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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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Whistleblower Claims are Increasing – Beware!

In the past, many whistleblower claims arose out of simple revenge.  A fired or aggrieved employee seeking retribution against his employer for a termination or demotion.  Today, however, people are reporting complaints at an ever-increasing rate under a variety of…

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Public-Private Partnerships Come to North Carolina

“The health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens” – Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835. In August of 2013, Governor McCrory signed into law House Bill 857 (codified as…

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Pitfalls in Contract Administration

All too often, desires to “get the deal done” or “get it signed” or “get it built” result in poor contractual administration and eventual (often avoidable) problems.  That is somewhat understandable, given the fact that most contractual arrangements begin with…

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Tax Season: Understanding the I.R.S.

My first job out of law school was situated two blocks from the White House, working in a cubicle for the Internal Revenue Service.  I worked as a tax lawyer in the Exempt Organizations Group and reviewed organizations for a…

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Politics, Judges, May and November

If you are like most folks this time of year, you have already seen more television ads, heard more on the radio, and had more robo-calls than you can stomach – and the primary election has only just come and…

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Remote Deposits: Risk and Reward

By:  Chad J. Cochran Yesterday at lunch, a woman ahead of me in line asked to pay for her sandwich with a check.  The deli worker looked a bit startled and then replied, “I’ve been working here three months and…

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