Ward and Smith, P.A.

1001 College Court
New Bern, North Carolina 28562, United States
Phone: 252.672.5400
Fax: 252.672.5477
Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Agriculture
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Health
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Personal Injury
  • Privacy
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • North Carolina
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Making Sure the Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Navigating Director and Officer Liability Insurance for Community Associations

A community or property owner association ("Association") acts through board members and officers who are volunteers and are generally willing to serve because they care about their communities. But in this day and age, they…more
 /  Business Organizations, Insurance, Nonprofit Law, Real Estate - Residential

Look Before You Sign … the Pitfalls of Personal Guaranties

Limited liability protections afforded by various corporate, limited liability, or limited partnership laws normally insulate business owners from personal liability for their business's debts. However, lenders routinely…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

"ITIN Contractors" – What North Carolina Construction Companies Need to Know to Minimize Risk

As explained in an earlier article, the North Carolina Department of Revenue (the "NCDOR") has aggressively audited North Carolina construction companies on the issue of whether they are properly withholding with respect to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Taxation

Can I Secure A Loan with Bitcoin? Part II

In my previous article, I discussed the challenges of using Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code ("UCC") to create and perfect a security interest in virtual currency like Bitcoin, Ethereum, or Litecoin. (I use “bitcoin”…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Best Practices For Homeowner Association Directors and Boards

Approximately 65 million Americans reside in a subdivision, condominium complex, or other planned community which is governed by a community association. The typical community association is governed by a board of directors…more
 /  Business Organizations, Real Estate - Residential

New Statutes of Limitation For Zoning Enforcement

Statutes of limitation are laws that place a limitation on the period of time within which a party may commence litigation about certain matters. They are based upon the concept that there should be some time period during…more
 /  Construction Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Wake Up and Smell the . . . PLAY-DOH®?

It has been about a year since the toy company, Hasbro, Inc. (“Hasbro”), filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") to register the scent of PLAY-DOH® toy-modeling compound. Although Hasbro only last…more
 /  Administrative Law, Intellectual Property

Protecting Important Assets of your Growing Business: The Value of Non-Compete Agreements and Trade Secret Protection

You have a great idea for a product or service and dream of putting that idea to work by starting a business. Once your dream has become reality, however, and your business starts to grow, it will not be successful for very long…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law

Can I Secure a Loan with Bitcoin? Part I

Each day seems to bring another story about Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, or another virtual currency. If virtual currencies continue to grow in popularity, it's only a matter of time before borrowers offer to pledge virtual…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

N.C. Supreme Court Holds Real Estate Brokers May Testify on the Issue of Fair Market Value

In a recent opinion, the North Carolina Supreme Court expanded the possibilities of allowable testimony about a property's fair market value. In its decision in North Carolina Department of Transportation v. Mission Battleground…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial

The 2018 North Carolina Chamber Environmental Compliance Conference

The North Carolina Chamber hosted its annual Environmental Compliance Conference on February 1, 2018, in Durham. North Carolina leaders were on hand to provide updates and advice on environmental compliance regarding air, water,…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Law Practice Products & Services, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Hot Topics from the Community Association Institute's Law Seminar

Each year, the Community Association Institute ("CAI") assembles the top community association attorneys from around the country to participate in its Community Association Law Seminar, an education and networking event that…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Law Practice Products & Services, Real Estate - Residential

North Carolina Cases Involving Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury ("TBI") results from a specific traumatic event causing some type of damage to the brain. Such trauma could be the head being struck by an object or being jolted by a collision, or even having an object…more
 /  Insurance, Personal Injury

Hemp Horizon: Time for Growth?

The Legal Commercialization of Industrial Hemp in North Carolina - North Carolina is an agricultural power house. The state's farmers contribute over $80 billion to the economy every year and grow all sorts of crops—legally…more
 /  Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Community Associations: Proxies at Meetings are from Mars and Written Ballots are from Venus

Most community associations, at least annually, are faced with action items requiring a vote of their membership. For example, community association membership participation is necessary on an annual basis to elect the Board of…more
 /  Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law, Real Estate - Residential
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