Waugh Law & Mediation

Waugh Law & Mediation A new kind of practice-providing mediation and legal services in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.
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Waugh Law & Mediation is a small, client-centered law firm providing legal and mediation services in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. With offices located in Leesburg and in Charles Town, we provide the full spectrum of conflict resolution services to our clients including negotiation, mediation, collaborative practices, and litigation in selected cases.

Congratulations to Martinsburg native, Morgan McCardell!
05/09/2020
Martinsburg native receives top honors at WVU

Congratulations to Martinsburg native, Morgan McCardell!

MARTINSBURG — Driven by a love of her son and a passion for helping others with mental and physical disabilities, a Martinsburg native received top honors from West Virginia University

05/07/2020
courtswv.gov

The West Virginia Supreme Court has issued an order providing for the way the courts will resume operations. http://www.courtswv.gov/covid19/ResumptionOfOperations-ProtocolsandMap5-6-20.pdf

While I have not yet facilitated any restorative justice dialogs online, I've done many online mediations.  The European...
05/06/2020
Justice and healing during the pandemic

While I have not yet facilitated any restorative justice dialogs online, I've done many online mediations. The European Forum on RJ discusses how online methods may help continue our work in restorative justice.

A report from the second European meeting on restorative justice and COVID-19

Northern Virginia Community College is offering free courses to graduating juniors and seniors from Loudoun County.
05/03/2020
JumpStart Your College Career with NOVA! :: Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College is offering free courses to graduating juniors and seniors from Loudoun County.

JumpStart is for students enrolled in these Virginia public school systems as well as our existing private school partners: Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church City, Fairfax City, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Manassas City, Manassas Park City and Prince William County.

Route 9 in Western Loudoun and Jefferson County will be closed, starting tomorrow.
05/03/2020
Route 9 will close until June, starting 5:30 Monday morning

Route 9 in Western Loudoun and Jefferson County will be closed, starting tomorrow.

TOWN OF HILLSBORO, Va. (WDVM) — The Town of Hillsboro and VDOT will close Route 9 ahead of schedule to coincide with Virginia’s stay-at-home order. Local and regional detours will begin at 5:…

Both Virginia and West Virginia often mandate a parenting class in child custody matters.  An online court-approved pare...
05/01/2020

Both Virginia and West Virginia often mandate a parenting class in child custody matters. An online court-approved parenting class that will satisfy the requirements imposed by the court is being offered in Virginia. I do not know if West Virginia would accept the court to satisfy their court-ordered requirement, but the courts often do accept programs from out of state.

Online course will train public health investigators on contact tracing for COVID-19
04/28/2020
Online course will train public health investigators on contact tracing for COVID-19

Online course will train public health investigators on contact tracing for COVID-19

The West Virginia University School of Public Health and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health are partnering on an initiative to recruit participants for a newly developed online course, Contact Tracing for COVID-19.

Virginia's freeze on non-emergency court hearings has been extended.
04/28/2020
Freeze on non-emergency court hearings in Virginia extended to May 17

Virginia's freeze on non-emergency court hearings has been extended.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Supreme Court has extended its statewide freeze on non-emergency court hearings because of the coronavirus epidemic. The Daily Press reported Saturday that the order delays most court cases until May 17. It’s the court’s third emergency order, and....

Landlord -Tenant issues are at the forefront during this crisis.  This free session will answer some of the more difficu...
04/27/2020

Landlord -Tenant issues are at the forefront during this crisis. This free session will answer some of the more difficult legal issues.

Next Tuesday, April 28 at 6 pm, join us for a virtual Gather for Good to hear from VPLC's Christie Marra and Phil Storey on tenant rights during the COVID-19 crisis. vplc.salsalabs.org/housingg4g

04/27/2020
Virtual Leesburg

Our office remains virtually open during the pandemic with video mediations, conferences and other online methods of providing legal and mediation services. Many neighboring Leesburg businesses are also open. Here's a page with more information.

Virtual Leesburg, to support ALL of the Leesburg business community!

See who is OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Without more lawyers being trained in collaborative practices and members of the International Academy of Collaborative ...
04/27/2020

Without more lawyers being trained in collaborative practices and members of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, clients who want a collaborative divorce must travel or do meetings via videoconference in many areas. Few collaborative professionals, besides me, practice in Winchester, Clarke, Jefferson and Berekely Counties. Online training is available and would expand options for our clients in these areas. Contact me for more information.

