May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

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The Aftermath: Recovering From a Hurricane

It is said that preparedness is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. 

Many Eastern North Carolina residents are taking the right precautions to protect their families, businesses, and property as Hurricane Dorian pushes through our state. While we're hoping for the best, unfortunately, there is no way to predict the true extent of damages caused by the storm's powerful winds, heavy rains, storm surges, and flooding. 

In the aftermath of the storm, there are some things residents and employers should know if affected by Hurricane Dorian. We've rounded up a few articles that can aid during the recovery process. 


Who Is Responsible for That Fallen Tree?

In planned communities, the question of responsibility for damage caused by fallen trees is often posed to the owners association.  Although it is not the association's job to play arbiter if a dispute arises between lot owners, owners association board members should understand the general law regarding fallen trees. Read more.

What! My Flood Policy Doesn’t Cover Flood Damage?! This, and Other Pitfalls of NFIP Flood Insurance Policies

Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (the "NFIP") to help make flood insurance more affordable in higher-risk areas. FEMA oversees the program and writes the terms of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (the "Policy"), and the Federal government pays claims.  Since the NFIP is a government program designed to help those suffering from flood damage, you might think that the claims process is worry-free.  Unfortunately, that could not be more wrong! Read more.


Employer Survival Toolkit for Natural Disasters and Inclement Weather

From an employment perspective, employers should consider adding or refining the following tools in advance of the next natural disaster or adverse weather event. Read more.

A Short Refresher on Discrete Legal Issues During Natural Disasters

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In that spirit, what follows are certain pay and leave issues employers may confront during times of natural disaster – all of which are better to be thought about ahead of time, to the extent possible, instead of "in the moment" once a natural disaster strikes.  Read more

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Litigation Attorney

Michael is a civil litigator with a diverse practice before various federal and state courts, including bankruptcy courts and the North Carolina Business Court. He has significant experience at all stages of litigation in cases involving a broad range of commercial, organizational and business, contract, landlordtenant, collections, trusts and estates, tax, and bankruptcy issues. Michael also frequently handles appellate matters in those areas. He finds creative strategies to assist his clients in pursuing their goals through the court system and through alternative...