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Pro Se packets and information for domestic matters in our family courts.  Please note these documents would need to be tailored to your specific facts and the county where you are filing your lawsuit.


In working with an attorney you must choose one that meets your needs, you can trust, is cost-effective and which works with your personality and posture towards your legal matter. Clients in Family and/or Juvenile Law cases must engage in a lot of decision-making continually throughout their legal matter(s). It is possible at times that the attorney may give you “homework” in order to save money on legal costs, if the client so prefers. During your case the attorney and client can communicate in methods that are conducive to the client’s persona and preference. Usually the attorney will utilize email, mail, fax, phone calls and office appointments to communicate with the client. It is not always necessary to have face to face appointments. Ashley believes that while Family and/or Juvenile Law matters can be quite emotional and devastating they can also be handled with respect and integrity. She believes that an attorney and client must work together as a team to reach the client’s common goal(s).

This was an active year for community association law in North Carolina. House Bill 331 revised both N.C. Gen. Stat. § 47C-3-116 (North Carolina Condominium Act) and 47F-3-116 (North Carolina Planned Community Act), giving us significant clarification to the assessment collection process. The new laws take effect October 1, 2013. You can see the bill here:

While the majority of the changes are technical, board members and managers should be aware of several important changes:

1. Clarifies the sums included in the lien to include future accruing assessments.

2. No longer requires the intent to lien letter and claim of lien to be sent to vacant

3. The foreclosure process has been clarified to be more aligned to N.C. Gen. Stat.

4. Requires the appointment of a trustee when a foreclosure is filed. The association’s property or one without a physical address. Chapter 45, which covers bank foreclosures. The associations attorney may act as trustee so long as the foreclosure is uncontested. In the event the owner does contest the foreclosure, a third party neutral trustee will be appointed and the association’s attorney may continue to represent the association.

5. Clarifies the right of the association to bid on the property at the foreclosure sale.

6. The attorney’s fees which the association may collect from the owner in an uncontested foreclosure are still limited to $1,200. However, House Bill 331 now permits the association to include attorney’s fees in an installment payment plan which will no longer be included in that $1,200 limit in the event foreclosure is later filed. This removes the disincentive to allow payment plans due to the fear the association would not be able to collect all the attorney fees incurred if the owner does not pay as agreed and foreclosure is filed.

7. Allows associations to collect assessments from an owner who purchased the property at a foreclosure sale from the date the rights of the parties are fixed after the foreclosure sale rather than the date the trustee’s deed is recorded. This is typically ten days after the sale or the last upset bid. This means the association will no longer be left waiting many months or even years for the new deed to be recorded.

If you have any specific questions about the new provisions please feel free to contact me.


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