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The Probate Process in North Carolina

The term probate refers to the formal legal process of administering an estate. In North Carolina, the Clerk of the Superior Court in the county where the decedent resided oversees the probate process. When Is Probate Required? Generally, probate i… Read More
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Categories: Probate Law
North Carolina Learner Permits: Teens with car

How to Get — and Keep — a Learner Permit for a Teen Driver in North Carolina

The state legislature and Department of Transportation (NCDOT), through the Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV), regulate issuance of all driver licenses in North Carolina. Individuals over age 18 may apply for either a standard Driver License or stan… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
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Police Dog Drug Sniffs in Traffic Stops: New Time Limits

In April 2015, the United States Supreme Court made a decision that significantly changed the constitutional Fourth Amendment-based rules that apply to K9 drug searches — or police dog drug sniffs — conducted by police during a traffic stop. The… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
Legitimation: Kid and Dad at North Carolina Beach

Legitimation of Children in North Carolina

A child born in North Carolina to unmarried parents does not have the same legal rights and privileges with regard to the biological father as a child born to married parents. A specific law establishes a procedure to ensure that the child has those… Read More
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Do-It-Yourself Will / DIY Estate Plan vs. Hiring an Attorney

Opportunities to make your own will—often referred to as a DIY will or do-it-yourself will—are heavily marketed by a number of different internet companies. Some will forms are even free. At least one of the companies advertises that you can even… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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The Difference Between LLCs and Corporations — Which Is Best for You?

If you are starting a new business, purchasing a business, or planning to grow your existing business, one of your most important decisions is determining what legal structure your business should have. The choice you make can potentially affect all… Read More
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Social Security Disability Benefits for Children

Most people think of Social Security as a system that pays benefits to seniors after they retire. There also are Social Security Disability benefits for children with disabilities and for adults whose disabilities began in childhood, if they meet pr… Read More
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Police Search at Car After Smelling Marijuana

Can North Carolina Police Lawfully Search a Car and the Occupants If They Smell the Odor of Marijuana Emanating from the Car?

Although more than half the states have legalized marijuana to some extent, marijuana possession is still illegal in North Carolina. Possession can result in felony or misdemeanor charges, depending on the amount. Penalties can include prison time an… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense

Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

The Surgeon General recently released a report: U.S. Dep’t of Health and Human Services, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol Drugs, and Health (2016) It is available at this link. https://addiction.surgeon… Read More
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The Social Security Appeals Process: How Does It Work?

How Does Social Security Work? Our Social Security system is a federal income-security program established as part of President FDR’s New Deal in 1935. Read More
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