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OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS? YOUR ESTATE PLAN MUST ADDRESS BUSINESS SUCCESSION

You are responsible and prudent in all of your affairs. Because you want to ensure that your family is in a good place financially after you pass on, you have done your estate planning — powers of attorney, wills, trusts and everything they will need to adjust to life without you. But have you been just as diligent…

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LEGAL GUIDANCE CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR ESTATE PLANNING EFFORTS

At one time, residents of Indian Trail and Charlotte, NC, believed estate planning was only for the wealthy. Today, more people have come to recognize the many benefits that come with estate planning. A few of these benefits include: Helping minimize the expenses and taxes associated with transferring property to your loved ones after your death Creating healthcare…

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INSIDER TRADING ACCUSATIONS MAY MEAN FEDERAL CHARGES

Many people speak about how their company has ethical practices; however, saying that you adhere to a certain code and doing it are two different things. One thing that all companies have to be especially careful about is how people who have inside knowledge about the company’s fortunes It’s illegal for a person who has intimate knowledge of…

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NORTH CAROLINA MARIJUANA USERS, BEWARE OF FEDERAL CHARGES

As the nation continues to loosen its stance against the possession and use of marijuana, many people are confused about what is currently legal and what is not. In North Carolina, marijuana laws have become less harsh than they were in the past, but the substance remains illegal. Sometimes, those arrested on drug charges do not face severe consequences. For…

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WHY DO PEOPLE GET PULLED OVER ON THE SUSPICION OF DRUNK DRIVING?

Police officers who are on patrol will usually watch the vehicles that travel around them very closely. They are often looking for signs that something is amiss with the driver that might lead to individuals being harmed or property being damaged. But what makes a police officer suspect that a driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol? Here’s…

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF MY CHILD FACES DRUG CHARGES?

If you have a teenage child, you’ll know that they have preferences and wills of their own. You can’t control what they do or say, even if you are worried about the direction that their life is taking. As a responsible parent, the best thing you can do is to be there to support your child if they…

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WORKING CONDITIONS CAN LEAD TO EMBEZZLEMENT

Embezzlement is a more complex form of theft. It is typically financial — stealing cash, not physical assets — and it revolves around workers who think they can cover up that theft. It’s not just taking money and hoping no one notices. Instead, it could be a complex scheme by a company’s accountant to siphon money out of…

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JUST HOW COMMON IS DRUNK DRIVING?

You often see the police run drunk driving campaigns or seek to raise awareness. Maybe you’ve seen police cars out in force on certain days, particularly around the holidays, when they know that drunk driving may be more common. Exactly how common is drunk driving in an average year in the United States? Is it really still a…

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WHAT MAKES SOMETHING A FEDERAL CRIME?

When determining whether to charge someone with a state or federal crime, in many cases, it comes down to jurisdiction — or the authority of a court to hear a case. Because the jurisdiction of state cases is much broader than it is for federal charges, most defendants’ cases are adjudicated in state court. Every case from shoplifting…

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FAYETTEVILLE MAN WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO DEFRAUDING THE VA SENTENCED THIS MONTH

A 74-year-old North Carolina man who pleaded guilty to embezzling from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was sentenced at the beginning of the year by a federal judge. He admitted last June to embezzling nearly $1 million over the years in health care benefits from the VA. The Fayetteville man was sentenced to five years probation and…

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