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A Conference of the Virginia State Bar.

Attorney Resources - Links

Career and Education Opportunities

Finance

Funeral Planning

Government Resources

Health-Related Resources

Housing-Related Resources

Legal Resources

Miscellaneous

Organizations

Protecting Seniors Against Crime, Frauds and Scams

Pro Bono

Publications

Senior Driver Information

 

Career and Education Opportunities:
 

www.careeronestop.org This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, provides resources, advice and access to data bases regarding careers, salary and benefits, education and training, job searches, resumes and interviews, writing job descriptions, military transition, regional economic development, and people and places to help you. It is especially helpful for job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals.


www.careeronestop.org—Students and Career Advisors This site, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Education, provides resources and advice about education and careers to students, parents, career changers, and career advisors.
 

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Finance:
 

www.aaltci.org – Web site for the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance; a variety of data and articles on long-term care for both insurance professionals and consumers.
 

www.abanet.org/rppt/public/home.html
Frequently asked questions and answers regarding estate planning, estate administration, estate taxes and disability planning, from the Real Property Probate and Trust Section (RPPT) of the American Bar Association.
 

http://arthritislegacy.org/?pageID=37 
Arthritis Foundation home page provides information about planned giving and link to GiftLaw, with weekly updates on news about legislation, court decisions, and IRS rulings affecting charities, donors and clients.
 

www.bloomberg.com
Bloomberg Financial Web site with investment news and financial tools.


www.consumerfinance.gov
United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)site for the public. Congress established the CFPB to protect consumers by carrying out federal consumer financial laws,  among other things, to

  • Write rules, supervise companies, and enforce federal consumer financial protection laws
  • Restrict unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices
  • Take consumer complaints
  • Promote financial education
  • Research consumer behavior
  • Monitor financial markets for new risks to consumers
  • Enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance
     

www.economist.com
Web site for The Economist international business and finance magazine; gives a concise perspective on finances and other matters in the U. S. and worldwide.
 

www.eh.net
Economic History Services Web site provides access to a wealth of economic information and data, including the "How Much Is That?" feature, which enables comparisons to be made between the value of the US dollar in any years between 1789-2003, using five different ways ("What Is The Relative Value?").
 

www.finaid.org/calculators/awardletteradvanced.phtml
The Finaid Award Letter Comparison Tool helps parents and students to compare and contrast the financial aid packages from the colleges that have admitted the student. In particular, it highlights differences in the costs of attending each school.
 

www.genworth.com
Genworth Financial: Compare Cost of Care Across the United States
Genworth presents an interactive map of the United States in regard to long-term care costs
 

www.iii.org
Insurance Information Institute industry Web site provides long term and topical information regarding insurance on individuals, homes, businesses, autos and more, including useful glossary of insurance terms.
 

www.kiplinger.com
Kiplinger Web site, with many financial management tools and advice.
 

www.missingmoney.com
National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators cosponsored free site for locating missing bank accounts, securities or other abandoned property. This site has links to other related sites.
 

www.moneycentral.msn.com
MSN Money home page with money tools, including investing, banking, planning, valuing stocks and bonds.
 

www.naccrra.org
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Website for the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies; statistical data and other useful information on the costs, availability, and quality of child care in the U.S.
 

www.ncpg.org
National Committee on Planned Giving Web site provides information on planned charitable giving, including pending and new legislation affecting charitable giving.
 

www.pgcalc.com
PGCALC home page with Planned Giving Information and Web links.

www.quicken.com

Quicken home page features tools for a variety of financial needs, including taxes, investments, retirement planning and other.
 

www.rich.frb.org
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Web site contains economic and research reports, consumer information, guidance on avoiding identity theft, banking and credit card information and other useful data.
 

www.richmondscore.org/
Richmond, Virginia Chapter of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Web site provides information and contacts regarding its without fee business education, counseling and mentoring guidance for non-profit and for-profit business organizations (start-up or existing businesses); site includes many valuable related links.
 

