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Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC is a Statesville, North Carolina, law firm that has served the citizens of Iredell County and surrounding areas since 1932.

Throughout that time, our commitment to client service, strong advocacy and excellence in the practice of law have never wavered.

Criminal Law
At Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, our attorneys provide individuals in the Statesville area and surrounding portions of North Carolina with the strong, effective criminal defense representation required to fully protect their rights. More importantly, our experience with handling criminal cases from all sides of the courtroom enables us to anticipate prosecution strategies and judicial responses that other attorneys might not be able to predict.
We defend clients facing a wide range of felony and misdemeanor charges under North Carolina criminal law, including:
  • All drug offenses, ranging from simple possession to drug trafficking
  • Driving while impaired (DWI, DUI)
  • Domestic assault
  • Theft, robbery and larceny
  • Property crimes
  • White collar crimes, embezzlement and fraud
  • Simple speeding tickets up to serious traffic violations (street racing, manslaughter, etc.)
  • Sex crimes

If you have recently been charged with a crime, you have probably also experienced a range of emotions from humiliation and fear to shame and guilt — even if you are innocent of the charges. To make matters more difficult, the criminal justice system is not self-explanatory or "user-friendly."

For everyone who places their trust in us, we strive to:

  • Give a complete analysis of your legal situation
  • Inform you about upcoming court procedures, and paint a picture for you of what is going to happen if you have to go to court
  • Answer your questions
  • Aggressively defend your rights in every way
  • Respond to phone calls and e-mails the same day
  • Communicate in a frank, clear and thorough manner about your case and options

For all these reasons and more, make no mistake: protect your rights and your freedom by hiring an experienced criminal law attorney as soon as possible. Seth Johnson practices criminal law extensively in the courts of Iredell and surrounding counties. If you or someone close to you has recently been arrested, contact our firm today and make arrangements to meet with him. Seth will sit down with you at no cost to see how our firm can assist you with your criminal case.

Missed Court Dates
If you miss a court date, the consequences can be as minor as receiving a letter from DMV regarding your driver’s license, to something as serious as the police knocking on your door at midnight to take you to jail. Whether you were charged with DUI, a traffic violation or other infraction, missing a court date will have consequences if not appropriately and quickly addressed.
Seemingly minor legal troubles snowball when they are not addressed effectively by a dedicated criminal defense professional. You can't simply get a new court date from the district attorney. An order for your arrest may be recalled or you have the option of turning yourself in to police.

A better option is to contact Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC. Lawyers at our firm enjoy an excellent reputation and will present you with all of your available options and work with you side by side to do what’s best for you.

DWI, Traffic Offense & DMV Hearings
Seth Johnson has years of experience and extensive training in handling DWI cases. Being pulled over and arrested for DWI can be a frightening and intimidating event. You may be confused as to your rights and responsibilities. Why did they take your license? When can you get it back? Why did you have to blow so many times? Should you have refused to blow and refused to do their tests? What does all of this mean?
We pride ourselves on our ability to guide clients through the complex DWI process efficiently and thoroughly, advising you at all stages of the process on what you can do to make the situation better for yourself.

If you have been charged with DWI in North Carolina, Seth Johnson at Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, is ready to stand up for your rights.

We readily address issues such as insurance increases, fines, jail time for repeat offenders and license suspension at all stages of the case.

If you have been charged with DWI, your license may be suspended or revoked. Many people rely on the ability to drive in order to earn a living. If your license has been suspended or revoked, we may be able to help by obtaining limited driving privileges for you. Our firm is experienced and ready to help you with your case and any other traffic matters like speeding tickets, reckless driving, and uninsured driving.

If you have received a letter from the DMV saying you are eligible for a hearing to get your license back, or if you think you might be eligible for a hearing, and want someone to find out for sure, contact our office today.

Civil Litigation
Civil litigation is about legal disputes. They arise in all kinds of contexts and can involve your business, your money or your rights. Rather than simply suffer the consequences of wrongdoing by another party, talk to a lawyer at Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC.

Lawyers at our firm have served clients in the Iredell County community since 1932. We can advise you of your legal position and represent you in any legal action you wish to take, or defend against. We handle state and federal matters, from property disputes, to construction law, to breach of contract actions.

Our approach and process is effective because:
  • We listen because we care about our clients and we need to know pertinent facts.
  • We answer questions because we understand how urgent the matter may be to you.
  • We advise you of your options after careful consideration of the law and facts.

You call the shots and we will initiate negotiations with the other party, given your goals and with your directions. Our skills in this area are superlative. If a satisfactory resolution can be achieved without the time and expense of going to court, this may be in your best interest.

We have decades of experience and are ready, willing and able to take your case to court. Pretrial procedure can make or break a case before we step into the courtroom. If trial is necessary, we will aggressively and unwaveringly advocate for you.

