicated and traumatic for victims. The sheer size of a big rig can cause irreparable damage to a standard vehicle and can often inflict serious bodily injury as well. If you are seeking damages related to a truck accident, it is important to identify the correct defendant. Failure to do so can leave you empty-handed.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/blog/potential-defendants-in-a-virginia-truck-accident.cfm

The Dangers of a Do-It-Yourself Virginia DivorceNow that you've decided to end your marriage, you may wonder whether you...
04/22/2023

The Dangers of a Do-It-Yourself Virginia Divorce

Now that you've decided to end your marriage, you may wonder whether you need to hire a lawyer or if you can handle the divorce on your own. Though you may be a competent and capable do-it-yourselfer in many other areas, law – and especially divorce law – is one field that's best left to the professionals. Here's what you need to know about the dangers of a DIY Virginia divorce and how MacDowell Law Group's experienced Fairfax attorneys can help you more effectively achieve your objectives.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/blog/fairfax-va-divorce-lawyer-dangers-of-a-diy-divorce.cfm

Relocating Out of State With Children After a Virginia DivorceYou are divorced and have an opportunity for a better life...
04/21/2023

Relocating Out of State With Children After a Virginia Divorce

You are divorced and have an opportunity for a better life in a state other than Virginia. Maybe the move will take you closer to your family, or perhaps you have been offered a better job. Regardless of the reason, if you believe it is the right decision for you, you should be free to make the move. However, if you have children and share custody with your ex, you will have to get their consent or seek permission from the court to relocate. Before taking the first step, however, talk to our divorce and custody lawyer in Fairfax. We will make sure you go about it in a way that gives you the best chance for success.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/blog/moving-a-child-to-another-state-after-a-virginia-divorce.cfm

Leaving an Abusive Marriage? Follow These Steps to Protect Yourself and Your ChildrenFirst things first—if you are in im...
04/18/2023

Leaving an Abusive Marriage? Follow These Steps to Protect Yourself and Your Children

First things first—if you are in imminent danger from your abusive spouse, get out of the house with your children and call the police. Do not worry about eventually getting custody or alimony when you file for divorce—your safety comes first. However, if you are not under immediate threat, and you believe that you can safely take a bit of time to get some things in place first, it could benefit you during the divorce.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/blog/divorcing-a-violent-person-virginia-divorce-attorneys.cfm

Love, Trust, and Signing on the Dotted Line: A Basic Primer for Common Prenuptial Agreement TermsWhen a couple gets enga...
04/17/2023

Love, Trust, and Signing on the Dotted Line: A Basic Primer for Common Prenuptial Agreement Terms

When a couple gets engaged, there may be only love in their eyes. However, the American Psychological Association indicates that approximately 40–50 percent of first-time marriages and more than 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce! It’s safe to say there are always hard feelings if a relationship of marriage level comes to an end, and people can be completely different during these trying times than they were while the marriage was in its heyday. This is why prenuptial agreements make sense for any couple of any demographic getting married.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/blog/fairfax-virginia-lawyer-on-common-prenup-terms.cfm

Skilled Defense Attorneys Providing Aggressive Representation for Misdemeanor and Felony Charges in Northern VirginiaA c...
04/16/2023

Skilled Defense Attorneys Providing Aggressive Representation for Misdemeanor and Felony Charges in Northern Virginia

A criminal conviction will have an impact on every area of your life. You could lose your job, your home, and your family—not to mention your freedom. Even a misdemeanor conviction can seriously affect your future. If you have been arrested and charged with a crime, it is vital that you speak to an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The lawyers at MacDowell Law Group have over 70 years of combined experience defending clients accused of crimes in Northern Virginia. Our skilled and compassionate attorneys believe that everyone has the right to defend themselves when they have been accused of a crime, and we will work hard to protect your rights, regardless of the charges you are facing.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/practice_areas/fairfax-virginia-criminal-defense-attorneys.cfm

Experienced Injury Attorneys Provide Aggressive but Compassionate RepresentationA sudden, devastating accident turned yo...
04/15/2023

Experienced Injury Attorneys Provide Aggressive but Compassionate Representation

A sudden, devastating accident turned your life upside down. You are in terrible pain, unable to work, and are worried about how you are going to pay your medical bills. If this sounds familiar, we urge you to schedule a free consultation with our personal injury team to find out how we can help you overcome these challenges. As attorneys who focus on the most serious injuries, we are prepared to fight to get you the compensation you deserve—and you won’t owe us a dime unless we are successful.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/practice_areas/fairfax-virginia-personal-injury-attorneys.cfm

Request Your Ultimate Divorce Planning ChecklistThe only thing that may be more stressful than filing for divorce are th...
04/13/2023

