West Virginia Legal Resources

Overview of the West Virginia Court System

The West Virginia circuit courts are divided into 31 circuits spread across the state's 55 counties. These courts exercise original jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases as well as appeals from the magisterial courts. Unlike most states, West Virginia does not currently have an intermediate appellate court; all appeals from the circuit courts are handled by the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, the highest authority in the state judiciary. The Supreme Court of Appeals exercises jurisdiction over the circuit courts, reviewing its opinions for factual and procedural errors.

West Virginia Attorneys and Lawyers

When faced with a legal issue, contacting an experienced attorney is always the best bet. At LawInfo you can search for a skilled, Lead Counsel Rated West Virginia attorney by location and by practice area. We have West Virginia attorneys who dedicate their practice to specific areas of the law, so you will not only find an attorney, but an attorney who is knowledgeable to help you with your particular legal issue.

West Virginia Legal Forms

LawInfo offers free West Virginia legal forms and documents to help resolve many of your issues on your own. Whether you need a power of attorney or you want to complete your will, we have you covered. You can click on our most popular forms located in the right column of this page. A user account is required to use the service, but it’s completely free.

A Residential Lease Agreement from LawInfo allows landlords to craft a clear lease agreement that they may present to their prospective tenants. While renting out an unoccupied property sometimes makes good economic sense, doing so without adequate legal precautions may leave the owner vulnerable in the event that something goes wrong. Lease agreements protect both parties in a rental arrangement by clarifying and offering solutions to possible problems before they happen. Should an issue pertaining to rental payments, property damage or some other such matter arise, either party may refer to the original lease to review its terms and devise a solution.

LawInfo's Last Will and Testament is an important document for anyone who owns an estate — which is most everyone. Many people worry about what may happen to their possessions and accumulated wealth after they pass away. An estate plan may be of great help: Whether it assigns a trustee to oversee the decedent's estate or allows the principal owner to designate his or her inheritors, estate plans may allow people to have peace of mind regarding the continuity of their assets after they're gone.

In that same vein, a Power of Attorney allows principal owners to exercise their will regardless of their actual presence. By designating a trusted executor, owners may utilize powers of attorney to extend their reach beyond their physical limitations; in the event of their incapacitation or absence, someone will still be working to oversee their finances or other assets on their behalf.

Starting a West Virginia Business

The business portal on the State of West Virginia's website presents a variety of resources for potential business owners to have at their disposal. In order to start a successful business in any given state, it's important to structure the organization in accordance with that state's guidelines and regulations. Each state has distinct requirements for licensure, employment and matters regarding taxation; the West Virginia business portal provides this information specific to the state.

West Virginia Business Statistics

West Virginia is full of small businesses. 53.1 percent of the state's private-sector employees work for a small business, most of which have fewer than 20 employees, and 75.3 percent of which have no employees at all. Since small businesses make up 96 percent of the state's employers, it's easy to see why they represent an inherently vital component of the state economy.

In addition, West Virginia is an economically viable place to open a business. The Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics both indicate positive growth in the fields of real GDP and private-sector employment in recent years, and the unemployment rate has been decreasing since the height of the recent recession.