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Importance of Domestic Agreements being in writing

In a recent ruling, the Court of Appeals reaffirmed the importance of having agreements reduced to writing and, furthermore, having them fully executed by all necessary parties and, in this case, the judge. In Edwards vs. Cole, the plaintiff sought the protection of a domestic violence restraining order and negotiated … Continued

Attendant Care in Worker’s Compensation Cases

New Decision in regards to Workers’ Compensation and Attendant Care Benefits January 21, 2017 In a 22 page opinion, a panel of the Court of Appeals recently clarified the rulings on attendant care expenses in the area of Workers’ Compensation. The case is Thompson v. International Paper Co., (COA15-1383). The … Continued

What is Reasonable Suspicion For a Stop?

This week the Court of Appeals published the decision in State v. Johnson.  Only nine pages in length, the opinion is important in regards to whether an officer had the requisite “reasonable suspicion” that is necessary for a traffic stop.  Many may be surprised by the Court’s holding. The facts … Continued

New Decision in regards to Workers’ Compensation and Attendant Care Benefits

In a 31 page opinion, a panel of the Court of Appeals recently clarified the rulings on attendant care expenses in the area of Workers’ Compensation. The case is Chandler v Atl. Scrap & Processing,  (14-1351). At issue was the reasonableness of plaintiff’s delay in requesting compensation for attendant care services, … Continued

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month North Carolina DWI Laws Drinking and driving puts everything on the line: your freedom, your reputation, your bank account, your life – and the lives of others. Driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or more is illegal and greatly increases … Continued

North Carolina Criminal Law Updates for December 1, 2015

North Carolina Criminal Law Updates for December 1, 2015 Effective December 1st, a new batch of criminal laws will go into effect in North Carolina. These include new laws aimed at curbing the abuse of mentally disabled patients, making certain acts of graffiti vandalism a felony and making it a … Continued

New State Laws Effective October 1st

New Laws Effective October 1st. TANNING: The Jim Fulghum Teen Skin Cancer Prevention Act, named for a former Wake County lawmaker who pushed the bill prior to his death, prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed. DISTILLERY SALES: North Carolina distilleries are now allowed to … Continued