Request Your Ultimate Divorce Planning Checklist

The only thing that may be more stressful than filing for divorce are the days, months, possibly even years of thinking about the potential fallout. How will this impact your children? Will the court award you the fair amount of property and financial support you will need post divorce? Should you tell friends and family members that you are conidering divorce? The questions seem to be endless. That is why Virginia divorce attorney Richard MacDowell created a free ebook "Prepare For A Brighter Future: Your Ultimate Divorce Planning Checklist".
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/reports/your-ultimate-divorce-planning-checklist-virginia-divorce-lawyer.cfm

Staying Together for the Children Might Cause More Harm Than GoodDivorce is hard on kids—there’s simply no way around it...
04/12/2023

Staying Together for the Children Might Cause More Harm Than Good

Divorce is hard on kids—there’s simply no way around it. When parents split up, not only is it disruptive to the child’s world, but it can also violate their sense of security and safety. Because of this, some parents choose to stay together despite being in an unhappy and dysfunctional relationship. They think they can tough it out until the kids are older or even until they are out of the house and that doing so will protect them from the negative effects of divorce.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/library/virginia-divorce-attorney-on-staying-together-for-the-children.cfm

Why People of All Ages Need an Estate PlanSome may have a common misconception that estate planning is all about dying a...
04/11/2023

Why People of All Ages Need an Estate Plan

Some may have a common misconception that estate planning is all about dying and leaving your wealth to heirs. The truth is that some form of estate planning is necessary at every stage of your life, regardless of the value of your assets. At MacDowell Law Group, we guide clients of all ages through their options for executing important documents. The earlier you start, the easier it will be to build upon the plan as you get older, but it’s never too late to work with a lawyer on an estate plan.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/library/virginia-estate-planning-for-every-stage-of-your-life.cfm

4 Important Factors to Consider When Divorcing an Alcoholic in VirginiaContemplating a divorce is never an easy task, bu...
04/10/2023

4 Important Factors to Consider When Divorcing an Alcoholic in Virginia

Contemplating a divorce is never an easy task, but when the spouse is an alcoholic, circumstances become even more complicated. Due to Virginia’s no-fault divorce laws, there’s no requirement to prove the other person’s alcoholism in order to file. But if alcohol misuse negatively impacted your marriage, and you have evidence for it, this information may influence a judge’s decision regarding aspects such as finances, child custody, and no-contact orders.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/library/divorcing-an-alcoholic-in-virginia.cfm

Can a child choose which parent to live with when creating a Virginia custody agreement?When it comes to child custody, ...
04/09/2023

Can a child choose which parent to live with when creating a Virginia custody agreement?

When it comes to child custody, there are rarely easy answers. While both parents want what’s best for the child, this doesn’t mean they will agree on what that means.

In some cases, the child seems capable of making a decision as to where to live, especially if they are an older child or teenager. In Virginia, there is no “magic age” that allows the child to make this choice. If they are under 18, the decision is ultimately made by the court if parents cannot come to an agreement on their own.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/faqs/effect-of-child-preference-on-custody-agreements.cfm

Are the police allowed to lie in order to get a statement or confession?Many of us are raised to believe we can trust th...
04/08/2023

Are the police allowed to lie in order to get a statement or confession?

Many of us are raised to believe we can trust the police to protect us. While this is usually true, police officers can and will use questionable tactics to elicit a confession or statement out of someone they suspect of a crime. These techniques sometimes involve lying. Law enforcement officers can legally lie to you in order to gain the truth they are seeking if they suspect you of a crime.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/faqs/police-officers-can-lie-to-get-a-confession.cfm

How can I limit my personal liability as a business owner?If you are about to start your own business, one of the first ...
04/07/2023

How can I limit my personal liability as a business owner?

If you are about to start your own business, one of the first steps is choosing the type of legal structure you’d like for the company. There are many important aspects to consider when making this decision, but personal liability should be front of the line. Any business needs to consider the very real possibility of one day being involved in a lawsuit.

There are two main options to select when you’re ready to start your company. Both will protect your personal property as well as the financial future of yourself and your family.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/faqs/limiting-your-personal-liability-as-a-business-owner.cfm

Should I pursue a personal injury claim if I was hurt by a reckless driver in Virginia?If you were injured in a car acci...
04/06/2023

Should I pursue a personal injury claim if I was hurt by a reckless driver in Virginia?

If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by a reckless driver, you may be wondering if you should pursue a personal injury claim. While it can seem overwhelming to go through the extra steps to do so, it is usually the only way to receive the damages you deserve, even if the reckless driver is charged with a traffic offense.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/faqs/filing-a-car-accident-personal-injury-claim-in-virginia.cfm

Do I Need to Get Medical Attention After a Virginia Car Accident Even If I Don’t Think I Was Seriously Injured?Car accid...
04/05/2023

Do I Need to Get Medical Attention After a Virginia Car Accident Even If I Don’t Think I Was Seriously Injured?

