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Kyle Abraham Smalling

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Business Organization, Merger & Acquisition, Securities, Land Use & Zoning, White Collar Crime

Kyle Smalling is an attorney and co-owner of Capital City Law. A native of Boone, North Carolina, Kyle spent his early years in the High Country befor... (more)

Laura F. Page

Construction, Corporate, Land Use & Zoning, Housing & Construction Defects
Status:  In Good Standing           

Karen Marie Kemerait

Land Use & Zoning, Administrative Law, Energy, Public Utilities
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  27 Years
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William O. King

Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Commercial Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  54 Years

Craigie D. Sanders

Land Use & Zoning
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  15 Years

John Ingles Davis

Business & Trade, Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning, Medical Malpractice
Status:  Inactive           Licensed:  22 Years

C. Thomas Biggs

Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate, Condominiums, Residential Real Estate
Status:  In Good Standing           

William M. Cumalander

Personal Injury, Land Use & Zoning, Eminent Domain, Municipal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  30 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

SEVERABILITY CLAUSE

A provision in a contract that preserves the rest of the contract if a portion of it is invalidated by a court. Without a severability clause, a decision by the... (more...)
A provision in a contract that preserves the rest of the contract if a portion of it is invalidated by a court. Without a severability clause, a decision by the court finding one part of the contract unenforceable would invalidate the entire document.

ADVERSE POSSESSION

A means by which one can legally take another's property without paying for it. The requirements for adversely possessing property vary between states, but usua... (more...)
A means by which one can legally take another's property without paying for it. The requirements for adversely possessing property vary between states, but usually include continuous and open use for a period of five or more years and paying taxes on the property in question.

EXCULPATORY CLAUSE

A provision in a lease that absolves the landlord from responsibility for all damages, injuries or losses occurring on the property, including those caused by t... (more...)
A provision in a lease that absolves the landlord from responsibility for all damages, injuries or losses occurring on the property, including those caused by the landlord's actions. Most states have laws that void exculpatory clauses in rental agreements, which means that a court will not enforce them.

CLEANING FEE

A nonrefundable fee charged by a landlord when a tenant moves in. The fee covers the cost of cleaning the rented premises after you move out, even if you leave ... (more...)
A nonrefundable fee charged by a landlord when a tenant moves in. The fee covers the cost of cleaning the rented premises after you move out, even if you leave the place spotless. Cleaning fees are illegal in some states and specifically allowed in others, but most state laws are silent on the issue. Landlords in every state are allowed to use the security deposit to clean a unit that is truly dirty.

IMPLIED WARRANTY OF HABITABILITY

A legal doctrine that requires landlords to offer and maintain livable premises for their tenants. If a landlord fails to provide habitable housing, tenants in ... (more...)
A legal doctrine that requires landlords to offer and maintain livable premises for their tenants. If a landlord fails to provide habitable housing, tenants in most states may legally withhold rent or take other measures, including hiring someone to fix the problem or moving out. See constructive eviction.

REAL ESTATE

Land and the property permanently attached to it, such as buildings, houses, stationary mobile homes, fences and trees. In legalese, real estate is also called ... (more...)
Land and the property permanently attached to it, such as buildings, houses, stationary mobile homes, fences and trees. In legalese, real estate is also called real property.

APPRAISAL

A determination of the value of something, such as a house, jewelry or stock. A professional appraiser -- a qualified, disinterested expert -- makes an estimate... (more...)
A determination of the value of something, such as a house, jewelry or stock. A professional appraiser -- a qualified, disinterested expert -- makes an estimate by examining the property, and looking at the initial purchase price and comparing it with recent sales of similar property. Courts commonly order appraisals in probate, condemnation, bankruptcy or foreclosure proceedings in order to determine the fair market value of property. Banks and real estate companies use appraisals to ascertain the worth of real estate for lending purposes. And insurance companies require appraisals to determine the amount of damage done to covered property before settling insurance claims.

UNCONSCIONABILITY

A seller's taking advantage of a buyer due to their unequal bargaining positions, perhaps because of the buyer's recent trauma, physical infirmity, ignorance, i... (more...)
A seller's taking advantage of a buyer due to their unequal bargaining positions, perhaps because of the buyer's recent trauma, physical infirmity, ignorance, inability to read or inability to understand the language. The unfairness must be so severe that it is shocking to the average person. It usually includes the absence of any meaningful choice on the part of the buyer and contract terms so one-sided that they unreasonably favor the seller. A contract will be terminated if the buyer can prove unconscionability.

ENCROACHMENT

The building of a structure entirely or partly on a neighbor's property. Encroachment may occur due to faulty surveying or sheer obstreperousness on the part of... (more...)
The building of a structure entirely or partly on a neighbor's property. Encroachment may occur due to faulty surveying or sheer obstreperousness on the part of the builder. Solutions range from paying the rightful property owner for the use of the property to the court-ordered removal of the structure.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

MORRIS COMM. v. BESSEMER CITY ZONING BOA

On 21 November 2005, Fairway applied to Gaston County for a building permit ("the building permit"). The building permit was issued on 13 December 2005 [1] and contained, inter alia, the following language: "This permit becomes null and void if work or construction ...

LAMAR OCI SOUTH CORPORATION v. STANLY COUNTY ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT

LAMAR OCI SOUTH CORPORATION d/b/a Lamar Advertising of Asheville, Petitioner v. STANLY COUNTY ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT and Stanly County, Respondents. ... Van Winkle, Buck, Wall, Starnes & Davis, PA, by Craig D. Justus, Asheville, for petitioner- ...

Musi v. Town of Shallotte

... We affirm. This appeal arises from a zoning decision of the Board of Alderman of the Town of Shallotte, in Brunswick County, North Carolina. ... In 2006 the subject property was subject to the zoning authority of Brunswick County, and had an R-7500 zoning designation. ...