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  • Virginia State Bar Names Attorney Leonard C. Heath, Jr. as President-Elect

    In June 2017, Leonard C. Heath, Jr. of Heath, Overbey, Verser & Old, P.L.C. in Newport News will become the President-elect of the Virginia State Bar (VSB). This will be the first time an attorney from the Virginia Peninsula has held this position in more than 50 years. The last VSB President from this region was Fred W. Bateman, who served from 1964 to 1965 and later became a Judge of the Newport ...
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  • Joseph F. Verser Named Again as a "Rising Star" for Super Lawyers for Personal Injury in the Commonwealth of Virginia

    Joe Verser was selected as a “Rising Star” in Super Lawyers in 2017 in the field of Personal Injury. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multi-faced selection process involving peer nominations, evaluations, and independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. ...
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  • Uninsured Motorist Carriers Do Not Have a Duty to Negotiate in Good Faith Prior to Trial

    Under the terms of my uninsured motorist coverage, does my own automobile insurance company have a duty to negotiate in good faith with me to settle my personal injury claim prior to trial? Surprisingly, the answer is no. In fact, in a recent case the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that Uninsured Motorist (UM) carriers do not even have a duty to negotiate, adjust, or settle a demand for payment ...
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  • Leonard C. Heath, Jr. named Super Lawyer Again

    Heath, Overbey, Verser & Old, P.L.C. is proud to announce Leonard C. Heath, Jr. is named again as a Super Lawyer in the field of business litigation in the commonwealth of Virginia. Len Heath was selected as a Super Lawyer in 2017 in the field of Business Litigation. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multi-faced selection process involving peer nominations, evaluations, and ...
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  • Do I Even Need a Lawyer? DIY?

    Well, I certainly don’t expect this article to generate business for me. But it is a topic that needs to be addressed. People are more frequently trying their hand at handling their own legal matters. Do you need an attorney for every situation in life? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Let’s begin with a large part of my practice: automobile collisions. Automobile accidents Any time a car accident ...
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  • Squatter's Rights: What It Is and What It Is Not

    “I’ve been cutting that field for years with my tractor. I probably have squatter’s rights to it.” That was said to me by a client several years ago. He was asking me about a vacant lot next to his land. He had driven his tractor over the field on a weekly basis for many years. What’s more, everyone in the area thought that he owned the land . Did he now have any rights to the land? And, what are ...
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  • Choosing the Right Lawyer

    I once was in court and saw a person trying to represent himself. After losing his case, the deflated soul told the judge that he never hired a lawyer and didn’t know how to go about finding the right person. The judge said to him “Son, they come in all price ranges and all personality types. Good luck.” Indeed, choosing the right lawyer can be a difficult task—but it certainly is a decision that ...
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  • Neighbor Law Basics

    Good fences do not always make good neighbors—sometimes you need a good lawyer. Often I have had friends reach out to me when they had a problem with the neighbors’ tree limbs, or the neighbor has turned his backyard into a scrap yard, or the neighbor plays Willie Nelson at all hours for all the neighbors to hear. Problems such as these can make life at home quite unpleasant. And like anything ...
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  • Calling It Quits: Dealing With a Disloyal Employee

    Imagine: An employee leaves and sets up shop, using your documents, your methods, your ideas and worse yet, your customers. Maybe it is not hard to imagine. Maybe it has happened to you. Many business owners feel that they need to have an employment contract or a non-compete agreement to rein in employees who strike out on their own. While contractual protections are great, they are not the only ...
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  • What to Do When You've Been in an Accident

    Call 911 and have the police prepare a crash report. If you put down this article after reading the first sentence (and remember it), I will have accomplished something. After a car accident , you may not be in any condition to call 911. And, even if you are not terribly injured, people sometimes feel squeamish, embarrassed or just plain scared and do not want to call the police. Worse yet, the ...
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  • Full Coverage Is Not Always Enough Coverage: Understanding Your Automobile Insurance Policy

    In our law practice, we routinely meet with clients who have been seriously injured in a car accident . When we ask clients about their automobile insurance coverage, we often hear the same familiar phrase: “I have full coverage.” To us, “full coverage” should mean that you have enough insurance coverage to compensate you in the event that you are injured. The person who caused the collision may ...
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  • Contesting a Will

    As a litigator, I often receive calls from people who want to contest the will of a loved one. They are often shocked to learn what the will revealed or the other typical scenario is that a person had a will for many years, but then, in the final days, decided to change it, to the great surprise of friends and family. What can be done? Are there grounds to contest the will? The threshold question ...
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  • Attorneys Leonard C. Heath, Jr., Joseph F. Verser, and Shawn W. Overbey named 2015 Top Lawyers in Coastal Virginia Magazine

    For their remarkable success in various areas of litigation, the three were voted 2015 Top Lawyers in Coastal Virginia by Coastal Virginia Magazine. This honor is only the most recent to be awarded to some of the partners of the Newport News-based firm Heath, Overbey, Verser & Old, PLC. Attorney Leonard C. Heath, Jr. is an accomplished trial lawyer focusing on personal injury, business litigation, ...
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  • Attorney Leonard C. Heath Jr. Applies to be President of Virginia State Bar

    Longtime volunteer and leader of the Virginia State Bar, Attorney Heath of Heath, Overbey, Verser & Old PLC has been practicing law since 1986 and has already served two terms on the Virginia State Bar Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board. Since 2011, he has represented Newport News on the Bar Council and also serves on the Virginia State Bar Executive Committee. Heath reports that he ...
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