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  • East Carolina Law Group | Self Help Series : Introductory Video

    Introductory Video Self Help Series Attorney Timothy Koller East Carolina Law Group 4130 Caratoke Highway Barco NC 27917 252.453.2273 http://eastcarolinalaw.com...

  • Copyright Infringement and You

    Copyright is a tricky area.  By definition, it is the legal protection for “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, graphic, audiovisual, and other creations.  Copyright protections to protect the rights of the author attach automatically as soon as a thing is created, although the automatic protections are not as powerful as a copyright that is federally registered.  For example: your tenth grade book report on The Great Gatsby is copyrighted ...

  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Makes Terrible Decision

    Another blow against gun rights from the so-called “most conservative circuit”. I guess they are “conservative” to the extent that they will allow suspected terrorists to be held without trial,charge or constitutional protections at Club Gitmo. But the 4th Circuit has just written the Fourth Amendment out of the Constitution for those of us who legally carry firearms for self defense. The decision was rendered in the appeal of a case in which a Maryland man was convicted ...

  • CCW “Badges”

    I mentioned this in my blog post on concealed carry but it’s kind of buried in there. Just wanted to address it again. With the proliferation of these “concealed carry badges” I believe we are going to see an increase in prosecutions for impersonating a law enforcement officer. While that is bad enough, that charge is a misdemeanor here in North Carolina. The thing I am more concerned with is what I call the “Zimmerman Effect” which is the theory of the prosecution ...

  • Weird Laws: Contributory Negligence

    The idea behind a lawsuit for negligence is simple: if you are harmed because someone else wasn’t being as careful as they were supposed to be, you may have a claim for negligence.  But what if you weren’t being careful either?  In most states, a person can only recover for negligence if they were less than 50% responsible for their own injury.  For example, if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel are driving too fast and furiously and get into a traffic collision, where Vin sues ...


      By. Timothy P. Koller Jr. February 2014 INTRODUCTION   Beginning in the 1940’s, at a time when the national divorce rate was less than 10%, there was an inherent understanding that children of broken homes and families needed to be provided for.1 Corresponding with this time in our period of social and legal history, there was also the prevailing misconception that women had an inherent right to physical custody of minor children.2  This underlying social concept was likely bolstered ...

  • Concealed Carry in North Carolina

    By. Attorney Lee I. Malco, Esq. 17 March 2017   This is probably one of the most widely misunderstood areas of North Carolina law.  Everyone seems to have an opinion on it but many are lacking in a factual basis for that opinion.  From time to time, I’ll be giving everyone an update on the current state of the law governing the carrying of concealed weapons here on the website.  I will also be providing accounts of news stories involving the lawful use of firearms in self defense as we...

  • Top 3 Reasons to Have a Will (Even If You’re Not Old Yet)

    By: Lauren Paglia 3/17/2017 They say that only one thing in life is certain: death. For many of us, end-of-life planning is something that we don’t think about until we start playing BINGO and eating dinner at 3:30PM; but we should. According to the Washington post, life expectancy in the US is down for the first time in over 20 years. Nobody plans on being in a traffic collision or falling ill suddenly, but tragedy strikes. Below are the top 3 reasons why you should quit waiting for a reason ...