How Homemade Wills Work and the Potential Problems

The whole family is cleaning out grandma’s old house, getting ready to put it on the market. Someone opens a desk drawer and finds a neatly written letter that’s signed by grandma. That letter is titled “My Last Legal Will and Testament.” Does it count? Can her handwritten will really stand up in court? Yes. (more…)

My soon-to-be ex took charges out against me for Domestic Criminal Trespass, what is it?

There are many times when current spouses, former spouses, or even persons who lived with one another in a marriage-like relationship separate from one another. One spouse is asked or ordered to move out and the other remains in the marital home or on the premises the two occupied together. Often the spouses are separated (more…)

What to Expect In Small Claims Court

In North Carolina, if you are looking to sue someone, or have been sued, for money owed in the amount of $10,000 or less, your case will be considered in “Small Claims Court.” This does not include any type of child support claim, criminal offense, or traffic ticket. Small Claims Court involves civil issues about (more…)

Help, My Ex Won’t Do What He Agreed To Do

In many South Carolina family law cases the parties reach agreement rather than have the judge rule on all issues involved in their divorce or custody case. There are two general reasons for this: (1) it saves time and money, and (2) the parties get to have a say and keep some control over what (more…)

Helpful Hints When Dealing with a DUI/DWI

It happens more often than you’d think. Someone goes out for a couple drinks, feels fine and gets behind the wheel. Other times the person had one or two too many and made a mistake. Both situations can lead to the same charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. And it happens to a (more…)

Using a Power of Attorney to Protect Your Family

With deportations and immigration related arrests on the rise, many who find themselves in the United States without status fear for what the future holds.  If you find yourself in this position, perhaps one of the most important steps you can take is to execute a valid power of attorney. The power of attorney can (more…)

Private Investigators and Child Custody Cases

Private investigators are often hired by concerned parents to follow the other parent while he or she has physical custody of the children. If a father is concerned that the mother is dating a known criminal or a father is concerned that the mother has multiple dating partners, this father could hire a private investigator (more…)

Public Records Law in North Carolina

First, what is it? Improper Equipment (IE) is a non-moving violation and carries no insurance or DMV points in North Carolina, generally making it the best option for traffic matters, other than having the charges dismissed outright.  It is considered an infraction like a broken tail light. This means that instead of pleading “guilty” you (more…)

What to Expect if DSS Petition is Filed Against You (A Parent)

Getting notice that DSS is taking your children because there are allegations of abuse, neglect or dependency can be very scary as a parent, and so can the confusing and long process of getting your children back from the department. My goal is to help you understand the process and what to expect at each (more…)

Public Records Law in North Carolina

North Carolina’s public records law provides a broad right of access to records of public agencies.  Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes define the scope of North Carolina’s law.  Some basic concepts of the public records law are the following: The law applies to records made or received in connection with the transaction (more…)