NC Stormwater Drainage and Landowners’ Rights and Responsibilities

With the recent increase in rainwater frequency and amounts in Western NC, property owners are discovering a range of drainage, flooding, and sedimentation problems.  Property owners should be aware of the drainage systems in their neighborhoods or on their privately owned properties, as well as the municipal rules and regulations...

Business Entity Liability Protection and Keeping It

In previous blog articles, I have discussed measures outdoor recreation and adventure companies can properly maintain their business and activities to not only protect their clientele, but also their business, and personal assets (here and here).  Here, I will discuss how proper management of one’s business entity itself can further...

WNC Alliance’s & French Broad Riverkeeper’s 2014 French Broad Paddle-A-Thon

The Western NC Alliance and French Broad Riverkeeper will be hosting two separate trips down different sections of the French Broad River this year to raise awareness of the issues and considerations affecting our rivers and ecosystems, as well as funds for education and conservation.  The first trip is coming...

LLCs versus S Corporations

Overview Business entities are used and important for a number of reasons, primarily for tax opportunities or benefits and limiting personal liability. Currently, the two most popular business entities for small, privately owned businesses are Limited Liability Companies (LLC) and S Corporations, wherein a closely held corporation makes a valid...

Criminal Defense – North Carolina Marijuana Possession

North Carolina Statutes hold that it is a crime to knowingly or intentionally possess any amount of marijuana. In North Carolina, marijuana is classified as a Schedule VI substance, which means that it is considered to have a low potential for abuse or addiction. Schedule VI is the lowest in...

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...