Ross Cameron Hart

Ross Cameron Hart

Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd
  • Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning
  • Virginia
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I was born and grew up in the area - my family has served the legal needs of the area since 1892, over 120 years. My goal is to explain the legal process in plain English and to avoid the 'technical lawyer words' which only confuse many people. The primary focus of my firm is now "Elder Law" which broadly includes estate planning, Nursing Home admissions and Medicaid applications and adult guardianship. After a family member dies, we advise and assist in the estate administration process. In short, we help families plan and deal with aging and death and navigating the legal system.

University of Virginia School of Law
J.D. (1976)
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Monmouth College
B.A. (1973) | Business Adm
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Professional Experience
Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd
- Current
Family firm begun by my grandfather and his brother (Hon. John L. Hart) in 1892
First listed as SuperLawyer in 2019 and annually since. Recognition of top 5% of lawyers in field of law
Chapter Member of Year
Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (VAELA)
VAELA is a group of around 200 lawyers focusing on Elder Law; award recognizes member of chapter who contributes time, expertise, etc. for the chapter and other members.
Pro-bono Award, 2008 (23rd Circuit)
Virginia State Bar
Award for pro-bono (low income clients)
Professional Associations
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Virginia Academy Elder Law Attorneys
- Current
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Salem/Roanoke County Bar Ass'n
- Current
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Virginia State Bar
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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4th Circuit
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We charge a modest consultation fee which is less than half of the normal hourly rate for professional services. Our consultation usually takes an hour and frequently provides advice and information that the individual can use immediately. The fee for continued services is discussed at the consultation.
Practice Areas
    Elder Law
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Did the recent updates to the VA Landlord and Tenant Act increase time limits for security deposit returns?
A: Security Deposits are governed by 55.1-1226 of the Code of Virginia - you can find it at this link:

It specifies 45 days from the date defined in the law (earlier timelines were a bit shorter) so it may be that the landlord is incorrect. I suggest you wait until at least 60 days have passed before taking action - the court will be more sympathetic then than if you run in and file something now. I know you want and need the deposit back, but some patience will have a greater chance of being beneficial to you.
Q. Can I sue my apartment for not fixing AC for over a year. Causing financial and emotional harm.
A: First, you can sue anyone for almost anything (there can be a penalty if it's frivolous, however. Don't worry: your situation is not 'frivolous' in my opinion). The real question is whether you can succeed in that suit. I think you have a fair chance of success - nothing certain - but if you've got good records of each call and result of that call it will help your case.

I always recommend consulting an attorney. That said, you can file a 'tenant assertion' and ask the judge to refund a portion of the rent paid. The attorney you consult can explain further. I can't stress getting an attorney enough: statistics show that well over 80% of unrepresented consumers in civil court lose. Beware that some leases have you paying the landlord's attorneys fees or have other restrictions.

good luck.
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Q. 2nd great grandfather leaves 85 acres to 14 children and all descendants, 1 still alive. Every descendant entitled?
A: This forum is designed and good for simple, general questions that will get you to the 'next step' for legal situations. Sometimes all people need is a simple answer. From the facts you’ve given, it seems that you need a lot more than an internet answer. Find and meet with an experienced real estate attorney in your area – there is a ‘search’ feature that can help you.
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Hart & Hart Attorneys Ltd.
Contact & Map
40 W Main St
PO Box 567
Salem, VA 24153
Telephone: (540) 375-3281
Fax: (540) 375-7677
Monday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 4 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 1 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)