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Equitable Distribution in North Carolina

When a married couple decides to separate and proceed with divorce in North Carolina, the property owned by the couple is often divided in a separation and property settlement agreement. However, if the spouses cannot agree how to divide the property… Read More
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What Is a Revocable Living Trust?

In North Carolina, just as everywhere else in the country, the term revocable living trust is often heard in connection with estate planning. There are a lot of misconceptions about what they are, how they work, and when they should be used. Revoca… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Emergency Child Custody in North Carolina: When Can You Get It?

Petitioning the court for emergency child custody is a very serious matter. In North Carolina, there are very limited circumstances for which a court will find justification for an emergency child custody order. Read More
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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
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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
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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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