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Employment Background Checks

  Employment Background Checks—Avoiding Costly Mistakes By Elizabeth Buckley   Many businesses obtain background checks for employment purposes, especially during the hiring or promotion process.  When an employer contracts an outside agency to collect credit or other background information related to an employee or job applicant, the resulting report constitutes a “consumer report” which is […]

Your Assumed Business Name Certificate

It’s Time to Update Your Assumed Business Name Certificate By Brooke Dalrymple A new statute governing assumed business names (sometimes referred to as “doing business as” or “d/b/a” names) in North Carolina went into effect on December 1, 2017.  Article 14A of Chapter 66 of the North Carolina General Statutes (the “Assumed Business Name Act” […]

The Availability of Attorneys’ Fees in Estate Litigation Cases

Who’s paying you? The Availability of Attorneys’ Fees in Estate Litigation Cases I’m pleased to have been asked to write a chapter in a forthcoming book to be published by the North Carolina State Bar Association regarding estate litigation cases. My specific topic is the availability of attorneys’ fees in estate litigation cases. Estate litigation […]

A Big Win for Commercial Tenants! The NC Supreme Court Clarifies Damages for Condemnation of a Leasehold Interest

B. Joan Davis Senior Litigator – Commercial Real Estate, Eminent Domain, Complex Commercial Cases There are two important takeaways from last month’s Supreme Court decision in NCDOT v. Adams Outdoor Advertising of Charlotte Limited Partnership, (No. 206PA16) September 29, 2017: 1)     The first is that a tenant’s right to automatic renewal options is compensable. Those of us who handle […]

The Holographic Will

By Douglas Noreen An Australian court recently decided a case wherein an unsent text message was used as a will for a man who subsequently died. His widow, who had been disinherited in the “text message will,” contested the will, arguing that because he did not send the text message, the deceased did not make […]

National Coffee Day

Howard Stallings wishes you a very gratifying National Coffee Day! https://hsfhaadlawyers.procurrox.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2969/2017/09/Coffee-Video.mp4


IS ADULTERY AGAINST THE LAW?  September 13, 2017  Robby Jessup  Blog Posts In North Carolina, a spouse may sue a third-party for interfering with his or her marital relationship. Suit is usually brought against the adulterous spouse’s lover for “Alienation of Affection.” (Although, North Carolina law also allows for such claims to be filed against an in-law, […]

Hurricane Irma Insurance Claims

Hurricane Irma Insurance Claims

Raleigh for Roads

Raleigh for Roads By B. Joan Davis The Raleigh Chamber of Commerce will kick off its Raleigh for Roads campaign on September 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Chambers office at 800 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601.    The campaign is to support the many roadway projects up for voter approval on the […]

The 10 Commandments of Mediation

By James B. Angell The 10 Commandments of Mediation As a mediator, I developed the following 10 Commandments of Mediation that I apply in my mediation practice: As a mediator, I will be prepared. A prepared mediator should know the facts of the case and the law relating to the case so that he or […]


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