Wrongful Death? Beware of A Short Statute of Limitations!

Wrongful Death? Beware of A Short Statute of Limitations!

Wrongful deaths are usually unexpected, leaving family members in a whirlwind of grief, anger, and stress. Unfortunately, North Carolina's statute of limitation on a wrongful death claim is unforgiving. Here are some important things to keep in mind.

Frequently Asked: What is A Mediation?

Frequently Asked: What is A Mediation?

A mediation is a non-binding, settlement conference. Typically, prior to the mediation, the parties will agree to the selection of a neutral mediator. Sometimes the mediator is appointed by the Court. The mediator is usually an attorney or a retired judge who has been through special training to help people reach negotiated resolutions of their disputes. 

Frequently Asked: Will I Be Able To Recover My Attorneys' Fees?

Unfortunately, the long-standing rule in North Carolina is that, unless a statute provides otherwise, the parties to litigation are responsible for their own attorneys' fees.

 

The good news is that there are some statutes that allow for the recovery of attorneys' fees in North Carolina. See the list below. Each statute must be read carefully to ensure that all conditions have been met.

Unfortunately, many of the statutes below make the award of attorneys’ fees discretionary. This means that even though a judge is allowed to award attorneys’ fees under the statute, the judge may still decide not to award attorneys’ fees. Whether the judge decides to award attorney fees' will depend on the facts of the case.  

Common North Carolina Statutes that Allow for the Recovery of Attorneys' Fees

The list of statutes above is intended to cover the statutory grounds for attorneys' fees that are most commonly applied. It is not an exhaustive list. To speak to an experienced attorney about your case and your ability to recover attorneys' fees, call 919-719-3908.

New FINRA Investor Alert Regarding Securities-backed Lines of Credit.

New FINRA Investor Alert Regarding Securities-backed Lines of Credit.

The value of your stock portfolio is likely to be far less stable than the value of your home. If your stock portfolio drops in value significantly, you may be required to come up with additional money to pledge as collateral on the loan. If you are not able to come up with the additional money, your lender will likely have a right to call the loan and liquidate (and seize) the stock portfolio that you pledged as collateral for the loan.

The NUMBER ONE reason to hire an attorney after an auto accident….

The NUMBER ONE reason to hire an attorney after an auto accident….

Without a firm handle on what your claim is worth, you may be persuaded to settle your claim for too little. Alternatively, without experience evaluating bodily injury claims, your expectations may be too high, and this is likely to cause your negotiations with an insurance adjustor to hit a wall.