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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)