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Annulment of a Marriage i…

Annulment of a Marriage in North Carolina

Laws in the State of North Carolina provide two legal processes for requesting a court to declare the end of a marriage:  divorce and annulment. While most people understand divorce proceedings, there are many misconceptions about annulment of a mar… Read More
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How Does a Judge Determine Child Custody in North Carolina?

When parents separate, child custody and visitation pose difficult and emotional questions. While parents often can reach an agreement on these critical issues, a court makes the necessary decisions when the parents cannot. In our family and domestic… Read More
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Can You Get Compensation for Slip-and-Fall Injuries at a North Carolina Business?

If you receive slip-and-fall injuries at a North Carolina business, you may be able to recover compensation from the business (or its insurance company). Whether you are eligible for a financial recovery depends on application of the state’s premis… Read More
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Categories: Personal Injury
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What Are Grandparent Visitation Rights in North Carolina?

When a grandparent and grandchild share a special bond, changes in the child’s family situation (like separation, divorce, and death) can adversely affect the grandparent’s time with the child. In some situations, North Carolina law allows a gran… Read More
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Use of the Justification Defense in a North Carolina Charge of Firearm Possession By a Felon

North Carolina law prohibits firearm possession by a person convicted of a felony. While federal courts and many other state courts recognize justification as a defense to this type of gun possession charge, North Carolina courts previously did not r… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
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Social Security Disability Over Age 50

Workers of any age may apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, which provides benefits to people under age 65 who cannot work because of certain qualifying disabilities.  Many workers are not aware that SSDI regulations include special rules… Read More
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Who Pays Compensation If You’re Injured By an Uninsured Driver?

If you suffer injuries in a North Carolina car accident, the insurance company for the at-fault driver usually pays compensation.  But what happens if that driver has no insurance or has insufficient insurance to cover your injuries?  Fortunately,… Read More
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Categories: Personal Injury
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North Carolina Prenuptial Agreements: What Can (and Cannot) Be Covered?

A prenuptial agreement or premarital agreement (sometimes called a “prenup”) is a contract entered into by prospective spouses before marriage that addresses rights and obligations of the spouses after marriage.  In North Carolina, prenuptial ag… Read More
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Can You Refuse to Take a North Carolina DWI Breath or Blood Test?

The state laws that apply to charges for DWI (Driving While Impaired) in North Carolina are extremely complex.  One particular issue that frequently leads to questions relates to whether you can refuse to take a DWI breath or blood test.  The simpl… Read More
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Categories: Criminal Defense
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Equitable Distribution of Military Retirement Benefits in a North Carolina Divorce Case

When a married couple divorces in North Carolina, marital property is subject to statutory equitable distribution rules.  When one of the spouses has a military pension, federal law also applies and complicates application of those rules.  If you a… Read More
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