Category Archives: Legal Basics

Criminal Background: Can I Not Hire this Person?

I used to do some criminal defense work and I’d get some questions about how a criminal history would affect hiring decisions. Now, as I’m almost exclusively practicing small business law, I get the same sort of questions, but from a different angle: Can I *not* hire this person? Here’s the thing: You’ve got several […]

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Employee or Independent Contractor?

  In this (brief) post, I won’t go into why you might want to designate someone an “independent contractor” as opposed to an “employee,” but rather what you have to do to make that designation stick. Often, businesses want to avoid generating an employer-employee relationship and would prefer to have an Independent Contractor perform certain […]

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Raleigh DUI Attorney | Know How to Handle Your Stop

So, over the past few weeks I have been asked by several people about what actions they or others took during a traffic stop and whether they were correct or not. There is a lot of confusion on what a driver can and cannot do during a traffic stop. As a Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney, […]

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So you want to start a “Non-Profit” business?

Guest Blog Spot: Kelvin L. Spragley, Ph.D., M.Ed., B.S., A.A. I get a lot of questions about non-profit businesses. So, I decided to turn to an expert. I’ve known Dr. Spragley for several years and he’s my go-to guy when it comes to questions about non-profits, education, programs, and advocacy groups. I’ve asked, and he […]

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What to do if you’re going to Wake County (NC) District Court

Every day I’m in court, I see people struggling with not knowing what to do, where to go, or what to say. Even the attorneys. As a new attorney, I was fortunate enough to have a friend to show me around and give me the do’s/don’ts. Here’s a quick (ha!) guide to some of the […]

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