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Important tips to consider when going through a child custody dispute

First, it is important to know your options in a custody case. The parents of shared children have the ability to negotiate and compromise to determine the best physical custody arrangement for their children. If the parents reach an agreement regarding child custody, a qualified family law attorney can draft a parenting agreement outlining the details of the child custody arrangement. If an agreement cannot be Read More

Congratulations to Joy Chappell for being named on The Power List 2022 “Top 20” in Family Law by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly!

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5 things to consider when separating during the holidays when you have children

1. Create a parenting plan or holiday schedule with the children, in advance, even if it is a temporary arrangement to minimize stress during the holidays. A good idea to assist with this process is to go by the children’s school calendars if they are of school age or daycare schedule if applicable. 2. Try to put differences with your spouse aside, at least through the holidays, to make the holidays focused on your Read More

Have you ever wondered about your property’s history?

Have you ever wondered about your property’s history?  Not just the title search information from when you bought it, but going way, way back, as far as you can go? It has always fascinated me to imagine who was here before us; did anything historically important happen, or was it just a plot of ground occasionally tread over by ancient hunter-gatherers making their way to somewhere else? My maternal grandfather grew Read More

The Closing Process for Residential Property

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6 Tips for Realtors to Provide their Clients with an Easy Attorney Experience

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What is Family Law?

Family law deals specifically with the familial unit; spouses, parents and minor children. There are times where extended family members (i.e., grandparents, cousins, etc.) and interested parties (i.e., foster parents) are brought into family law matters, but the majority of cases are focused on the immediate family. Family law covers divorce, divorce from bed and board, equitable distribution, alimony, Read More

“What do you mean my spouse has to sign?” Carol C. Beasley, NCCP.

One of the most frequently asked questions we have encountered in real estate law is, “Why does my spouse have to sign?”  The answer to that question is, because North Carolina recognizes the existence of marital rights in real property.   Many couples today choose to keep their individual property separate, especially property owned before marriage.  But in North Carolina, real property spousal rights are written Read More

Your Duties as an Executor

If you have found yourself responsible for administering an estate, you will undoubtedly have many questions. Acting as the executor of a will is a great responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Executors are held to a high standard of fiduciary duty and can be held personally liable if they do not uphold the integrity of an estate.  As executor, your responsibilities include: Managing the estate assets. Read More

Blog Series: What Does A Real Estate Paralegal Do? Introduction & Part I: The Information Distribution Center

Introduction Whether you are buying, selling, or refinancing real estate, an attorney is a required part of the process in North Carolina. You may have received a referral for an attorney from your real estate agent, lender, or even a friend. Perhaps you have reached out to an attorney that you have worked with before. No matter how you have chosen your attorney, most likely the first person you will talk to within Read More