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Our law firm has a wide variety of practice areas to support clients across the Hampton Roads area. Our attorneys and support staff want to make you feel comfortable and confident about your options so you can make an informed legal decision. We are able to provide guidance and expert legal advice in the following practice areas:

Personal Injury

You pay no attorney’s fees unless we win or settle your case.

If you were injured in an accident caused by another, you may be entitled to payment of your medical bills; lost wages; and pain, suffering, and inconvenience.  An injured victim’s compensation depends on a number of elements including location, the circumstances surrounding the accident, type and extent of physical injuries, and nature of medical treatment. We can assist you in all aspects of your claim.

The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C. practices all types of personal injury, including, but not limited to:

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Truck or Bus Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Hit and Run Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Injuries

If you or a loved one was the victim of a personal injury accident, call The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C. as soon as possible for a free consultation. Our services are provided on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no attorney’s fees unless we win or settle your case.

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Workers Compensation

Our Workers’ Compensation attorney has decades of experience representing those injured in work related accidents and occupational diseases. Filing a workers compensation claim may seem like a intimidating process. Our firm can provide the assistance an injured worker needs. The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C. will help you fight for the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled.
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Commercial Law

At The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C., we provide our business and corporate clients with quality representation in:

  • Business Formations: Whether your business plan is simple or complex, our attorneys can offer you competent legal counsel and assistance in forming your business as a partnership, an LLCs, or a corporation.
  • Contracts: Our attorneys have experience drafting, negotiating, and reviewing contracts and agreements. Before you sign a document, ensure your interests are protected. Have one of our experienced attorneys review your contracts before you sign.
  • Real Estate Closings: Commercial and residential real estate closings can be very complex. Our firm can keep you advised and informed on all aspects of the transactions, taking the steps necessary to facilitate your settlement.
Commercial Law

Construction Law

Our construction law attorney represents both contractors and consumers on construction contracts. The firm’s goal is to find solutions to our client’s problems without a prolonged and costly legal proceeding. Our firm assists our clients with issues such as contract review and closing construction loans. When parties to a construction project cannot resolve their differences, our firm can litigate the issues to a judge or jury.

Construction Law

Criminal Law

At The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C., we handle all types of criminal cases, ranging from minor infractions to misdemeanors to the most serious felony indictments. If you need representation for an upcoming criminal case, contact The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C. today and set up a free one-hour consultation with one of our attorneys. During your consultation, an attorney will listen to the details of your case, discuss what options you may have, what defenses may be available, and the potential outcome of your case.

  • Drug Offenses
    • In Virginia, a drug possession conviction can have serious consequences. In addition to the possibility of jail time, a conviction for possession could result in fines and the loss of driving privileges. There are options for someone who has a drug possession charge.
    • Drug charges involving the sale, distribution, or manufacturing of drugs are subject to harsh penalties like heavy fines and prison sentences.
    • If you have been charged with a drug offense, call The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C. and make an appointment to speak with an attorney on what strategy is best for you. Our firm will guide you through the law and educate you on the possible outcomes depending on your particular circumstance. There is no charge for the initial consultation.
  • Property Crimes
    • Property crimes are crimes involving the theft, destruction, or unauthorized use of someone else’s property.   Property crimes can be either misdemeanors or felonies depending on the severity of the offense. Sentencing could include fines and imprisonment. Property crimes include:
      • burglary
      • larceny
      • robbery
      • receiving stolen goods
      • breaking and entering
      • arson
      • destruction of property
      • vandalism
      • shoplifting
    • If you have been charged with a property crime, contact The Cope Law Firm. today.
  • Assault and Battery
    • Assault and Battery is normally a misdemeanor and can have serious consequences. A conviction could remain on a person’s criminal record for life jeopardizing the person’s employment opportunities and security clearance, family and social relationships, and ability to carry a firearm.
    • If you are accused of Domestic Assault or Assault and Battery, call The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C., to talk to one of our experienced attorneys immediately for a fee consultation. An attorney will carefully and confidentially listen to you and assist you in attaining the best possible outcome.
  • DUI & DWI
    • In Virginia, DUI (driving while intoxication) and DWI (driving under the influence) are interchangeable terms meaning drunk driving. Having your driver’s license taken away is inconvenient but the consequences of a DUI conviction can affect much more than losing your privilege to drive.   A DUI could affect your job, your security clearance, your auto insurance, your family, and your reputation. An attorney may be able to challenge a DUI through legal, procedural, or technical aspects of the charge.
    • Make an appointment to see one of our attorneys if you were charged with DUI/DWI. There is no charge for the initial consultation.
  • Reckless driving
    • Reckless driving is a serious charge. A finding of guilt could result in a suspension of your driver’s license, fines, and even jail time. There are numerous ways an officer may site you for reckless driving. Securing the representation of an experienced attorney is the best step you can take in protecting your rights.
  • Juvenile offenses such as underage possession of alcohol
    • A conviction against a minor can be detrimental to a child’s future. An aggressive approach should be taken in instances of juvenile offenses to ensure the child’s rights are protected. Juvenile criminal convictions could negatively affect plans for college, jeopardize a child’s driver’s license, and could limit job prospects.
    • Having an attorney defend your child’s rights gives the child the best chance in keeping the juvenile’s record clean. Call The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C. today if  your child has been charged with a criminal offense and a competent attorney will help you secure the best possible outcome.

