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Fairfax

  • 3915 Old Lee Highway Suite 22-B
    Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Phone: (703) 584-7277
  • Fax: (703) 783-0686
  • This office is open M-F, 9-5.
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Alexandria

  • 1010 Cameron St
    Alexandria, VA 22310
  • Phone: (703) 688-3944
  • xThis is a satellite office that is staffed several days a month. Please always call before dropping by!
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Arlington

  • 1655 Fort Myer Dr #700
    Arlington, VA 22209
  • Phone: (703)591-9829
  • This is a satellite office that is staffed several days a month. Please always call before dropping by!
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Dumfries

  • 17932 S. Fraley Blvd Suite 400-F
    Dumfries, VA 22026
  • Phone: (703) 988-7607
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Herndon

  • 13800 Coppermine Road 1st Floor
    Herndon, VA 20171
  • Phone: (703) 544-7868
  • Fax: 703.783.0686
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Fredericksburg

  • 1135 Heatherstone Dr
    Fredericksburg, VA 22407
  • Phone: (540) 227-4571
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Lexington

  • PO Box 530
    Lexington, VA 24450
  • Phone: (540)300-2716
  • Lexington attorney Van Hardenbergh graciously allows the use of his office for clients meetings at this location and, with client permission, serves as co-counsel in cases in this area.
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Manassas

  • 10432 Balls Ford Rd. Suite 300
    Manassas, VA 20109
  • Phone: (703) 988-7656
  • Fax: 703.783.0686
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Newport News

  • 11836 Canon Blvd Suite 100
    Newport News, VA 23606
  • Phone: (757) 932-9683
  • Newport News attorney Scott Wash is the BenGlassLaw team member at this office.
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Petersburg

  • 1658 Berkeley Avenue
    Petersburg, VA 23805
  • Phone: (804) 601-1179
  • Petersburg attorney Van Hardenbergh graciously allows us the use of his office for clients meetings in Petersburg and with client permission acts as co-counsel in cases in this area.
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Quantico - Stafford

  • 800 Corporate Drive, 3rd Floor
    Stafford, VA 22554
  • Phone: (540) 358-1371
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Reston

  • 12020 Sunrise Valley Dr. Suite 100
    Reston, VA 20191
  • Phone: (703) 988-7721
  • Fax: 703-783-0686
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Richmond

  • 1506 Willow Lawn Dr. Suite 121
    Richmond, VA 23230
  • Phone: (804) 597-0119
  • Richmond attorney Bob Battle graciously permits us to use this office for client meetings and, with client permission, co-counsels with us on Richmond area cases
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Virginia Beach

  • 4164 Virginia Beach Blvd Suite 204
    Virginia Beach, VA 23452
  • Phone: (757) 302-7527
  • Virginia Beach attorney Kellam Parks graciously permits us to use this office for client meetings and, with client permission, co-counsels with us on Virginia Beach area cases
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Williamsburg

  • 809 Richmond Road
    Williamsburg, VA 23185
  • Phone: (757) 296-0594
  • Willaimsburg attorney Stu Spirn graciously permits us to use this office for client meetings and, with client permission, co-counsels with us on Williamsburg area cases
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Is Legal Zoom The Unauthorized Practice of Law? - This video explains.

If you’re telling people that you're a lawyer and you're not, then you should be punished, go to jail, no questions asked. The problem is that there are some, including the Virginia State Bar, who believe that the service that LegalZoom provides is the unauthorized practice of law. You probably have seen them. It’s one of those sites where you can go and fill in information and they will create a form for you. You can sell your car, you can do a name change, in some cases you can do a will, sell your house and things like that. Look, LegalZoom is not the right solution for everybody but it is a right solution for a lot of people. They are a big company. They do a lot of transactions.

They have big TV and radio advertisers, and all across their site, they say “We’re not a law firm. We’re not providing legal services and what we provide is not a substitute for good legal advice.”

The problem is that rule makers think they know better than consumers. Rule makers often view consumers as dumb as rocks and unable to think for themselves, and it’s simply insulting to the average consumer for a rule maker to say you shouldn’t have access to these affordable forms. Apparently in the general assembly, some have proposed an amendment to the unauthorized practice of law statute which would exempt websites, CD-ROMs, things like these. And according to this article in Lawyers Weekly Virginia, The Virginia State Bar Standing Committee on the unauthorized practice law unanimously opposed the amendment. That’s crazy. What this is is lawyer protectionism for lawyers.

You see, lawyers who get paid to create these forms go kicking and screaming sometimes to the rule makers because they’re saying that they can't compete with a $35 internet form. Those lawyers need to know how to compete. But it’s insulting to say to a consumer that look, you don’t have the right to make your own decision as to whether or not to use a form from LegalZoom or heck, go to a library, go to a law library. They’re filled with books filled with forms. This is silly. This is anti-consumer. Indeed, it’s anti-American. We’re going to put the phone number for the Virginia State Bar.

You can call them and express your displeasure if you agree with me. You can call your local delegate, express your displeasure if you agree with me. And whether or not you agree or disagree, there's a form below this video that you can fill out. I’d love to hear from you about this subject. Please, if you're a consumer, don’t let this type of law get passed without understanding what's going on, because it does affect your ability to get affordable information off the internet and that’s where everything is, on the internet.

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Ben Glass
Ben Glass is a nationally recognized Virginia injury, medical malpractice, and long-term disability attorney