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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My gf and I bought a house last July. We are both on the deed. I pay everything else and the only one on the mortgage.

If no compromise can be made and both want the house who gets it and what kind of lawyer do I have to go through?

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Jun 22, 2021

You are both owners of the property, however, it sounds like you are no longer in the relationship. If neither party can agree to who gets the house then you will have to file a partition motion and ask that the property be sold. I would talk to a local attorney who specializes in real property or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: is it legal for my landlord to give me 30 days to find another place to live because she refuses t repair water damage

from a leak that happened last year August? My lease is set to renew July 1st. I’ve asked them to repair the damage in my kitchen and they’re ignoring my requests. Instead she wants me gone in 30 days and I’ve been a long time renter for 8 years!!

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Jun 22, 2021

Unless your lease contains a very unusual renewal provision they are absolutely within their rights to decline to renew the lease. Even with the facts you laid out, I would be very surprised if they would be required to renew your lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: We purchased our home in NC in 1996. At the time of purchase, the entire backyard was fenced in with a 6 ft stockade

A new neighbor moved in 3 weeks ago. He claims that the fence is encroaching on his property by 1.3' and would like us to remove it. We have lived here since 1996 and the fence was in place by the previous owners. In that time, 3 different people lived there over the course of 25 years and... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Jun 22, 2021

You would have to file an action for adverse possession, you would likely succeed given the facts that you stated. I recommend finding a local lawyer to assist you in this as it is a complicated matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: $83k value intestate estate, $23k to lawyer. Clerk of Court requested lawyer petition for fees. Why is this being done?

Closing out estate after almost 2 years. The overall estate value is $83k with $23k going to the lawyer. Now Clerk of Court is requesting lawyer petition the court for fees. I am supposed to sign a document agreeing to this. Why am I being asked to do this? Is this normal? Is Clerk questioning the... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Jun 22, 2021

Some Clerks across the state require that lawyers petition to get fees paid, others view it as an issue between the executor and the lawyer. This sounds like an example of the first issue, and you have to comply with the Clerk's wishes.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Military Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I? And how fast can I adopt my younger brother?

I am in the military, and I want to adop my 15 year old brother. He lives with my stepfather and my mother lives in mexIco. I’m stationed in NC and my brother lives in California. How can I adopt him so I could bring him to live with me.

Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn answered on Jun 19, 2021

The adoption process is a state law issue and if he currently lives in California then you will need to speak with a family law attorney there. Adoption may not even be necessary, depending on the purpose of the adoption. You may able to just have a custody order. You should also research what... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Employment Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can I take legal action to receive the total compensation I should have been paid while working there?

While interviewing for a chain restaurant GM position mid Dec of 2019 I was asked what annual salary I would accept to leave where I was currently employed and work there. I asked for 65,000 and the district Mgr at that time who was interviewing me agreed, but he said they would need to start me at... Read more »

Kirton M. Madison
Kirton M. Madison answered on Jun 16, 2021

Yes. You can take action. You should hurry though because you are running up against the statute of limitations. You should be able to use the documentation and text messages that you already have in your possession. You may take the restaurant to small claims court for the difference in the amount... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Land Use & Zoning, Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Person leaves land to 2 people. 1 of the people die and its inherited. Can 1 sign it to someone w/o both party's consent

My grandma left land in her will to my mother and her uncle. My mother died before I was 18 and left her portion to me. Someone got my uncle to transfer his name off the deed to them. They then filed it with the clerk and is now on the deed with me.. Is this legal? To be considered my uncle was... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 15, 2021

It appears that you are legally a tenant in common of a one half undivided interest with the others as tenants in common of equal interests adding up to one half. But was GrandMother's Will Probated? If not, then it had no effect, and her heirs own the property. Hire a competent attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for North Carolina on
Q: Realtor wants to buy deceased mother’s house before foreclosure and split profits. Is this a scam?

My mother passed and her husband, though separated, is considered next of kin since she didn’t have a will. He neglected to open her estate. The hearing for foreclosure was 2 weeks ago. Ever since this realtor has been calling wanting to buy her house and split profits between himself, moms... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jun 13, 2021

You are the next of kin with regard to real estate. If you die without a will in NC and you are married and have a child: you spouse inherits 1/2 of your intestate real estate and a portion of your intestate personal property (if you die with personal property worth $60,000 or less, your spouse... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for North Carolina on
Q: Is there a way to waiver the law of having both parents consent to changing a minor's legal last name?

Both the father and the mother are in the picture and the mother has Primary Legal Custody of the children. One of the children (Minor), would like to change their legal last name from their father's. Is this possible to do without the consent of the father?

