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May is National Elder Law Month

May is National Elder Law Month | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Did you know that the entire month of May is designated nationally as Elder Law Month? May also happens to be the month designated for ALS Awareness, Asthma Awareness, Better Hearing and Speech, Mental Health Awareness, Mobility Awareness, and Stoke Awareness. While having a specific month on... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/elderlaw/may-is-national-elder-law-month/
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Planning for Beneficiaries with Special Needs

Planning for Beneficiaries with Special Needs | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Chances are you know someone with special needs or know someone who has a family member with special needs. Such special needs can arise due to a mental or physical defect existing at birth or an injury occurring later in life due to an automobile accident, drug and/or alcohol abuse, injury on... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/elderlaw/planning-beneficiaries-special-needs/
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Empowering Yourself through Powers of Attorney

Empowering Yourself through Powers of Attorney | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
When people ask me what area of law I practice, I tell them that, among other things, I practice Elder Law. That response often has me answering a follow-up question: “What is Elder Law?” The definition that I have carefully chosen to give in response focuses on empowerment. I help... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/elderlaw/empowering-yourself-through-powers-of-attorney/
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Your Lawyers. Every Step of the Way … What Does that Mean?

Your Lawyers. Every Step of the Way … What Does that Mean? | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
For those of you who follow happenings in the Kernersville business/legal community, you may have noticed changes in our firm and our brand during the past year. Excitingly, our name has changed as we have added Julie Whatley as a named partner, making our firm name Coltrane Grubbs &... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/uncategorized/your-lawyers-every-step-of-the-way-coltrane-grubbs/
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What goes into a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Payment?

What goes into a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Plan Payment? | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Chapter 13 bankruptcy is based on the principle of debt reorganization, rather than asset liquidation—you take all of your debts, put them into a pile, and then make repayments into that pile over a three to five year period. (If you need more information about the basic difference between C... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/bankruptcy/chapter-13-bankruptcy-plan-payments/
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Post Separation Support and Alimony: What’s the Difference?

Post Separation Support and Alimony: What’s the Difference? | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Often, as part of the separation and divorce process, couples have to resolve issues related to post-separation support (PSS) and alimony.  What do the terms “Post-Separation Support” and “Alimony” Mean? PSS and alimony are both claims for spousal support. An essential requirement for both claims... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/familylaw/post-separation-support-alimony-whats-difference/
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What Exactly is Probate? Estate Administration in NC

What Exactly is Probate? Estate Administration in NC | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Probate is the process of administering a decedent’s (deceased person’s) estate.  The word “probate” comes from a Latin word, probare, which means “to prove.”  After your death, the person who approaches the clerk of court to begin administering your estate m... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/probate/exactly-probate-estate-administration-nc/
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Exemptions in North Carolina – How NC Law Protects you from your Creditors

Exemptions in North Carolina – How NC Law Protects you from your Creditors | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
In North Carolina, there are many statutory and common law protections in place that help a debtor keep their wages and property, even in the face of claims by credit card companies or other creditors. North Carolina has stringent restrictions on wage garnishment, about which you can learn here. ... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/bankruptcy/exemptions-in-north-carolina-how-nc-law-protects-you-from-your-creditors/
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VA Pension Basics – Veteran’s Administration Benefits

VA Pension Basics – Veteran’s Administration Benefits | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Veteran’s Pension Benefits Many of my clients, who are retirees, tell me that their income is derived from sources such as social security and distributions from various retirement accounts and brokerage accounts. Several clients are lucky enough to have pensions from their previous ... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/va-pension-planning/va-pension-basics-veterans-administration-benefits/
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What Happens if I Die without a Will in North Carolina? Intestacy and the Need for NC Estate Planning

What Happens if I Die without a Will in North Carolina? Intestacy and the Need for NC Estate Planning | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
It is a common misconception that if a resident of North Carolina dies without a Will, the resident’s assets will be taken by the State of North Carolina. While there IS such a thing as the State taking unclaimed assets from a deceased person’s estate (“escheat”), it rarely ever happens... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/probate/nc-estate-planning-intestacy/
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Can my Credit Card Company take my Wages? - NC Wage Garnishment

Can my Credit Card Company take my Wages? - NC Wage Garnishment | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Unlike many other states, North Carolina law typically prevents credit card companies and private creditors from collecting debts from NC citizens. While there are certainly exceptions, as discussed below, wage garnishment is not a widely available collections option for creditors in NC. Wage... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/bankruptcy/nc-wage-garnishment/
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Why do I need a Lawyer to Help with my Traffic Ticket?

Why do I need a Lawyer to Help with my Traffic Ticket? | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
So, you got a speeding ticket. It happens, even to the best drivers. As you see it, you can either (1) pay the ticket or (2) pay an attorney to “take care” of the ticket. Many people, when faced with the hassle of hiring an attorney and paying the attorney’s fee, choose option number one, make ou... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/traffic/trafficticket/
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Do I Need to Incorporate/Organize my Business?

