New Year, New Rules


Congratulations!  You have made it to week two of the new year.  How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along?  If you didn’t make resolutions, how are you doing in this first week of 2014?  I hope the answers to these questions are positive.

Even for those who do not make resolutions it is a good idea to use the changing of the calendar as an opportunity to reflect and retool in some aspects of life.  As we brave a new year might I suggest a few new rules for how you live your life?….

  • NEVER pay a traffic ticket unless you are 100% certain of the consequences for your driver’s license and insurance.  Take a few moments and learn why this rule is of the utmost importance.
  • Do not enter into verbal agreements for purchases, transactions, and situations that involve substantial money.  “Substantial money” is a relative term that is best defined as more than you wish to lose or can afford to lose.  Read why this rule should be a priority for you.  New Rules in 2014!
  • Do not sign contracts or legally binding documents if you have important questions or do not fully understand what you are signing.  Click here for more information.
  • Do not represent yourself in District Court or Superior Court (state courts in North Carolina) or federal court unless you REALLY, REALLY know what you are doing.  And even then you may want to reconsider.  Click here for a list of things and factors to weigh in deciding whether to proceed pro se or with legal counsel.
  • Do not take a Small Claims Court case for granted.  Whether you are a Plaintiff or Defendant you should do your homework and be ready.  This is especially true since the monetary limit for Small Claims Court a/k/a Magistrate’s Court in North Carolina has been raised to $10,000.00.
  • Do your due diligence before you ever set foot on the lot of a used vehicle dealership.  Once you visit the dealership stick to your game plan and get a good deal with the appropriate paperwork.
  • Do not cave in to harassing debt collectors.  Get the help you need which, in some cases, can actually result in money for you!
  • Do not wait until the last minute to address legal matters.  Delay can lead to disaster.

Hopefully you are already employing these rules but if not commit to them as soon as appropriate.  If you need a consultation on a legal matter feel free to contact me.  Best wishes for a great 2014.

 

 

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