Articles

  1. What Is a “Collaborative Divorce”?

    What Is a “Collaborative Divorce”? In North Carolina, a collaborative divorce is not exactly the same thing as an amicable divorce. A collaborative law proceeding is a creation of the North Carolina legislature, codified in Article 4 of the Divorce and Alimony chapter of the North Carolina General Statutes. In a collaborative proceeding, both spouses and their lawyers sign an agreement stating...
  2. Equifax Breach: Litigation Update

    Equifax Breach: Litigation Update October 31, 2017 On September 7 the consumer credit reporting agency Equifax announced a massive data breach affecting as many as 145.5 million people. Our firm, in association with Branstetter Stranch & Jennings of Nashville, TN, filed a class action lawsuit against Equifax in the Western District of North Carolina. Because many other law firms in...
  3. Approaching Separation? Five DON’TS

    Approaching Separation? Five DON’TS #1: DO NOT date or become emotionally or sexually involved with someone else. If you have already become sexually or romantically involved with someone other than your spouse without your spouse’s permission, you should immediately consult with a lawyer before discussing it with your spouse or with anyone else. If you have not yet become involved with another...
  4. What if you don’t have a will?

    In some circumstances, not having a will in place at death won’t really matter. For example, if you are married, have two minor children, own ALL assets jointly with RIGHT OF SURVIVORSHIP with your spouse, have no debt, and you die with your spouse surviving, there is little difference between handling your estate with or without a will. This assumes,...
  5. Important Considerations for Newly Legally Married Same-Sex Couples

    On October 10, 2014, Federal District Court Judge Max O. Cogburn Jr. issued a ruling declaring North Carolina’s 2012 ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Marriage, as well as being an expression of love and commitment, is an important legal contract. Here are three big changes for same-sex married couples: Property Ownership: Tenancy by Entirety Same-sex married couples can now own...
  6. Interesting NYT Article About Advance Directives

    You may have seen this article from the New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2015/03/17/health/the-trouble-with-advance-directives.html The “trouble” is not with the advance directives; rather, it’s a matter of record-keeping. But, luckily, in North Carolina, we have an effective Advance Directive Registry where documents are filed and available for viewing online by authorized health care providers. In addition to preparing these documents and assisting...
  7. Questions to Ask Yourself Before Considering Litigation

    Can I clearly state what would be a satisfactory resolution for me, my family, or my business? Have I already attempted a resolution with those involved? Am I using the legal system to resolve or avenge my feelings? Have I evaluated the merits of my case? Am I ready to turn over resolution to a third party (judge, arbitrator, or...

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April M. Burt is a transactional lawyer. Katherine Langley and Chad Anderson are trial lawyers. These Asheville-based attorneys focus their practice in the areas of business law, employment law, estate planning, and transactional law. They serve clients in the Western North Carolina communities located in Buncombe, Henderson, Haywood, Madison, and surrounding counties.


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