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Rights of a Renter and Duties of a Landlord

Almost 1 million people in North Carolina are renting their house or apartment.  Even though they are not the owners of where they live, it is their home.  As such, it is very important to them.  As somebody who has a home, but doesn’t own that home, what rights do they have?    Your lease […]

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Take the money and run

This article is the preview of a study that reports that the Plaintiffs bringing a lawsuit are far more likely to be wrong in turning down a settlement and proceeding to trial than Defendants.  Plaintiffs were "wrong" in 61% of the cases that went to trial.  "Wrong" meaning that the Plaintiff would have gotten more […]

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Represent Yourself in Small Claims Court

“Anyone who represents themselves in court has a fool for a client and an idiot for a lawyer!”  The Courthouse is a pretty intimidating place for someone not familiar with it.  Police in uniform, lawyers in business suits, and judges in dark robes mingle and converse in legal code words that sometimes don’t seem to […]

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N.C. Medical Board takes a positive step

Both the legal profession and the medical profession are to a certain degree self-regulating.  They both have non-governmental, independant bodies that establish rules, guidelines and professional ethics for their members.  However, the organization governing lawyers, the North Carolina State Bar, has been far more active historically in disiplining its members than the corresponding medical organization.  […]

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Medical Malpractice pays well–for insurance companies

This article from the N&O up in the big city of Raleigh (motto:  Where Barney Fife goes to Party), is just one piece of evidence that any medical malpractice "crises" is simply not accurate.  First, consider that North Carolina has mostly resisted the radical "tort reform" wave that is sweeping the county.  Despite that, the […]

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What to do in a Car Accident

There were hundreds of car accidents in North Carolina last year.  Many of those accidents were caused by the negligence or lack of ordinary care by one or both of the drivers.  If you are involved in a car accident, what should you do?      First, prepare for a car accident before it happens.  […]

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The Insurance Company Cookbook

This is an interesting article regarding one attorney’s perspective on dealing with insurance companies in personal injury cases.  In  You are Not in Good Hands with Allstate the author talks about how Allstate and some other insurance companies use a computer program called "Colossus" to determine the minimum they would have to pay a claimant […]

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Negotiate in odd numbers

Here is an interesting article in Scientific American called Why Things Cost $19.95 that investigates whether or not the common merchant tactic of listing a price as $19.95 rather than $20.00 is really effective.  Marketing professors from the University of Florida studied how consumers relate a ticketed price to the perceived wholesale "cost" of a […]

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The Real Estate Contract–An Overview

The growth of southeastern North Carolina has resulted in a local real estate boom never before seen in the area and continues despite the real estate slow down in the rest of the county.  An unfortunate side effect of the dramatic increase in both real estate transactions and property values has been a corresponding explosion […]

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