Civil Litigation

When legal disputes interrupt your business or personal life, having a committed attorney to counsel you and advocate on your behalf is the best step you can take in getting things back to normal. Our firm strives to meet our clients’ specific goals while still maintaining a cost-effective solution. Our firm represents our clients aggressively and efficiently in and out of the courtroom.

The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C. practices all types of civil litigation, including:

  • Commercial and Real Estate Litigation
  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Creditor Suits
  • Business Litigation
  • Breach of Contract
  • Property Damage
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance claims
  • Construction Litigation
  • Torts

Estate Planning

Estate planning is a highly individualized service. It is the preservation and distribution of your assets in compliance with your personal and family goals. There are a variety of documents available alone or in combination to effectively meet the goals of each individual client. The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C. can guide you through this crucial planning process to ensure your property passes in the manner you desire so that your legacy is protected and secure.

 

  • Will
    • A will is a legal document providing for the transfer of an individual’s remaining property to his or her designated beneficiaries after his or her death.   In the absence of a valid will, the distribution of an individual’s property is dictated by Virginia statute. Without a will, you lose control of what happens to your property after death.
    • A will can ensure legacy property is given to the people you want and can reduce administrative costs.
  • Revocable Trust
    • A revocable trust is prepared and becomes effective during the creator’s lifetime.   It names a Trustee, who holds legal title to the trust’s property and manages the trust.   During the creator’s lifetime, he or she can change the terms of the revocable trust.
    • A trust allows the creator to have some control over his or her assets after death. The creator is able to dictate the terms of property distribution and is therefore a great option for men or women with minor children.
    • Besides control, there are two other popular advantages to a trust. First, a trust is a private document whereas a will is publicly recorded and can be seen by anyone. Someone who desires that his or her property distribution decisions be kept private may consider a trust.
    • Secondly, a trust is a useful document for avoiding the expense, time, and hassle of probate. Probate is the administration of your estate through the court. Unlike a will, a trust does not pass through probate. Instead, a trust is administered through the terms of the trust as determined by the creator and governed by the Trustee.
  • Power of Attorney
    • A power of attorney is a document that allows an individual, the agent, to legally act on behalf of someone else, the principal. There are general powers of attorney, giving the agent a broad series of powers to help the principal manage his or her day-to-day activities, such as redirecting the principal’s mail or selling the principals home. And there are specific powers of attorney, authorizing the agent to perform a specific act or set of actions, such as taking out a loan on behalf of the principal when he or she is overseas or unavailable.
  • Advanced Medical Directive
    • An Advanced Medical Directive is a document that allows you to control your medical treatment when you would otherwise be unable to voice your desires. The document names a health care power of attorney. A health care power of attorney is an agent who makes all necessary medical decisions on behalf of the principal in the event the principal becomes incapacitated or incapable of making an informed medical decision. The Advanced Medical Directive also lays out the principal’s preferences in particular medical situations and the agent is directed to convey those preferences to the appropriate medical authorities if the situation arises.
  • A Special Needs Trust
    • If you have a family member with a disability, it is imperative that you plan for the future carefully. To protect a person with special needs, an estate plan should be carefully structured to attain that goal. A Special Needs Trust allows an individual to provide funds for a dependent who is disabled without preventing eligibility for government aid.
  • Pet Trust
    • Unfortunately, pets are often times overlooked when planning an estate. You have to plan ahead and take action now in order to protect and care for your pet in the event something happened and you were no longer able to care for your pet.
    • A Pet Trust is a legal document that gives the creator the ability to set aside funds for his or her pet’s future care, designate a guardian for his or her pet, and dictate what kind of care the creator expects his or her pet to receive.
    • The trust can activate at the point the creator becomes incapacitated or disabled so the creator’s pet will be taken care of if the creator is unable to care for his or her pet when living.

