What Happens When Your Business is Sued

Business owners that haven’t been sued can get anxious at the mere mention of a lawsuit. Some even assume there are dramatic confrontations with somebody saying, “You’ve been served.” People that have been sued know it’s closer to being diagnosed with an underactive thyroid, but without the intimacy of talking face to face with a (more…)

What to Expect In Small Claims Court

In North Carolina, if you are looking to sue someone, or have been sued, for money owed in the amount of $10,000 or less, your case will be considered in “Small Claims Court.” This does not include any type of child support claim, criminal offense, or traffic ticket. Small Claims Court involves civil issues about (more…)

Using a Power of Attorney to Protect Your Family

With deportations and immigration related arrests on the rise, many who find themselves in the United States without status fear for what the future holds.  If you find yourself in this position, perhaps one of the most important steps you can take is to execute a valid power of attorney. The power of attorney can (more…)

Public Records Law in North Carolina

North Carolina’s public records law provides a broad right of access to records of public agencies.  Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes define the scope of North Carolina’s law.  Some basic concepts of the public records law are the following: The law applies to records made or received in connection with the transaction (more…)

Are you ready to change your name in McDowell County, North Carolina?

When having a baby, one of the most important early decisions is the name.  For many, it is a decision that was made long ago when carefully planning every detail of your future life, and, for others, it may be a last minute decision.  With online resources, you can find literally thousands of name possibilities (more…)

How to Evict Tenants in North Carolina

Are you a landlord that needs to evict tenants from your property? In North Carolina, the law protects tenants from being suddenly and immediately kicked out of a residence by their landlord. Landlords have specific procedures to follow and time limits to abide by. The first step that you, as a landlord, need to take (more…)

Can a homeowner’s association put a lien on my home?

Homeowner’s associations are designed to manage and maintain your neighborhood.  Usually the rules and regulations of the HOA are laid out in what is known as the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs).  The CC&Rs often contain methods for the HOA to collect fees and enforce the rules of your community. Based on the (more…)

Fair Labor Standards Final Rule: The Overtime Law Change

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) governs the federal minimum wage and overtime policies, as well as ensures fair working conditions for employees. Most employers are governed by the FLSA because of wide scope of the coverage requirements. First, their must be an employer-employee relationship, which is determined by a number of factors set out (more…)

Vehicle Inspection Time- What You Should Know and Do
Judgments In North Carolina

A judgment is a document issued by the court which states that money is owed by the person against whom the judgment is entered.  This order is public record, meaning that lenders and creditors can check court records for outstanding judgments before going into business with an individual. A few things to keep in mind (more…)