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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 t… 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, in m… 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 agre… 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 simple an… 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 are c… Read More
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When Should You Talk With a Lawyer About Your North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Under North Carolina law, most individuals who work for an employer with three or more employees receive workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury or occupational disease. While it is not always necessary to consult with a lawyer to… Read More
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What Happens to a Child Custody Order After a Parent’s Death?

The death of a child’s parent presents complex legal issues in situations involving an existing child custody order or a pending custody case in court. In North Carolina, laws and court decisions establish specific rules about what happens to a chi… Read More
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How Does Contributory Negligence Affect Compensation in a North Carolina Accident Case?

Under North Carolina law, a negligent person who causes injuries to others in an accident is responsible for compensating those victims. However, if a victim’s contributory negligence also caused the accident, the state’s contributory negligence… Read More
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Categories: Personal Injury


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