Lemon Law

September 9th, 2018 | Posted in Consumer Law, Law for Non-lawyers

North Carolina, like several other states, has a “lemon law” statute for the purchase or lease of new vehicles.  Titled the New Motor Vehicles Warranties Act, the statute protects the buyer of a new motor vehicle, including cars, pickup trucks, motorcycles, vans and motor homes weighing less than 10,000 pounds from defective vehicles.  Under this …Read More

Tenant’s Rights in Foreclosure UPDATE

February 28th, 2017 | Posted in Consumer Law, Real Estate Litigation, Unfair & Deceptive Trade Practices

I have previously written about the protection tenants have when their landlord gets foreclosed on their rental property. The main protection for renters was the federal law entitled “Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009.” Unfortunately, that law expired on December 31, 2014 and a new federal law has not been passed to take its …Read More

Private to Public Roads

April 1st, 2016 | Posted in Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Consumer Law, Homeowner Associations (HOA) Law, Real Estate Litigation

Usually when a new planned community is build, the developer will build and install the infrastructure of the neighborhood, including the roads. At this time, they, along with all the lots and common areas, are owned by the developer. The developer should also incorporate a homeowner’s association at this time. The developer will then typically …Read More

Damages for Non-Compete Clauses

January 11th, 2016 | Posted in Business, Consumer Law, Employment law

I’ve written before about non-compete clauses, particularly for employment contracts. Basically, the law allows for an agreement in an employment contract or contract for the sale of a business to limit that employee or former employee from competing with their former employer. As long as the competition is reasonably restricted as to how long it …Read More

Indemnity, Exculpatory and Hold Harmless

April 9th, 2014 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial, Consumer Law, Law for Non-lawyers | Tagged , , ,

Cropped screenshot of title from the trailer for the film Double Indemnity (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Has this ever happened to you? You are getting ready to race go-karts, rent a truck, scuba dive, or lease a storage unit and the owner hands you a document to sign. Maybe you read over it, maybe you just …Read More

Preventative Medicine

October 21st, 2013 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial, Consumer Law, Law for Non-lawyers | Tagged , , , , , ,

Once I had to explain to one of my kids why they had to brush their teeth every night. I told them I knew it was a hassle and took up ten minutes that they could use to play Angry Birds, but it was important because they could get cavities and we’d have to go …Read More


February 8th, 2013 | Posted in Consumer Law, Law for Non-lawyers | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

You can get good bargains from buying things from classified ads, or Craig’s List, or at a garage sale. Aside from scams, the biggest problem is what happens when you get that new (to you) boat, vacuum cleaner, Betamax, or automatic tomato planter, home and it quits working. What protection do you have? Legally, you …Read More

Asset Protection

January 13th, 2012 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial, Consumer Law | Tagged , , , , ,

Asset protection employs legal techniques that deter others from taking, or in some cases, attempting to take your assets. The complexity of any asset protection plan depends largely on what types of assets you have, and what type of work you do. A typical asset protection case involves the formation of one or more entities, …Read More