www.savingforcollege.com/
Section 529 College Savings Plans Internet guide to funding college.
 

www.sipc.org
The web site of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.
 

www.smartaboutmoney.org
The National Endowment for Financial Education is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to helping all Americans acquire the information and gain the skills necessary to take control of their personal finances. NEFE accomplishes its mission primarily by partnering with other concerned organizations to provide financial education to members of the public – in particular, to under served individuals whose financial education issues are not being addressed by others. Subjects covered are financial planning, saving, investing, credit and debt, and retirement.
 

www.tax.org
Tax analysts home page with free tax news and many other free services.
 

www.taxpolicycenter.org
The website for the Tax Policy Center (TPC) , a non-partisan joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. The TPC provides analysis and facts about tax policy, tax models, a library of tax publications, and a database of tax facts and figures from government agencies and other sources.
 

www.taxsites.com
Links to a variety of tax sites, and to sites on eldercare and estate planning.
 

www.vafinancialaid.wordpress.com
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia blog for parents and students regarding State and Federal financial aid for higher education.
 

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Funeral Planning:
 

www.cremation.org
The Internet Cremation Society contains information and links to cremation societies in your area, including to the Cremation and Burial Society of Virginia.

www.funerals.org
The Funeral Consumers Alliance provides information regarding planning funeral and memorial services.

www.dhp.state.va.us/Funeral/default.htm
Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers site (part of the Virginia Department of Health Professions) provides information on laws and regulations governing funeral directors in Virginia.

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Government Resources:
 

www.cdc.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site under Emergency Preparedness and Response page has primer for doctors on explosions and blast injuries and brain injuries in mass trauma events, plus information for consumers on how to deal with mass trauma and injuries.
 

www.cbo.gov
The Web site for the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office; concentrates on national budget and spending analyses, but also offers useful information on social security, the Medicare drug program, and estate taxes.


www.consumerfinance.gov
United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)site for the public. Congress established the CFPB to protect consumers by carrying out federal consumer financial laws,  among other things, to

  • Write rules, supervise companies, and enforce federal consumer financial protection laws
  • Restrict unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices
  • Take consumer complaints
  • Promote financial education
  • Research consumer behavior
  • Monitor financial markets for new risks to consumers
  • Enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance
     

www.courts.state.va.us
Virginia's Judicial System home page, including Virginia Supreme Court cases, Court of Appeals' cases and court forms.
 

www.fedstats.gov
Federal Government Statistics website: Want to know what's going on with the federal government and its various agencies? This website provides a vast array of statistics and other data covering most of the U. S. government. In addition to numbers, you can access maps and information on a state-by-state basis. There's even a link to "kids pages" at various federal agencies.
 

www.ftc.gov
Federal Trade Commission site provides information on a wide variety of matters of interest to consumers, including the National Do Not Call Registry and free annual credit reports.
 

www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt127.shtm
Federal Trade Commission Alert about "How Not To Get Hooked By A "Phishing" Scam when using your computer on the Internet.

www.consumer.gov/idtheft/
Federal Trade Commission Web site about protecting yourself against identify theft and about what to do if your identity is stolen.
 

www.irs.gov
Internal Revenue Service home page, with ability to download and print IRS forms and instructions.
 

www.irs.gov/taxpros/index.html
IRS web site with tax information for tax professionals, including recent developments and other links for tax practitioners.
 

www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96196,00.html Internal Revenue Service Withholding CalculatorThe purpose of this application is to help employees to ensure that they do not have too much or too little income tax withheld from their pay. It is not a replacement for Form W-4, but most people will find it more accurate and easier to use than the worksheets that accompany Form W-4. You may use the results of this program to help you complete a new Form W-4, which you will submit to your employer.
 

