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…)

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…)

Do I really need a Concealed Weapons Permit?

Whatever your beliefs may be the right to bear arms and gun control has been a hot topic of debate in the past couple of years.  I cannot help but notice the increase in friends and associates participating in concealed carry classes and obtaining their Concealed Carry Permit.  This trend led me to research concealed (more…)

Understanding the Presidential Election Process

When you vote this November, you will be using the voice that was guaranteed to you by the founders of this country.  Whether you support Bernie, Cruz, Hilary, the Donald, or any number of other potential candidates in the upcoming election, you are taking part in a process that was established all the way back (more…)

May a Business Refuse Service to Homosexuals or Whomever it Chooses?

Businesses have long operated under the belief that they could provide services to anyone they chose and on whatever terms they deemed appropriate.  The reality is that this is not necessarily the law and the courts have acted to clarify this issue recently. The Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination by privately owned (more…)

The Penalty for No Health Insurance

  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (also known as “ACA” or “Obamacare”) , Americans no longer have a choice on whether or not to insure themselves or their families; it’s simply the law.  If you can afford health insurance but choose not to buy it, you must pay a fee called the individual shared (more…)

10 Common Legal Mistakes Made in Starting Your Own Business

There is very little I consider more exciting in the practice of law than helping clients while they are starting their own business. I enjoy the practice of law, but my real passion is starting businesses. I am a small business owner myself, beginning my small law firm from a second floor one-room office to (more…)

North Carolina’s Concealed Carry Permit Law

Applying for a Permit To apply for a concealed carry permit, you must do so at the Sheriff’s Department in the county where you reside. You must submit an application, fee, fingerprint scans, certification of completion of an approved safety course, and a signed release form. The sheriff will either issue or deny the permit (more…)