Car accidents can be traumatic and disorienting experiences. You might think that you feel perfectly fine immediately after the crash. While this is certainly something to be thankful for, those first moments after an accident should not be all you depend on as a diagnosis for your injuries. Our experienced car accident attorneys typically advise our clients to seek medical attention regardless of how they feel following a car crash, even if their injuries seem minor.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/faqs/why-you-should-seek-medical-attention-after-a-car-accident.cfm

Should I Have a Virginia Do-it-Yourself Divorce?While Virginia does offer a cost-effective Do-it-Yourself Divorce progra...
04/04/2023

Should I Have a Virginia Do-it-Yourself Divorce?

While Virginia does offer a cost-effective Do-it-Yourself Divorce program, it is not for everyone, and anyone who gets divorced this way risks getting the short end of the stick. We take a look at who could qualify for the Do-it-Yourself Divorce program and explain how a divorce attorney could probably get you a better outcome.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/faqs/risks-of-fairfax-virginia-do-it-yourself-divorces.cfm

Mr. MacDowell has dedicated his career and his law firm to provide quality legal services in litigation-oriented cases i...
04/02/2023

Mr. MacDowell has dedicated his career and his law firm to provide quality legal services in litigation-oriented cases in the courts of Northern Virginia. His broad range of experience has also qualified him to counsel and represent clients on Elder Law, Estate Planning, Business Formation and Transactions, Employment Law, Fair Labor Standards Act, and Contract Litigation to list but a few. Mr. MacDowell is admitted to the Virginia and Maryland bars. He is also admitted to practice before the federal courts in the Eastern District of Virginia, the Western District of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/bio/richard-f-macdowell-jr-esq-fairfax-virginia.cfm

What Your Family Needs to Know About Wrongful Death CasesYou’ve recently lost a loved one in a Virginia accident. It may...
03/31/2023

What Your Family Needs to Know About Wrongful Death Cases

You’ve recently lost a loved one in a Virginia accident. It may be an extraordinary effort to get through each day as you grieve, but there are things that you have to do. You have to work or attend school, and you have to take care of yourself and your family while you mourn. The thought of pursuing a wrongful death case may be overwhelming, but the reality of pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit doesn’t have to be complicated.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/library/virginia-wrongful-death-lawsuits.cfm

What are felony charges?Because felony criminal charges are some of the most serious criminal charges accused individual...
03/30/2023

What are felony charges?

Because felony criminal charges are some of the most serious criminal charges accused individuals can face, it is important to be familiar with what they are. In short, it is best to think of felony charges as the most serious types of criminal charges in the criminal justice system. As a result, they require a strong criminal defense.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/faqs/what-are-felony-charges-macdowell-law-group-p-c-.cfm

What are the types of damages I can recover after a car accident?Personal injury damages are important to help get injur...
03/29/2023

What are the types of damages I can recover after a car accident?

Personal injury damages are important to help get injured victims back on their feet and hold negligent drivers responsible for the harm they caused. An unexpected car accident can cause injuries ranging from soft tissue injuries and broken bones to traumatic brain injuries and other catastrophic injuries.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/faqs/what-are-the-types-of-damages-i-can-recover-after-a-car-accident-macdowell-law-group-p-c-.cfm

Does hiring an attorney make me look guilty?Any interaction with the police can be scary, especially if you are being qu...
03/27/2023

Does hiring an attorney make me look guilty?

Any interaction with the police can be scary, especially if you are being questioned or interrogated in relation to a crime. Unfortunately, many people don’t contact an attorney first thing—usually because they do not want to appear guilty to law enforcement or a judge.

While it’s perfectly normal to be concerned about this perception, it is important to obtain legal representation to protect yourself. If you’ve been contacted by the police, the chances are high that they already consider you guilty. You must proceed with extreme caution.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/faqs/hiring-a-criminal-lawyer-protects-your-rights.cfm

We represent a range of clients across multiple practice areas, but all of our cases have a few things in common. The ma...
03/26/2023

We represent a range of clients across multiple practice areas, but all of our cases have a few things in common. The majority of our clients are worried when they come to us, and we put their minds at ease with common-sense advice and practical solutions. Read about how we have helped other Northern Virginians resolve their legal issues in these case results.
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/case-results.cfm

The only thing that may be more stressful than filing for divorce are the days, months, possibly even years of thinking ...
03/25/2023

The only thing that may be more stressful than filing for divorce are the days, months, possibly even years of thinking about the potential fallout. How will this impact your children? Will the court award you the fair amount of property and financial support you will need post divorce? Should you tell friends and family members that you are conidering divorce? The questions seem to be endless. That is why Virginia divorce attorney Richard MacDowell created a free ebook "Prepare For A Brighter Future: Your Ultimate Divorce Planning Checklist".
https://www.macdowelllawgroup.com/reports/your-ultimate-divorce-planning-checklist-virginia-divorce-lawyer.cfm

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