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Many of the attorneys in the Law Firm Alliance author articles and thought leadership pieces on important topics and trends covering a wide variety of practices.  

While these articles are correct on matters of law when they are produced, verdicts, rulings, legislation and other actions may affect the applicability of some of the information. Please consult your legal advisor before making decisions on the information you read here.


Top 10 Estate Planning Mistakes & How to Avoid Making Them

June 14, 2019
Virginia Carter and Eldridge Dodson, Ward and Smith, P.A.

As estate planners, we have seen it all over the years. What we have learned is that people make some common mistakes.

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USPS Revises Policies on Shipment of Hemp and Hemp-Related Products

June 13, 2019
Tyler Russell, Hemp Law Attorney, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Effective June 6, 2019, the United States Postal Service (USPS) revised its rules and regulations to provide new mailing standards for hemp and products derived from hemp – identified by the USPS as "Hemp-based Products."

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Fourth Circuit Provides Relief to Chapter 13 Debtors for Some Underwater Mortgages

June 11, 2019
Lance Martin, Creditors' Rights Attorney, Ward and Smith, P.A.

In a victory for Chapter 13 debtors, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently issued a major decision that changes the way bankruptcy courts in North Carolina will deal with certain home mortgages in Chapter 13.

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USDOL Announces Technical Updates to NLRA Poster Under Executive Order 13496

Labor and Employment Law
Larry P. Malfitano, Bond, Schoeneck & King
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Beard Winter successfully obtains judgment for University Plumbing & Heating Ltd.

May 30, 2019
Robert Harason, Commercial and Construction Litigation Partner, Beard Winter LLP
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GDPR - Year One: Practitioners’ Perspective

May 23, 2019
Dawn Newton and Shruti Bhutani Arora

May 25th marks the first anniversary of the enforcement of the European Union's General Data Protection Agreement (GDPR). GDPR has ushered in a new era of data privacy and security laws and compliance. 

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Personal Jurisdiction Over a Foreign Ship Manager: A Claim-By-Claim Analysis

May 17, 2019
Carmona v. Leo Ship Mgmt, Inc.; No. 18-20248, 2019 WL 2067296* (5th Cir. May 10, 2019).
Douglas P. Matthews of King & Jurgens, Offshore Winds Blog
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Washington’s Data Breach Law is Changing – Expanding Definition of “Personal Information” and Adding New Notification Requirements

May 16, 2019
Bobby N. Turnage, Jr., Sands Anderson PC

Sands Anderson Cybersecurity & Technology Team Leader Bobby Turnage writes on the upcoming changes to Washington State's data breach notification law.

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Action against Beard Winter client Southside Construction dismissed with costs

May 15, 2019
David A. Decker, Commercial Litigation Lawyer, Beard Winter LLP
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2018 Farm Bill and Federal Trademark Protection for Hemp

May 15, 2019
Erica Rogers, Ward and Smith, P.A.

Hemp breeders, growers, processors, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers can now seek federal registration for trademarks or service marks (collectively, "marks") by submitting an application with the USPTO. 

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