Christopher Emmanuel Benjamin
Christopher Emmanuel Benjamin answered on Jun 11, 2021

Consent of both parents is required to change the name of a minor child; if there is a dispute it must be decided by the Court.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: what if a minor turns 18 while family is renting? I live in a apt complex and my son will be 18 in August

He is still in school. He is a senior now. My landlord told me when he turns 18 they need to run his credit etc to see if he qualifies to put him on the lease but he is already on the lease

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Jun 11, 2021

I advise my landlord clients to put any person residing in the home over the age of 18 on the lease. I think this is what your landlord should do to protect themselves.

2 Answers | Asked in Trademark for North Carolina on
Q: How do I get a trademark for the word, Godufacturered.

I invented this word back in 2005 as part of my non profit, Da Jesus Factory and outreach ministry slogan. Where P.E.A.C.E. IS Godufactured 24/7. I recently discovered that someone attempted to get a trademark for it but it appears it failed. Is it possible for me to obtain a trademark for it now.

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jun 10, 2021

Depends

You need to consult with an attorney to review your chances

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1 Answer | Asked in Military Law for North Carolina on
Q: I have a question regarding Tennessee national guard

How the state handles issue with the national guard.

Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn answered on Jun 10, 2021

Unfortunately your question is not clear. What issues do you want to know how the state handles? You mentioned the TN National Guard but it appears you live in NC. Which state are you referring to?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for North Carolina on
Q: What steps to take in order to have a successful citizenship procedure?

I am a permanent green card holder back in 2019 I became involve with a criminal case dealing with the crime of obtaining property by false pretense. I was placed in this program the public defender suggest me and later on 2020 the case was dismissed. I am wanting to become a citizen and would like... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Jun 10, 2021

First; depending on how you got your LPR status; You are not eligible to file for NATZ until you have been an LPR for 3 or 5 years.

Based on the limited information your provided; it sounds like you entered into a program, probation, or other form of predisposition in exchange for a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Trademark for North Carolina on
Q: Hello, I have a design for a small business I would like to see if it stays within the guidelines of this trademark?
Omar Darwich
Omar Darwich answered on Jun 7, 2021

I think I know what you're asking, but not entirely sure.

If you have a design for your small business and would like to know how it fairs in regards to trademarking feel free to reach out to an attorney for a consult.

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright and Trademark for North Carolina on
Q: I have a design I would like to know if it passes the guidelines not to infringe on this trademark.
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Jun 7, 2021

Consult with an attorney so she can do proper searches and give you a risk assesment.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for North Carolina on
Q: How long can a previous employer legally expect payback for income that was accidentally overpaid during employment?

The amount overpaid was under $2,000. There is no contract stating the overpayment would be paid back.

Kirton M. Madison
Kirton M. Madison answered on Jun 7, 2021

First, it should be determined if the employee was actually overpaid. If there was an overpayment, the employer may ask them to return the money. If the employee refuses to return the money, the employer may take them to court to recover it.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: What happens in NC when a life estate holder outlives the remainder man listed on the life estate deed?

My grandmother and my father are listed on a life estate deed. The land in the life estate was to go to my father upon her death, but she outlived him. He died without a will. What happens to the land in the life estate since he died before her? He has a wife and 2 sons. His mother is still living.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jun 4, 2021

The remainder interest is a part of your father’s probate estate. A probate case is needed to pass it to his heirs. Who inherits depends on whether or not he made a will and what his will said.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: If my contractor is not finished by the end date, can I terminate his employment?

Contract date is 6-8 weeks, start date 13 April, so end date is 8 June

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jun 3, 2021

This is impossible to answer without a review of the entire contract. 6-8 weeks is pretty vague. There are no doubt other terms of the contract. Any attorney who would say "yes" is letting you, a non attorney, interpret what part of the contract is important and what part is not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Civil Litigation for North Carolina on
Q: My stepdad died last year, he did not have a will. Can his two sons taker her to court and sue her?

He left her the money and the cars. One son took her to court already, can he do it again? Also, the middle son is threatening to taker her to court as well. What can she do?

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Jun 2, 2021

Without seeing the bank account information and car titles I can't guess as to the ultimate outcome of the suits, but you can sue anyone for anything. I am guessing that the bank accounts were joint with right of survivorship accounts and if so then they pass outside of the estate, the car is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can you get fired for wanting to be sent home after requesting payment that was never received?

I am a traveling worker & I was sent to work at a site. They have trouble paying people. So I told the site manager & regional manager that I haven't been paid. The site manager eventually quit so all I had was the regional one to deal with. He told me that he already paid me on a card... Read more »

Kirton M. Madison
Kirton M. Madison answered on Jun 2, 2021

You have a right to complain about unpaid wages but you may not be allowed to choose your worksite unless you have an employment contract that says otherwise. You can complain through your company's formal channels about the unpaid wages and the worksite's timekeeping issues. If that is... Read more »

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