Prior to filing for divorce in North Carolina, a husband and wife must be separated for a period of at least one year. During this one year separation period several issues can arise between a husband and wife. These issues include many of the legal issues that are considered at divorce, such as child custody, child support, alimony and the division of marital property.
With a separation agreement, these issues can be agreed upon between husband and wife before they are eligible for a divorce. A separation agreement is a binding contract between husband and wife and is legally enforceable.
To be enforceable by a North Carolina court, the separation agreement must adhere to certain formalities. This is why it is important to hire an attorney who can draft the agreement correctly. An attorney will ensure that the agreement is fully enforceable and your rights are protected.
If you live in Harnett, Lee, Cumberland, or Wake county and would like to speak with one of our family law attorneys about a separation agreement, we would be gald to assist you.
Introduction of House Bill 30; Allow Wage Garnishment to Satisfy Judgments
Recently, a bill has been introduced in the General Assembly to allow for wage garnishment in North Carolina. Currently, North Carolina does not allow for a worker’s wages to be garnished to satisfy a judgment, except in very limited situations. Most times, winning a lawsuit against a person is almost a symbolic move, because there is almost no way to collect on the judgment after it has been rendered. If you get a judgment against that person, you have to attempt to get the sheriff to seize the debtor’s property and sell it at auction to satisfy the judgment. If the debtor has little enough property that all of it is exempt from execution (and many people are entirely exempt from execution), then there is no way to get any money out of the judgment.
House Bill 30 would change that state of affairs. It would allow almost all judgment creditors to garnish up to 15% of the wages of someone who owes them money after a lawsuit. In addition, there are provisions in the law that would allow a person in financial hardship to avoid being subjected to garnishment. If passed, the law would be a significant game changer in the area of collections.
The Law Offices of Jason O. Wunsch are pleased to announce that they will be expanding the size of their Lillington office to include three new offices and a state of the art conference room. The addition will enlarge the existing building by approximately 1200 square feet and will take six months to complete. The contractor, George Womble, originally constructed the office in 2006. “I am excited about the addition as it has become necessary due to the tremendous growth of my business,” stated Jason Wunsch, owner of the law firm. The Lilington office now includes four attorneys and three support staff.
Attorney Jason O. Wunsch, of the Wunsch Law Firm, traveled to Asheville this past weekend in his capacity as President Elect of the Lillington, Rotary Club. The purpose of the trip was to attend the District 7710 Rotary Conference. Former Harnett County Chief Judge Ed McCormick also attended the event. The Conference included numerous guest speakers and an opportunity to explore the pretty city of Asheville, located in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
The Rotary Club is a service organization committed to projects both nationally and globally. The club has been successful in the near eradication of Polio worldwide. The Lillington Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 6:30 P.M at Howards Barbeque in Lillington.
The North Carolina General Assembly, in the approaching weeks, will reduce the Indigent Defense Services’ (IDS) budget in addition to its existing underfunding. This will result in the inability of IDS to continue compensating private counsel at the existing rates. As a result, the IDS Commission is exploring new rates for appointed attorneys, investigators, mitigation specialists, and others who perform the needed services for indigent defendants and respondents.
The IDS Commission will hold a meeting in May to discuss the lower hourly rates of compensation as well as the possibility of alternative compensation, but the IDS budget will not be finalized at this meeting. Thus, the IDS Commission will continue to examine the schedule of rates after this meeting, and under the current House budget, it will retain its authority to determine the new rates.
While this will impact attorneys across the state, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason Wunsch remain on the list of available court appointed attorneys in Harnett County. We will continue to advocate not only on behalf of our privately retained clients, but for our clients to whom we have been appointed as well.
After the wave of storms and tornadoes which battered through North Carolina, the attorneys and staff of the Law Offices of Jason O. Wunsch are gathering to celebrate a brighter event.
This Saturday, April 23, 2011 the firm’s television appearance will premiere on the CW22 at 5:00 p.m. The attorneys and staff will gather to celebrate its premiere over this Easter Weekend.
Introducing our recent television commercial which appeared on Raleigh’s CW22 Network for the first time last week.
From the Harnett County News on Aug 4, 2010:
Popular Lillington atttorney Jason Wunsch is expanding his business to a third county. Already with offices in Lillington and Holly Springs, Mr. Wunsch said he will soon have an office in Lee County. He will hire an additional attorney to help with the case load in that county. Mr. Wunsch’s brother, Chad, handles most of the work in the Wake County office. Mr. Wunsch is set to become president of the Lillington Rotary Club next year.