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Business Services

 

We handle day-to-day legal matters, as on-demand business attorneys, at a fraction of the cost of hiring full-time general counsel or relying exclusively on law firm counsel.

We offer:

 

  • General Business Services

  • Services for companies without in-house legal counsel

  • Services for companies with in-house legal counsel

  • Commercial litigation
     

Efficient and Dependable Project Management

Project management helps our firm fulfill this broader role because it engenders more effective planning, cost control, resource allocation and risk management. Complex litigation matters are assigned a full-time certified project manager from Lex Project Management Consulting Group as well as an attorney and other support staff to make sure cases are handled as efficiently and successfully as possible. This includes offering creative solutions for resolving your legal matter as well as creating a fee structure that suits your needs.

Individual Services

 

Below are the areas of practice our firm provides in North Carolina and South Carolina to individuals. Our practice areas include criminal and civil litigation, estate planning, family law, probate, social security, and military law. If you need clarification regarding what type of matter we can handle for you, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Please scroll down to view all of our practice areas.

Bundled Services

 

Traditionally, firms are responsible for managing every aspect of a case from the time the firm is retained until the matter has been resolved. This is what we refer to as our bundled services. The vast majority of our representation involves bundles services and we have found that this tends to be the best fit for our clients in attempting to resolve their legal matters.

Unbundled Services

 

Unbundled services, also referred to as legal ghostwriting, is a service whereby an attorney drafts a document on behalf of a client without formally appearing before the court. Instead, the client represents his or herself pro se. Traditionally, firms have been responsible for managing every aspect of a case from the time the firm is retained until the matter has been completely resolved. But, in the case of legal ghostwriting, attorneys can help clients file documents if they prefer to represent themselves. ​​

