One of the most common questions we encounter at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A. is whether North Carolina follows the "50/50 rule" for the division of marital property. It's essential to understand that divorce laws can vary significantly from one state to another, and North Carolina has its own unique approach to property division during divorce. Keep reading to learn more and contact our family law attorneys in Matthews for help.more
Navigating the challenging path of divorce can be an emotionally charged journey, marked by heartache and uncertainty. At Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A., we understand the profound impact that this process can have on your life and your loved ones. As compassionate advocates, we're here to provide clarity and guidance, addressing one of the most common questions in North Carolina divorce cases: How long do you have to be separated before seeking a divorce? Keep reading to learn more and contact our family law attorneys in Matthews today.more
In today's complex and fast-paced world, marriage often faces numerous challenges. While no couple enters a marriage planning for a divorce per se,they may create a premarital agreement for additional protection. It's important to recognize and address the common reasons for marital discord and dissolution.
This blog from the Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A. team in North Carolina aims to highlight the most prevalent causes of divorce, emphasizing the need to seek professional guidance from a divorce law firm when considering this life-altering decision. Learn more about if any of the situations below mirror the discord you’re facing and...more
In the realm of family law, matters of the heart require comprehensive legal expertise and unwavering compassion. At Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A., our team of expert family law attorneys in Matthews, North Carolina, understands the emotional hardships associated with child-related legal cases. Our goal is to provide prompt resolutions, aiming to minimize the impact on your family during these challenging times. Contact us for a consultation and keep reading to learn more about four of the main child-related legal services.more
When you've been hurt in a car accident, the aftermath can be overwhelming. Injuries, medical bills, and insurance negotiations can quickly become a daunting task. At Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A. in Matthews, North Carolina, we understand the complexities of these situations and are committed to providing you with a knowledgeable and responsive legal team. With our history of being creative, tenacious lawyers, we aim to guide you through the legal process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.more
Personal injury accidents can happen to anyone. Whether you’re injured in a car accident, slip and fall, or by a defective product, the consequences can be significant. If you’ve suffered injuries in an accident, you may be wondering if hiring a personal injury lawyer is necessary. While not all injury cases require legal representation, hiring an experienced attorney such as Weaver, Bennett and Bland, P.A can provide you with many benefits.more
Estate planning is the process of creating a strategy for the distribution of an individual's assets upon their death, as well as making arrangements for their care in case of incapacity. While many believe that this process is only necessary for the elderly or wealthy, the truth is that everyone can benefit from careful estate planning. At Weaver, Bennett and Bland, P.A., our estate planning attorneys can help you draft wills and trusts that meet your unique needs, including protecting your assets and ensuring your wishes are carried out.more
At Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A., we take pride in providing dedicated legal representation to our clients in a variety of legal areas. With over 40 years of experience, our Matthews, North Carolina, firm has built a reputation for excellence by providing our clients with the high-quality legal representation they deserve. Here are some of our services.more
When it comes to estate planning, creating a comprehensive will is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your assets and ensure your wishes are carried out. At Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A., our knowledgeable attorneys specialize in estate planning and can guide you through the process of creating a will that meets your unique needs. In this article, we will explore the legal benefits of creating a will with our firm.more
When it comes to child custody cases, there are a lot of factors that judges consider in order to determine the best interest of the child. At Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P. A Law Firm, our family law attorneys have extensive experience in handling these types of cases and understand what judges are looking for. In this article, we will discuss the four factors that judges commonly look for in child custody cases.more
When you’re seeking a divorce, you’re already dealing with a lot of emotions. But in addition to the personal hardships of going through this process, one of the most important questions you’ll want answered is this: “How much will my divorce cost?”
The financial aspect of working with a divorce law firm in Matthews, NC, cannot be ignored, and Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A., Inc. can help you navigate this process. One of our main areas of specialty involves family court services, helping clients understand the scope of dissolving a marriage. In this article, we’ll discuss average costs for different types of divorce, as well as factors that can increase the cost of divorce. Contact us directly to...more
Do you think you know everything about what constitutes separations in North Carolina? Let’s put your knowledge to the test with a pop quiz. All questions are true/false.
1. You can be separated from your spouse while living in the same house as long as you sleep in separate rooms.
FALSE. To be separated, you must reside in separate residences, not hold yourselves out as being together and at least one of you has to have formulated the idea that you want the separation to be permanent.
