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June 8, 2017

After years of assisting landlords evict tenants, I have an important piece of practical advice to share with landlords:  take your medicine and move on.

In an unpublished opinion, the North Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the Mecklenburg County...

June 6, 2017

Doesn't make a space habitable.  Too many times I've heard landlords say "I would live there" or "I used to live there," and according to them, the space was "fine." Unfortunately what you choose to live in and what you choose to rent to another are two very different...

June 4, 2017

I was recently speaking with an attorney friend of mine about my idea to open an office to bridge the justice gap for low and middle income individuals and small businesses.  My friend assumed that I would be representing tenants, not landlords.  My philosophy on repre...

June 1, 2017

Not long ago I read that over 80% of individuals and small businesses go to court over basic needs without a lawyer.  For the middle class it is about 40 to 60%.  There are two possible reasons for this:  people can't afford legal services, or people just love to DYI....

April 18, 2017

More than a few times co-owners of show dogs have come to me with a disagree-ment over the ownership of a dog.  At least one party says "Look, I am on the AKC registration certificate as an owner!"  If only it were that easy.  Then I ask, "Is there a written contract?"...

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