What a huge accomplishment!  Thank you to the volunteers.
04/24/2020

What a huge accomplishment! Thank you to the volunteers.

We did it! Rather, YOU did it. 17,000 masks and counting!

When we challenged our community to see if we could make 10,000 masks in two weeks, we had a pretty good feeling that we would meet our goal. But we never expected 10,000 masks in 10 days!

To all those who cut fabric, powered up sewing machines, threaded needles, stuck themselves with said needle, and pieced together thousands of yards of colorful fabric, thank you from the bridge of our noses to the bottom of our hearts. We will continue to encourage and accept all donations of face masks, which we will use to help preserve and extend the life of our PPEs and help keep our patients and all those who work on our campuses safe. We are truly grateful to be surrounded by such amazing people!

04/23/2020
Virginia Mediation Network

The Virginia Mediation Network is a wonderful group of mediators! If my colleagues in the mediation world have ideas for a workshop or talk, they have posted their call for speakers.

Save the Date!
October 2-3, 2020
VMN Fall Conference
Call for Speakers now open!
vamediation.org for details!

The Virginia Supreme Court has extended the judicial emergency in Virginia.
04/22/2020

The Virginia Supreme Court has extended the judicial emergency in Virginia.

I've been doing increasing mediations and client meetings online.  Today's blog post includes some of the measures we ar...
04/21/2020
Protecting Your Privacy During Online Mediations and Consultations — WAUGH LAW & MEDIATION

I've been doing increasing mediations and client meetings online. Today's blog post includes some of the measures we are taking to protect confidentiality when we are meeting on-line.

Online dispute resolution provides the same level of privacy for your mediation or attorney meeting. Waugh Law & Mediation offers free consultations online to obtain information about legal rights, mediation, collaborative practices, and restorative justice. With offices in Washington, DC, Vir

Schedule a free online consultation with Brenda today and speak with her from your home, office or any location. There i...
04/20/2020

Schedule a free online consultation with Brenda today and speak with her from your home, office or any location. There is no obligation and you may schedule a time that works best with your schedule. Just go to brendawaugh.com and select "schedule a free video conference." We will follow up with a link to your private meeting with Brenda.

Legal fees can be charged on a contingency basis, flat fee, and hourly fees.  When clients cannot afford hourly fees for...
04/10/2020
How to Find Reduced Cost and Free Legal Services — WAUGH LAW & MEDIATION

Legal fees can be charged on a contingency basis, flat fee, and hourly fees. When clients cannot afford hourly fees for legal services and mediation services, options may be available through pro bono, low bono or sliding fee scales. Our office provides collaborative law services and mediation on a sliding fee scale. My blog post today discusses some options.

Pro bono, low bono, and sliding fee scale legal services may create options when the services may seem unattainable. Waugh Law & Mediation provides legal services and mediation services in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. We provide many services on a sliding fee scale.

This is a very good article that describes how online mediation occurs.  Our office has offered online mediation for a f...
04/09/2020
Virtual Meditations Are Zooming Forward . . . Jump on Board

This is a very good article that describes how online mediation occurs. Our office has offered online mediation for a few years, but with the complications of Covid-19, we are definitely seeing a lot more requests to go online. https://www.natlawreview.com/article/virtual-meditations-are-zooming-forward-jump-board

With most of the country on stay at home orders of some variety and court closings, parties to claims, litigation, and arbitrations are adapting quickly to virtual litigation activities

This year, EMU's Summer Peacebuilding Institute will be online, providing many opportunities that may be out of reach du...
04/07/2020

This year, EMU's Summer Peacebuilding Institute will be online, providing many opportunities that may be out of reach during most years. While the wonderful opportunities that I enjoyed by being able to form so many good relationships with colleagues during my years at SPI will be more difficult, I appreciate that many people from around the world will be able to participate in courses. This photo is from Peacebuilder Magazine and includes some very special colleagues I met in 2007. For course information: https://emu.edu/spi/courses/

We have been using zoom since about 2015 for ODR (online dispute resolution.). These suggestions are used in most every ...
04/06/2020

We have been using zoom since about 2015 for ODR (online dispute resolution.). These suggestions are used in most every mediation we conduct online. They restrict who has access to the meeting room and any documents that are shared. We never record meetings or mediations.

