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302 W. Boscawen St.
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 722-6800
jfine@joanfinelaw.com

Civil Litigation

civil litigationMs. Fine represents clients and appears in court primarily in the City of Winchester, Va., and the counties of Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Loudoun, and Fauquier. Civil litigation can involve both a lawsuit filed and/or negotiation to achieve a settlement. Ms. Fine has successfully tried cases and has successfully negotiated settlements.

Her litigation experience includes: 

  • Corporate and limited liability company (LLC) dissolution
  • Corporate and limited liability company (LLC) disputes
  • Contract disputes related to business, real estate, and finance
  • Construction disputes
  • Non-competition agreements
  • Landlord and Tenant disputes
  • Partition suits
  • Lost Will
  • Probate Litigation – Disputes between and among siblings following the death of a parent that are not successfully mediated and end with a lawsuit filed in Court are some of the most emotional and divisive cases. These cases can result in family members no longer communicating. Probate litigation including challenges to wills and partition suites for real estate. It involves the filing of a complaint with the court, depositions of parties and experts, interrogatories to answer and request for admissions, among other discovery, all adding up to expense: financial, emotional and time. (see What is Probate Litigation and How Can You Avoid It?)

Recent work:

  • Represented one of two 50/50 heirs in a partition suit to sell inherited real estate when one heir refused to vacate or pay rent. The successful litigation resulted in a court order to sell the property, divide the proceeds, and deduct back rental payments from the share of the heir who refused to vacate or pay rent.
  • Represented the owner of a country estate in obtaining a judgment evicting the tenants and recovering damages to the property due to the tenants' neglect.
  • Negotiated affordable pay-offs with creditors and dismissal of the creditors’ claims.
  • Negotiated a settlement agreement between adjoining property owners in a lawsuit filed over an access easement.
  • Recovered for a client, under a Contractor Recovery Fund Claim, money paid to a contractor who failed to do the work and who filed for bankruptcy.