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Reflections on the Practice

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 in Blog Post

In keeping with the expected amenities of professional conduct, the care and handling of our clients’ cases is the sharpest of two-edge swords. We depend upon our clients for our livelihood and for the ability to continue our practice. Conversely, our clients depend upon us for service and direction in the legal matters which have been entrusted to us. Our reputation rises or falls upon the clients’ satisfaction with the results achieved.   We should renew our pledge to treat each client matter as our most important case. Oftentimes, for the client, it truly...

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North Carolina’s Contact Rule

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 in Blog Post

Did you know North Carolina has a “contact” rule? If you are run off the road by another driver and your vehicles do not come into contact with one another, you may be out of luck as far as getting your harms and losses paid for. North Carolina law requires, in the case where the other driver does not stop and cannot be identified, that there be actual contact between the vehicles before your uninsured motorist coverage will apply. Although NC law requires liability insurance, the reality is many drivers on the road lack liability insurance to pay for harm they may cause. Fortunately, since...

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Things I Wish My Clients Had Done After Their Wreck

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 in Blog Post

In virtually every wreck case there is property damage, though thankfully there is not always anyone injured. Whether people are hurt or only property is damaged, not everyone knows what to do in the event of a wreck, though, so I thought I would try to provide a little guidance in the form of a “Things I Wish My Clients Had Done” list. So here goes: Unless Otherwise Instructed, Do Not Move The Vehicles. Even if instructed to do so, make sure you take pictures with your cell phone or otherwise first. (see also #2). Take Pictures. Take pictures of your vehicle, the other vehicle(s) involved,...

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Sharing Learned Experience

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 in Blog Post

I have been spending a lot of time this year speaking and teaching. On January 27, 2017, I spoke at a continuing legal education (CLE) seminar at the request of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), more specifically from Noah Abrams, an outstanding attorney in Raleigh. Two weeks later, on February 10, 2017, I co-chaired a CLE seminar entitled “Advanced Personal Injury II”, designed for experienced attorneys, for the NCAJ along with attorney Adrienne Blocker, form Durham. (It was “Advanced Personal Injury II” because we had chaired “Advanced Personal Injury I “back in 2014.) Then...

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Family Law: Rights of a Grandparent

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 in Blog Post

I am a grandparent.  I have just learned that my married, adult child is getting a divorce.  My grandchildren are my world!!  Will my child’s divorce mean I will not get to see my grandchildren as much as I have in the past?  Will I get to visit them if my adult child does not get custody?  Do I have any rights in all this? The right of a grandparent to have visitation with their grandchildren following a divorce has become a highly-debated topic in our society.  In so many families today, grandparents are increasingly everyday caretakers to their grandchildren and often live under the same...

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My Mom Needs a Power of Attorney; When Can I Pick It Up?

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 in Blog Post

We often receive phone calls asking about Powers of Attorney.  Powers of Attorney are extremely important documents for business and health care matters, but they need to be prepared, reviewed, and executed by the individual in front of the appropriate witnesses and notary while the individual is still competent.  Additionally, as attorneys, we are required to have direct contact with the individual for whom we are preparing the Power of Attorney.  Consequently, the sooner these documents can be put in place, the better, even if the need for the documents is not anticipated for years.   You...

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