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    UPDATE: ARETHA FRANKLIN’S ESTATE

    At the time of her death last year, it was believed that Aretha Franklin died intestate, or without a will.  In the absence of a will, state intestacy laws determine how estate assets will be distributed.  However, three handwritten wills were recently discovered in the famed singer’s home.  If one or more of these documents is found to be a…

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    RULE 38: NO SUBSTITUTION FOR GOOD JUDGMENT

    The recent North Carolina Court of Appeals decision in Weishaupt-Smith v. Town of Banner Elk represents North Carolina’s first appellate ruling interpreting Rule 38(b) of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure, which provides the second of three (3) categories in which substitution of a party to a dispute on appeal is permitted.  Although this rule was adopted in 1975,…

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    LAMARRE V. MARTINEZ: A (QUIET) DISCUSSION OF ACTIONS TO QUIET TITLE

    The recent North Carolina Court of Appeals decision in LaMarre v. Martinez addresses an action to quiet title between parties to a real property transaction.  Specifically, the court provides guidance for determining the applicable statute of limitations.   Actions to Quiet Title   In North Carolina, an action to quiet title may be brought to determine the validity of adverse…

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    JOHN SINGLETON CONSERVATORSHIP AND ESTATE

    John Singleton entered Hollywood in a truly historic fashion.  Not only was he the first African American to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for his debut film Boyz N the Hood, but he did so at the age of 24, making him the youngest ever nominee for the category.  Sadly, Singleton’s career was cut short when he…

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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…