Learn more about these areas below:

 

Litigation: Commercial, General & Fiduciary

Unfortunately, even the best made plans do not always work out. Unexpected conflicts and challenges can and do arise. Many matters are complicated and figuring out your next steps can be difficult. We understand this and are here to help.

We will carefully explain all of your options to you so that you can choose the one that is best for your circumstance. Our litigators have extensive experience advising and representing clients in all stages of litigation.  Whether it is preventing a matter from escalating to the point where a lawsuit becomes necessary or trying a case before a jury in state or federal court, we will apply our experience and our wealth of knowledge to effectively advise you and advocate on your behalf.

Our litigators regularly represent individuals, families, businesses, estates, fiduciaries, and municipalities in the following areas:

  • Fiduciary and Estate Disputes

  • Business and Commercial Matters

  • Contract Disputes

  • Employment Disputes

  • Real Estate and Development Disputes

  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

  • Property Damage

  • Construction Issues

  • Debtor/Creditor Rights

  • Condemnations

 

Real Estate:

Development, Commercial & Residential

A substantial part of our practice involves commercial and residential real estate.  We represent buyers, sellers, developers, landlords, tenants and lenders.  Our attorneys have substantial experience in all phases of real estate transactions from advising, negotiating and drafting through closing

 

Local Government

We represents Towns, Counties and various Boards and Commissions in nearly every aspect of local government law.  We draft resolutions and ordinances and serve as legal advisors to elected officials and town staff regarding zoning, planning and land use matters; public financing; real estate issues; constitutional rights; public personnel issues; public contracts and biddings; and we litigate municipal cases including condemnations, zoning and annexation issues.

 

Estate Planning

Planning for your death or disability is difficult.  No one enjoys contemplating the worst. We certainly understand that.  However, we also understand the comfort that comes with having a plan in place for yourself and your loved ones should you ever become disabled to efficiently transfer your assets after your death.  

 

Without a plan, you and your loved ones will have to follow the plan that the State of North Carolina has made for you.  We have found that most people would not choose this plan, which involves the guardianship process, intestacy, and probate.  Let us help you avoid the State’s plan by preparing an estate plan that is suited to you. A well-conceived plan tailored to your personal needs can ensure that you and your loved ones are protected.  

 

We have extensive experience using assorted legal tools, including wills, revocable living trusts, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney, living wills, beneficiary designations, and other documents; to prepare a plan that is tailored to your individual situation.

 

Business and Regulatory

Exceptional depth of experience in Corporate Law enables us to provide a solution to corporate clients at all stages of growth.  We predominantly represent small and mid-sized companies in the areas of formation, acquisition, continuity and provide counseling and strategic advice, helping our clients achieve their long-term business objectives while navigating complex legal and business issues.

 

Incompetency & Guardianship

We have significant experience in all aspects of the incompetency process, from representing petitioners in the difficult position of initiating an incompetency proceeding through serving as the guardian ad litem for the respondent. We have served as guardian of the estate for many wards and have represented family members serving as guardians of the estate, offering practical advice and legal assistance all along the way.

 

Estate Administration

Estate administration is often a complex process, requiring the completion of many procedures within a required timeframe.  This complexity is often compounded by the personal loss from a decedent’s passing. The personal representative has a fiduciary duty to administer the estate competently, accurately, and fairly, and failure to do so may result in negative consequences.  Administering an estate is a substantial responsibility and should not be taken lightly. If you have been appointed as the executor or administrator of an estate, it is strongly recommended that you meet with competent legal counsel for assistance. We have extensive experience representing personal representatives in estates of all sizes.  We will use our experience to make the estate administration process as simple as possible for you.

 

Collections

We have an extensive Debtor/Creditor Practice.  If you need to retain the services of an attorney to collect a debt, or to work yourself or your business out of one, we are here to help.  We can customize our collection and defense strategy to suit the needs of any individual or business.

 

Commissioner Sales

Our firm has extensive experience in Court-ordered sales, from partitions of real property to sales to make assets in decedents’ and guardianship estates.  We frequently serve as Commissioners in such sales or represent other fiduciaries in that role.

Trust Administration

We advise and represent trustees in trust administration and in certain situations will serve as trustee or custodian.  We understand the importance of sound, ethical and responsible property management.

Cranford, Buckley, Schultze, Tomchin, Allen & Buie, P.A.

A Full Service Law Firm In South Charlotte

7257 Pineville-Matthews Road, Suite 2100, Charlotte, NC 28226   I   PH (704) 442-1010   I   FX (704) 442-1020

 

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