Public Information Pamphlets

The Virginia State Bar publishes information on law-related issues for Virginia’s citizens. If you would like to order printed copies of the information contained on the pages linked here, please download and send the Publications Order Form (pdf).



The Bankruptcy Law Section of the Virginia State Bar has prepared this information as a public service to answer certain basic questions about the bankruptcy process. This information cannot address or anticipate every issue that may arise when considering a bankruptcy filing, but hopefully this information will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts that can be discussed more extensively with an attorney. The Bankruptcy Process pamphlet. (updated December 2013) Spanish version (PDF file updated May 2007)

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Children & Divorce

A divorce decree cannot and does not end one's responsibility as a parent. This brochure offers helpful suggestions for parenting that will enable children to better cope with the dissolution of a marriage. Children & Divorce pamphlet.

Children & Divorce pamphlet in Spanish (PDF file updated Feb 2008)

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Clients' Protection Fund

Established by the VSB in 1976, the fund makes monetary awards to clients who have suffered financial losses because of dishonest conduct by a Virginia lawyer. The fund is used only as a last resort for clients unable to obtain reimbursement from sources such a a bond or surety agreement. Clients' Protection Fund pamphlet.  Watch the video!  For more information about Virginia State Bar Clients’ Protection Fund, view the Virginia State Bar Video Brief.

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Divorce in Virginia

Dissolving a marriage can raise complicated legal issues that involve property rights, financial matters, and child custody. The VSB's Family Law Section has prepared this pamphlet to answer some fundamental questions and provide an understanding of complications that can arise in this area of law. Divorce in Virginia pamphlet.

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Fee Dispute Resolution Program

As a free service, the VSB offers voluntary mediation and binding arbitration to lawyers and clients engaged in a fee dispute. This pamphlet describes the process of fee dispute. Fee Dispute Resolution Program pamphlet. Watch the video! For more information about the Fee Dispute Resolution Program, view the Virginia State Bar Video Brief.

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Financial Issues in Divorce in Virginia

Prepared by the Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar, this publication provides information on the financial consequences of divorce in Virginia. Major issues covered include Equitable Division of Marital Property and Debts, Spousal Support, Child Support and Attorney Fees. Financial Issues in Divorce

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Health Care Decision Making: What You Need to Know

Health Care Decisions 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. more information

Virginia Advance Directives
All adults in Virginia have a right to prepare a document called an “Advance Directive” to put their wishes regarding medical care in writing. An Advance Directive lets other people know the types of medical care you do and do not want in the event you are unable to express your wishes on your own. more information

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Immigration Fraud

Brochures, Posters, and Palm Cards available in English, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese to provide immigrants throughout Virginia with the information necessary for selecting an authorized immigration representative and/or lawyer, thereby decreasing the number of immigrants who fall victim to "notario” fraud. These materials are part of the Standing Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law's extensive education initiative direct at the communities most affected by this type of fraud.  Immigration Fraud materials.

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Before you Buy: HOA Legal Issues

This pamphlet explains the key issues to consider when purchasing or selling condominiums or properties that are part of an HOA.

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Marriage in Virginia

Explains the legalities of marriage in Virginia including name change, property rights, insurance, powers of attorney, and support obligations. Marriage in Virginia pamphlet.

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Minors, Alcohol and Virginia Law

This pamphlet informs the reader about drunk driving laws, criminal punishment, and state laws restricting minors from using alcohol. Minors, Alcohol and Virginia Law pamphlet.

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights

In an open, freely competitive society, one of the most important rights is the right to protection of the product of one's intellect. Learn about the federal laws that will help an individual protect a new idea without fear that others could steal it. Protecting Your Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights pamphlet.

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Selecting and Working with a Lawyer

This page provides basic information about the legal profession and how to select and work with an attorney. It explains the education, experience, and professional standards by which an attorney should be selected. 

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Spare the Child

This program was designed by a subcommittee of the Family Law Section of the VSB, comprised of judges and lawyers. These professionals see what happens to children going through the process of parental separation, divorce, and custody litigation. This program will show you examples of the harm that parents can cause their own children, when children are put in the middle, and ways parents can "spare the child" from being harmed by parental conflict. Financially assisted by the Virginia Law Foundation. Spare the Child pamphlet. (189k pdf file*) Spare the Child brochure is for use in conjunction with the Spare the Child video.


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Wills in Virginia

This pamphlet offers straightforward and basic answers to questions about wills under Virginia law. It explains the necessity of having a will, how a will is created, and how to make it legally binding. Wills in Virginia pamphlet.

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Updated: Apr 12, 2018