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Third Party Claims In North Carolina: Taking Action Against Your Cheating Spouse’s Lover

Your loving marriage and sense of financial security were just destroyed by the discovery of your spouse’s affair. As you pick up the pieces of your broken marriage and prepare for the next chapter of your life, you watch your spouse seamlessly move-on with the same person responsible for ending your relationship. Such situations occur all too often and can leave one spouse with the need to seek retribution or level the playing field. Historically, North Carolina marital laws have viewed the ... Read more

Thanksgiving and Effective Communication

Enjoy your meal a little  more with these words of wisodm from Adam Breeding, esq. Originally published in the Novemeber 2014 issue of Lake Norman Woman Magazine. We all know the story of Thanksgiving – though not an official holiday until 1863, we can trace Thanksgiving’s roots back to 1621 when a rather devastated group of new world settlers shared their harvest feast with a particularly useful Patuxet Indian, Squanto, and his tribe. The Pilgrim colonists were indebted to Squanto and his pals, ... Read more

Do I Really Need a Divorce Attorney?

WHY YOU NEED A DIVORCE LAWYER. At Lake Norman Law Firm we offer consults to prospective clients because we believe in starting the lawyer-client relationship from an informed position and setting the client’s legal matter on the proper course from the beginning.  During these consults, my job sometimes turns into salesman… not in a pushy aggressive kind of way… but I am literally trying to “sale” the prospective client on the benefits of retaining a family lawyer.  I am not trying to “sale” ... Read more

Does An Affair Affect Divorce Settlements?

Marital misconduct comes in many forms, but the form that most frequently leads to divorce is adultery. So, how does adultery affect your rights in a divorce setting? Perhaps, not as much as you may think – however, there are still important factors to consider when consulting with a competent family lawyer if you find yourself the victim of an affair. Property (equitable) distribution is not affected by adultery at all. Judges in North Carolina will refuse to consider marital misconduct (other than ... Read more

Equitable Distribution Cases Never Go To Trial.

The Reality of Marital Property Division. Equitable Distribution is the process by which a separated or divorced couple divides their martial estate – cash, real property, personal property, retirement savings, investments, and debts – all of the assets accrued during the marriage term. “ED” cases never (well almost never) go to trial. Out of over 17,000 domestic matters filed in Mecklenburg County last year, less than 10 went to trial. There are sitting family law judges who have never presided over an Equitable ... Read more

Asset Protection & Lawsuit Prevention For Dentists

How Dentists can avoid catastrophe by utilizing smart asset protection plans. By: Adam G. Breeding, Esq., Lake Norman Law Firm   I often talk and write about the importance of smart asset protection plans for successful folks- particularly those in high liability risk professions. Among those professionals are dentists – perhaps more so than any other profession since dentists tend to own and manage their own practice individually or with a small group of partners (unlike physicians who are generally employed by large health care ... Read more

Nearly 200 Million Reasons Not To Wait On Estate Planning.

 This Article highlights the importance of estate planning as it relates not only to the late Mr. Faison, but also to the general public. written by Adam G. Breeding, of Lake norman Law Firm A recently filed Mecklenburg County lawsuit sheds light on the importance of finalizing one’s estate plan and testamentary wishes before it’s too late. Charlotte real estate developer, the late Henry Faison, unexpectedly passed away just days before he was scheduled to make changes to his estate plan that would ... Read more

Asset Protection For Lake Front Homeowners

Smart Planning For Lake Norman Homeowners. Written by Adam G. Breeding of Lake Norman Law firm At Lake Norman Law Firm, we often talk about the utility of asset protection plans for successful individuals who are in high risk professions. Doctors, other health care professionals, contractors, land developers, and even lawyers are often subject to liability risk associated with their jobs. But what about the common homeowner entertaining guests at their Lake Norman property? You’ve worked hard, invested wisely, and bought your dream ... Read more

Living Trusts: 10 Reasons Not To Have One.

Living Trusts: 10 reasons not to have one. Written by Adam Breeding of Lake Norman Law Firm.  Living trusts are my favorite estate planning tool. A trust may not be for every person, but for most clients the living trust is a better option than a simple will. Usually, when clients talk with me about an estate plan, I have little trouble persuading them to choose a trust. I bring my “reasons not to have a living trust” with me to the client ... Read more

7 Secrets to Successful Settlements.

Big Picture=Effective Settlements Written by: Adam Breeding, Lake Norman Law Firm. I am a big believer in alternative dispute resolution (or ADR). There are a ton of great benefits to settling matters out of court – usually through a mediated settlement conference. But for mediation efforts to be successful, clients and their attorneys should keep these basic tips in mind: 1. Pay the extra bucks for a good mediator. No water-carriers. It is absolutely worth engaging a mediator who understands the issues, can think ... Read more
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