virginiageneralassembly.gov
Virginia General Assembly home page, including Legislative Information System and the Code of Virginia
 

www.publicdebt.treas.gov
United States Treasury Bureau of the Public Debt site with information regarding treasury bills, notes and bonds, including Savings Bond Wizard to calculate values of United States Savings Bonds.
 

www.ready.gov
Department of Homeland Security site provides information for consumers on what might happen in a nuclear, biological, chemical or radiation disaster, as well as natural disasters and explosions; tips on assembling a first-aid kit and other emergency supplies.
 

www.sec.gov
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission Web site contains many useful and practical on-line publications for investors under the heading: Investor Information.
 

www.seniors.gov
United States Government site maintained by Social Security Administration provides links and tools to seniors regarding consumer protection, education and training, health legislation, retirement planning, tax assistance, travel and leisure, work and volunteer opportunities and other links.
 

www.ssa.gov

Social Security Administration home page, with access to information regarding Social Security, Medicare and other benefits.
 

www.ssa.gov/estimator/
Social Security Administration new online benefits estimator enables users to estimate what Social Security retirement benefits will be payable.


www.state.va.us
Commonwealth of Virginia home page, with links to state agencies.
 

www.state.va.us/scc
Virginia State Corporation Commission home page.

www.supremecourtus.gov
United States Supreme Court home page, including recent opinions.
 

www.tax.virginia.gov
Virginia Department of Taxation home page, with ability to download and print selected tax forms and instructions.
 

www.ustaxcourt.gov
United States Tax Court home page, with recent cases.
 

www.va.gov
United States Department of Veterans Affairs web site provides information regarding veterans' benefits, programs and events.
 

www.vda.virginia.gov/
Virginia Department for the Aging home page, including information on Center for Elder Rights and Virginia Long Term Care Ombudsman.
 

www.va.gov/survivors
Veterans Administration information regarding benefits for surviving spouses of wartime veterans, including Death Pension with Household Allowance and Death Pension with Aid and Attendance.
 

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Health-Related Resources:
 

www.vsb.org/site/public/healthcare-decisions-day
Advance Directives Day is a program sponsored in part by the Senior Lawyers Conference with the Health Law Section of the Virginia State Bar.

Advance Directives Day is designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for health care decisions related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of Advance Directives to communicate these important health care decisions.
 

www.ahaf.org/alzdis/about/adabout.htm
The American Health Assistance Foundation (AHAF) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that has dedicated over 30 years to funding research on age-related and degenerative diseases (including Alzheimers disease, macular degeneration, glaucoma, stroke, and heart disease), educating the public about these diseases, and providing emergency financial assistance to Alzheimer's disease patients and their caregivers.
 

www.alz.org
Alzheimers Association home page, with many useful links.
 

www.caregiver.org
Family Caregiver Alliance provides information, education, services, research and advocacy for families of loved ones who have chronic, disabling health conditions.
 

www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors/Health.shtml
Health for Seniors Web Site contains links to information on: Diseases, Conditions, and Injuries Affecting Seniors; Doctors and Healthcare Facilities for Seniors; Elder Abuse and Neglect; Medicare and Medicaid; Prescription Drugs; and Staying Healthy as a Senior
 

www.usa.gov/Citizen/Services/Health.shtml
Health and Nutrition: Online Services contains links to information on many varied health and nutrition topics, such as location and selection of dialysis facilities, hospital comparisons, diet and nutrition, and more
 
www.dhp.state.va.us
Virginia Department of Health Professionals home page, including on-line information regarding licensed health care professionals.

dmasva.dmas.virginia.gov/default.aspx
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services home page, with information regarding Medicaid, Medicaid Handbook, and Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan.

www.dss.state.va.us
Virginia Department of Social Services home page, including information regarding adult protective services.
 
www.ec-online.net
ElderCare Online provides information, education and support for elderly and Alzheimer's caregivers.

