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Three Hill Evans Lawyers included in Best Lawyers in America 2019

We are proud to announce that William W. Jordan (“Will”), Everett B. Saslow, Jr. (“Rett”), and Elaine Hedrick Ashley have been included in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America. Will, continually listed every year since 1995, and Elaine are both included in the Family Law section. Rett, continually listed since 2010, is named…

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Different Types of Property:  Marital, Separate and Divisible

As discussed briefly above, there are two main categories of property in the equitable distribution context, marital property and separate property. Marital property is broadly defined under statute and includes “all real and personal property acquired by either spouse or both spouses during the course of the marriage and before the date of the separation…

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Steps in Equitable Distribution

There are four steps in the equitable distribution process:  (1) identification, (2) categorization, (3) valuation and (4) distribution.   Identification. The first step in the equitable distribution process is to identify all property owned by one or both parties on the date of separation. Property that is identified during this stage includes real property, vehicles, household furniture and…

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Requirements to File an Equitable Distribution Claim

Equitable distribution is governed by North Carolina General Statute §§ 50-20, 50-20.1 and 50-21.  The only requirements to file an equitable distribution are that you must be married to the person you are filing the claim against, and you must be separated from that person.  Furthermore, your equitable distribution claim must be pending (filed) before…

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Equitable Distribution – the Division of Marital Property

After a separation from your spouse, the process of identifying, categorizing, valuing and dividing the property acquired during your marriage and your existing debt is known as equitable distribution.  Property that is subject to an equitable distribution includes real property, vehicles, household furniture and furnishings, bank accounts, investment accounts, annuities, retirement accounts, business interests, cash,…

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Severance Agreements

Severance Agreements An experienced Hill Evans Employment Attorney can help you evaluate and negotiate a severance agreement. Many companies offer severance agreements to employees are laid off or terminated without fault. These agreements are often long and filled with confusing legal language. The terms of these agreements can have significant consequences and contain surprises for…

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Jurisdiction, Timelines and Administrative Exhaustion

Jurisdiction, Timelines & Administrative Exhaustion The statutes that prohibit certain types of employment discrimination and retaliation do not apply to all businesses. Most employment laws require a private employer to have a specified minimum number of employees before the law applies. The minimum number of employees for various employment laws appear below: ACT Title VII…

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Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

Employment Discrimination & Retaliation The civil rights laws prohibit the harassment of employees based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. A harassment or hostile work environment claim may be stated even when the harassment does not result in a firing, demotion or other tangible…

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Employment-At-Will

Employment At Will What Does It Mean When People Say North Carolina Is An Employment-At-Will State? North Carolina is an employment-at-will state. This means that in the absence of a contractual agreement between an employer and an employee establishing a definite term of employment, the relationship is presumed to be terminable at the will of…

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