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Practice Areas

General Business Services
General Counsel
In-House Support
Commercial Litigation
  • Civil Litigation
    Civil litigation is the term used for a legal dispute that has occurred involving two or more parties seeking money damages or a specific performance, in comparison to criminal sanctions. We specialize in civil litigation, and represent clients in hearings, trials, arbitrations and mediations before administrative agencies, federal, state and local courts. Civil courts handle a wide variety of cases involving numerous legal issues. Very broadly, civil cases may involve such things as, for example, Tort claims. A "tort" is a wrongful act (sometimes called a "tortious" act), other than a breach of contract, that results in injury to someone's person, property, reputation, or the like, for which the injured person is entitled to compensation. Breach of contract claims. A breach of contract case typically results from a person's failure to perform some term of a contract, whether the contract is written or oral, without some legitimate legal excuse. Equitable claims. An "equitable claim" asks the court to order a party to take some action or stop some action. It may or may not be joined with a claim for monetary damages.
  • Commercial Litigation
    As successful commercial litigators, B&A is able to assess the merits of a dispute and scale either a prosecution or defense that fits the legal and business needs of the client. We leverage efficiency, creativity, and sound judgment to intelligently position these disputes, whether they are “bet-the-company” cases or more discrete matters. In addition, while all cases must be litigated with an eye toward ultimately trying them, we understand that at all times we must strive to achieve the best possible result at a reasonable cost. We will work with you to develop and implement a creative legal approach to each individual problem, efficiently focus on the key legal and factual issues, and master and manage the various aspects of these complex matters, including: Breach of contract cases Partnership/joint venture disputes Business torts Civil RICO claims Breach of fiduciary duty allegations Shareholder issues.
  • Criminal Law
    Criminal law encompasses issues arising from a criminal offense. Criminal offenses are defined by federal, state, or local laws and can range from serious crimes like murder to minor infractions like speeding. Criminal punishments, also established by statutory law, are usually proportional to the severity of the crime. Minor offenses may only be punishable by a fine or a short term of probation. Violent felonies could result in years in prison, life sentences, or even the death penalty, depending on the circumstances and the jurisdiction. The Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees all criminal defendants the right to be represented by an attorney. In cases where a defendant may face prison or jail time, the U.S. Constitution requires the state to provide the defendant with legal representation if he or she cannot afford it. In lesser cases, such as traffic tickets, defendants have the right to an attorney but must pay for one themselves. Criminal proceedings can be extremely complex, especially when involving multiple charges and multiple defendants. Anytime you are charged with a crime, especially a felony, legal representation is a wise choice. If you are facing criminal charges, you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible to protect your rights and to build your best defense. ​ CRIMINAL DEFENSE TRAFFIC MATTERS DWI/DUI DEFENSE
  • DSS/Juvenile Law
    We focus on several key legal services. First, we provide comprehensive legal representation and counsel, helping our clients understand their rights and responsibilities under the law. This includes advising on potential outcomes and strategies for defending against allegations of neglect, abuse, or other factors that have brought DSS into their lives. We undertake a thorough investigation of each case. We collect and review evidence, work to obtain expert testimonies, and prepare documentation that supports the parent's position. This could involve gathering medical records, school reports, and other relevant information that can demonstrate the parent's ability to provide a safe and nurturing environment. Furthermore, we represent the parent in all legal proceedings. This includes appearances at hearings and trials, negotiations with DSS officials, and mediation sessions aimed at resolving the situation without a prolonged court battle. We strive to protect our client’s legal rights while also focusing on the welfare of the child involved, aiming for outcomes that serve the best interests of the family as a whole. Additionally, if the court mandates certain actions like parenting classes or rehabilitation programs, we help our clients comply with these requirements and work to have their parental rights fully restored or maintained.
  • Estate Planning
    While it may be the last thing you want to think about, estate planning is an important step you can take to protect the interests of your family. A well prepared estate plan will help you ensure your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are taken care of once you're gone. If you pass away without a plan in place, your family members may be left to sort out the mess in court. Estate panning includes wills, trusts, health care directives, probate, and estate administration. We can assist you in making a will, challenging a will, creating a health care power of attorney, setting up a trust, navigating the probate process, and more. ​ PREPARATION OF TRUSTS (I.E. FAMILY ESTATE, CHARITABLE, FOUNDATIONS, SPECIAL NEEDS) PROFESSIONAL TRUSTEE SERVICES LAST WILL & TESTAMENT POWER OF ATTORNEY HEALTHCARE POWER OF ATTORNEY LIVING WILLS POWER OF ATTORNEY SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING DEED PREPARATION
  • Family Law
    Family law is a practice area concerned with legal issues involving family relationships, such as adoption, divorce, and child custody. We handle divorce, child custody, child support, and other related legal matters. We also handle adoptions, paternity, emancipation, or other matters usually not related to divorce. ​ ABSOLUTE DIVORCE ADOPTION NAME CHANGE SEPARATION/PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS CHILD SUPPORT CUSTODY AND VISITATION POSTSEPARATION SUPPORT AND ALIMONY EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION/MARITAL APPORTIONMENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • General Business Services
