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Restraining Order / Domestic Violence Protective Order

Understanding Domestic Violence Protective Orders and Restraining Orders in North Carolina

North Carolina law provides a court process through which victims of domestic violence can secure protective orders to restrain abusers from further acts of domestic violence against the victims and their children. A domestic violence protective ord… Read More
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Basics of Adoption Law in North Carolina

Adoption is the legal process of creating the relationship of parent and child between two people. North Carolina, like all other states, has specific laws governing adoptions in the state. Adoption law in North Carolina is complex. Each situation ha… Read More
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Outer Banks Rental Houses

Renting a House in the Outer Banks? Know Your Rights Under the North Carolina Vacation Rental Act

If you’re thinking of renting a home or condo for your beach trip to the Outer Banks — or if you own or are thinking of buying a rental property there — you should understand the provisions of the North Carolina Vacation Rental Act. The Act co… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate Law
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Agricultural Leases: Cash Farm Leases and Crop Share Leases in North Carolina

While northeastern North Carolina is famous for the beaches of the Outer Banks, our region also is rich in farmland and internationally recognized as major agricultural production area. Farming is an essential part of our economy. Agricultural leases… Read More
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Categories: Real Estate Law
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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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