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RETURN OF THE DEBT CONSOLIDATOR

Over the past several weeks, a phenomenon from the late-1990’s and early-2000’s has returned to our radar – the debt consolidator. These businesses offer their services to individuals and small businesses who find themselves bombarded by collection calls. They sell…

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Fraudulent Business Orders in the Digital Age

Fraudulent orders are becoming an increasing problem in the electronic age. The link attached takes you to an FBI update on how to protect your company. As you may note, much of this started in trying to scam defense contractors.…

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Paul Sheridan (1965 – 2019)

It is with profound sadness and a great sense of loss that the law firm of Hannah Sheridan & Cochran announces the passing of our friend and law partner, Paul A. Sheridan. Paul ended his struggle with brain cancer on…

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LIEN LAW REMINDER

Effective Monday, October 1, 2018, additions passed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2017 kicked in. These changes deal exclusively with the Lien Agent aspects of the lien law and are designed in part to try to improve the…

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RECOUPING ATTORNEYS’ FEES IN LITIGATION

One frequent question we receive is whether you can recoup your attorneys’ fees spent pursuing or defending a lawsuit. The well-established rule in North Carolina is that each party bears its own costs of litigation, unless a statute specifically awards…

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BEWARE OF YOUR CONTRACT TERMS

The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently took up the issue of construction defects in the case of Cannizzaro v. Set in Stone, Inc., COA18-594, 19 February 2019 (unpublished). Plaintiff, Ms. Cannizzaro, contracted with Defendant, Set in Stone, Inc., to…

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Welcome and Farewell

October 2018 has been a time of change for our law firm. Hannah Sheridan & Cochran, LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Emily Anne Buttrick and Bethany Sneed as part of our team. At the same time, we…

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The Value of Community

This past week served as a reminder of the value of community. First, define community. In this case, there are several communities. There is community within the walls of our office where the five of us are family. Then, there…

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The Value of a Professional Attorney

The practice of law represents a constant lesson in human nature. Clients oftentimes visit with us amid difficult personal and financial situations. Our job is to counsel our clients through tough times and provide them with logical options for the…

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The Long and Winding Road of Bankruptcy

As the economy appears to be settling into what we can only presume is the new normal, once again contractors and subcontractors are, from time to time, filing petitions in the bankruptcy court.  A few years ago, everyone was filing…

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Protecting Your Rights: Equipment Supplier Tips

Did you ever consider the challenges which can arise when the equipment you supply has wheels or tracks and is mobile? For rental equipment suppliers, the provisions of Articles 2 and 3 of North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 44A and…

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