Family Law

If you are looking for a skilled family law attorney in Alamance and Guilford Counties, we have a team of powerful advocates ready to meet your needs. Whether you are facing the uncertainty of separation and divorce, adopting a child or embarking on a new marriage, consult with one of our attorneys today.  We have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Domestic Litigation
  • Separation Agreements
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements and Post-nuptial Agreements
  • Divorce
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Child Custody and Support
  • Child Support Enforcement
  • Alimony
  • Property Settlements
  • Restraining Orders and Domestic Violence Issues
  • Juvenile Petitions
  • Adoptions
  • Name Changes
  • Guardianships

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Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Medicaid Planning

A good, comprehensive estate plan addresses more than who should receive the assets you leave behind, it determines who will raise your children, handle their money, or who will care for you in your final years.  The attorneys at Vernon Law provide comprehensive estate planning services ranging from simple wills to complex wealth preservation strategies.

If you or your loved one is likely to need Medicaid to help pay for long term care in the future, our attorneys are prepared to discuss planning for that eventuality and the possibility of removing assets from the reach of Medicaid estate recovery.

Our attorneys have years of experience administering both simple and complex estates and trusts.  We are prepared to step in and provide as much or as little guidance and support as needed – ranging from simply pointing you in the right direction to comprehensive management and conservation of our client’s assets.  Our services include:

  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney & Living Wills
  •  Trusts
  • Estate Administration (Probate)
  • Spousal Allowance/Spousal Share
  • Will Contests
  • Medicaid Planning

Traffic and DWI

Our experienced attorneys handling DWI’s, traffic citations, as well as other criminal charges, work to minimize the negative effects for our clients. Our personalized approach is tailored to the client’s record and individual circumstances. We put our client’s needs first and strive to provide the best defense possible. We have successfully assisted thousands of people in all types of criminal and traffic violation cases, including those involving:
 

  • Speeding tickets
  • DWI
  • Other traffic tickets and moving violations
  • Driving with a revoked license
  • Non-moving violations
  • Commercial DWI
  • Ignition interlock device cases
  • License restoration
  • Underage drinking charges
  • Expunction/expungement
  • Other misdemeanors (larceny, shoplifting, trespass, etc.)

Business Law, Tax and Trademarks

Our attorneys have spent years cultivating relationships with Alamance County businesses acting as outside general counsel and advising business leaders on structuring entities, tax planning, negotiating, drafting and administrating contracts, as well as orchestrating mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, liquidations, asset purchases and dissolutions.  Whether your business is publicly traded, privately owned or a closely held family company, we have the resources and experience to provide strategic planning and support for your growth and development.

Whether you need strategic tax planning for an anticipated deal, or to address an existing problem with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or NC Department of Revenue (NCDOR), our attorneys are prepared to provide the guidance and representation you need.  We frequently consult with clients to ensure that upcoming transactions are structured appropriately to provide our clients with advantageous tax results.  Likewise, we have considerable experience representing clients before the IRS and NCDOR when amounts are already due.

Trademarks are important intellectual property assets for a business – allowing them to protect their name, their logo and even their slogan.  We are proud to be one of the few firms in Alamance County able to offer trademark representation before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the North Carolina Secretary of State.  We can represent you throughout the trademark process – from initial searches, through filings, office actions, registration and post-registration renewals.

Our services include:

  • Formations (corporations/partnerships/LLCs)
  • Contract drafting/review/negotiations
  • Mergers/acquisitions/divestitures
  • Restructuring
  • Private Placement documentation
  • General Business representation
  • Tax Guidance and representation
  • Trademark filing and representation

Real Estate and Development

Vernon Law provides thorough representation for its clients in a myriad of real estate transactions. We provide fast and reliable residential and commercial real estate closings and work with your realtor or broker to provide efficient services.  Whether you are a lender, borrower, landlord, tenant, buyer or a seller, you may have contract rights that should be enforced. Our attorneys are prepared to ensure that your rights are fully protected. Our experienced team of attorneys regularly represent banks and developers in commercial loan transactions, asset based and real estate secured loans, new construction, multi-family, mixed use, retail and healthcare related projects. We provide sound guidance and representation in all stages of development from zoning issues through management of the final development.  Our services include:

  • Purchases and Leases
  • Deed Preparation
  • Development
  • Financing
  • Loan Documentation
  • Zoning Compliance
  • Litigation
  • Partition Proceedings
  • Title Claims
  • Boundary Disputes
  • Foreclosures
  • Restrictive Covenants (HOA Documents) and Easements

Labor and Employment

Our firm is committed to serving our local and statewide community with quality employment law services. Our attorneys provide timely and relevant advice and representation on matters of employment contracts, severance agreements, discrimination cases (both state and federal), wage and hour questions, administrative agency matters and regulatory issues. We provide effective advocacy in the areas including:

  • Title VII cases of discrimination, retaliation and harassment
  • Age and Disability Discrimination
  • Employment Contracts
  • North Carolina REDA (retaliation)
  • Employee handbooks
  • Confidentiality and Non-Compete Agreements
  • Hiring and Firing Decisions
  • FMLA Guidance
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Unemployment Benefits
  • Trade Secrets

Immigration

At The Vernon Law Firm we understand how important your immigration case is to you.  Our attorneys offer timely and personalized representation to guide you through these complicated issues.  Contact an attorney at The Vernon Law Firm to discuss your immigration questions.  Our firm is committed to assisting individuals and companies in navigating the complexities of U.S. immigration laws in areas including but not limited to:

  • Family Based Immigration
  • Citizenship & Naturalization
  • Visas
  • Employment Based Immigration
  • Immigration through Military Service
  • Employer Compliance
  • DACA

Person Injury and Wrongful Death

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, call an experienced attorney at the Vernon Law Firm. When dealing with issues arising from an accident or serious injury, you can depend on the commitment and determination of our attorneys to handle your case with the utmost care and consideration. Our services include: 

  • Auto/Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Dog Bite Cases
  • Premises Liability
  • Serious Accidents

Community Associations

Attorneys at Vernon Law have years of experience representing developers, owners’ associations, management companies and homeowners in condominium, townhome and residential communities as well as commercial retail developments.  We offer a range of services including:

  • Development and Enforcement of CCR’s, Bylaws and other governing documents
  • Review and Interpretation of HOA documents
  • Advise non-profit boards
  • Counsel management companies
  • Handle collections, liens and foreclosures
  • Evaluate liabilities and mediate conflicts with contractors, homeowners, banks and others
  • Compliance with state and federal Fair Debt Collection Practice laws
  • Fair Housing Compliance and Certification for Residential Communities

Civil Litigation

Civil litigation can be handled through various means, including mediation, arbitration, or a courtroom trial.

Our experienced litigation attorneys will assist you in resolving such disputes as:

  • Breach of contract
  • Personal Injury/Wrongful Death cases
  • Auto/Car accidents
  • Construction issues
  • Premises Liability
  • Landlord/Tenant matters
  • Land Use disputes
  • Debt Collections