North Carolina District Court Criminal Mediation

While going to trial is probably the way most people envision solving a dispute (and is probably the most traditional way people envision criminal matters being settled), in some situations, mediation may be the best possible route for all involved parties.  Mediation is “a process where an impartial third party promotes an exchange among the (more…)

Possession and N.C.G.S. §90-96

North Carolina General Statute §90-96 is one of the most used statutes for criminal defendants facing drug possession charges. The statute is entitled “Conditional discharge for first offense.” Before understanding how and why it is used, it is important to look at who it is available for. There are three basic requirements to meet before (more…)

Are you getting divorced in South Carolina?

A divorce in South Carolina is the process through which married persons seek a ruling by the Family Court to dissolve their marriage. The result of a South Carolina divorce is that the parties are no longer married but the law recognizes that they were at one time married (as opposed to an annulment where (more…)

Separation and Divorce

A separation or divorce is one of the toughest decisions you will make whether you have children or not. Once you decide to do so, your next decision is to find the right family law attorney. In most separations and divorces, understanding your legal rights and the potential legal fees are the next reality. It (more…)

Do You Know Where Your Will Is?

In the legal world, photocopies and digital copies are very common and generally accepted as “legal” for most purposes.  However, in some circumstances the original is required.  An individual’s last will and testament is one such circumstance.  Upon death of an individual, in order to probate a will, the original document must be presented to (more…)


Under North Carolina law, probation is a punishment that a judge may choose to assign to a criminal defendant.  Probation is available for defendants whose criminal charge puts them in a category that allows for what is called intermediate or community punishment or if the person is convicted of Driving While Impaired, taking into consideration (more…)

Adoptions With An Uknown Parent

Adoptions are already a paperwork intensive process in North Carolina.  There are several different entities that have their hand in the process to make sure the best interests of the child are being served by the proposed adoption.  In some circumstances, the petitioner may not be able to locate or even know the identity of (more…)

Can I get an annulment of my South Carolina marriage?

An annulment in South Carolina is the process through which a married person seeks a ruling by the Family Court that their marriage is invalid.  The result of a South Carolina annulment is that in the eyes of the law the parties were never married.  Many people inquire about an annulment because it can be (more…)

Termination of Parental Rights

A few times a month I get questions from people about terminating their parental rights.  Sometimes it is from someone who does not want to pay child support any more, and other times it is from someone who does not want the other to be associated with the child for some specific reason.  At a (more…)

Reviewing Your Estate Plan for 2013

There are few guarantees in life, but as most people know, death and taxes are a few of these guarantees. Estate Planning is the tool used to transfer assets from one generation to another and avoid the estate tax in the process. Over the last decade, the estate tax has been a very fluid concept (more…)