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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for North Carolina on
Q: I’m in NC and my husband served me with divorce papers but my name is spelled wrong on every document. Is this valid?

I don’t think he’s using legal counsel. I think he’s using the self help on the 3rd floor in Mecklenburg county court house. He emailed me a updated notary form with my name spelled correctly where I sign but the title page still has my name spelled wrong. Just want to know if this is legit.

Stephen Edward Robertson
Stephen Edward Robertson answered on Oct 18, 2021

If it's meant for you and you got it, you should answer it. A court would likely deem it a mere inadvertent mistake when considering whether or not service is effective under Rule 4.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: How do we get my brother in law to move out of our house? He never signed a lease. He's been with us 5 years.

He has paid rent the last two years. We told him last November that his deadline was August 2021. He hasn't left yet. We live in Florida.

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Oct 18, 2021

You are going to have to file a motion for summary ejectment, and one of you is going to have to come up to NC for the court date.

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 »

3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for North Carolina on
Q: I am in America with a tourist visa, and my father and mother are Americans, and I am old. Can I obtain a residence

I came with my husband and my son to America and I saw my father and my mother at an advanced age. I want to serve them, but I need to apply for legal residence. I am looking for a way with many thanks

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Oct 15, 2021

You need to provide much more information regarding your potential eligibility to adjust your status.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Constitutional Law for North Carolina on
Q: In N.C. , I have a judgement entered against me for a renewal for unpaid personal loan from 1995,

original judgement was 6-04-01, first renewal was 09-23-11, was just curious is that outside the statute of 10 years to get renewal, and latest paper work only shows date of sept 2011 no mention of previous date, amount of loan was approx $3000

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

If the second lawsuit to collect on the unpaid judgment was filed on or before June 4, 2011 (10 years from the date the first judgment was signed), it does not matter that the second judgment was not entered until July 23, 2011. By the way, they can only renew once. The second judgment entered... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I earn an easement by 46 years of believing, and using a 200 foot road though my neighbor? I have ROW,

My use of the 200 foot road involved all types of farm operations and required easy/safe access to the property. My deeded ROW opens directly to a major highway that is dangerous to all vehicles. My use of the 200 foot road has not been challenged in all these years. My neighbor wants to sell... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 11, 2021

You may need to hire an attorney to file a Declaratory Judgment Action to establish an Easement by Prescription. The new owner may cut you off. You will need to put together a list of Witnesses, and title searches of both properties will help.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for North Carolina on
Q: My husbands lawyer requested a discovery. Can I request discovery/interrogatories without a lawyer
David Allan King
David Allan King answered on Oct 10, 2021

Yes, you can send them interrogatories (questions), requests for admission, and requests for production without having a lawyer. Essentially, you are your own lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for North Carolina on
Q: I am wanting to find out my options if I wanted to leave my husband. I have not worked since I believe 2014. I am trying

To get disability. I am in NC. I am wanting to know if I could get spousal support or alimony since I'm not able to work to be able to live on my own if I left.

David Allan King
David Allan King answered on Oct 10, 2021

First, a judge must determine that you are substantially financially dependent on your spouse. If the judge feels you are, they look at 16 factors to determine the duration and amount of monthly alimony payments. You can find the statute related to alimony here:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Custody for North Carolina on
Q: Me and my husband are separated but we don’t have any legal papers or anything. What do I need to do for a court order?

We have 3 kids together. He wants to get them every other weekend and split holidays but he doesn’t have a license so I’m not sure what to do about him getting the kids.

David Allan King
David Allan King answered on Oct 10, 2021

You have two options to formalize your custody agreement. One is a custody agreement contract. The other is a consent order from the court. Every divorce, even if no disputes are litigated, is technically a lawsuit. You'd have to start the lawsuit first (read lots of formal legal paperwork),... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My husband has a life estate in the house we are living in. We recently married. If he dies what rights do I have?

Would having a lease agreement between us make it possible for me to remain here for the period of time of the agreement? My concern is being asked to move immediately.

A. Jase Allen
A. Jase Allen answered on Oct 10, 2021

A life estate means he has rights during his lifetime. If he were to pass away, you don't have a life estate too. You may want to get a written agreement with the home owner, like an option to enter into a lease agreement if your husband dies.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Why do you have to wait six months before you can disperse money from an escrow account.

