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Happy Holiday Tax Planning

The Holidays are a time to spend with friends and family.  No holiday season would be complete without a visit from Uncle Sam.  As we spend time buying presents and cooking meals, Uncle Sam spreads his holiday cheer by bringing…

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E-Mails: DANGER! WARNING! USE WITH EXTREME CARE!

Do you automatically use the “reply all” button on your email?  Or, do you think nothing of forwarding email from one person to another?  If so, you need to stop and think about the potential risks involved.  As attorneys, we…

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Estate Planning Tips

Do you have a will?  Do you have life insurance?  Have you regularly put off these decisions? End of life issues are difficult.  Earlier this year, Forbes issued a good article (http://www.forbes.com/sites/investopedia/2012/02/23/5-estate-planning-tips/) citing the following five estate planning tips: Declare…

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Happy Halloween

Paul Sheridan and his daughter, Savannah, carved this fancy pumpkin which is now on full display in our office.  Thankfully, Savannah's art skills come from her mother.

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HOA Management Tips – Effective Meeting Minutes

When a homeowner association board holds a meeting, it is important to remember that adopted meeting minutes are one of the most important records that need to be maintained by the board. Generally, the governing documents of the association don’t…

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Mechanic’s Liens – Changes to LIENSNC.COM

CHANGES TO LIENSNC.COM On October 19, 2013, those of you who use LiensNC to locate project information and lien agents should notice some changes.  One significant change will be that the search will be converted to a keyword search similar…

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Identifying Parties in UCC Financing Statements

Effective July 1, 2013, identification of an individual who is party to a UCC-1 Financing Statement changed.  Gone are the days of listing the debtor as “Joe Smith.”  Now, you must use the name as it is indicated on the…

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Welcome to Raleigh IBMA

The International Bluegrass Association Business Conference begins September 24, 2013 in Raleigh. We wish our musician friends successful planning for the upcoming year. We can't wait to hear your tunes on display this week in Downtown Raleigh. www.wideopenbluegrass.com

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Quirks in the Brave New World of Lien Agents

As the construction industry adjusts to the new process involving lien agents, it is predictable that oddities and quirks will arise.  One which has been prevalent but not overwhelming is the spate of requests for Subordination Agreements to be signed. …

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Premises Liability and Contributory Negligence

            It may be every landlord’s worst fear.  They decide to finally splurge and repaint a stairway, but unbeknownst to them the paint they choose gets very slick after a rain and someone falls, injuring…

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