An Overview of the Adoption Process

The bond between parent and child is sacred.   Whether the child is biological or not makes no difference in the eyes of the law when it comes to this bond. Both require protection and legal procedures to ensure that children are cared for properly.   Thus, the adoption process isn’t a simple one. North (more…)

Have you been drinking? Don’t ride your bicycle home!

Did you know in North Carolina that you can be charged with a DWI on a bicycle? Under the North Carolina General Statute 20-4.01(49): “Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon (more…)

NC – “Raise the Age” Bill

Prior to recent legislation, North Carolina was the only state, regardless of the severity of the crime, to charge 16 and 17-year-old juveniles as adults in the criminal justice system. This meant that, no matter what you did, if you were 16 and charged with a crime, you were treated as if you were an (more…)

Why a Prenuptial Agreement May Be a Good Idea

When you get engaged to your significant other, there is not a lot on your mind other than living happily ever after with the person of your dreams. Because of these emotions, it can be difficult to plan for the idea that potentially your marriage may end in divorce. Any plans that you make for (more…)

Corporate Liability In North Carolina

Generally, shareholders, directors, and officers of a corporation enjoy a “liability shield.”  This means that the foregoing actors are not personally responsible for the debts and obligations of the corporation.  This liability shield remains intact even if they make bad business decisions so long as they satisfy certain requirements called fiduciary duties.  Fiduciary duties generally (more…)

Travel Ban

President Trump’s so called “travel ban” is likely to see its day at the Supreme Court of the United States, and it is likely to be sooner rather than later. According to Bloomberg Law, on June 12, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Trump’s order, saying that the President exceeded his authority by (more…)

So You Want to Form a Company, What Now?

So you want to form a company, but you’re not sure about all the different types of business structures? It’s a problem that millions of Americans have every year, and without the right direction or knowledge it can be a treacherous situation. The following information will attempt to explain the various types of Business structures (more…)

Estate Planning: Non-Probate Transfers

The probate process typically required filing a Will and appointing an executor or administrator, collecting assets, paying bills, filing taxes, distributing property to heirs, and filing a final account. This can be a costly and time consuming process, which is why some people try to avoid probate by having only non-probate assets. Non-Probate assets can (more…)

Crowdfunding Financing Small Businesses

Nobody ever said starting a small business was easy. Even entrepreneurs with the best ideas are forced to contend with issues like marketing and management in order to get their business off the ground. The most glaring concern facing new business owner is acquiring capital. Traditional sources of debt based capital, like banks and loan (more…)

What To Do If The State Has Unclaimed Funds That Belong To You Or A Loved One

If you are faced with a situation in which the State has funds that belong to you or potentially belong to a loved one who has since passed, there is a way to reclaim to those funds. In South Carolina millions of dollars are transferred to the State’s unclaimed funds program annually by companies that (more…)