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Healthcare Directives and Your Estate Plan

What are Healthcare Directives? Do I need them?

January 25, 2024

If you are unable to communicate your wishes regarding medical care and treatment options it is important that you have documents in place to convey those wishes to your loved ones and medical providers. This is done through documents called Advance Healthcare Directives. Advance Directive for a Natural Death An advance directive for a natural…

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Child Support Modification

Child Support Modifications in North Carolina

January 2, 2024

Life’s unpredictability can sometimes impact a parent’s ability to fulfill child support obligations. Whether due to job loss, illness, economic downturns, or other unforeseen circumstances, many parents can struggle with child support payments. If you’re in this situation, you might wonder about the possibility of modifying your child support order. This guide will help you…

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Custody Agreements

Child Custody Agreements: Key Considerations for Parents

November 7, 2023

Child custody is a pivotal concern during a separation. When parents mutually agree on custody arrangements, it often results in a more successful outcome than court-imposed decisions. Here are tips to help you understand the intricacies of custody agreements and the role of experienced family law attorneys in helping to ensure. The Importance of Mutual…

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Year End Estate Planning Checklist

Optimizing Your Estate Plan: Year-End Review Strategies

November 6, 2023

As the year draws to a close, it’s an ideal time to evaluate your estate plan and financial strategies to ensure they align with your goals. Regular reviews can confirm that your objectives are met and that you’re maximizing tax-saving opportunities. Here’s a structured approach to year-end estate planning considerations. Maximizing Gift Giving Opportunities The…

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Divorce in the DIgital Age: Safety and Social Media

Divorce in the Digital Age & Social Media

October 25, 2023

Not surprisingly, North Carolina divorces today usually involve some type of dispute over digital media access or other information obtained through the means of social media. After all, almost everything is online, from our banking and financial accounts to our media. With the prevalent use of digital technology, it is common for spouses to not…

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Minimizing Divorce Effects for Happy Kids

10 Tips to Minimize Divorce Effects on Your Child

September 12, 2023

Divorce can be a challenging time for everyone involved, especially the children. How parents handle the situation can greatly impact how children cope with the changes. Here are some helpful tips to minimize the negative effects of divorce on your child: Seek Professional Help: It’s normal for children to show emotions like sadness or anger…

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Why do North Carolina Traffic Tickets Matter?

It’s only a speeding ticket! What is the worst that can happen?

August 31, 2023

Why Speeding Tickets Matter: The Potential Implications Speeding tickets may seem minor, but they can have serious consequences that go beyond just paying fines. Understanding the potential implications of a speeding ticket can help you make informed decisions. Increased Insurance Rates and Points on Your License Receiving a speeding ticket can result in increased insurance…

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What is Discovery?

Discovery in Family Law – What is it and Why is it Needed?

August 15, 2023

Discovery is a general term used to describe the process of evidence collection in a lawsuit. In most family law cases the discovery process plays a vital role in ensuring that both parties have adequate information to make informed decisions. While discovery may seem like an enormous, labor-intensive task, it is usually a critical component…

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Notarizing Estate Documents

What is a Power of Attorney, and Do I Need One?

August 1, 2023

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants another person the authority to act as your agent on your behalf. It is commonly used in estate planning and situations where an individual is unable to make decisions or take actions independently. Types of Powers of Attorney There are different types of powers…

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Reasons You Need an Estate Plan

Will vs. Revocable Living Trust – Which one is better? 

May 24, 2023

Estate planning is a challenging task for most people. It can be intimidating, not just from the perspective of confronting the idea of your own death, but also from concern over making the right decisions now for the future. Because there are many tools available to protect your legacy, we commonly help answer questions for…

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Traffic Violation Consequences

Most Common Traffic Ticket Questions In North Carolina  

May 10, 2023

If you have received a traffic ticket in North Carolina, you likely have a number of questions.  The answer to those questions is not always clear because traffic laws can be confusing. Below are the most commonly asked questions about traffic violations in North Carolina. Regardless of how armed you are with these answers, it…

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Can PSS or Alimony be modified

Can I Modify My Child Support?

April 10, 2023

Over time both court orders and out of court agreements on child support may become outdated and require reconsideration. When it comes to issues surrounding child custody and child support, the court retains authority in each North Carolina court case to determine the best interests of a child and can enter orders that modify existing…

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Do I need an Attorney for a Traffic Ticket in NC?

Do I Really Need an Attorney for my NC Speeding Ticket? 

August 26, 2022

The most common traffic citation issued in North Carolina is for speeding. While a ticket for speeding, or other traffic violation, may seem inconsequential you may find yourself wondering if you really need an attorney or if you can handle it on your own. In most circumstances, you will greatly benefit from having an attorney.…

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Traffic Violation Consequences

North Carolina Traffic Violation Consequences

August 26, 2022

It’s only a traffic ticket, what is the worst that could happen? Many individuals view receiving a traffic violation as just an inconvenience that can’t possibly result in anything bad. Due to this misconception most also believe that because traffic tickets are so minor, the best and most economical recourse is to pay the fine…

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Grandparents' Rights in NC

Grandparents’ Rights

August 17, 2022

Grandparents are allowed to seek visitation or custody of a grandchild only in limited situations in North Carolina. This is because the courts are not allowed to infringe on a parent’s constitutionally protected status or allow others to interfere with those parental rights without compelling reasons. In situations where a minor child is residing with…

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Reasons You Need an Estate Plan

Reasons You Need an Estate Plan

August 17, 2022

For most individuals, taking the time to put an estate plan in place may seem like a daunting task. Not realizing the importance of having an estate plan is another common reason why it is often why it is put off until later. Most individuals don’t know if or why an estate plan is needed,…

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Common Pitfalls in Estate Planning and How to Avoid Them

6 Common Estate Planning Pitfalls 

August 17, 2022

When it comes to estate planning, the smallest mistake can cause the biggest problems. Money and property can quickly become tied up in the court system and be extremely costly for heirs to access. Or in other situations, assets can be unintentionally distributed to undesired parties. If you have made the commitment to make an…

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What is Considered Marital Property in North Carolina?

What is Considered “Marital Property” in North Carolina? 

August 17, 2022

Often the most frequently asked question about property division during a divorce is what property the other spouse is entitled to receive. In most cases, that question is not so easily answered. In North Carolina, once parties separate, the division of property, usually referred to as equitable distribution, begins with spouses identifying all property owned…

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How Your Date of Separation is Determined and Why it is Important

How the Date of Separation (DOS) is Determined and Why it is so Important 

August 17, 2022

The date of separation is an important date that establishes the date that spouses began residing in separate locations from each other with an intent to permanently separate. Under North Carolina law spouses must be separated from one another for at least one year and a day before the court will grant an absolute divorce.…

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Dangers of DIY Separation Agreements

Dangers of DIY Separation Agreements: Why You Shouldn’t Draft Your Own Separation Agreement

August 17, 2022

You can easily find online tools to aid in the self-preparation of many legal documents, including separation agreements. However, as convenient as they may seem, these ready-made forms can be filled with potential pitfalls that can do more harm than good. Fill-in-the-blank documents are “one-size-fits-all” and are rarely sufficient to address all the necessary considerations…

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