Are Your Business Interests Protected? Corporations vs. LLCs

Protections available to majority and minority business owners can vary greatly, depending if your business is a corporation or an LLC. It’s crucial to understand these differences when you are starting a business, so you can plan properly and minimize potential problems down the road. The differences between corporations and LLCs are shown starkly in […]

Avoiding Family Chaos With A Living Will And A Health Care Power Of Attorney

Execute a living will and a health care power of attorney now and avoid stress and struggles between family members at the end of your life. The state of North Carolina recognizes an individual’s right to a peaceful and natural death. A patient or a patient’s representative has the fundamental right to control the decisions […]

Take Control After A Car Accident

One minute you are driving down the highway on your way to spending a long-awaited vacation with your family at the beach. Next thing you know, a distracted driver has crashed into your car. The entire back end of your car is smashed in, your glass windows are shattered on the pavement, and your family is […]

Non-Compete Agreements: Do Not Overreach

As a business lawyer, I’m often asked about non-compete covenants or agreements. If you are selling a business, or if you provide specialized training, trade secrets, client lists, or other confidential information to employees, you have a need to protect your investment. Businesses often use covenants not to compete to help provide this protection. Courts historically looked […]

Why And How Do We “Judge The Judges?”

Let’s start with the easy part for us as voters. In North Carolina, appellate judges are selected by popular election in a non-partisan (no Democrats or Republicans) statewide campaign. Typically, they are listed on the ballot separately from other political candidates. Now, there are many ways to choose judges, and many opinions about the best […]

When You Really Want To Keep A Secret – The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA)

The United States Congress this year has enacted, and the President has signed into law, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA). The DTSA expands significantly on the protections in The Uniform Trade Secrets Protection Act, North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 66 Article 24. More importantly, the DTSA contains certain requirements that affect all […]

So Your Child Is 18. Now What?

Most of us like to say “Age ain’t nothin’ but a number,” but most 18-year-olds, and their parents, beg to differ. For parents, their children turning 18 is more than just another birthday. It is a milestone that marks your child’s first steps into legal majority. It also marks the beginning of your child’s semi-automatic […]

When Does An Email Become A Contract?

In 2000, 12 billion emails were sent per day. By 2016, that number skyrocketed to 215.3 billion. Email has become the primary means of communication in business because it is immediate and easy. It has surpassed the telephone and almost made facsimiles obsolete. With the every increasing frequency of emails, it is important to know […]

Is A Handshake Enough? Understanding Written and Oral Agreements

We see handshakes every day exchanged between strangers, acquaintances, business associates, politicians, world leaders, adversaries, and friends. It can convey different emotions or messages such as hospitality, respect, or congratulations. Many successful negotiations, whether they involve peace treaties, land deals or neighborhood wagers begin and end with a handshake. But in the business context, is […]