What Is The Automatic Stay And How Does It Work?

By: David DiMatteo and Heather Culp The instant a bankruptcy is filed, a “stay” usually goes into effect, restraining creditors (those owed money or property) from taking certain actions against the debtor (the person or entity that filed for bankruptcy) or against “property of the …

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Heather Culp Quoted by WSOC-TV Regarding EpiCentre Sale

Bankruptcy partner Heather Culp was recently interviewed for a WSOC-TV article covering the sale of Charlotte’s EpiCentre following foreclosure proceedings earlier this year. The property was auctioned Tuesday morning at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse and was sold to the highest bidder, Deutsche Bank Trust Company …

Custody Schedules Explained

By: Lauren V. Lewis Child custody has two distinct parts: legal custody and physical custody.  Legal custody relates to who has the authority to make decisions concerning the child.  Physical custody relates to the schedule of when the child will be with each parent.  Talking …

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COVID-19 and Caregiver Discrimination in the Workplace

By: Kristen Finlon According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, the United States officially surpassed one million reported COVID-19 deaths this week.  At the same time, employers across the country continue to press forward with returning to operations that are as close as possible …

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The Case for Block Billing

By: Norris A. Adams, II After almost 17 years litigating ERISA cases, I say with some level of credibility – at least I hope — that there are many extraordinary and difficult aspects that employees/participants/claimants/plaintiffs face with ERISA.1 There is the absence of meaningful cross-examination, …

How Much Debt Do You Have To Be In To File Chapter 7?

By: Heather Culp The short answer is, there is no specific dollar amount of debt required to file Chapter 7. The longer answer follows.  The best way to figure out whether you are a good candidate for bankruptcy – including Chapter 7, which is just …

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Essex Richards ERISA Litigation Team Earns National Recognition

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers have named Essex Richards to their 2022 list of “Best Law Firms” in America. The firm received a national ranking and metropolitan rankings in several practice areas. For the sixth year in a row, Essex Richards earned a national ranking …

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Essex Richards Welcomes Family Law Attorney L. Bree Laughrun

Essex Richards is pleased to announce that Bree Laughrun has joined Essex Richards P.A. as a partner in our family law group. With more than ten years of experience, Bree dedicates her practice to family law and divorce proceedings, including alimony, appeals, child custody, child …

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Heather Culp Quoted by WSOC-TV Regarding Likely Epicentre Foreclosure

Bankruptcy partner Heather Culp was recently interviewed for a WSOC-TV article covering the foreclosure proceedings of Charlotte’s Epicentre. In the interview, Heather described the process of the court putting the Epicentre up for auction and using a receiver to collect rent from tenants. She commented, …