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Earnest Money and Due Diligence Money: What is the difference?

If you are in the market to purchase a home, you have probably already started looking into how you will pay for it. Most buyers are prepared to take out a mortgage, but did you know there can be upfront costs before the purchase is even official? North Carolina law allows due diligence money and…

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Can Employees Be Fired for Refusing to Work Due to COVID-related Concerns?

North Carolina employers are committed to keeping people safe. As the State continues to reopen following the peak of the global health pandemic, the longstanding priority of preserving the health and safety of employees and the public alike remains. However, in this constantly changing environment inundated with an overwhelming amount of sometimes contradictory information, it…

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Enforcing Civil Judgments in North Carolina

Obtaining a judgment, which gives a party the right to collect payment from another party, is something to celebrate, but it does not always mark the end of the long process of litigation: That process only ends when a judgment is collected. The person or business you successfully sued is not always willing to voluntarily…

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American Arbitration Association v. Court-Ordered Arbitrations in NC: What Are the Differences?

If you have a credit card, chances are you consented to resolve a payment disagreement through arbitration, whether you know it or not. Arbitration is a common method of resolving disagreements in the business world and is commonly found in employment contracts, credit card agreements, and retail contracts. As an alternative dispute resolution, arbitration is…

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The Responsibilities of a Real Estate Attorney

If you are thinking about – or are already in the process of – purchasing a home in North Carolina, you will need to engage a real estate attorney to assist you with the closing of the sale. More than assisting with the closing, a real estate attorney works with you every step of the…

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Tips For First-Time Homebuyers

As a first-home buyer—or even a veteran of many home purchases—buying a home can be a very exciting experience. At the same time, this process can be full of stress and anxiety. No one can breathe a complete sigh of relief until all of the paperwork is signed and the keys to your new home…

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What to Expect When Buying A Home: The Critical Importance of Title Insurance

Whether you are new to the home buying process or you have previously purchased a home in a different state, you may wonder how the closing process works in North Carolina. One key component that distinguishes North Carolina from other states is that attorneys – rather than title companies – facilitate residential real estate closings.…

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How COVID-19 Can Affect Your Business Contracts

The unprecedented fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has left many business owners concerned about the status of their service contracts. In many cases, the pandemic has made it difficult or even impossible for parties to fulfill their responsibilities. From government-sanctioned shelter-in-place orders to constantly rising numbers of confirmed cases of the virus, organizations and individuals…

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What to Expect When Selling Your Home: An Overview of the Closing Process for N.C. Sellers

Once you receive an offer on your home, you’re in the homestretch: it’s time to start the closing process. The closing phase of residential property sales includes several steps that usually take between thirty and sixty days to complete.  If this is your first-time selling property in North Carolina, you may have questions about how…

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Mediation and Arbitration: What Are the Differences? 

There are two common ways to settle a dispute in North Carolina without ever filing a lawsuit. Mediation and arbitration are both forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) available to parties in North Carolina who seek an alternative to litigation. While the two ADR methods share some similarities (most notably in that they do not…

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