Traffic Offenses

If you pay the fine for a traffic ticket, you are allowing the court to find you guilty of that offense. Conviction of a traffic violation subjects you to fines and penalties, including jeopardizing your driver’s license.

Convictions for traffic offenses are reported to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The DMV then assigns demerit points against the driving record depending on the seriousness of the violation.   Read more on the Virginia DMV website to see how many demerit points are assigned to a particular violation.

There are other consequences outside the direct legal ramifications of a conviction. Being found guilty of traffic offenses can raise the cost of car insurance; potentially result in civil liability if the ticket was the result of a car accident; affect an employment background check; and for commercial drivers, even cost them their jobs.

At The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C., we understand fines, license suspension, and demerit points can be a serious burden. The firm can provide you with a realistic expectation of what to expect. Depending on the charge, you may be able to avoid appearing in court. Our traffic attorneys can represent clients in violations such as:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Speeding
  • Driving with a Suspended License
  • Texting while Driving
  • Reckless Driving
    • Reckless driving can be charged many different ways. For instance, some of the ways an individual can be charged with reckless driving under the Virginia Code are:
      • 46.2-853 failure to maintain control
      • 46.2-853 driving with inadequate brakes on a highway
      • 46.2-855 driving with a number of people in the car as to obstruct the driver’s view or interfere with the driver’s control of the car
      • 46.2-859 passing a school bus which is stopped to pick up or drop off children, elderly, or handicapped persons
      • 46.2-860 failing to give proper signals
      • 46.2-861 driving too fast under the circumstances and traffic conditions, regardless of the speed limit that is posted
      • 46.2-862 exceeding the speed limit by 20 mph
      • 46.2-862 driving over 80 mph
      • 46.2-863 failure to yield to an a car who has the right-of-way
      • 46.2-864 operating a motor vehicle in a way that could engager life, limb or property on a parking lot
      • 46.2-865 racing with other motor vehicles

Although there are various specific instances one can be charged with reckless driving, Virginia also has a general rule which gives an officer the discretion to charge an individual with reckless driving when driving in a manner that could endanger life, limb, or property under Virginia Code §46.2-852.

Family Law

At The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C., our attorneys work compassionately to protect our clients during an especially difficult time. Family law requires special attention and understanding, whether it be divorce; spousal support; prenuptial, postnuptial and separation agreements; protective orders; or child custody, child visitation, or child support.

No matter the issue, our attorneys are attentive to our client’s specific needs and goals.   We offer the support and stability needed to get through such a challenging time, while at the same time helping our clients separate the emotional issues from the legal ones.  By focusing of the specific issues at hand, out attorneys guide our clients through the legal process to reach a tailored resolution that fits with the client’s goals.

Real Estate

Our CRESPA (Consumer Real Estate Settlement Protection Act) certified attorneys can provide representation for all aspects of real estate transactions.   Our firm provides legal services for both commercial and residential real estate matters.   Contact The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C., to speak with an attorney about protecting your interests during the closing process.

Commercial and residential real estate law

Juvenile Law

An individual under the age of 18 who is charged with a crime is considered a juvenile and typically is tried and sentenced as a juvenile. However, in some circumstances a juvenile over the age of 14 may be prosecuted as an adult. Either way, when a juvenile is charged with a criminal crime it can effect not only the child’s criminal records but also the child’s relationships, grades, and college acceptance. If  your child has been charged as a juvenile, make an appointment to talk with an attorney at The Cope Law Firm, P.L.C. The initial consultation is free. We can help you better understand the charges, the options you have, and help you navigate through a difficult time.

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