Ask a Lawyer Day

February 10th, 2015 | Posted in Law for Non-lawyers | Tagged , , , , , ,

Last week I participated in the Ask a Lawyer Day program in Wilmington NC. This is similar to Justice4All program where local attorneys field legal questions for free from the general public. Oftentimes it involves explanations of legal issues or concepts, similar to what I do sometimes in this blog. Other times it is to …Read More

What If…

February 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Law for Non-lawyers, Personal Injury, Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice | Tagged , , , , ,

I love alternative history stories. Things like “What if the Soviet Union had won the Cold War ?” or “What if JFK had not been assassinated?” I find fascinating and oftentimes help me better understand actual history. I even like alternative takes on imaginary history like “What If Spider-Man had been bitten by a radioactive …Read More

HOA v. The Doctor

January 9th, 2015 | Posted in Homeowner Associations (HOA) Law | Tagged , , , , ,

English: The current TARDIS seen at BBC TV Centre and taken by me Zir (talk) 23:04, 20 January 2009 (UTC) Please credit © zir.com if used outside of Wikipedia Category:Doctor Who images (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Homeowner Associations exist to manage planned communities. Part of that duty is to enforce the restrictive covenants of the community. …Read More

Two Tenants, One Apartment.

January 24th, 2014 | Posted in Landlord & Tenant | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

I recently competed a semi-famous one-act play entitled "Box and Cox."  The play is a 19th century farce about two men. Cox works all day as a hatter, and Box works all night as a printer. An enterprising landlord, Mr. Bouncer, decides to rent them the same room without telling them. This works remarkable well, until …Read More

Corporate Pro Se Representation

March 8th, 2013 | Posted in Business, Business and Commercial, Small Claims Court | Tagged , , , , , , ,

In North Carolina, a person has a right to represent themselves in court, even if they are not a lawyer. However, even though a corporation or LLC is considered a “person” for many legal issues, they are not capable of representing themselves in court. Even a small corporation that is owned 100% by one individual, …Read More

Free Speech in an HOA

March 1st, 2013 | Posted in Homeowner Associations (HOA) Law | Tagged , , , , ,

Recently, a retired police officer in Southport NC challenged a rule by his homeowner’s association prohibiting religious or political gatherings at the community’s amenities center. The homeowner felt that this was an infringement of his constitutional rights. After holding meetings and gathering petition signatures, the HOA board agreed to change the rule. Some people may …Read More

Who controls the roads?

February 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Homeowner Associations (HOA) Law | Tagged , , , , , ,

One of the most visible areas in a planned community is its roads and streets. Because of that, homeowners and their homeowner’s associations sometimes exceed their authority over those roads and get themselves in trouble. Usually, as I’ve written before, when a planned community is developed, a plat is filed that shows the lots, common …Read More

Does Your Dog Bite?

February 15th, 2013 | Posted in Law for Non-lawyers, Personal Injury, Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice | Tagged , , , , ,

“Every dog gets one bite,” is a bit of homey legal wisdom that is often repeated by laypersons and even lawyers, but it is not entirely true in the state of North Carolina. The first way a person can recover from a dog bite or attack is under a negligence theory. Legally, a dog attack …Read More