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The process of selling a home in North Carolina

Selling a home for the first time can be an overwhelming process. It can be difficult to know how best to market it, how to know when you have a good price for your property and the legalities involved.

Therefore, it's a good idea to make sure that you are well-informed before selling your property. It can mean that you will avoid some of the common pitfalls that occur to first-time sellers.

How child custody is determined in North Carolina

Different states have slightly differing laws when it comes to how child custody is determined. Therefore, as a resident of North Carolina, it is important that you understand how child custody is calculated and what terms are used to describe different types of custody when you are filing for custody of your child.

In North Carolina, a distinction is made between legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody is when a parent or guardian has the legal right to make decisions on behalf of that child. This could include decisions about what school the child should attend or important medical decisions that should be addressed. Physical custody, however, is related to with whom the child lives and whom is allowed to have physical contact with him or her.

What impacts sentencing for drug crimes in North Carolina?

While on the federal level, the possession, sale, growing and manufacturing or any illicit drug including marijuana is illegal, that's not the case under existing North Carolina law.

Although selling marijuana in the state is a felony offense, simple possession of what amounts to no more than a personal stash of the drug is simply a misdemeanor. It's also permissible under existing North Carolina law for a person to transfer as little as five grams of marijuana to someone else lawfully, provided that no money exchanges hands.

Will certain mistakes negatively impact your estate plan?

North Carolina readers know that estate planning is an important step for every family. Having even a simple will can provide your loved ones with a certain peace of mind for the future. If you have an estate plan or you intend to draft one in the future, it is beneficial to be certain you do not commit certain mistakes.

Errors with estate plans can lead to significant complications in the future. In order to reduce the chance of a problem and help your loved ones avoid costly and stressful setbacks involving the administration of your estate or your plans for medical care, you may find it beneficial to seek help regarding your plan and the specific tools you may need.

More low-level gun offenses being federally prosecuted

If you are arrested for a low-level gun crime in North Carolina, did you know your case might be prosecuted in federal court? That could lead to a longer overall sentence spent in federal prison.

On average, people convicted of federal firearms offenses spend six years behind bars, according to an analysis by the New York Times. Those convicted under statutes with mandatory minimum sentences average 11 years in prison. Those average sentences are higher than you would likely receive in a state-level case.

Divorce with kids: Three tips to ease the transition

The romantic relationship between the couple may no longer exist, it may have evolved into something more contemptuous or simply failed. Whatever the reasons behind the divorce one thing remains true: both parents remain connected to their children.

So how can parents navigate a divorce and better ensure their children adjust? These three tips can help:

Local ordinance forces businesses to shut out the lights in NC

A city in North Carolina has passed a law that limits the amount of light a business can use after the sun goes down. The law was written to reduce the amount of light pollution and allow for increased star gazing opportunities. Unfortunately, the law may have some unintended consequences.

Unintended consequence #1: Safety.

Lights are an important safety concern. Illuminating an otherwise dark corner or passageway can reduce the risk of an accident or criminal activity.

In addition to simply illuminating otherwise dark areas, many businesses have outdoor spaces that are part of their operations. These businesses need proper lighting for their patrons and staff.

How long do I have to wait for my inheritance?

After the death of a family member, there may be numerous reasons why you would want the probate process for his or her estate to end quickly. You may have traveled from outside North Carolina and want to return to your home state. Perhaps you are counting on an inheritance the deceased promised you. It could be that you suspect the process is taking longer than it should, and you want to know what the holdup may be.

If you have never gone through the probate process before, you may be unfamiliar with its purpose and the reason it sometimes takes a considerable amount of time. It may help to have an understanding of the steps your relative's estate must pass through and the factors that may bog the process down.

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