Tips for Selling Your Timeshare

Many people buy timeshare properties and wish to resell them later.  The “secondary market” for reselling timeshare properties can be difficult to navigate, even for those experienced in this unique industry.  Perhaps the most challenging aspect is knowing which sources and information one can rely upon as trustworthy.  While using the Better Business Bureau (“BBB”) (more…)

Juvenile Prosecution In NC

New York recently passed legislation that modified its juvenile laws, and NC is now the only state remaining that generally treats all 16 and 17-year-old persons as adults when charged with a criminal offense.  Juvenile court has jurisdiction over offenses alleged to have been committed prior to a child’s 16th birthday; after age 16, the minor (more…)

My Spouse Wants A Divorce, Do I Really Need to Hire a Lawyer?

Short answer: It depends. Long answer: while you do in fact have the right to represent yourself in a divorce case, it’s not always the best idea. The money that you typically “save” by representing yourself can potentially end up costing you ten times what you saved by the end of the proceedings. The best (more…)

What Is Client Services?

What Is Client Services? By Carrie Ruff, summer intern   They’re always there to answer when you call, they greet you with radiant smiles, they are the very center of all organization, and still manage to make time to keep the highly-popular mint bowl stocked for attorneys, interns, and clients to enjoy. Who are they? (more…)

Behind the Scenes with Attorney Ivana Hughes

  First of all, I would like to note that despite the title of this blog, this is not a tabloid and attorneys are not dramatic Hollywood performers, despite how popular movies like to portray them. Sure, these movies may lead one to believe that an attorney’s role is one of a histrionic nature. However, (more…)

Fentanyl and the Opioid Epidemic

The Opioid epidemic ravishing the youth of this country has taken a turn for the worse in the last two years. Overdose rates have increased in men and women of all ethnicities, starting as young as age 15. In 2015, 33,091 individuals died of a fatal opioid overdose and that number has been rising among (more…)

Adult Adoptions

Many people think adoption can only take place when there is a small child or someone who is under the age if eighteen. However, adult adoptions are another type of adoption that can be done in North Carolina and most other states. Adoptions of all types are covered by Chapter 48 of North Carolina General (more…)

Sex Offenders and the Internet

A North Carolina law limiting access to social media sites for sex offenders made national news this month as it was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Packinham v. North Carolina. The law made it a felony for registered sex offenders to access any social networking site where they knew minor children were “allowed (more…)

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…)