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If a North Carolina police officer asks you to do this, be aware

You may be among many people in North Carolina and elsewhere who get nervous when they see a police officer in uniform. Even if a cop pulls you over and you are fairly confident you were not breaking the law in any way while driving, the sight of an officer approaching your vehicle might be enough to make your blood pressure soar. This type of stress causes many motorists to mistakenly believe that police can do whatever they want during traffic stops.  

Protecting the privacy of data on your devices at the border

Thanks to a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, law enforcement officers don't have the right to search the contents of your smartphone without a warrant even if you're under arrest. The same right to privacy, however, doesn't apply if you're entering or exiting the U.S. Lower court rulings have been inconsistent in addressing the extent to which searches of electronic devices are allowed at the border.

How you can protect a child with a spendthrift trust

You're finally taking the step of putting an estate plan in place. You hope you'll be around for decades to come, but you never know. You've worked hard your entire adult life and have considerable assets to show for all of that hard work. You want your children to inherit that money.

What is 'undue influence?'

One of the most common reasons that people challenge a will or other estate plan documents after a person's death is "undue influence." This is when someone coerces (mentally, physically and/or morally) a testator to the point where that person isn't designating the dispersion of their assets as they would if they were exercising their own free will.

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