2. If you have sexual relations with your spouse during separation, the separation period has to start over again, i.e., the sexual relations terminate the separation.
FALSE. A separated couple can have isolated instances of sexual contact and may even vacation together. It’s the...more
If you’re about to get married and are exploring ways to protect your assets, premarital agreements may be something you're looking into or come across. But you need to have a full understanding of what this legal document entails for your future should anything happen between you and your soon-to-be spouse. Learn more about what premarital agreements mean in court and contact Weaver, Bennett & Bland, P.A. in North Carolina today to speak with our family law attorneys.more
Grandparents’ rights vary between states. Because of this, it’s important to understand the statutes your state has surrounding this topic. What is in the best interest of the child is always considered prior to granting grandparents custody or visitation. Below you can find common FAQs regarding grandparents’ rights in North Carolina.
Are there any North Carolina laws that deal with Grandparents’ rights?
Do I have any rights as a grandparent to force the parents to let me see my grandchildren?
Parents have a constitutionally protected status in relation to the care, custody and control of their minor children. No third party, including a grandparent, has the right to tell an “intact” family with whom their...more
If you don’t have a valid last will and testament, you’re in good company – as of 2017, only 42% of American adults had an end-of-life plan (including a will) in place.
Unfortunately, lacking a valid will doesn’t just mean that your end-of-life wishes may be ignored; it can also place additional strain and stress on your surviving loved ones. Instead of having time and space to grieve your death, they may instead find themselves locked in a messy estate battle with other family members.
Below, we explain the will-drafting process and why having a valid last will and testament is so important.
What Is a Will?
A trust is a fiduciary arrangement that allows a trustee (a third party, not usually the beneficiary), to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary or beneficiaries. Trusts can be drafted to deal with many situations and issues (e.g., minority, disability, spendthrift, creditor issues of a beneficiary, etc.) and can specify exactly how and when the assets benefit and pass to the beneficiaries. The trustee can be a family member and/or an independent individual or entity and there are advantages to each serving as trustee or to both serving together. While a beneficiary can be a trustee of his or her trust, depending on the circumstances the appointment of a beneficiary may not be appropriate.
A trust can be established for many reasons including, but not limited to, estate tax...more
Here are a few of the types of situations that can warrant an Estate Administration matter:
1. If a loved one has passed away
2. You are named as a beneficiary in someone’s estate
3. You have been appointed as a personal representative/executor
4. You are a creditor of that individual’s estate or have been named as guardian of the person of a minor beneficiary an estate administration can be a complicated matter.
What situations can make estate administration complicated?
When money or assets are involved, an estate administration can be as contentious as a divorce.
If you are a surviving spouse, whether you have been disinherited or not, you have legal rights and options available to you including, but not...more
Catastrophic injuries are the type of injuries that completely change a person’s life by impacting and changing how they live their life or earn their living. These types of injuries typically involve head injuries, spinal injuries, amputations, or loss of sight or hearing.
How can a catastrophic injury affect me?
Unlike less severe types of injuries, catastrophic injuries frequently have long-term effects which change the entire course of a person’s life and have an impact on all those around the injured person. Long-term medical care or life assistance can put tremendous pressure on an injured person’s family and friends. Catastrophic injuries cause long-term financial burdens.
Motor vehicle accidents work-related injuries, intentional torts,...more
Will contests often involve bitter disputes between family members. In some cases, a loved one changed their will after being improperly influenced by another family member or close friend. In other cases, the deceased family member was a victim of Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia, and they didn’t have the mental capacity to properly change their will. Regardless of the situation, the Charlotte will contest and estate litigation attorneys at Weaver, Bennett & Bland are here to help you through this trying time.
Every will contest–or “caveat action” –has facts that are as unique as your family. Our attorneys truly listen to your situation and help formulate a plan to make sure your loved one’s wishes are realized. With over 35 years of experience in caveat litigation, our...more
A condemnation action, also known as “eminent domain” or “land condemnation,” is the process by which the local, state, or federal government takes ownership of private property for public use.
Governments use their power of eminent domain for the construction of greenways, parks, highway widening or other road continuation projects, public transportation projects, water drainage projects, or the installation of public utilities like new electrical or plumbing lines. The power is also used to construct public-service properties like libraries, police stations, or new schools.
How Condemnation Proceedings Work
When a property owner receives notice that the government wants to ‘take’ their property, they might feel angry, confused, and irritated. The owner may feel as...more