Building a Bond of Trust

Madigan and Scott works hard to establish a bond of trust with each client. This bond provides each client with confidence and the assurance that everything possible will be done to protect the client's rights and achieve the client's goals.

Whether it involves a divorce, a criminal law case, or other matter vital to your future, Madigan and Scott will respond with personalized solutions designed to achieve your goals.


Vehicle accident, Slip and Fall, Medical Malpractice

Assault & Battery

A Complaint Is Filed and Served on the Defendant

After establishing that a legitimate case exists, the plaintiff's attorney will file a personal injury complaint in the proper civil court. The complaint is the first official document in the case, laying out in very broad detail what the plaintiff is alleging (what the defendant did, how the plaintiff was harmed, etc.).

After the complaint is filed, the plaintiff's attorney will have a month or more to locate the defendant and "serve" the complaint on him or her. Serving the complaint basically means physically delivering the complaint to the defendant in a way that can be verified, ensuring the defendant cannot later claim to not know about the lawsuit. Along with the complaint, the service papers will tell the defendant the date by which he or she must "appear" in court.


Auto Accidents, Driving under the Influence, Driving While Intoxicated 


DUI and a DWI are both serious offenses in Virginia, but it can be confusing to try to understand the differences between them. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is important to understand which offense you have been charged with and what it really means. 

  • DWI refers to driving while intoxicated. You can be charged with this if you drive a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher, whether or not you appear intoxicated.

  • DUI means driving under the influence of alcohol, and you can be charged with this offense no matter what your BAC content is if your alcohol consumption impairs your ability to drive.


Lease and Rental Agreements, Security Deposits, Evictions, Tenant Rights, Landlord Rights


Landlord-tenant law includes rights and obligations each landlord and each tenant has with regard to the rental property. Both parties need to know the basics of renting a place, how to collect or pay security deposits, the basics of state and federal laws regarding fair housing, and more.

If you are a landlord, you may need help working out tax deductions or determining how to get a renter evicted because of unpaid rent. Tenants, on the other hand, may need help understanding their rights to tenant safety, how security deposits are returned, and whether they can sublet the rental property. 


Marriage, Civil Unions, Domestic Partnerships,

Spousal Support, Child Support

Virginia Family Laws

Family law is a rather broad practice area, encompassing marriage, divorce, child custody, adoption, paternity, and other matters related to the family structure. Family laws also address controversial issues such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage, in addition to criminal matters like domestic violence and child abuse. Virginia family laws are created and revised by the actions of lawmakers and the courts, as in other states. For instance, annulment and prohibited marriage laws outlaw same-sex marriage, in addition to blood relations and those with undissolved previous marriages. 


Wills, Trusts, Estates and Probate Law

Probate attorneys handling wills, trusts, and estate administration must typically advise their clients on matters such as beneficiary designation, how to form a life estate in property, what will happen to property if your client fails to make an estate plan, and more. Madigan's Law helps the client with estate planning techniques and when to consider forming a trust. If the client needs a living will or an advance health care directive, our staff will research and learn the requirements of each state, such as the number of witnesses necessary and who can be designated as a health care surrogate.

Estate Management, Property Management, Mortgages, Collections