I was recently named executor of my mothers estate (in NC) and will be selling the family home this month. I was told that the money will have to stay in escrow for six months. My question is why 6 Months???

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 7, 2021

Since you filed for Probate, you will have go through with the process. Someone might have a claim against the Estate which could render it insolvent and require the sale proceeds to satisfy the claim. There is probably a title insurance requirement involved with the purchaser's loan. If... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Admiralty / Maritime and Native American Law for North Carolina on
Q: How can my Family Sue for Reparations of Slay

The act of Slavery and Denationalization has erased our history and ability to identify in our indigenous status.. Through Legal Doctrine and the institution of Slavery The United States of America and States thereof are a Party to the Genocide of my people.. The only History that we can trace our... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Oct 7, 2021

Any merits of any civil action must be discussed, examined, and explained to prospective Petitioner by an experienced litigant versed in that area of law intimately.

Thus, research, compare and select such professional for a preliminary case assessment before proceeding.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I sue a dealership that sold me a used, faulty car and didn’t sign the paperwork?

I just got the car last year it’s been ongoing problems ever since. I signed the paperwork thinking they would sign after me but they left it blank.. I just noticed the blanks recently.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 7, 2021

There is no "lemon law" for used cars in North Carolina. Most used car sales are "as is". Unless some warranties or promises were made about the car's condition, or you can prove through qualified expert testimony that the dealership knowingly and intentionally concealed... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: So I hired a contractor to build a pergola on my patio. I paid the down payment of $3775.00 and no work what can I do?

After 2 different reschedules, no show no call on the third reschedule. I had to track down information and I find out the owner was closing business financial problems this was on August 30. I have yet not received any paperwork from a lawyer stating he has filed bankruptcy. I went and file... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 7, 2021

There is no time limit on filing bankruptcy. He could wait years to do it, if he ever even files. There is, however, a time limit on you filing a civil suit against him for breach of contract and fraud. If you were to sue him in the county where the work was performed you would have to file the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Products Liability for North Carolina on
Q: Can I sue me storage facility if my unit was broken into and it was no cameras facing the unit do to them being moved.

When the insurance company contact the office they hadn't even filed a report. Now they have increased my storage unit by almost 50 bucks. We have pictures of the locked being broke and none can tell us how long it has been this way.

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 1, 2021

You can sue them, the question is, will you win? First of all, your insurance company may be willing to take the lead on this. It's called "subrogation". They sue the responsible party to try and get a judgment for the money they paid out to you on the insurance claim plus your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: Can my uncle quit claim his deed to me even if it is a Va loan home
Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Sep 29, 2021

Most mortgages have a due on transfer clause in the contract, which means that they could require full payment of the remaining balance of the loan. You should contact the mortgage provider to see what your options are.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: What is the best way to handle a home that needs major repairs in an estate?

My father died 08/2018. He left behind a home that was not well taken care of. He owed money on it, and i paid what i could on it from his bank account, but once that ran out, my sister and I paid it off. We have not tried to sell previously because our disabled brother was living there and had... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Sep 29, 2021

It sounds like you and your siblings can agree to sell the house and divide the profits from the sale as you see fit. My guess is also that your role as executor has been completed but I do not know that for certain.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: In SC does a landlord have to give a reason to the tenant to move if the lease is up if he wants his property back
Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Sep 29, 2021

This is the NC board, you will get a quicker answer posting this on the SC board. Most of the NC lawyers cannot answer your question.

Q: Husband picked up from store. do evaluation a year ago. He was found to not be harmful to himself or others. Supposed to

Have been sent back to sending district but instead sent somewhere else for another evaluation. His due process rights are being violated. He’s had covid and treated unfairly. beaten Been sent all over the place this last year. It’s been pure hell for him. We are married and have been together... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 28, 2021

Contact the North Carolina Civil Liberties Union. Ask for the names of their "cooperating attorneys" on civil commitement issues. They give free consultations.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for North Carolina on
Q: My ex-husband wants me to be executor of his will. Will he need to add a special amendment to his will?
Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Sep 27, 2021

No, you can name anyone you choose to be your executor, it may be slightly out of the ordinary. However, your situation must be much better than many others.

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