ehs.virginia.edu/ehs/ehs.ergo/ergo.html
University of Virginia Environmental Health & Safety web site provides easy-to-do and helpful ergonomic exercises for those who work at computer terminals and keyboards.
 

www.eldercare.gov
U.S. Administration on Aging Eldercare Locator helps older adults and their caregivers to locate local resources.
 

www.genworth.com
Genworth Financial: Compare Cost of Care Across the United States
Genworth presents an interactive map of the United States in regard to long-term care costs
 

www.healthspace.ca/vdh
Virginia Department of Health - Office of Environmental Services Web site provides restaurant and food service inspection reports for the entire state of Virginia.
 

www.medicare.gov
Official United States Government site for Medicare information, including Medicare health plan comparison, Medigap comparison, nursing home comparison, participating physicians directory, Medicare auppliers directory, and prescription plan assistance program.
 

www.medterms.com
Editorial staff of United States Board-certified physicians updates the MedTerms.com Medical Dictionary which contains complete descriptions of hundreds of diseases, medical conditions, medical tests and medical procedures.
 

www.nihseniorhealth.gov
National Institutes of Health sponsored "talking Web site" is devoted to health topics of concern to older Americans.
 

www.pdrhealth.com
Thomson Healthcare Web site provides free information about disease overviews, health and wellness, medicine, clinical trials, and products.
 

www.seniornavigator.com
One-stop Internet guide for health and aging information, including health services, legal and financial resources, housing and health facilities, and community services.
 

www.scc.virginia.gov/division/boi/webpages/boivamedicaresupinsguide.htm
Virginia Bureau of Insurance Medicare Supplement Premium Comparison Guide provides comparisons for consumers regarding all insurance companies writing Medicare Supplement Policies in Virginia.
 

www.vadrs.org
Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services home page, with information regarding services to persons with physical and mental disabilities and regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

www.vdbvi.org
Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired home page

www.vddhh.org
Virginia Department for the Hearing Impaired home page
 

www.vhi.org
Virginia Health Information home page provides publications to assist consumers in making decisions about long-term care facilities and insurance.
 

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Housing-Related Resources:
 

www.hud.gov/groups/seniors.cfm
United States Housing and Urban Development link from home page, regarding housing and financing opportunities for senior citizens, including reverse mortgages.


www.reversemortgage.org
National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association Web site provides information regarding what a reverse mortgage is, how to calculate eligibility for a reverse mortgage, and how to locate a reverse mortgage lender in Virginia.


www.seniorsites.com
Senior Sites is a comprehensive Web source of non- profit housing and services for seniors, with more than 5,000 listed communities nationwide.
 

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Legal Resources:
 

www.1040.com
1040.com provides "tax information for everyone" and is dedicated to helping individuals find all information and forms which they need to complete a tax return.
 

www.abanet.org/rppt/home.html
American Bar Association section of Real Property Probate and Trust Law home page with free public information and general research and Web links
 

www.alllaw.com
Alllaw home, with many useful links for legal research.
 

www.alta.org
American Land Title Association site provides current cases, legislative proposals and other developments regarding the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and title insurance.
 

www.cms.gov
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services home page, with information, law and regulations regarding Medicare and Medicaid.
 

www.ctlp.org
Community Tax Law Project is a 501(c)(3) Virginia corporation with a threefold mission: providing low-income Virginia taxpayers with pro bono representation in federal, state and local tax disputes; educating low-income taxpayers about their rights and responsibilities as U.S. taxpayers; and, increasing public awareness and encouraging informed debate about policy and practice issues impacting low-income taxpayers.
 

www.elderlawanswers.com
ElderLaw Answers Web site, with information on disability planning, estate planning, long term care planning, medicaid, medicare, retirement, medical directives and more.
 

www.findlaw.com/casescode/supreme
FindLaw provides access to United States Code, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, United States Supreme Court cases from 1937 to present, and many useful links.
 

www.landtrustva.org
Land Trust of Virginia Web site provides information about conservation easements, including a specimen conservation easement form.
 

