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Why a Durable Power of Attorney Should Be Part of Your Estate Plan

Crafting a comprehensive estate plan is a responsible and forward-thinking approach to managing your assets and ensuring your wishes are honored. A durable power of attorney is a useful tool for helping achieve these purposes.  A durable power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that grants specific powers to an individual, known as the Read More

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Pulled Over for Drunk Driving: What Are Your Rights?

Being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can be a nerve-wracking experience. In such situations, it’s helpful to know your rights and obligations so that you can navigate the process effectively. In North Carolina, drivers have specific rights after being pulled over for DWI. When stopped, it’s important Read More

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How Grandparents Can Obtain Visitation Rights

Grandparents often play a significant role in the lives of their grandchildren, providing them with additional love, guidance and support. Unfortunately, when parents go through a breakup or divorce, the close relationships between grandparents and grandchildren can be strained or even severed. In such situations, grandparents may wonder if they have any legal rights to Read More

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How to Enforce a Child Support Order in North Carolina

Child support plays a pivotal role in ensuring the well-being of children following a divorce or separation. These court-mandated payments provide the necessary financial resources to cover a child’s essential needs, including housing, food, clothing, education and medical care. When a non-custodial parent fails to fulfill their financial obligations, it can create significant challenges for Read More

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Why Pleading Guilty to a Traffic Offense Isn’t Always the Best Choice

When navigating roads in this fast-paced world, the occasional traffic violation is almost inevitable. These infractions are often seen as minor inconveniences, easily resolved with a quick guilty plea and a fine. However, this seemingly innocuous approach can have far-reaching consequences that extend beyond the initial monetary penalty. Pleading guilty to a traffic offense can Read More

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Gray Divorce Is On the Rise in the United States: Here’s Why

Gray divorce, a termed coined for couples over the age of 50 who choose to end their marriage, is on the rise in the United States. The divorce rate for this age group has doubled since 1990, and it is now higher than the divorce rate for couples under the age of 45. There are Read More

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Can You Be Charged with DWI If You Weren’t Driving?

Driving while impaired (DWI) is a serious crime in North Carolina. A person may be charged with DWI if any substance affects their ability to drive safely or their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent or higher. Even a first offense can result in jail time, fines and a lengthy driving license suspension. While Read More

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Understanding North Carolina’s Simplified Probate Process for Small Estates

Probate is a judicial proceeding used to settle the affairs of a person who died (the decedent). The traditional probate process can be expensive and time consuming and, with many required steps and often several hearings, many may want to look into a simplified version of the process whenever it is applicable. Some states, including Read More

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Will a Judge Consider the Child’s Preference in a Custody Decision?

Who gets custody of minor children is often the most contentious issue in a divorce proceeding. The custody ruling determines where children will reside and who makes important decisions on their behalf. If the divorcing couple cannot agree on a custody arrangement amongst themselves, a family court judge will decide, and a child’s preferences may, Read More

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Can I Extend the Statute of Limitations Deadline in My Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury attorneys always advise accident victims not to delay in claiming damages from the party allegedly responsible. That is because the legal right to file such a suit expires when the statute of limitations runs out. In North Carolina, an injured party has three years after the date of the incident to bring a Read More

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