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    INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN CLEYS

    What are your responsibilities at Lindley Law?   I am the newest attorney with the firm, and collaborate with Satie Munn and Trey Lindley on all of our cases.  I have also had the pleasure of taking over a few cases of my own.  I enjoy the breadth of practice areas our firm encompasses, as each new case and new client presents its own unique challenges.  I draft pleadings and other documents in all manner of civil disputes, assist clients with transactional needs, and appear in special proceedings before clerks of court and magistrates. I am also the author of our blog posts, tapping into my prior professional experience in…

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    TOM PETTY’S WIDOW, DAUGHTERS “WON’T BACK DOWN” IN TRUST DISPUTE

    Famed rock singer, Tom Petty, passed away in 2017.  Nearly two years later his widow, Dana York Petty, and his daughters from a previous marriage, Adria and Annakim Petty, remain embroiled in a legal dispute over the musician’s estate.  In the petition filed with the probate court in Los Angeles, California, Dana asserts her authority as the sole trustee of Petty’s trust.  This issue does not appear to be in dispute; however, Petty’s daughters contend they have full authority to manage Petty’s catalogue of music recordings.   Despite Petty’s efforts to avoid such a dispute by creating a trust with directives for managing its assets, Petty’s widow and daughters disagree…

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    ENFORCING COVENANTS NOT TO COMPETE AGAINST DOCTORS: PUBLIC POLICY CONSIDERATIONS

    The North Carolina Court of Appeals decision in Aesthetic Facial & Ocular Plastic Surgery Ctr., P.A. v. Zaldivar highlights the unique impact of public policy considerations when determining the enforceability of a non-compete agreement against a medical doctor.  To what extent are such agreements enforceable?  At what point does the concern for the health of the general public outweigh the interest in enforcing the specific terms of an employment contract?   Elements to Determine the Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements   A non-compete agreement restricts a former employee’s ability to work for a competitor of, or otherwise compete with, the employer.  They are frequently contained in employment contracts.  North Carolina recognizes…