www.law.cornell.edu
Cornell Legal Information Institute is among the best portals and content providers of legal information on the Internet. Contains full text sources, including the official unannotated United States Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, federal rules, the UCC and more.
 

www.law.cornell.edu/citation/
Primer on legal citation is based on the Seventeenth Edition of the Uniform System of Citation (the "Bluebook"); it is searchable by means of a hyperlinked table of contents.
 

www.lsnv.org
Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Inc. Web site contains many forms for use in Circuit Court and in District Court, including District Court Judges Bench Book.
 

www.legalbitstream.com
Legalbitstream provides a searchable database of United States income and estate tax law, including cases from all federal courts, and IRS materials, including revenue rulings, revenue procedures, IRS announcements and notices, as well as Treasury decisions, technical memoranda, and General Counsel memoranda.
 

www.lexisnexis.com/infopro
Zimmerman's Legal Research Guide is a useful starting place when you are searching for information in an area that you have not researched previously. It covers hundreds of topics and legal subject matters.
 

www.lexisone.com/legalresearch
This site provides a free legal Web site directory, with access to practice areas, judicial decisions, legislative resource center (including access to United States House of Representatives and Senate Web sites with search capability regarding legislation), state codes, and much more.
 

www.llrx.com
Law Library Resources Exchange provides the latest on legal
research on the Internet and contains a summary of useful Web sites for lawyers.
 

www.martindale.com
Martindale-Hubbell home page, with M-H ratings of lawyers.
 

www.municode.com
Municipal Code Corporation provides free electronic access to more than 1,100 city and county codes throughout the United States, including more than 85 Virginia city and county codes.
 

www.pli.edu
Practising Law Institute Web site offers the following free newsletters to attorneys: The Compliance Counselor (Clearing the Hurdles to Good Corporate Citizenship); Pocket MBA (Everything an Attorney Needs to Know About Finance);
Lawyers Toolbox (Building a Stronger Legal Foundation); PLI's All Star Briefing ( Thought Provoking Insights to Keep You at the Top of Your Game); and In-House Insights (Ideas for Managing Your Law Department Better).


www.law.villanova.edu/library/research guides/federal court locator.aspx
Villanova University School of Law Federal Court Finder, including Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and United States Court of Federal Claims.
 

www.vacle.org
Virginia Continuing Legal Education home page.

www.vba.org
Virginia Bar Association home page.
 

www.vsb.org/probono
Virginia State Bar pro bono Web page with hot link to Web page of Legal Services Corporation of Virginia site, which has map showing locations of licensed legal aid societies and contact information for volunteer opportunities for lawyers.
 

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Miscellaneous:
 

www.consumersunion.org
Non-profit publisher of Consumer Reports provides important consumer information regarding child safety, health care, product safety, food, finances and other issues of concern to seniors.
 

www.//crr.bc.edu/
Boston College Center for Retirement Research promotes research on retirement issues, transmits new findings to the policy community and the public, helps train new scholars, and broadens access to valuable data sources.
 

www.guidestar.org
Philanthropic Research, Inc. produced Web site - Guidestar information about hundreds of thousands of charitable organizations.
 

www.intellicast.com
Intellicast USA Weather provides extensive specialized weather information and forecasts throughout the United States.
 

www.kbb.com
Kelley Blue Book automobile values
 

www.onguardonline.gov
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you to be on guard against Internet fraud, to secure your computer, and to protect your personal information

 

http://www.shopsleuth.com/resources/anti-phishing-guide/
Shop Sleuth provides an anti-phishing resource guide.

