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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Estate Planning for North Carolina on
Q: I am in NC and executrix of my father’s will. I inherited a home. Can I sell it while under a standstill order as long

As I don’t dispose of the proceeds?

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Sep 19, 2022

Without seeing the order, I doubt any lawyer would be able to advise you on how to proceed. You are likely going to have to pay someone to review it and give you specific advice.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: Does a vehicle repair shop incur liability if my vehicle is damaged while on the business's property awaiting service?

My RV's catalytic converter was stolen overnight while the RV was parked on the repair shop's property-- which has no fencing or lighting--while awaiting various repairs. The shop replaced the converter and billed me for ALL parts and labor. My auto insurance reimbursed me for the costs... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Sep 3, 2022

You would have to prove that the shop knew there was a security problem there. As in, it's happened before there very often, but they failed to warn you or take steps to increase security. If no police reports are filed, that would be very difficult to prove. You may be able to search police... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: What kind of lawyer can help if a contractor attempts to sue me to get additional payment for work not requested?

A contractor charged an additional $8000 to replace his mistake. I believe such a miscommunication is not my fault, but would be willing to agree to a compromise at 1/2, but not pay the entirety since he did such a poor job with replacement. Its going to cost me an additional $8k to fix his poor... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Aug 23, 2022

You need an experienced civil litigation and construction attorney. Some debt collection defense attorneys have experience defending these kind of lawsuits. If the contractor placed a lien on your property and is seeking to enforce that lien and sell your property, you need someone familiar with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for North Carolina on
Q: What are the steps for filing for a partition sale of a house co-owned with an ex spouse?

I know I need to file a complaint first. What is involved in this step? What else is filed with the complaint and what are the subsequent steps to follow?

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Aug 3, 2022

This is not a simple process and not one that I advise you to attempt on your own. My advice is to find a local attorney and let them handle the filing and subsequent sale of the property.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Civil Litigation for North Carolina on
Q: I was denied a motion to set aside default judgment. I submitted a motion to reconsider which was also denied. I am...

Going To appeal the denied motion to set aside default judgment. Can I use the trial transcript from the motion to reconsider as evidence in my appeals case? In this instance, comments made by the judge and the plaintiff in that hearing would be highly beneficial to my appeal and should further... Read more »

Charles William Michaels
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Charles William Michaels
answered on Jul 21, 2022

First, I am not a North Carlonia attorney. But from your question, the answer is YES. The appellate court usually receives the entire record from the trial court--including any transcript (assuming you have ordered them). So the transcript of the motion for reconsideration or any other transcript... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: Real Estate dispute: What recourse is there? one party gave a room for rent without informing the owner.

Party A, and B.

Party A lives on property, gave monetary value, during closing, to own 25% of the property. There is no writing in place. Their name is not recorded on the deed. Credit was not pulled. Verbal agreement was : to help pay half of the mortgage and other costs. Take care of... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Jul 19, 2022

This situation is difficult to determine, and I would have to review all documents to give you a complete answer. However, legalistically, it sounds like you are the only property owner, which would make the other "owner" a tenant or guest on the property. Where it goes from there, I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Civil Litigation and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: If I received fair market value to execute a new deed adding wife, can the transfer be reversed as fraudulent in NC?

I dont want to claim bankruptcy and my only goal is to protect the house. I am being sued by an unsecured creditor. I executed a new deed a year ago and my wife gave me $12,500 out of her 401k for repairs. Can this be considered fraudelent by a judgement creditor? I believe this to be fair market... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Apr 7, 2022

Nothing you said jumps out at me as fraudulent. You have the right to do exactly what you did.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Gov & Administrative Law and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Our 100+ yrs old family cemetery is kept by our assoc. What are rights re sale of property it's on?

We have a nonprofit family association. Land doesn't have deed. Widow of property wants to sell. What are our rights? Cemetery is in NC

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Mar 28, 2022

Without reviewing the documents, I couldn't advise you on your options. Please contact a local lawyer to the property and have them review all the documents and give you a full legal opinion.

Q: Can I sue a business who made me get costly insurance and certifications to work with them if after I do so they ignore?

I had been in talks with a large college for over a year about running my mobile business on campus, I moved states, and got the insurance/ certifications/ inspections they told me I had to get to work with them (all of which costed money) and after doing all that specifically for this school,... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 15, 2021

A North Carolina attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. It could be difficult for ANY attorney to answer your question based on these brief facts. An attorney would likely want to see agreements, contracts, and communications between you and the business. If you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can I bring suit against a former business partner for outstanding & defaulted credit card debt tied to me?

