Real Estate Law

3 Terms To Negotiate In Your Next Commercial Lease

Renting a first (or next) office space can be an stressful time in the life of a small business owner. You survey your options, decide on a budget and location, and then your landlord’s attorney sends you a long, incomprehensible lease form with a list of terms, and would like your signature...

North Carolina Erosion and Sedimentation Pollution Control Act and Laws

The North Carolina Erosion and Sedimentation Pollution Control Act and its statutes are performance oriented and meant to prevent harmful erosion and sedimentation by prohibiting visible off-site sedimentation.  They apply to most properties being disturbed during construction or land movement activities, minus a few industrial exceptions. Landowners, contractors, and developers must...

Decreased Landowner Liability for Recreation and Greenway Access and Easements

Forrest P. Merithew, Attorney at Law, practices recreation law, along with a number of other traditional practices areas, which relate to the recreation and related gear industries.  Forrest’s personal and professional experience in these areas allows him to understand the many challenges recreational companies and individuals face in the pursuit...

NC Mechanic’s Liens (Part 2): New NC Amendments

Overview Construction Law – NC Mechanic’s Liens (Part 2): New North Carolina Amendments In April 2013 the North Carolina legislature passed amendments to North Carolina Session Laws 2012-158 and 2012-175, adding additional requirements for mechanic’s liens and their enforcement on certain construction projects. Session Law 2012-158 requires that a “Mechanic’s...

The Use of Access Licenses to Protect Landowners, and Their Insurance Policie

Overview Real Estate and Property Law (Premises Liability) – The Use of Access Licenses to Protect Landowners, and Their Insurance Policies With the tail end of winter upon us, one question I’ve been getting regularly, including the recent North Carolina State Bar Call4All Justice Program, is: are landowners who allow...

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