 

www.staysafeonline.org/
Stay Safe Online by the National Cyber Security Alliance provides free and non-technical cyber security and safety resources to the public, so consumers, small businesses and educators have the know-how to avoid cyber crime
 

www.usps.gov/ncsc
Nationwide Zip Code information
 

www.scc.virginia.gov/division/boi/webpages/boivaautoinsurance2b3.htm Virginia State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance web site shows Virginia Automobile Insurance Sample Premium Rate Tables to enable consumers to compare insurance company policy premium rates.
 

www.yahoo.com
Yahoo Internet Search Engine
 

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Organizations:
 

www.abanet.org/srlawyers
ABA Senior Lawyers Division home page
 

www.aarp.org
American Association of Retired Persons home page, with many useful links.
 

www.appraisers.org
American Society of Appraisers home page with information on locating appraiser.
 

www.encore.org
Interested in work that will help you leave the world a better place than you found it? You’re in the right place. Encore careers combine personal fulfillment, social impact and continued income, enabling people to put their passion to work for the greater good.

If the old golden years dream was the freedom from work, the dream of this new wave is the freedom to work – in new ways, on new terms, to new and even more important ends.
The goal: doing what you love, helping others and getting paid for it. Web site contains resources and other links.
 

www.ncoa.org
National Council on the Aging: An association of organizations and professions dedicated to promoting dignity, self-determination, well-being and contributions of older persons. Web site provides information, publications and tools.
 

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Protecting Seniors Against Crime, Frauds and Scams:
 

www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/money/affinity-fraud/affinity-fraud.htm
Affinity Fraud: How To Avoid Investment Scams That Target Groups

www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel20.shtm
Fraud: Recognize It. Report It. Stop It. (Federal Trade Commission)

www.ftc.gov/phonefraud
Who’s Calling? Can You Recognize A Phone Scam? (Federal Trade Commission)

www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/phone/scams.shtm
Telemarketing Scams List (Federal Trade Commission)

www.fbi.gov/majcases/fraud/seniorsfam.htm
Fraud Target: Senior Citizens (Federal Bureau of Investigation)

www.pueblo.gsa.gov/scamsdesc.htm
Scams And Frauds: News About Scams, Frauds And Consumer Abuse (Federal Citizen Information Center)


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Pro Bono:
 

www.vsb.org/probono
Virginia State Bar pro bono Web page with hot link to Web page of Legal Services Corporation of Virginia site, which has map showing locations of licensed legal aid societies and contact information for volunteer opportunities for lawyers.
 

www.vda.virginia.gov/aaalist.asp
List of Virginia Area Agencies on Aging, with contact information. Senior lawyers can contact an agency in their geographic area to volunteer services, including providing counseling to the elderly regarding Medicare Part D.
 

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Publications:
 

www.bartelby.com
Bartelby home page provides access to dictionary, encyclopedia, thesaurus, quotations and gazetteer.
 

www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/older.html
Consumer Products Safety Commission older consumers safety publications.
 

www.iht.com
International Herald Tribune newspaper, with international news and business coverage
 

www.oll.libertyfund.org
Online Library of Liberty from Liberty Fund provides free public access to the writings of many noted authors, including Edmund Burke, Cicero, Alexander Hamilton, Homer, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Marshall, John Stuart Mill, Plato, Plutarch, St. George Tucker, Voltaire and others. Contains hundreds of books and essays.
 

www2.timesdispatch.com
Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper
 

www.roanoke.com
Roanoke Times newspaper
 

www.timesonline.co.uk
The Times of London newspaper
 

www.virginialaw.com
Virginia Lawyers Weekly home page, with current news of interest to Virginia lawyers, and many useful links
 

www.pilotonline.com
Norfolk Virginian Pilot newspaper
 

www.wsj.com
Wall Street Journal home page with some free news and features

www.washingtonpost.com
Washington Post newspaper
 

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Senior Driver Information:
 

www.granddriver.net
Virginia Grand Driver Program, sponsored by Virginia Department for the Aging, AAA, AARP and Virginia DMV provides information, help and resources regarding issues related to drivers 65 years of age and older.

www.seniordrivers.org
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Senior Drivers Web site.
 

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