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…)

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

When it comes to wills and estate planning, I’ve seen a lot of confusion and unintended consequences over the years. For example, oftentimes individuals serving as attorney-in-fact under a durable power of attorney continue to act after the principal dies. This is improper because the power of attorney dies with the principal. At that point, (more…)

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…)