Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – March 2018

Allegations of sexual harassment frequently depend on private conversations between two people and as such are difficult to verify. Moreover, what some find offensive others would dismiss as harmless banter. No employer wants to depend on judgments that are so inherently difficult to make.  On the other hand, in the past, the same daunting difficulty of

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Accident – Do I Need an Attorney

I Have Been In a Wreck!  Do I Need An Attorney?   Typically this is NOT the first question that pops into your mind after being involved in an accident, nor should it be.  If you have ever been involved in an accident, the first thought or question is usually, “Is everyone alright?”  Once it has

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2018 Brings Changes To The Law Regarding Powers of Attorney

A Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows a person or organization to handle your financial affairs during your lifetime if you are unable to do so yourself. The document is critical for anyone over the age of eighteen (18) to have because, if you become unable to handle your own affairs and

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Employee Fair Classification Act – Jan 2018

The State is cracking down on businesses treating employees as independent contractors.  Starting on December 31, 2017, the “North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act” (“EFCA”) will require all employers to display a poster stating (1) that workers defined as “employees” under the EFCA shall be treated as employees; and (2) that any employee who believes

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Homeowners’ Association: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

If you live in a planned community, chances are you are a member of a homeowners’ association.  Such associations are legal entities typically formed pursuant to Chapter 47F of the North Carolina General Statutes that codify obligations an association has to its members and outlines the powers an association may have to enforce the rules and

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Some Perspective on Internet Lawyer Services

Folks often ask me if they should use online attorney services.  Like every business, attorneys have to adjust to the internet in their business models.  Lawyers are professionals, not regular businesses, but to ignore the impact of the internet on our profession would be more than risky, especially in the areas of marketing and service

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Who Needs Legal Guidance

Business decisions are guided by legal opinions. In a large organization, those opinions come from lawyers. Lawyers help craft policies on how business decisions are made, create forms to execute management choices, and write scripts for sales professionals or customer service. Law firms will be asked to provide formal written opinions, or to participate in

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Beneficiary Designations: How to Make Your Ex-Spouse Really Rich and Other Tales of Horror and Woe!

Beneficiary Designations: How to Make Your Ex-Spouse Really Rich and Other Tales of Horror and Woe! Yes, you read it right. My guess is you may have wishes to the contrary, so read on, lest you unwittingly create a situation that is likely to be 100% “unfixable.” If you are like most people, a large

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DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUR CHILD’S 18TH BIRTHDAY AFFECTS YOU AS A PARENT?

  DO YOU KNOW HOW YOUR CHILD’S 18TH BIRTHDAY AFFECTS YOU AS A PARENT?   Many of you have high school juniors or seniors who are about to embark on the next chapter of their life.  Did you know that once your child turns 18, they are no longer considered a minor under the law?

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Why Business Giving Is Important

How does giving relate to business?  How does it add to the bottom line?  Where does marketing, goodwill and creating a positive business persona cross the line and become charity?  All of which are very good questions which are debated in boardrooms across the country. The answers are not clear.  What is clear should stand

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