Some helpful tips from your still working in the cloud digital team - let us know if we can help you

When the courts are closed, mediation may provide the only way to have conflicts addressed.  Our office has a full sched...
04/05/2020
Business Is Booming for Mediators as COVID-19 Cools Courts | Texas Lawyer

When the courts are closed, mediation may provide the only way to have conflicts addressed. Our office has a full schedule this week, but still has openings for ODR (online dispute resolution) in April.

Business is dramatically increasing, as long as mediators are able to offer options for remote attendance, said Mark Lemke, incoming president of the Southern California Mediation Association.

This seems like a great way to get medical care for your children during this time.  It's an app with a $0 copay!
04/04/2020

This seems like a great way to get medical care for your children during this time. It's an app with a $0 copay!

Now's the time to help friends and family, neighbors and coworkers. Help yours by letting them know the PM Pediatrics Anywhere app is here to connect parents and children with the best virtual pediatric care, right on their phone, without leaving home. Let's stay safe. Let's stay healthy. Together.

pmpediatricsanywhere.com

One of my pet peeves is cheap, online fill in the blank forms.  Often, the same forms are available online for free.  Ot...
03/28/2020
Free MEDICAL DIRECTIVE AND POWER OF ATTORNEY FORMS CAN HELP IN PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE — WAUGH LAW & MEDIATION

One of my pet peeves is cheap, online fill in the blank forms. Often, the same forms are available online for free. Other times, the forms create more problems than they solve. My blog post this morning reviews some free resources for an Advanced Medical Directive and Power of Attorney.

Free online durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney, living will, advanced directive in Virginia and West Virginia. You may avoid probate by properly designating access to your accounts.

The flowers are blooming at Long Branch in Clarke County, Virginia.
03/27/2020

The flowers are blooming at Long Branch in Clarke County, Virginia.

Spring has Sprung at Long Branch!

In today's blog post, I describe lessons from a seminar produced last week by the ABA on Online Dispute Resolution and h...
03/25/2020
Online Dispute Resolution Provides Options to Resolve Conflicts (Without the Courts) — WAUGH LAW & MEDIATION

In today's blog post, I describe lessons from a seminar produced last week by the ABA on Online Dispute Resolution and how I provide online mediation services from my offices in Virginia and West Virginia. (I also describe how we used zoom.us to plan my mother's 80th birthday party--that's the photo!)

Online dispute resolution provides opportunities for mediation and arbitration with social distancing. ODR is provided in custody, support, divorce, civil cases, personal injury, insurance disputes, elder law, estate issues, employment disputes, late mortgage, consumer, unemployment, family law, ho

03/23/2020
www.dccourts.gov

Yesterday, DC established a specific process for incarcerated people to apply for emergency release from custody. https://www.dccourts.gov/sites/default/files/Order-Attachment-PDFs/Standing-Order-3-22-2020.pdf

West Virginia courts are closed, but not for emergencies.  Please contact me if you do not understand this order and hav...
03/23/2020
WV Supreme Court declares judicial emergency

West Virginia courts are closed, but not for emergencies. Please contact me if you do not understand this order and have concerns about your safety.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In order to further limit potential exposure of the COVID-19 virus to litigants, jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the general public, the

This Berryville shop is working overtime!
03/22/2020

This Berryville shop is working overtime!

I've spent the last 2 days creating an online store for the shop! There is currently a curated selection of new Spring and Easter items, candles, and self care gifts. I'm offering free local porch delivery to Clarke County. Let me know if you have any issues with the site and if there is anything else you would like to see added. I'll be adding to the online offerings daily. Also if there is anything you've seen posted to Facebook or instagram just let me know and I can send you an invoice and deliver those as well. Thanks for your continued support!
modernmercantilellc.shopsettings.com

Time to get ready for spring!
01/23/2020

Time to get ready for spring!

This weekend! It's the 10th Annual Seed Exchange at Blandy. Saturday, Jan. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's free!

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202 North Charles Street
Leesburg, VA
20175

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(304) 728-3660

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Waugh Law & Mediation is a small, client-centered firm offering legal services and mediation offering services in Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Brenda Waugh opened her law office in September of 2000 after a successful career in public service. Since that time, she has provided assistance to hundreds of families with their legal problems ranging from car accidents, insurance disputes, crime victim’s compensation, consumer issues and civil rights. She provides mediation services in family, civil and criminal matters. Brenda is licensed to practice law in West Virginia, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

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