Although every case is different, most follow the same general pattern. They all begin with initial filings, which are usually followed by the discovery process. There will likely be hearings on various motions at some point. Most suits will be ordered to mediation to see if they can be settled before trial. If settlement is […]
Archive | Shareholder/Partnership Disputes
How do I ensure that my employee’s non-compete agreement is enforceable?
North Carolina courts apply a reasonableness test when looking at non-compete agreements. The agreement must be reasonable as to the time period during which the employee is prohibited from competing, the territory in which the employee is prohibited from competing, and the restrictions must serve a legitimate business purpose. In addition, the employer must give […]
I won a judgment at trial. Now what?
I won a case against someone who owes me money. How do I go about collecting what the court said I am owed? Unfortunately, the easiest part about taking someone to court is sometimes prevailing at the hearing or trial, and the actual collection of the money owed can be the most complicated. While it […]
I’m forming a partnership with a friend of mine. Do I need any sort of paperwork?
The first question is why are you forming a partnership? While a partnership is very easy to form, it often does not provide the protection of other business entities and should be avoided. Nonetheless, if you decide to form a partnership, there are some protections you should keep in mind. A partnership is the most […]
My business has been served with a lawsuit – what do I do?
Act quickly! In North Carolina, a corporation or limited liability company cannot represent itself pro se. Said differently, officers, directors, and owners are prohibited from filing an answer or other legal document in response to a lawsuit. Corporations must hire an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina. From the date […]
Why it makes business sense to hire a small firm.
Many corporate clients have large firms on retainer ready to handle their day-to-day corporate and litigation needs. Large firms typically offer a gray-haired partner to manage the client, while using young associates to perform the majority of the work. This can create a false sense of security for the client that their conversations are with […]