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…)

How to get a student visa in the United States

In order to study in the United States, any non-citizen must first obtain a visa. There are two types of visas that students can acquire in order to study here.  These visas are the F-1 visa or the M-1 visa. There are several requirements that you must have to gain access to one of these (more…)

Concealed Weapons Permit in South Carolina

Up until recently South Carolina was what can be considered a stand alone state with regards to the Concealed Carry requirements. This meant that if you, or a family member, had received a concealed carry permit elsewhere it was not valid within South Carolina. South Carolina was becoming an increasing oddity, as the number of (more…)

Amendments to Home Owner Association Declarations

More and more, residents who are a part of common-interest-developments come asking about their rights and remedies available to them when their homeowner’s association amends their declaration. Homeowner’s associations are organizations in a subdivision, planned community, or condominium that makes and enforces rules for the properties in its jurisdictions. The declaration is the legal document (more…)

Written Notice to Employer of Workers’ Comp Claim

In North Carolina, if you are injured at your place of work, you are very likely entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits from your employer. There are several things to know going into filing for your Workers’ Comp claim. First, if your employer has three or more employees, then they HAVE to have Workers’ Comp insurance. (more…)

Bond Forfeiture Process: Getting Started

In order to better understand North Carolina’s statute regarding Bond Forfeitures, it helps to first understand how the bond process works. It all starts when the presiding judge enters an order containing the criminal defendant’s bond amount. The criminal defendant has two choices from there: (1) she can wait in jail until her hearing, or (more…)

Finding Love Abroad – The K Visa

What is it? If you are in a serious romantic relationship with a United States Citizen and plan on getting married there is a legal way for you to enter the United States.  A K-1 Visa, also known as a Fiancé(e) Visa, is a nonimmigrant visa issued to the fiancé(e) of a United States citizen. (more…)

If You Earned It, You Deserve It

Under N.C.G.S. § 95-25.6, North Carolina requires employers to pay their employees the wages they earn. If your employer has wrongfully withheld your money, or if you have been fired and the employer refuses to pay you what you earned, then you can file suit against them. In fact, your employer is still required to (more…)

Understanding The Visa Process

As a Non-U.S. Citizen, the first step to becoming a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States is to obtain an immigrant visa.  There are many kinds of immigrant visas that you and your family members might obtain.  The most common types of Visas are split into two groups – employment based and family (more…)

Denied My Right To Bear Arms

What should I do when the Sheriff denies my application for a pistol permit, what about a denial of  a concealed handgun permit, or what should I do when the Sheriff revokes my permit? These are all terrifying questions that have very terrifying consequences.  I have taken the time to outline a few of the (more…)