Ward and Smith, P.A.

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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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  • North Carolina
Number of Attorneys
50-100 Attorneys

Muddy Waters: Stormwater Permits Not Meant to Control Flooding or Flood Losses

Those living in communities subject to North Carolina Stormwater Permits or local stormwater management easement agreements are increasingly alarmed as rainy weather, even without a named storm, causes property to saturate and…more
 /  Construction Law, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

NC Department of Transportation Condemnation: What Do They Mean By Permanent Utility Easement?

When the North Carolina Department of Transportation ("DOT") exercises its power of eminent domain, in addition to taking private property in fee simple, it will often take various easements, including Permanent Utility…more
 /  Energy & Utilities, Transportation, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Individual Chapter 11 Plans Also Are Just About Written in Stone

In an article last year, we informed you about a ruling from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, in In re Royal, holding that debtors seeking modification of a confirmed Chapter 13 plan…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking

New Year, New Data Protection Law: Is Your Company Ready for the GDPR?

The countdown has officially begun. On May 25, 2018, the European Union's ("EU") General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), a sweeping data privacy and security regulation resulting from years of regulatory and political…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

It's Official: Brewers Will Pay Less Tax in 2018. Now What?

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which reduces the federal excise tax on brewers for years 2018, 2019, and 2020. A detailed description of how the new law reduces brewers' excise tax…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Taxation

Estate Planning Resolutions for 2018

Another holiday season will have come and gone before we know it. For many, the start of 2018 will be a time of empty commitment to self-improvement because meaningful New Year's resolutions are frequently made but rarely kept…more
 /  Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Wrapping Your Privacy Practices Up with a Bow

For many companies, the "hap-happiest season of all" coincides with the busiest season of all. Business owners and employees are racing to fill customer orders in time for the holidays, which also means an avalanche of new…more
 /  Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

In-House Counsel: How to Avoid Missteps in the Social Media Minefield

While social media has become ubiquitous, attorneys are subject to particular restrictions online. During Ward and Smith’s 2017 In-House Counsel Seminar two attorneys reviewed some of the potential pitfalls in-house counsel must…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Law Practice Products & Services, Privacy

Investment Crowdfunding Exemptions: Understand What You Can and Cannot Do to Advertise Your Offering

This article expands upon a recent overview of the securities law exemptions commonly used for investment crowdfunding campaigns. The six distinct exemptions or "paths" outlined below are the most commonly used by companies…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

New Bankruptcy Rules that Creditors Need to Know and Follow

On December 1, 2017, several changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure took effect. The changes involve consumer cases under Chapter 13 and affect creditors with secured claims, unsecured claims, and judgment liens…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking

Social Hosts Beware: "One More for the Road?" May Be a Bad Idea

Everyone was having such a good time, too . . . The company was hosting its annual holiday party. The company had arranged to hold the event that Saturday night in a hotel ballroom. Moods were festive, especially because the…more
 /  Insurance, Labor & Employment Law

Cheers! Brewers Will Have Reason to Toast if Proposed Tax Changes Become Law

Much press has been given to recent efforts in Congress to reform the federal tax code. The House and the Senate have each proposed their own bills to amend the tax laws, and congressional leaders are fervently trying to…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Taxation

The EEOC on Pregnancy, Reasonable Accommodation, and Religion

Recent Views from the EEOC Charlotte District Office - Thomas M. Colclough, Deputy District Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Charlotte District, spoke on October 6th at Ward and Smith's Labor &…more
 /  Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Closely Held Businesses: You Make the Plan, or a Plan Will Be Made For You

Who is the Better Planner for Your Affairs: You or the State? Planning for succession of a closely held business is a lot like making a will. An individual has the opportunity to make a will which directs how the individual's…more
 /  Business Organizations, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

In Bankruptcy, a Lease Isn't Always a Lease

In In re Price, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina recently explored the difference between a “true” lease of personal property and “disguised” financing. Creditors should take heed of…more
 /  Bankruptcy, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential
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