There are countless reasons why businesses may need the help of an attorney – but only one reason why smart businesses choose a particular attorney – proven success. From simple contractual matters to complex, multi-party actions, HCPP delivers superior legal support and representation for all types of business and commercial disputes. We represent plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of business and commercial litigation, including, but not limited to: real estate and homeowners association disputes, municipal/annexation law, partner/shareholder disputes, commercial fraud, banking disputes, construction defect and contract disputes, commercial landlord/tenant disputes, and general contract litigation.


Annexation Law

Involuntary annexation is one of the most polarizing issues in North Carolina today. Without question, the North Carolina General Assembly has granted municipalities broad powers to effectuate involuntary annexations, under the declared public policy that sound urban development is essential to the continued economic development of North Carolina. Nevertheless, annexing cities and towns cannot sweep unincorporated areas into their corporate limits by sheer force of their municipal will. As the authority to annex is a creature of statute, municipalities have …

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Municipal Law

Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t beat city hall. Whether your building permit has been denied or the city is threatening to involuntarily annex your entire neighborhood, Hodges Coxe Potter & Phillips, LLP has the expertise to assist you in the often complex minefield of municipal law. As the former attorney for the Pender County board of adjustment, C. Wes Hodges, II, has considerable experience in the areas of zoning and permitting. The most common issues with cities …

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Construction Litigation

Contracts are binding promises in the law. Contract litigation is required when those promises are broken. HCPP has experience in negotiating a settlement of a contract dispute or if a fair result is not agreed upon, prosecuting the matter through a trial or arbitration.

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Construction Liens

A mechanic’s lien, also called a contractor’s lien or material man’s lien, is a particular type of lien that allows a person who furnishes materials or work to the construction of a building or other large project to have a lien on the building or on funds for the building. In North Carolina, these liens are set forth in Chapter 44A of the North Carolina General Statutes. HCPP has the experienced attorneys to file and enforce these specialized liens.

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Business Litigation

Sometimes business relationships go bad. Given the various types of business entities available, such as partnerships, corporations, and limited liability companies, it is important to retain an attorney knowledgeable in the intricacies of business law. Whether you need an attorney to interpret a business document, such as the bylaws of a corporation or a shareholder agreement, or are forced to litigate a claim to dissolve the business or recover funds wrongfully taken by your partner, we have the professional experience …

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Contract Litigation

Contracts are binding promises in the law. Contract litigation is required when those promises are broken. HCPP has experience in negotiating a settlement of a contract dispute or if a fair result is not agreed upon, prosecuting the matter through a trial or arbitration.

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Business Formation

Starting a business requires careful planning. HCPP assists business owners in the formation of business entities and helps them create legal business strategies that are aligned with their goals. We advise on issues related to the selection of entity type and assist in the drafting of shareholder agreements or operating agreements.

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Contract Formation

HCPP helps business owners to draft, review, and negotiate contracts related to various business activities, including: buy-sell agreements, lease agreements, service contracts, releases and waivers and non-compete agreements.

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Real Estate Litigation

If as a buyer you don’t get the house or property you paid for, or as a seller you have a buyer back out of a deal, what can you do? Even with a careful buyer and seller, property line questions, easement claims, and even stolen timber issues can arise. Let HCPP be your law partner to help navigate the legal landscape.

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Homeowner Associations (HOA) Law

In the last few decades, North Carolina has seen an explosion of planned communities. Almost every neighborhood built in the last thirty years is subject to additional rules and regulations beyond the traditional municipal and county governments. Homeowner and Condominium owner associations administer a confusing blend of North Carolina statutes, declarations and restrictive covenants, by-laws, and rules. Typically the governing bodies of these Associations are composed of volunteer homeowners, either with or without the assistance of professional property managers. As …

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Land Condemnation

With the tremendous expansion of southeastern North Carolina comes the need for new roadways to serve the booming population. Before it can begin construction on a new highway project, the North Carolina Department of Transportation must first acquire the right-of-way for the new road. This typically requires “condemning” or “taking” private property within the expected path of the new roadway. While other public entities, such as cities, counties, and local school boards, have this right of “eminent domain,” it is …

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Corporate Law

Hodges Coxe Potter & Phillips, LLP provides clients with a full range of comprehensive business services. From simpler matters, like starting a business, handling daily legal concerns and trademark protection, to more complex matters such as mergers, acquisitions, and sales of businesses, HCPP is equipped to support businesses of all types and sizes with virtually any business-related legal issue or requirement. Starting a Business Starting a business requires careful planning. HCPP assists business owners in the formation of business entities …

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