I have statements showing charges tied to him, none of which were made by me. I need help recovering the funds and working with the credit card company to resolve this. After many hours spent on calls trying to determine how and when this happened (initially thinking the card was fraudulently... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Jul 12, 2021

What did your partnership agreement say about who was to be responsible for what? Was the debt incurred for business purposes or personal purposes? In very general terms, you would resolve the issue with the bank that issued the credit card. Then, yes you could sue the former partner for paying... 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
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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 Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Environmental for North Carolina on
Q: In what way are the powers of the STATES limited?

State constitutions, Executive Orders, ect.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 9, 2021

A fundamental way is through the Constitution's Supremacy Clause, which essentially states that the Constitution, federal laws, and treaties are the "Supreme Law of the Land" and take priority over conflicting state laws.

Here's the actual text (Article VI) "This...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I be evicted before June 30, 2021 under the CDC Care Act, after receiving a notice of non-renewal of lease in March?

Vacate date April 30, 2021.

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Apr 19, 2021

depends on what they are trying to evict you for, the only evictions that cannot happen right now are for non-payment of rent or fees. If they are evicting you based on the theory that your lease term expired then yes you can be evicted.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law and Civil Litigation for North Carolina on
Q: I brought a burger from a restaurant and the wrapper smell like urine. What lawyer's will be best to handle my case
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Feb 26, 2021

A personal injury attorney. If you did not become physically ill, require medical attention or psychological counseling, your recovery won't be a whole lot. A personal injury attorney can explain the details.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Civil Litigation for North Carolina on
Q: My 39 year old son finally moved out but he left all of his stuff behind. Can I legally discard all of his belongings?
Amanda Bowden Johnson
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Amanda Bowden Johnson
answered on Feb 6, 2021

Yes, but there are some steps you will likely need to follow. You are likely in a bailment situation where you will be required to take reasonable care of his property for some period of time and to provide him with formal notice to make arrangements to pick it up. If so, typically 30 days is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation, Probate and Estate Planning for North Carolina on
Q: What are the statue of limitations of a Will? What if sibling changed mothers Will and won’t share a copy?
Amanda Bowden Johnson
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Amanda Bowden Johnson
answered on Jan 30, 2021

You haven't provided much detail so we really can't provide you with a meaningful answer - especially in a limited forum like this however, a sibling can not change your mother's will - only your mother could do that. Your best bet is to consult with a local wills and estates... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law and Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can i just be kicked out because im not on the lease?

I have been staying with my mother and her boyfriend for years now being they're older and dont drive. while not on the lease but the landlord has known have been recieving mail for years there also. So can the landlord just all of a sudden for no reason say im not allowed over there or is... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman
answered on Dec 20, 2020

If the persons who are legally obligated on the lease have a written lease agreement, that agreement controls. Typically that written agreement says how many people can occupy the premises and who is authorized to reside there. That written agreement states how changes can be made. So, your first... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: I was promised in writing equity for part of my comp. I was fired for no reason due to owner and outside persons action

Essentially I was promised the same type of equity the owner had as part of my total compensation. This is in writing through emails and recorded conversations. The owner was looking at an outside person for advice on many situations, whereby this outsider told me to take action contrary to the... Read more »

Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel
answered on Dec 6, 2020

It depends. The primary issue will be what does the written document say about the "equity" and the effect your termination has on it. You should consult with an employment attorney as soon as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Litigation and Juvenile Law for North Carolina on
Q: How to fight a 50 c on my child

I need to know how to fight a 50 c that was took out on lies

Amanda Bowden Johnson
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Amanda Bowden Johnson
answered on Nov 6, 2020

This is the functional equivalent of asking us to teach you how to rebuild your car's transmission if you aren't a mechanic. There is simply too much information to covey in a forum like this. Your best bet is to consult with a local attorney. That said, in essence a 50 (c) usually... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Business Formation, Business Law and Civil Litigation for North Carolina on
Q: Business partner locked me out of all company-related accounts. Both are 50% owners. What can I do? Details below.

My business partner got power-hungry and locked me out of my company email and quickbooks account as well as the bank account. She has contacted customers and told them to cease further communication with me. What can I do legally? I am 50% shareholder and a company officer.

State: NC... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Oct 27, 2020

A North Carolina attorney could advise best, but you await a response for two weeks. Your post could be a little bit difficult to respond to. Unlike many of the basic general legal questions that are posted here, your matter appears complex in nature. To give you any kind of meaningful guidance, an... Read more »

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