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As in a court case, the process of mediation provides a method of conflict resolution. However, it is much more informal and does …
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As in a court case, the process of mediation provides a method of conflict resolution. However, it is much more informal and does …
A personal injury lawyer can help defendants in a variety of situations, from car accidents to defamation. Learn what personal inj…
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My case involved separation, divorce, child custody, child support, alimony and equitable distribution. A Greensboro attorney highly recommended Carolyn Woodruff at Woodruff Family Law Group. I ended up meeting Family Law Specialist, Jessica Bullock, and from the start I really enjoyed the business relationship – the best words to describe Jessica - an intelligent and caring professional. I did not feel like she would just push around some papers for me. With all that was involved in my case, I needed someone who would be professional and effective in court while also being able to communicate with me at a human to human level. The staff members at Woodruff Family Law Group were polite, made sure that I was comfortable and continuously communicated what I could expect in all situations that arose.Any parent who wants someone to take the time to relate to them on a human level, understand the North Carolina law and how it applies to their own situation with effective and skilled representation should consider contacting Woodruff Family Law Group. Jessica Bullock was the right attorney for me. I knew I wanted to be an involved Dad with my children but felt there were a lot of variables to work through, and Woodruff Family Law Group has been a wise investment in that future and the future of my children, when dealing with divorce and child custody.
I can't not say enough wonderful things about Mr Roane and his staff. In June of 2008, I was rear ended while sitting at a stoplight ; after a week of dealing with cynical insurance persons I sought legal help. Of course, I chose a well known and widely advised legal firm that I thought would "STAND UP FOR YOU". Little did I know until just months before my witching hour (meaning my filing dead line) that they will only "STAND UP FOR YOU" if your case is easy, cut and dry. My case was not going to be "easy", so they dropped me. Within minutes of my husband and I sitting down in Mr. Roane's office and talking with him, I knew we were where I needed to be. He and his staff (especially Meranda) guided, advised and reassured me every step of the way. THEY BELIEVED IN ME!!! and they showed it. I learned that insurance companies were wary of facing Mr Roane in court--and they knew he WOULD meet them in court.--he's not intimidated. In my case, the insurance company was so unwilling to meet us in court, they agreed to a settlement. My settlement was unprecedented (unusual) and the insurance company insisted we all sign nondisclosure agreements. They definitely didn't want the monetary settlement disclosed. Five stars isn't enough for Roane Law, they deserve way more.
I came to the firm to get a divorce and divide the marital estate. During the course of our time working together, what has impressed me the most is what Carolyn Woodruff has been able to pull from the file cabinets of her memory, regarding detailed aspects of my case. Carolyn has also been a safe haven during a time of being very concerned with my well-being. When I think of Carolyn, I would say she is intelligent, quick on her feet, a quick thinker, and very friendly and warm in times of stress and duress. She has a calming effect about her. Overall, the Woodruff Family Law Group is efficient. The staff members have all become family. They offer a family environment. I have felt I could call on anyone day or night. Communication lines are always open. With the length of time my case has taken, it would have been easy to slip to the back of the firm’s caseload. That doesn’t happen at Woodruff.
To the Paralegals: I went into the office feeling very depressed, But the paralegal's assured me that they would do everything to help me get back on the right track. They help me to get back to a very stable financial lifestyle without having to worry how i am going to afford to pay all of the bills each month. They started the paperwork right away and file my Bankruptcy claim in a timely manner so I would't have to worry about losing my home to foreclosure. And made it really affordable. They took the stress out of worrying how or when each payment will be due. Especially the first payment , which really worries me. It is the hardest because you are still struggling to pay all your other expenses along with saving up for Bankruptcy payment. I enjoyed working the paralegals they were an excellent team. Good Job! To the law office of John T. Orcutt: A very warm thank you! From: Kathy Danita Riley
my name is Lyle. I have spoken to Mr Weckworth who so far has been very helpful in assisting me with my case while taking the time to speak with me without consultation fees yet remain attentive for a long duration while we discuss the possibilities. A few of the other attorneys seemed in a hurry to just get me off the phone. He has offered me a reasonable price for his services as it seems to be a simple case. other attorneys wanted to charge much more. To me this shows a sign of honesty. so far I am very pleased with his assistance. I will of course follow up after the court date. at this point I would recommend contacting him yourself to see how he can help you as well.
No one wants to need a lawyer, but after a car wreck I did. James Roane was highly recommended to me and we chose to meet with him to review my case. After meeting him, I realized he knew what needed to be done and the way to handle it. Mr. Roane and the staff at Roane Law were very friendly and always willing to answer my questions. They treated me like a person, not a number, and that means a lot to me. My input was valued in the decisions that were made, they did not just make decisions for me. It was a true pleasure to work with such a dedicated and knowledgeable group who had my best interest at hand. I would highly recommend James Roane and Roane Law again.
Tom is a first class attorney with ethics and morals far greater that any attorney I had worked with in my business in more than 35 years. As a small business owner I look for the personal attention to details without being bill for every minute of time. I like having a relationship with Tom in that he is always looking for my best interest and looking for options that I never considered. I highly recommend him for any civil litigation matter you might have or employment contracts you might be considering. A proud UNC Chapel Hill graduate he servies the community well in his work.
I would like to thank Mr. Carpenter and his entire legal team. My close family friend was charged with serious federal charges and facing a mandatory 10 year prison sentence. Alec kept us informed throughout the entire process and made us feel very comfortable from the beginning to the end. The co-defendant ended up receiving 5 years and my friend received federal probation. This was a very difficult case for all of us and Alec and his office were amazing. I cannot thank Alec enough and I highly recommend this firm. They truly are the best. Thank you!
Ms. Lindley represented my interests in divorce proceedings. She and her staff, especially Brenda, were very diligent in keeping me informed regarding the progress of the case and the actions of my former spouse. The advice / recommendations / suggestions they offered were valuable during and after the various events. Ms. Lindley negotiated such a favorable settlement on my behalf that I was surprised and very pleased. I am so pleased with their accomplishments that I am engaging the firm again for a different purpose.
I work as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal to Jim Weeks. Jim handled my Personal Injury case last year. I was rear ended by two trucks. My case was a whiplash case. The final settlement exceeded our expectations. Knowing other personal injury attorney's who also stated the amount of the settlement normally won't go beyond $7,500 - $10,000. I can personally state that the settlement I received was extremely fair on a whiplash case. Jim Weeks you are a great boss and an exceptional attorney.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.