New Old Town Crier Article

By: Doug Coleman – 14 January 2015 Just a quick update to let people know that you can catch my regular article in the Old Town Crier on the internet even if you are not subscribed to the print version. This month’s article is titled: “Red, Gray, and Blue: American Indians in the Civil War.”… Read More


By: Doug Coleman – 11 January 2015 Most people have read or at least heard of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. Though intended as a cautionary tale, apparently a few of our elected officials liked some of Orwell’s concepts and decided to give them a try. Like Big Brother. We already knew that the Federal… Read More


If you are a shooter like me, you likely have a half box or two of spent brass sitting forgotten in the trunk. If you drive into Washington, D.C., you may be in big trouble. And remember, when you drive over the Wilson bridge, the part over the Potomac is Washington. Most people are aware… Read More

Helton v. AT&T

Unpleasant surprises are waiting for workers who are denied employee benefits by their employer or insurance company and want to sue for the benefits they were promised. These claims are likely governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The text of this long and complex statute does not say so specifically,… Read More

NAR Article 17 and Mandatory Arbitration

Article 17 of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics calls for mandatory arbitration of contractual disputes or specific non-contractual disputes of REALTORS® associated with different firms, arising out of their relationship as REALTORS® if the local board requires it. The local Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS® (NVAR) does require arbitration of such disputes.… Read More

For How Long do Real Estate Agents Owe Duties to their Clients?

According to the laws regulating real estate licensees in Virginia, at least two of the duties of a real estate salesperson last indefinitely. These are the agent’s duty to account for all money and property received from the client during the relationship, Va. Code § 54.1-2137(C) (i), and the duty to keep confidential all personal… Read More

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