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Did drinking get you into legal trouble in North Carolina?

If you're age 21 or more, there's nothing necessarily wrong (at least, legally) with consuming alcohol, provided you do so in a manner that does not negatively affect your life or those around you. It's no secret that alcohol-related issues often wreak havoc in people's lives, as many North Carolina residents can attest. Depending on your reasons for drinking, how you drink, where you drink, with whom, etc., it may or may not be a serious problem in your life.

Boating under the influence and North Carolina law

One of the advantages of living here in North Carolina is the abundance of beautiful coastal areas and lakes. For many North Carolinians, a day on a boat, whether off the Atlantic coast or elsewhere, involves alcohol. However, if you're the one operating the vessel, it's essential to realize that boating under the influence can be every bit as dangerous as driving under the influence. The legal penalties can also be serious.

Be careful with estate plan changes during and after divorce

If you and your spouse are headed for divorce and your relationship has devolved into conflict, distrust and perhaps even some hate, one of your first instincts may be to remove him or her entirely from all of your estate planning documents. You don't want your estranged spouse having any say over your finances and certainly not over your medical care should you become incapacitated. You may not want your soon-to-be ex to get a penny of your money if you die.

How to set up a special needs trust without forfeiting benefits

If you have an adult child or another family member with a physical or mental disability that impacts their ability to care for themselves, you want to ensure that they are provided for once you're no longer around. Many people create special needs trusts for this purpose. Here's how it works.

Laws involving drinking and driving vary between the Carolinas

Many South Carolina residents spend time in North Carolina enjoying the beaches and other attractions, visiting family and friends or attending college. Many laws regarding drinking and driving are the same in both states. For example, if you're 21 or older, a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or above can get you arrested in both states. That drops to just a .02 BAC if you're under 21.

INcrease your chances of avoiding DWI/DUI stops in North Carolina

You undoubtedly already know that the easiest way to avoid a DWI/DUI stop in North Carolina, or anywhere, is to completely refrain from consuming alcohol before driving. However, even such seemingly foolproof measures do not always work because police often make mistakes and arrest people for suspected drunk driving who have not been drinking at all before getting behind the wheel.  

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