What is the Best Way to Pay My Support Obligation?

Most family court cases end with one person paying some sort of support to the other, whether it be alimony, child support, or some other obligation that was determined to be equitable by the family court. Three ways these support obligations are predominantly paid are either (1) directly, (2) wage garnishment, or (3) through the (more…)

Family Law: Do you know Fact from Fiction?

If you are planning to get divorced, be prepared to receive unsolicited advice from everyone you know. Just remember that even loved ones with the best of intentions may not know what they are talking about, and unfortunately the latest data is from 2009 from the “Marital Events of America.” According to the report, which (more…)

Protecting Your Power Of Attorney

May is Elder Law Month, and a great portion of our practice with the elderly is the execution of durable powers of attorney. For those of you who are unaware of what a durable power of attorney is, it is a document that allows you to create an agency relationship in someone else you trust (more…)

Do not be like Prince; make sure you have a Will

For those of us who lived through the 80’s or just enjoy that era of musical talent we truly lost a legend when Prince recently passed away.  As oftentimes the case may be, you learn a lot about a celebrity after their death.  I along with many others am stunned by the latest media coverage (more…)

Who Needs A Will?

Who needs a will, living will, healthcare power of attorney, and a durable power of attorney?  The answer may surprise you, but truthfully the answer is everyone should have these four documents.  Most people think wills, end of life, and incapacity documents are solely for “old people” and while it is true that the elderly (more…)

Health Care Directives and Planning for the Future

Who will make your healthcare decisions when you are no longer able?  What plans do you need to make to ensure that your end of life transitions are peaceful and uninterrupted?  When is the right time to start thinking about these types of questions? NOW is the answer.  We are all growing older each day, (more…)

Denied My Right To Bear Arms

What should I do when the Sheriff denies my application for a pistol permit, what about a denial of  a concealed handgun permit, or what should I do when the Sheriff revokes my permit? These are all terrifying questions that have very terrifying consequences.  I have taken the time to outline a few of the (more…)

Do I really need a Concealed Weapons Permit?

Whatever your beliefs may be the right to bear arms and gun control has been a hot topic of debate in the past couple of years.  I cannot help but notice the increase in friends and associates participating in concealed carry classes and obtaining their Concealed Carry Permit.  This trend led me to research concealed (more…)

Structured Sentencing for Misdemeanors

If a person is found guilty or pleas guilty to a crime, North Carolina follows structured sentencing. Structured sentencing means the North Carolina legislator has enacted laws for the courts to follow in sentencing criminal defendants. In evaluating a defendant’s sentence, the process can be broken into four main steps: Step (1) Determine the Misdemeanor (more…)

Three Legal Terms You Think You Know

PRAYER FOR JUDGMENT CONTINUED (PJC) – Many people walk into court thinking that they can handle their case on their own by simply asking the Judge for a “Prayer for Judgment.” However, people often fail to realize that you can only use one PJC every three years, per household. Meaning, if someone else in your (more…)