If You Are Starting Your Own Business, Some Things You Should Know by Lisa Godfrey Should I incorporate? There are three reasons why you might want to incorporate your small business. First, if you have one or more partners, it is advisable to own a business as a corporate entity. Second, a corporation will limit…

Does Your Automobile Insurance Properly Protect You? by Frances Knox Many times in representing injured automobile clients I am asked “What kind of coverage do I have?” I am always so surprised that so few of us know what coverages we carry to protect to our assets, our family and our vehicles. Basic coverages are:…

Condemnation Or Eminent Domain by Edward Knox Let’s imagine that you’ve lived on a piece of property for forty (40) years. You like living there; you like your land, your home, and you don’t want to face the possibility of change. Let’s suppose that the State of North Carolina, a town or a utility company…

The Right Or Wrong About Malpractice by Edward Knox We live in an imperfect society. Often times we place our trust in the hands of a medical provider, a hospital, or even an attorney. We find that the trust that we place is abared either by negligence or fraud. Our system in the law provides…

New 2006 North Carolina Laws That Impact You Our North Carolina Legislature has been busy this year. The following is an overview of new laws you and your family should be aware of regarding operation of your automobile, renewal of your driver’s license, passing a stopped school bus, your service as a jury member, and…

So You’ve Been Called In For Jury Duty? by Lisa Godfrey Jury duty is both an important civic duty and an excellent way for citizens to participate in and increase their knowledge of the judicial system. In order to ensure that your experience with the jury system is a positive one, there are certain things…

Unconstitutional DWI Law Corrected After 2 Years by Allen C. Brotherton For almost 2 years, portions of North Carolina’s DWI sentencing provisions regarding aggravated punishment levels have been unconstitutional. A decision of the NC Court of Appeals handed down September 7, 2004 so held, and the ruling was affirmed by our Supreme Court July 1…

Contractors’ Liens: What Every Homeowner Should Know by Lisa Godfrey If you are a homeowner who has recently purchased a newly constructed home or has had recent work done through your own contractor, you may be faced with a lien against your property. If a contractor or subcontractor is not paid, under North Carolina law…

Lawyers – The Profession People Love To Hate! by Frances S. Knox Recently the Charlotte Observer ran a Ziggy cartoon picturing Ziggy in front of his television. The announcer was saying ‘OFFENDED by something somebody said? … Call Lenny Shadenfroid, Attorney at Law.” While we all probably laughed at the cartoon, the sad part of…

Underinsurance – Protection For You And Your Family by Edward Knox In North Carolina, the minimum liability coverage required is $30,000. If you are involved in an accident and you receive substantial injuries and damages, the MOST you would be eligible to collect would be $30,000 from the at-fault driver. However, you can protect yourself…

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