Obligation of Consumer Reporting Agencies to Investigate to Ensure Accuracy in Credit Reports — North Carolina Fair Credit Reporting Act Lawyers

October 10, 2014

Many people are aware of their right to dispute inaccuracies in their credit reports/background checks with a consumer reporting agency (such as Equifax, Experian, or Transunion). Often, if there is a legitimate dispute, credit reporters will agree to delete a tradeline or report from a person’s credit report. However, some consumers feel that credit reporters are often unwilling to take necessary steps to investigate disputes in order to convey truly accurate information on a consumer report. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) provides assistance to consumers in dealing with these issues. If you are having issues with a dispute with a credit reporter or consumer reporting agency, contact the North Carolina consumer lawyers of Maginnis Law, PLLC at 919.526.0450 or submit a new case inquiry here. Read more

Calls from Debt Collectors, Collection Agencies, and Creditors After Bankruptcy Discharge — North Carolina Consumer Protection Lawyer

October 9, 2014

Filing a Chapter 7 petition for bankruptcy can be a difficult experience for a client. The one primary benefit that offsets the frustration, embarrassment, and emotional strain from going through the process is the discharge; the “fresh start” that a client obtains where creditors can no longer harass them with efforts to collect debt such as collection letters, constant phone calls, credit reports, and text messages. However, some creditors and collection agencies fail to abide by the Court’s discharge order and fail to provide the creditor with that fresh start. Fortunately, state and federal consumer rights laws protect individuals who have been granted a discharge of debt through bankruptcy. If you are being contacted by creditors or debt collectors after you’ve obtained a discharge in bankruptcy, contact the Raleigh consumer protection lawyers of Maginnis Law, PLLC at 919.526.0450 or submit a new case inquiry here. Read more

Assistance with Child Custody in Wake County — Raleigh Divorce/Separation Lawyer

September 26, 2014

Of the variety of issues in family law, child custody can be the most emotionally charged. Determining the parent responsible for the majority of the child-rearing and decision making has long-ranging implications. Because of this aspect, child custody may be the most expensive litigation resulting from a separation or divorce. The family law attorneys at Maginnis Law are experienced in creating comprehensive and personalized child custody agreements or, if need be, presenting your case in court. Read more

North Carolina Separation Agreements — Wake County Family Law Attorney

August 7, 2014

North Carolina does not require separation agreements for the husband and wife to be considered separated. Generally, however, the best way of outlining each spouse’s obligations is through a properly drafted separation agreement. Separation agreements can outline spousal support, alimony, child support, child custody, and child visitation, and can greatly reduce the expense generally associated with divorce. The family law attorneys at Maginnis Law are experienced in creating comprehensive and personalized North Carolina separation agreements. Read more

Collaborative Approach to Separation and Divorce – Raleigh Collaborative Law Attorney

August 6, 2014

Just because you are getting separated or divorced, does not mean you need to go to war. Oftentimes in a separation or divorce, spouses begin to view one another as adversaries that should be treated as enemies, even at the expense of their own needs and happiness as well as of their children. Even if the net takeaway is less than it could be, “winning” against your spouse can take priority. Furthermore, acrimonious divorce proceedings often become expensive. In these situations, the only winners are the lawyers on either side.

The collaborative family law and divorce attorneys at Maginnis Law, PLLC believe that making good financial decisions during divorce is critical to our client’s health and well-being. These financial divorces are critical to a fair and equitable settlement, including alimony and equitable distribution. These decisions can be particularly overwhelming and difficult for spouses who have not handled the finances in the marriage, or for families with special needs children. Read more

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination — Wake County Employment Attorneys

July 17, 2014

Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), an employer cannot fire, refuse to hire, demote, or take any other adverse action against a woman if pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition was a motivating factor in the adverse employment action. The PDA prohibits discrimination with respect to all aspects of employment, including pay, job assignments, promotions, layoffs, training, and fringe benefits (such as leave and health insurance).

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Executive Exemption of the Fair Labor Standards Act and North Carolina Wage and Hour Act

July 15, 2014

The Fair Labor Standards Act and North Carolina’s Wage and Hour Act requires overtime to paid for any hours worked over 40 per week. There are, however, exemptions to these general rules. One of those exemptions are for Executive employees. The executive exemption covers those employees normally thought of as managers. If you believe you are being improperly classified as a manager in an effort to deny you overtime, contact attorney Karl S. Gwaltney at 919.960.1545. Read more

Raleigh Electrocution Injury Attorney

July 14, 2014

Working with electricity is one of the most dangerous tasks a worker can perform.  Accidental electrical shocks can cause serious injuries and, in some cases, even death.  Whether you have been injured as a result of a workplace electrocution, or an electrocution caused by a condition created by a third party’s negligence, the Raleigh electrocution injury attorneys of Maginnis Law can help ensure you recover the full compensation to which you are entitled.  To speak with North Carolina attorney Shawn Howard, call the firm at 919.480.8526.  You may also send a confidential email using our contact page. Read more

Raleigh Burn Injury Lawyer | North Carolina Fire Accident Attorney

July 11, 2014

Burns are among the most painful injuries a person can experience.  If you have sustained serious burns as a result of another person’s negligence, you have the right to hold him or her legally accountable.  The Raleigh burn injury lawyers at Maginnis Law can help.  Our firm helps North Carolinians across the state when they have been injured because of the carelessness of another party.  To discuss your case with a Raleigh burn injury lawyer, call Maginnis Law at 919.480.8526. Read more

Raleigh Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

July 9, 2014

Many hardworking North Carolinians enjoy weekend motorcycle rides or even commuting to work on their bike.  Regrettably, not all drivers out on there are as careful as they should be, especially when operating their cars near motorcyclists.  When a negligent driver fails to follow the rules of the road and hits a biker, the results can be devastating. There are immediate financial hardships to the motorcyclist, including medical expenses and lost wages. The Raleigh law firm of Maginnis Law is here to help make sure that the negligent driver and his or her insurance company take responsibility for those financial burdens. Read more

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