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…

Every company has them, but how can you handle those really gruesome, terrible, partner disputes that alter the nature of how you do business? You have many options and hopefully you’re able to resolve the issue before having to resolve to some of the more nuclear options outlined below. Proactive Setting Expectations The best way…

  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…

Negligence. You may be familiar with the term, but do you actually know what it means? Unless you are an attorney or have been involved in litigation alleging negligence, probably not. Simply put, a suit claiming negligence asks the court to rule that the defendant breached a duty of care that they owed you, and…

This post is slightly delayed, but it is important nonetheless. Everyone should be aware of changes in State law, especially when those changes affect litigation.   On June 19, 2013, Governor Pat McCrory signed Senate Bill 452 (“SB 452”), now Session Law 2013-159, which increases the jurisdictional amount in controversy for each division of the…

We’ve all had this thought before: I can do that myself, so why pay somebody else to do it for me? For those familiar with Pinterest, this is the age of doing-it-yourself. Representation in a legal matter should not be a DIY experience. Despite what you may think you know, it’s always better to hire…

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