Family Law

The Law Office of Laurie Forbes, LLC provides representation on all aspects of family law throughout Northern Virginia.   We combine practicality with sensitivity in our work with clients experiencing marital problems and disputes over custody and access to children.  Recognizing the importance of preserving clients' present and future funds,  we constantly balance legal costs against the benefits of a favorable outcome for our clients.

The Law Office of Laurie Forbes, LLC provides skilled and caring counseling with respect to estate planning.  We advise clients on the types of instruments that will best fit their estate planning needs, including wills, revocable ("living") trusts, life insurance trusts, special needs trusts for family members receiving federal and state disability benefits, and advance medical directives ("living wills"). We are sensitive to unique intra-family dynamics as well as to financial considerations.   All of these factors play an important role in our advice and preparation of the instruments chosen by the client.

 We also provide assistance to clients who need help with the probate process, including initial qualification, preparation of inventories, accountings, debts and demands hearings.  

Divorce - We provide efficient and prompt representation, zealously protecting our clients' financial interests.  We handle emotionally-charged disputes with sensitivity so as to ameliorate our clients' tensions and stress.

Custody - In child custody matters, we vigorously advocate to strengthen the bond between our clients and their children, while minimizing the negative impact of separation and divorce on the children.  In most cases, we encourage mediation when the parents cannot resolve disputes through direct negotiation. 

Support - We have extensive experience in litigation of child and spousal support disputes, both in initial support awards and proceedings for modification.    Our team uses sophisticated software to determine appropriate support amounts under the Virginia guidelines.  We also know how to use experts to assess earning potential. 

Premarital and post marital agreements - We assist clients whose circumstances make it advisable to enter into agreements with prospective or present marriage partners to clarify their rights and obligations arising from the marriage.  We tailor our agreements to the needs and desires of the client regarding issues of property and support to a spouse and we handle all negotiations with tact and sensitivity.

Estate Planning