    Let us develop intimate knowledge of your business, allowing us to develop trust relationships with key individuals and serve you in the following areas: ​​ Negotiating and drafting contracts Software/technology/license agreements Contract research and development agreements, clinical trial agreements, product commercialization agreements Professional services agreements Development/outsourcing agreements Early-stage and follow on venture financing​ Negotiating, drafting, and reviewing leases Real estate Equipment Handling employment matters Offer letters and employment agreements Severance agreements Employee handbooks
  • General Counsel Services (On-Demand)
    At B&A, we believe that an attorney should be a key business advisor, not just a legal technician. We provide a business-focused and practical approach to problem solving. We use our considerable business experience to provide our clients with proactive legal risk management, helping avoid problems before they arise. We help growing companies: Speed time to closure on important business deals Identify and creatively solve business issues Avoid the financial burden of full-time legal staff We will be available to your team as needed. And being available doesn't mean exorbitant legal expenses, because our fees are a fraction of those of the large law firms. When we participate as corporate counsel in meetings about a new business development deal or product plan, you get the benefit of proactive legal advice without worrying about the clock ticking in the background. Virtually all of our clients utilize traditional law firm counsel for their large M&A and financing transactions, SEC filings, and other highly specialized work. We do not generally replace law firm counsel. Rather, we supplement their services by handling day-to-day legal matters in a much more efficient and cost-effective manner. Contact Us to speak to someone about our part time outside legal counsel.
  • Military Law
    Military law is all legal structures that govern military personnel. Topics covered by military cover service members' conduct while in training or on active duty, protections of military spouses, and service members' reentry into civil society when their tours of duty are over. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) governs service members' conduct while in training or on active duty. It lists nearly 60 activities in which service members cannot engage while in the military. If a service member violates one of these provisions, the service member's commanding officer (CO) may decide to punish that soldier or refer her to a court-martial, which she will be tried. ​ COURT-MARTIAL PROCEEDINGS DISPUTES REGARDING THE TREATMENT AND APPREHENSION OF PRISONERS DURING THE TRIAL PROCESS QUALITATIVE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (QMP) DISCHARGES AND RE-ENLISTMENT ISSUES
  • Personal Injury
    "Personal injury" cases are legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. A personal injury case can become formalized through civil court proceedings that seek to find others legally at fault through a court judgment or, as is much more common, such disputes may be resolved through informal settlement before any lawsuit is filed. We've handled many product liability lawsuits from car accidents to dangerous appliances. ​ PRODUCT LIABILITY CAR ACCIDENTS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SLIP AND FALL CASES DEFAMATION: LIBEL AND SLANDER CONSULTATION REQUIRED FOR ESTIMATE DOG BITES ASSAULT, BATTERY AND OTHER INTENTIONAL TORTS
  • Probate
    We assist with the transfer of property after a person's death -- a process known as "probate" -- and legal issues related to the collection, management, and distribution of an estate. Probate is a court-supervised process designed to sort out the transfer of a person's property after they have died. Some property passes automatically to another party upon death. Certain trusts, life insurance policies, and "Totten Trusts" (also called "payable-on-death" accounts) are capable of avoiding probate by making transferring ownership to the beneficiary before death, or automatically upon the creator's death. Other property that is subject to probate will be examined by the court and granted to the appropriate party. ​ ADMINISTERING THE ESTATE OF DECEASED LOVE ONES RESOLVING CLAIMS AND DISTRIBUTION OF PROPERTY
  • Securities Disputes
    A security can be a: stock, which represents part ownership of a company; bond, which is like an “IOU” from a company to an individual; or an option, which is the right to buy something in the future at a predetermined price. Corporations, governments, and individuals buy and sell securities as a way of investing and growing their money. When a dispute arises between an investor and a broker/dealer/financial representative, we can help. ​ SECURITIES ARBITRATIONS SECURITIES LITIGATION
  • Supporting In-House Counsel Services
    When your in-house counsel becomes overwhelmed by a large deal, or because the business simply is growing beyond your existing capacity, we are here to complement your organizational needs. We provide senior business lawyers to handle your overflow work on an as-needed basis at a fraction of the cost of law firm rates. You can hire us to be available on a regular basis, as a part-time extension of your in-house team, or you can count on us to help sporadically, at such times as the end of the quarter, or when other projects have stretched your internal resources. ​ We manage special projects and day-to-day legal needs including: Contracts Employee matters Leases IP protection Pre-litigation dispute resolution Acquisition due diligence We'll help you keep your legal budget under control while maintaining the excellence you demand of your in-house legal group. ​ Contact us to learn how we can supplement your in-house legal counsel.
Civil Litigation
Criminal Law
Family Law
Estate Planning
Military Law / UCMJ
Personal Injury
Probate
Securities
DSS/Juvenile Law
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