Lemonade Stand

The Legality of Little Lemonade Stands

While driving through the residential neighborhoods of Charlotte, North Carolina in the hot summer months, it’s not hard to find kids selling lemonade. I’ve seen three in the last three weeks. Harnessing their budding entrepreneurial skills (and perhaps at the suggestion of a parent tired of their kids watching television), setting up a lemonade stand Read More

Lady Justice

Eliminating Funding to Legal Services for Low-Income North Carolinians Will Eliminate Equal Access to Justice

“Eliminate Access to Civil Justice Funds” – that is the ominous title of a provision in the North Carolina’s House of Representatives Appropriations Committee’s proposed 2017 Budget. Not cut, eliminate. If passed, this provision would be devastating to legal services available to low-income North Carolinians who cannot otherwise hire an attorney, but are in desperate Read More

Courthouse John C Lindley III

Accelerating Estate Disputes: The Living Probate Option

          North Carolina joins four other states in providing a path to ensure decedents’ assets are distributed according to their wishes upon death.[1]  The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted legislation amending statutes regarding estate administration by adding a procedure for “living probate.”  This action is usually commenced by a testator Read More

Arbitration Clause John C. Lindley III

North Carolina Business Court Enforces Arbitration Agreement Prohibiting Discovery, Live Testimony, and a Full Hearing

          In a January 2016 (unpublished) order, the North Carolina Business Court (NCBC) enforced a contract provision compelling arbitration and prohibiting any discovery prior to the arbitration.[1]             In Taggart v. Physicians Pharmacy Alliance, Inc., James Taggart sold his business, Physicians Pharmacy Alliance, Inc. (“PPA”), in Read More

Power-of-attorney

Powers of Attorney: General Considerations

          While many people recognize the term “power of attorney,” most do not know how to create a valid power of attorney or choose between the various considerations.  It is important to prepare safeguards to protect current and future assets long before one faces severe illness or incapacity.  A power of Read More