Do I Need to Incorporate/Organize my Business? | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Our firm regularly encourages and supports businesses in the process of getting on their feet. Starting a business can be a treacherous endeavor, and there is a certain temptation to keep things simple by remaining unincorporated/unorganized. If you are doing business in our state, there are... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/business/incorporation-of-business/
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Landlord Basics: 7 Tips to Rental Success

Landlord Basics: 7 Tips to Rental Success | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Managing rental property may seem simple and profitable to the uninitiated—in truth, the landlord-tenant relationship is ripe for conflict. In our state, landlord-tenant laws have been written and construed in such a way that tends to give the benefit of the doubt to the tenant. As a result, d... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/landlord-tenant-disputes/landlord-basics-7-tips-to-rental-success/
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Changes to Forsyth County Policies on Non-Speeding Traffic Infractions

Changes to Forsyth County Policies on Non-Speeding Traffic Infractions | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
For some time now, the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office has dealt with traffic infractions through use of a representative in Courtroom 1B at the Forsyth County Hall of Justice. Recently, however, the number of defendants coming through Courtroom 1B on any given Tuesday or... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/traffic/changes-forsyth-county-policies-non-speeding-traffic-infractions/
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How is Child Support Calculated in North Carolina?

How is Child Support Calculated in North Carolina? | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
North Carolina Child Support Guidelines Child support generally is resolved by an application of the North Carolina Child Support Guidelines, which are adopted by the Conference of Chief District Court Judges at least once every four years.  The current guidelines were adopted in 2011, so they ... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/familylaw/child-support-calculated-north-carolina/
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Post Separation Support and Alimony: What’s the Difference?

Post Separation Support and Alimony: What’s the Difference? | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Often, as part of the separation and divorce process, couples have to resolve issues related to post-separation support (PSS) and alimony.  What do the terms “Post-Separation Support” and “Alimony” Mean? PSS and alimony are both claims for spousal support. An essential requirement for both claims... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/familylaw/post-separation-support-alimony-whats-difference/
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The Bankruptcy Means Test: What does it Mean?

The Bankruptcy Means Test: What does it Mean? | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
In 2005, Congress enacted the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, known more familiarly for its unwieldy acronym/nickname, BAPCPA (pronounced “bap-see-pa”). One of the critical, and most criticized, inventions of BAPCPA was the creation of the “means... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/bankruptcy/bankruptcy-means-test-mean/
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IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE THE BANK ... ACT LIKE THE BANK

IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE THE BANK ... ACT LIKE THE BANK | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
We often receive questions from clients who are thinking about loaning money to a friend, family member or business associate, or are thinking about co-signing a loan with them. Sometimes our clients are thinking about “seller-financing” someone else’s purchase of real estate... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/realestate/going-bank-act-like-bank-seller-finance-loan-friendsfamily/
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When Divorce Goes to the Dogs: Custody of Family Pets During a Divorce

When Divorce Goes to the Dogs: Custody of Family Pets During a Divorce | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
When a marriage ends through separation and/or divorce, two of the primary issues the spouses have to deal with are custody of minor children and dividing marital property and responsibility for marital debts. But what about beloved family pets? For many of us our dogs, cats, fish and other pets... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/familylaw/pet-custody/
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NC Security Deposits: Rights of Tenants and Limitations on Landlord using Security Deposits in North Carolina

North Carolina has a set of specific rules and laws about use of security deposits—these restrictions are laid out in North Carolina General Statute §42-50 through §42-56. Whether you are a landlord or tenant in North Carolina, it is important that you have an understanding of the rules gov... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/landlord-tenant-disputes/nc-security-deposits-rights-tenants-limitations-landlord-using-security-deposits-north-carolina/
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We've Been Separated for a Year ... Now What? The Basics of NC Divorce

We've Been Separated for a Year ... Now What? The Basics of NC Divorce | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
Many of our clients have heard or understand that they must be separated for one year before they can obtain a divorce (if not, see our previous post here).  Many of them have questions about what to do to finalize the divorce once the year has passed. WHAT IS AN ABSOLUTE DIVORCE? An absolute ... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/familylaw/nc-divorce-basics/
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What is the difference between an Attorney-in-Fact and an Executor?

What is the difference between an Attorney-in-Fact and an Executor? | Coltrane Grubbs & Whatley Blog | Scoop.it
A great deal of what I do as an Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney is to provide my clients with as much control over their futures as possible.  While we’d like to think that we will always enjoy the control we have today, we must acknowledge that there is a possibility (even a certainty) th... http://www.coltranegrubbs.com/estateplanning/estate-planning-ncatty-in-fact-vs-executor/
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