Things to Consider When Thinking about Purchasing a Utility Trailer


Author: Robert L. Mertig

If you need to haul large bulky items on a frequent or infrequent basis, there are a number of reasons you may want to  purchase a utility trailer.  A utility trailer will allow you to transport more than most vehicles can carry.  If the trailer is enclosed, you can pack the trailer over a period of time, and then transport only when you are finished loading.  A utility trailer will allow you to keep the towing vehicle empty to transport passengers while you are transporting the goods in the trailer.  Using a trailer will also prevent damage to the interior of your towing vehicle, and it's usually a lot easier to load.  And you can avoid the hassle and expense of renting a trailer.


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Allen & Allen Named One of the Best Places to Work in Virginia Two Years in a Row

With over 100 years in business and founded on family values, the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen made the Best Places to Work in Virginia list for the second consecutive year. The annual list of "Best Places to Work" was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. The rankings of the 2012 Best Places to Work in Virginia are published in the February 2012 issue of Virginia Business.

This survey and award program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state's economy, its work force and businesses. The Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of a total of 50 companies, split into three groups: 14 small employers <…

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Safe Teen Driving - How to Help Your Teenage New Driver

Just because you have a license does NOT mean you are ready to drive!

Author: Paul D. Hux, Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer

What parents can do to help new drivers once they get their license? As a Virgina personal injury attorney that has seen many terrible car accidents- and as the father of twin boys that recently received their licenses - I cannot help but be worried every time they get behind the wheel of a car.  I know they have both taken the driver's education class in school, gone through "behind the wheel" training, completed the required amounts of driving during the day, at night, on the highway, and on back roads, but I know this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the things…

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Allen & Allen Offering Free Consultation in Yaz* Related Cases

 If you used the birth control pill Yaz* and had a blot clot leading to a pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or stroke, you should be aware that the national Judge handling this litigation has ordered the manufacturer to come to the bargaining table to work out a settlement for the victims.

Yaz* includes Yasmin, Beyaz, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Syeda and Zarah.

The law firm of Allen & Allen is investigating claims arising from patients taking Yaz*, and helping those recipients who have valid claims.  Contact our product liability attorneys for a free consultation by calling 866-388-1307. We work on a contingency fee basis so you will pay nothing up front.

About the Author: Richmond, VA personal injury…

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Allen & Allen Announces Hiring of John G. "Jack" Berry as Partner to Manage Charlottesville Office


Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce that John G. "Jack" Berry will join the firm as a partner on February 1, 2012.  He will manage the firm's Charlottesville Office.

Mr. Berry was born in Charlottesville, and raised in Madison County, Virginia.  He graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee in 1976, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He attended law school at the University of Virginia, graduating and then joining the Bar in 1979.  He began his legal career at the law firm of Puryear, Chandler and Early with offices in Charlottesville, Madison, and Greene Counties.  He was in solo practice from 1982 to 1984, at which time he founded the law firm of Berry and Early with his partner…

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Child Support Liens and Personal Injury Cases in Virginia

Author: Christopher A. Meyer, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

Many people in the Commonwealth of Virginia are required by court order to financially support children and have been unable to keep up with the court ordered payments.  In such cases, the Commissioner of the State Department of Social Services may cause an order to issue that attaches to property and income owed to the debtor by a third person and requires that such property or income be turned over to the Commonwealth in satisfaction of the past due child support.  There is a specific statute, Section 63.2-1929[1], which discusses this issue in relationship to personal injury cases in Virginia.  

The operative sentence is as follows:

The orders…

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Product Safety: Who is responsible for today's safer products?

Author: Attorney Malcolm P. McConnell, III

On a recent, late autumn afternoon, I was mowing my lawn for the last time this year.  As I reached the edge of my yard, I attempted to turn the lawnmower around to cut the next strip of grass.  The lawnmower stuck a large stick that had fallen from a tree and it stopped moving abruptly, causing me to stumble and fall over and in front of the lawnmower.

As I fell, I let go of the lawnmower handle, releasing the spring-loaded lever that killed the engine.  By the time I hit the ground, the engine was off and the blades were no longer turning.

I stood up, unharmed (but a bit embarrassed) by my fall, and realized that only the safety features in the…

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Severe Penalties for Sexting: The Legal Consequences of Using Obscene or Lewd Language on Cellular Phones

Author:  Attorney Christopher A. Meyer

Many people seem to use obscene or lewd language on a cellphone that they would never use in face to face conversation.  In Virginia, use of this language on the telephone is not only crude and inappropriate, it's illegal.  Profane, lewd or vulgar language over a telephone has been a criminal offense in Virginia for many years.  Up until this year, Virginia statutes read as follows:

"Any person who uses obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or makes any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threatens and illegal or immoral act with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, over any telephone or citizens band…

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Jury Duty in Virginia - A Privilege and A Responsibility

Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Recently my son received a summons to serve as a juror in Chesterfield County. "I'm exempt, of course," he said to me. "Why?" "Because my mother's a lawyer," he responded. Sorry, son, it's not quite that easy.

I've always wanted to serve as a juror, but others dread the thought and would sooner walk across a bed of hot coals than get that letter. So how did that juror summons end up in your mailbox, anyway? A popular belief is that the juror pool is drawn from the voter registration rolls, but that is just one source. Virginia Code §8.01-345[1] permits jurors to be chosen from the voter registration rolls, the Department of…

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Richmond & Charlottesville Based Law Firm Allen & Allen Receives Top Ranking from US News & World Report

Tier 1 Ranking in "Best Law Firm" By U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

November 3, 2011 - Richmond, VA: The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen received a Tier 1 Ranking in "Best Law Firm" By U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Allen & Allen received the Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" honor in both Charlottesville, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs.

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers released the 2011 Best Law Firms rankings released November 1, 2011. The rankings, which incorporated…

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