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Frequently Asked Questions

Personal Injury:

What to do after an automobile accident?

  • After serious car accidents, the most important thing is to make sure you seek prompt medical treatment. Once you have had that treatment, you should consider speaking with a North Carolina personal injury attorney. At Maginnis Law, we offer detailed, free consultations to folks injured in automobile collisions.

What to do after an injury at work?

  • You should see a doctor as soon as possible following an accident at work. If you have been injured at work by the negligence of someone else or your employer, the best way to protect your rights is to hire an experienced work injury attorney.

What to do after being bit by a dog?

  • If your injuries do not initially appear to be severe, it is important to identify the dog owner as soon as possible after being bitten if the dog was roaming unattended. Not only will the dog owner’s identity be necessary to pursue a claim for compensation, but the dog owner will have the information that you need regarding the dog’s history of vaccinations. Even if the dog has been vaccinated, it is important to seek out medical attention right away in order to prevent any infection or diseases. After treatment, you are required to report the dog bite to the local Animal Control agencies. Additionally, take photos of the injuries to preserve evidence of the attack, and contact an experienced dog bite injury attorney who can help evaluate your case.

Consumer Protection:

How do I obtain a copy of my credit report?

  • You can obtain a free copy of your credit report once a year

What to do if I notice something wrong with my credit report?

  • You can dispute a claim about the inaccuracy either online or by letter to the consumer reporting agency.

How do I dispute something on my credit report and what happens with the dispute?

  • You can dispute a claim online or by letter. Keep all copies of your disputes, even if they’re from an online form. The consumer reporting agency is then required to provide the information that you give to them to the creditor who has reported the debt. That creditor must investigate the dispute reasonably and report any inaccuracies. The credit reporters will then provide you with information regarding the investigation and, hopefully, they will correct the inaccuracy. If they fail to fix the problem then, and only then, do you have the ability to file a claim against the creditor for placing inaccurate or misleading information on your credit report.

Estate Planning:

What is a Will?

  • A Will is a legal document by which a person expresses their wishes as to how their property is to be distributed at death, and names one or more persons to manage the estate until its final distribution.

Who can get a Will?

  • Anyone over the age of 18 and of sound mind, can make a Will.

What happens if I die without a will?

  • When someone dies without a valid will, the legal term is that they died intestate. Any property that was owned joint tenants with rights of survivorship, which is frequently the case with marital assets, will pass to the surviving spouse without the need for a court process. Any assets that the deceased owned individually go through a process called estate administration.

Employee Rights:

What is a severance agreement?

  • A severance agreement is a contract between an employer and an employee that contains rules and guidelines for when an employee is terminated. A severance agreement template should include details like how much pay the employee will be entitled to after termination, when benefits will be discontinued, etc.

What to do if your employer won’t pay you?

  • If your employer will not pay you, you can contact your employer (preferably in writing) and ask for the wages owed to you. If your employer refuses to do so, consider filing a claim with your state’s labor agency. For larger cases involving a late paycheck or payday laws in general, consider hiring an employee rights attorney to help you.