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…

What To Know In Selecting A General Contractor by Lisa Godfrey Whether you are enclosing a screened porch or building a million-dollar home, selecting a general contractor is the most important first step. Anyone who undertakes a building project costing $30,000 or more must be licensed as a general contractor. The only exception to this…

Your Power Of Attorney – Will It Do What You Expected? by Frances Knox A general Power of Attorney is used for many purposes. It can be used to avoid having a guardian appointed when your loved one becomes unable to handle his or her affairs, and can be executed before a Notary Public and…

The Slippery Slope Of Slip ‘N Fall – Watch Out! By: Frances Knox In North Carolina, when you are in a grocery store, department store, or other public place, you are considered a visitor or “invitee” of the property owner. The owner of the property has a duty to protect you from being injured while…

Patience, Patience: The Lawsuit Process in North Carolina by Edward Knox Often we will recommend to our clients that a lawsuit be filed when the other party is denying responsibility, dragging its feet, offering inadequate money to compensate for a wrong, or will not respond to our demands. Unfortunately, just filing the lawsuit will not…

PROPERTY AND CASUALTY COVERAGE: ARE YOU COVERED? by Lisa Godfrey Mr. and Mrs. Baggett were the owners of a ladies’ clothing store in Swansboro, North Carolina. They had “all risk coverage” on their business. They were told by the insurance agent who sold them the policy that this type of coverage was sufficient for their…

The Fifth Amendment “Takings Clause:” Physical and Regulatory Takings by Brad Champion Americans are vigorous defenders of rights to land, so it is no surprise that laws of the United States reflect our intense desire to protect such rights. Yet many are surprised to find that the government can take your land for a valid public purpose,…

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE STATE IS NEGLIGENT? What happens when a police officer causes a motor vehicle accident killing or seriously injuring someone, when a county or city school bus is driven or maintained negligently causing harm to students? How about when student at a State University is seriously injured or killed because of an…

Buyer Beware: Things You Should Know When Purchasing a Home By: Lisa G. Godfrey Buying a home is the largest single purchase most people will make in their lifetime. In order to avoid problems after the sale, it is important to know what must be disclosed to you prior to the sale, and what you…

First up, it’s not just the neighborly thing to do – it’s the law to support your neighbor: Some Basic Rights And Duties From Land Ownership By Brad Champion This is the first of several short articles on your rights and duties as a land owner. Your rights as a land owner are fairly extensive,…

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