Shacking Up, or Common Law Married?

So you and your boyfriend/girlfriend have decided to move in together in South Carolina but not get married? Be careful, because in South Carolina you could be deemed to be common law married. There are many misconceptions about common law marriage in South Carolina. It is very important that you know how common law marriage (more…)

Cartway Case Goes to Court of Appeals

One of the oldest ways for a landlocked property owner to gain access to his or her property is through something North Carolina defines as cartway. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 136-69 allows a landowner who has no reasonable access to his property to file a petition before the Clerk of Superior in order to seek (more…)

A Marijuana Charge Doesn’t Have to Ruin your Record

Few things are more important than preserving your clean criminal record.  In a bad economy and tough job market, the last thing you need is to have avoidable criminal convictions that will hurt your future employment prospects.  Although marijuana is still illegal, North Carolina has enacted legislation that oftentimes protects first time offenders.  NCGS Section (more…)

Things to Consider When You Are Facing Divorce

Despite it’s prevalence in our society, divorce is something not to be taken lightly. There are numerous legal and other consequences that come with the decision to divorce. If you are facing or thinking about divorce there are many things that should be considered but below is a list of 5 actions to seriously contemplate.

Wills & Divorce

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Preparing for Child Custody Trials

Clients rely on their lawyers for many things beyond traditional legal advice and representation. On top of the skills needed to engage the court and opposing counsel, lawyers must understand — and more importantly, prepare their clients for litigation. Child Custody is perhaps one of the most emotionally charged issues in domestic law. Most cases (more…)

Will My North Carolina Traffic Ticket Affect My Insurance Rates?

Every once in a while, when a person tells me they have had a traffic ticket for speeding, they will tell me how embarrassed they are because of it.  My response is always the same – it’s a line I use in so many instances, I just adopt it to traffic tickets: “I wouldn’t want (more…)

Remembering to Put Children First During Divorce

It is a sad time for all when a marriage is being dissolved by divorce. There is hurt, fear, confusion, worry and more being felt by all parties involved – especially the children. Will BOTH of my parents still love me? Is my dad going to come get me this weekend? Will my mom remember (more…)

An Immeasurable New Year’s Resolution

It’s almost that dreaded time of the year for anyone. This is the year,” so the resolution goes, “that I vow to lose ten pounds and keep it off.” Most resolutions are so cumbersome; the maker of the resolution is unable to keep the resolution, which is self-defeating. An easy resolution for the New Year (more…)