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Law Firm in Fayetteville NC – Legal Updates

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Here are some recent legal updates:

Effective August 1, 2013, the Senate passed a bill which will increase the jurisdictional amount (amount in controversy) in the General Court of Justice from five thousand dollars ($5,000) to ten thousand dollars ($10,000).  This means civil causes of action which allege damages in an amount less than ten thousand dollars  ($10,000) will be heard in Small Claims Court.   The new law also makes arbitration mandatory in certain civil case.  If you are interested in additional information on this subject, Senate Bill 452/Session Law 2013-159 is available on the North Carolina General Assembly’s website.

Effective August 1, 2013, the Senate passed a bill which prohibits the sale of E-Cigarettes to minors.  If you are interested in additional information on this subject, Senate Bill 530/Session Law 2013-165 is available on the North Carolina General Assembly’s website.

Effective October 1, 2013, the House passed a bill which will allow the District Attorney to petition the Court to seize the assets of a person who is charged with the Financial Exploitation of an Elder Adult or Disabled Adult.  In addition to serious criminal punishments, these felony cases can often result in a great deal of restitution owed to the prosecuting witness.  If you are interested in additional information on this subject, House Bill 891/Session Law 2013-203 is available on the North Carolina General Assembly’s website.

Effective October 1, 2013, North Carolina’s laws on domestic violence changed to allow for consent protective orders entered pursuant to Chapter 50B to be entered without findings of fact or conclusions of law.  The statute also changed the available remedies which may be sought by including accessing attorney’s fees to either party.  Both of these changes will have a dramatic impact on domestic violence protective orders in North Carolina.  For more information on this subject, see House Bill 209/Session Law 2013-237 on the North Carolina General Assembly’s website.

Effective December 1, 2013, North Carolina’s laws on first and second degree murder were changed to include Lily’s Law.  Lily’s law specifically includes as murder the incidence of when a child, who is born alive, dies as the result of injuries inflicted prior to the child’s birth.  For more information on Lily’s Law, Senate Bill 117/Session Law 2013-47 is available on the North Carolina General Assembly’s website.

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