Lord & Lindley - Lawyers in Charlotte NC

Changes to North Carolina’s Statutes Lower the Bar for Valid Holographic Wills

September 29, 2021

When it comes to end of life planning, ideally you will consult an attorney to assist you in preparing your estate plan.  However, not everyone has access to legal help, and people might find themselves in a situation in which there is insufficient time to consult an attorney, such as in the case of rapidly…

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NFL Player Michael Thomas Sues Landlord for $1m Over Issues With His $60k-per-month Rental House

September 9, 2021

Michael Thomas, a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, is suing his landlord for over $1 million regarding a 9,800-square-foot house he rented in Bel Air, California.  The house had six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, a gym, and a pool, and Thomas committed to rent the property for $60,000 per month for two months during…

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Recent Changes to the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act

September 2, 2021

The North Carolina Wage and Hour Act is codified at N.C. Gen. Stat. § 95‑25.1 et seq. and governs employment-related topics such as minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, wage payment, payment to separated employees, wages in dispute, withholding of wages, vacation pay plans, and notice and recordkeeping requirements.  Both employers and employees should be familiar…

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Kendall Jenner Sued for Breach Of Contract for Skipping a Photo Shoot During the Covid 19 Pandemic: Does She Have a Valid Defense?

August 26, 2021

Reality show icon, fashion model, and now “defendant”—Kendall Jenner was recently sued for $1.8 million by Italian fashion company Liu Jo for allegedly breaching a modeling contract.  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claims Jenner agreed to appear in two photo shoots but only participated in…

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The North Carolina Motor Vehicle Repair Act—know Your Rights

August 18, 2021

Have you ever received a bill for an amount that was completely unexpected?  Or worse—you obtain a quote for a service, and then the company charges you well above the quoted price, tacking on fees and trying to explain away the discrepancy.  We’ve all been there.  However, when it comes to your car repairs, you…

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U.S. Government Sells Wu-tang Clan Album to Anonymous Buyer for an Undisclosed Amount After Seizing It to Satisfy a Criminal Forfeiture—can They Do That?

August 5, 2021

Wu-Tang Clan, the Staten Island based group known for pioneering their own style of hip-hop, made headlines in 2014 upon revealing the existence of a secret album entitled Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, only one copy of which would ever be produced.  Wu-Tang envisioned the album as a piece of fine art and a…

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Bipartisan House Bill Known As the “Free Britney Act” Proposed in Response to Latest Surge Of the #freebritney Movement

July 29, 2021

In 2008, Britney Spears’s father, Jamie Spears, established a conservatorship for the famous pop star after concerns that her mental health was deteriorating.  A conservatorship is a legal arrangement in which the court appoints a “conservator”—which can be an individual or an organization—to manage the affairs of the “ward,” an individual who the court finds…

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Dispute Over Estate Of James Brown Settles After Nearly Fifteen Years Of Litigation

July 21, 2021

James Brown, who died in 2006, left a will most notable for seeking to establish a charity that could distribute millions of dollars via education scholarships to poor and underprivileged children in South Carolina and Georgia, with his family largely left out of the estate plan.  A major issue regarding the distribution of Brown’s estate…

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Legal Implications Of the Champlain Towers South Collapse in Florida

July 16, 2021

On June 24, 2021, part of a 12-story beachfront condo building tragically collapsed in Surfside, Florida, sending apartments to the ground below and trapping many residents in the rubble.  As of July 13, 2021, the death toll reached 95 after the recovery of another victim, with 85 of those victims now identified, and 14 more…

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Arizona Jury Finds in Favor Of Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak in Copyright Infringment Trial

July 9, 2021

Steve Wozniak, a co-founder of Apple, Inc., was sued by a Connecticut business professor for allegedly stealing the business idea for Woz U, a technology school established to “help create the innovators of tomorrow and narrow the technology skills gap in the U.S. by working with Learners, Higher Education Institutions and Corporations.”  In the lawsuit,…

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