Yes, they make many people cry. Like ogres in the movie Shrek, laws are like onions because they have layers. In order to fully understand how laws are interpreted, you have to understand the layers.   Federalist System Our country is a federalist system of governance. This means that there is a Federal system, but…

Money judgments are awards issued by a judge for a certain sum of money. If you win a judgment, it is valid for ten years in North Carolina. Before the end of that ten-year period, however, you may ask the court to extend the judgment.   How Do Money Judgments Work? The judgment becomes a lien…

Tortious Interference with a Contract is one of those causes of action that sounds scarier than it really is. In its simplest terms, tortious interference occurs when you encourage someone to break the contract they have with someone else. As this is law, there are also exceptions to that rule. A simple example is when…

Did you enter into a contract in North Carolina only to find out there was a clause that specified you had to bring any claims arising under that contract in another state? Do you want to bring a claim in the State of North Carolina but you think you now can’t? Never fear because North…

Did you know that insurance companies cannot change your policy without prior notice? It’s true! Under N.C. Gen. Stat § 58-41-20(d), “whenever an insurer lowers coverage limits or raises deductibles or premium rates other than at the request of the policyholder, the insurer shall give the policyholder written notice of such change at least 30…

  For the smaller lawsuits and the less wealthy litigants, there is one type of award that can change the outcome of your case in a big way. Attorney’s fees are sometimes awarded to the prevailing party in a lawsuit. While the decision to award these fees is often in the discretion of the presiding…

Lawsuits aren’t fun. Few people want to sue, and even fewer want to be sued. However, every day a plaintiff files a new suit against a defendant, and that defendant generally has 30 days from being served to answer. In a perfect world, every defendant will timely respond to the plaintiff’s complaint. In reality, things…

  Fraudulent transfers are one way in which creditors can set aside a transfer by a debtor to another person or entity. They occur when the debtor either makes a transfer of assets with the intent to defraud his or her creditors or, in some states, when a debtor makes a transfer while insolvent or…

What is a Demand Letter, and what’s it used for? A demand letter is a tool used prior to litigation to demand that a certain outcome be obtained from an opposing party or else a lawsuit will be filed against them. Your demands can be for money or for some sort of action. If you’re…

  Typically, when you want to sue a registered company in North Carolina, you would file the lawsuit and serve the summons and complaint upon the registered agent, but things don’t always work out the way they’re supposed to. A registered agent is a person or company assigned to accept service of process on a…

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