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Appealing a case to the North Carolina Court of Appeals or the North Carolina Supreme Court can be a daunting process. The Rules of Appellate Procedure are complicated, and a mistake can be fatal to a party's case. I have personally appealed several cases to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and have assisted other attorneys with their appellate cases by conducting legal research and drafting appellate briefs.
I have practiced bond forfeiture law since 2004. Originally, I represented a school board in the Piedmont Triad. Since 2005, however, I have represented bail agents, bondsmen, and sureties on motions to set aside forfeiture, and motions to remit. I am the General Counsel for the North Carolina Bail Agents Association and have advised the Board on several legal issues relating to the bail bonding process. I have also assisted the Board in drafting legislation for the benefit of the members of the NCBAA.
Business law includes how to form the appropriate type of business entity, e.g., an LLC (limited liability company), corporation, etc., negotiating deals, drafting contracts, employment law, collections and litigating business and contract disputes. Other business-related torts include interference with contract and interference with economic advantage. Call me for a free consultation.
A contract is an agreement between two or more persons or entities, to do, or not to do, some thing. A common misconception is that contracts must be in writing to be enforceable. In fact, most contracts are verbal. But it is usually preferable that contracts for significant amounts of money be in writing, and some contracts, must be in writing to be enforceable under North Carolina's Statute of Frauds, the most prominent example being a contract for an interest in real property. Call for a free consultation if you want to negotiate, draft or litigate a contract.
Ten thousand of the "Baby Boom" generation - of which I am a proud member (1952 edition) - are retiring every day ! Many are not well-prepared to meet the challenges of retired living. Whether you are already retired or contemplating retirement, protect yourself and your loved ones with documents such as a Will, an Advanced Directive (also known as a "Living Will"), a Health Care Durable Power of Attorney, and a Financial Durable Power of Attorney. You may want to consider a Trust for asset protection. I hold an LL.M. degree (Master of Legal Letters) in Estate Planning and Elder Law.
Litigation is the process of suing a person or entity. This adversarial process can be costly, and time-consuming, but sometimes, litigation is the only remaining option. This means that there may be other avenues to pursue in order to resolve a dispute before resorting to litigation. I represent plaintiffs and defendants in civil actions, and would be glad to speak with you about your case. Wills and Trusts are ever more frequently being challenged in court. If you wish to challenge a trust or a will (sometimes called a will caveat), or if you are the beneficiary of a trust or will that is being challenged, please contact me for a free consultation.
Personal injury law is also known as tort law, and encompasses negligent and intentional conduct by the defendant-tortfeasor. There are many varieties of negligent conduct, including traffic accidents, premises liability, slip-and-fall injuries, etc. Personal injury or tort law also includes intentional torts such as civil assault and battery, emotional distress, slander, libel, trespass, invasion of privacy, dog bites and nuisance. In addition to injuries against one's person, a defendant may be held liable for damage to another's real or personal property. If you need a lawyer in the Piedmont triad, call for a free consultation.
Real property law includes construction defects, zoning issues, easements, landlord-tenant law, offers to purchase, residential and commercial real estate, condominiums and homeowners associations (including CC&Rs - covenants, conditions and restrictions), and nuisance, which is an unreasonable interference with one's right to use and enjoy his or her real property). I have written a book on real property which was published in 2015 by Pearson, the textbook division of Prentice-Hall. (Sorry, but I don't do real estate closings.)