Family Law
We are a community and family-oriented law practice providing legal solutions for North Carolina families.

Family law can involve a much broader range of issues than just divorce and matters of child custody or property division. These other issues include juvenile dependency, domestic abuse and neglect, adoption, prenuptial agreements and marriage contracts and paternity, to name a few.

Lawyers at our firm have served clients in the Iredell County community since 1932. We can advise you of your legal position and represent you in any legal action you wish to take, or defend against, when it comes to your case regarding family law.

Should I Go To Mediation?

Although it's not always required, mediation is often a very good option to resolve contentious family law issues. This is especially true with regard to divorce-related issues such as child custody, visitation and support. Ultimately it’s up to you, as our client, to decide on how you want your case handled, and we’ll offer our years of experience in handling similar matters so you can make the best decision for you and your family.

Because the attorneys at our firm have extensive litigation experience involving divorce, they understand the value of the mediation forum and how much less damaging it can be for all concerned. However, if the mediation process breaks down our attorneys are prepared and experienced when it comes to going to trial and presenting your case to the judge.

Adoption Services

Due to the emotional nature of divorce and the heartbreaking results that sometimes occur, family law is one of the most difficult types of law to practice. Fortunately, there's adoption, which can be a bright spot for everyone by adding a new person to your family. Our attorneys offer advice and services for traditional adoptions, step-parent adoptions, grandparent adoptions and international adoptions as well.

For answers to other questions you may have about our family law practice and the services we provide — call us at either of the phone numbers listed below or contact our firm online using the button below and schedule a time for us to meet with you and talk more.

Divorce can bring a great deal of stress to your life, the lives of your children, and even the lives of your friends and extended family members. It can also have a tremendous impact on your future. The complex emotional and legal matters involved in divorce must be addressed thoroughly, with care and as efficiently as possible so you can move forward with your life in a positive way.

Considering divorce? Our lawyers can explain the legal process clearly, prepare you for what's ahead and help you get through it with minimal damage. To learn more about your options and what we can do to help, we encourage you to call or contact us online today.

Our firm can help you resolve all of the important issues associated with both contested and uncontested divorce matters, including:
  • Divorce mediation
  • Asset, debt and property division
  • Pension plan and retirement fund allocation
  • Alimony (spousal support)
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Custodial parent relocation
  • Post-divorce modification of custody and support agreements

Our firm's lead divorce attorney, Joanne E. Ashley, devotes the bulk of her practice to representing families in crisis. In advising and representing you during the divorce process, she will be able to answer any questions you have from start to finish and provide you with clear and honest assessments of your legal options at every stage of the case until it’s resolved.

Lastly, although our firm has extensive litigation experience and is prepared to take your case to court to get the right result, divorce litigation is often a lose-lose proposition. This is why we prefer and strive for the speedier, more cost-effective approach of resolving the issues out of court whenever possible and appropriate to do so.

Child Custody & Support
Of all the questions raised by divorce, the most important one may be this: What is going to be best for the children?

In truth, divorce is going to be hard on the children no matter what. With the help and advice an experienced divorce lawyer can provide, it’s possible to resolve the important child custody, visitation and support differences you might have with your spouse…without putting your children in the middle.

Firm partner, Joanne E. Ashley, focuses the majority of her practice on helping parents make their way through the process of divorce, while staying focused on the best long-term interests of their children in mind at the same time.

At Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, we understand how emotional and highly contentious the issues of child custody and support can be. We provide an objective perspective, a supportive environment and attorneys who work to help parents resolve their differences through negotiation or mediation — rather than through contentious court action.

Various matters we can help you with include:

  • Petitions for sole child custody
  • Joint child custody arrangements
  • Visitation rights (parenting time plans)
  • Child support
  • Modifications to custody, visitation and support orders
  • Enforcement of custody, visitation and support orders
  • Stepparent adoptions (terminations of parental rights)
  • Relocating with children after divorce

One last word: We strongly believe that wherever possible and appropriate, divorce issues involving children should be settled outside of court. This allows the parents to make decisions regarding their own children, rather than forcing a judge who doesn't know them or their family to do it for them. However, rest assured that our firm has the litigation experience required and is prepared to take your case to court in order to get the right result.

Business Law
We are Statesville's business planning lawyers, focusing on business success and how to plan for it.

Putting care and forethought into your business planning is a key building block for success. Talk to our lawyers about starting your new business or improving your existing one. Please call our Statesville office or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.

At Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, we help individuals and businesses in the Statesville area and surrounding portions of North Carolina plan for and overcome the challenges of competing in today's business world. Our attorneys have decades of combined business law experience to offer along with keen insights into the business sector in this part of the state. And as with every area of our practice, you can also depend on our commitment to provide those services as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Our Business Law services include:

  • Assisting in choosing the business entity that's right for your needs (an PLLC, an LLP, a limited partnership, a family limited partnership, etc.)
  • Drafting articles of incorporation, by-laws and other required business documents
  • Assisting you in planning for tax, insurance and liability issues
  • Providing advice, services and representation regarding business contracts and transactions (buy-sell agreements, UCC issues, etc.)
  • Development a business succession plans
  • Planning for future growth and further success
Elder Law
We help keep your golden years golden.

You've worked hard your whole life. You've saved. You've done all of the things you're supposed to do. Now you are getting very close to retirement or have already taken that next step into what, by all accounts, is supposed to be the golden age of your life. But there's at least one more thing to be done: Medicaid planning.

In America today, growing older has become synonymous with growing more concerned about affordable health care. Our firm can help you address these concerns and gain the peace of mind you've been looking for. To schedule a consultation with an elder law attorney call our firm or contact us online today.

At Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, we help people and families in the Statesville area and in the surrounding portions of North Carolina deal with the unique legal issues associated with growing old. Our attorneys have several decades of combined experience dealing with the concerns of the elderly, a comprehensive understanding of the law and a proven ability to make it work for you as well.

Our elder law services include:

  • Helping you plan for long-term health care/nursing care needs
  • Advising you with regard to long-term care insurance
  • Assisting you in retaining your eligibility for government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid
  • Drafting durable powers of attorney
  • Establishing guardianships and conservatorships
  • Helping you choose a nursing home or assisted living facility
  • Planning for in-home care
Personal Injury
Justice for the injured.

Being injured in a serious accident can turn your life upside-down in a heartbeat and leave both you and your family in a state of physical, emotional and financial devastation. Medical bills arriving daily, doctor appointments, painful rehabilitation, not being able to work, fighting with the insurance company, overwhelming grief and the added stress everyone in the family is forced to endure — nothing can prepare you for it.

But when the accident in question wasn't really an accident at all, when it was actually the result of another's careless, reckless or indifferent actions, obtaining justice and fair compensation for your losses can help.

Our attorneys know how the insurance industry works and the strategies they'll use to minimize their losses at your expense. If you or a member of your family has suffered serious personal injury because of the negligent or wrongful actions of someone else, contact us today. Our lawyers have decades of combined legal experience with these cases and a long track record of successful results.

The kinds of personal injury cases we handle usually involve major physical damage – as is the case with neck, back, brain and spinal cord injuries. We also assist clients who have lost a loved one or close family member in an accident through the pursuit of wrongful death claims.

Our practice includes:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Accidents and injuries caused by unsafe properties
  • Retail store accidents
  • Swimming pool accidents

Because attorneys at our firm have extensive litigation experience and have proven their willingness to litigate in order to get the results clients deserve, we are often able to obtain fair settlements from insurance companies without putting clients through the delays and ordeal of a trial. Right now, we want to assure you of two things: We will prepare your case from the very beginning as if trial will be necessary, and, we will never recommend a settlement that we are not completely convinced is in your best interest.

Commercial Real Estate
We focus on commercial real estate and how to avoid the pitfalls.

Commercial real estate issues differ from those associated with residential real estate in many important ways. First, the value of the investments involved is typically much greater. Second, the laws governing commercial real estate transactions are often complex. And third, resolving everything else — from financing, title clearance and construction issues to insurance, zoning matters and even the closing — is usually more difficult as well.

Our lawyers thoroughly know the law and know how to complete deals while protecting your interests and investment. To discuss your commercial real estate transaction and concerns with a member of our firm call our Statesville office or contact us online.

Today, our firm meets the legal needs of clients who have commercial real estate concerns in this portion of the state. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of North Carolina's commercial real estate laws and requirements, and several decades of combined legal experience from which to draw in helping you accomplish your goals.

Some of the various concerns we can help you with include:
  • Buy-sell agreements
  • Land purchase contracts
  • 1031 like-kind exchanges
  • Commercial real estate closings

If you are facing some other commercial real estate issue, one in which we do not focus our practice, we can help you find the right lawyer for that particular issue.

Residential Real Estate
We help you protect the investment of a lifetime.

For many people, buying a home is probably the single biggest investment they will make. Similarly, a home is often the most valuable asset most people will ever have. But because most people aren't lawyers, realtors or mortgage brokers — buying or selling residential real estate is a hectic and often confusing experience.

As the mortgage crisis showed, real estate professionals don't always have the best interests of buyers and sellers in mind. Our residential real estate lawyers are on your side and yours alone. Take steps to protect your investment and call or contact our firm online to discuss your residential real estate needs today.

With a Iredell County tradition dating back to 1873, Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC has a long and rich history with North Carolina real estate law. In fact, a predecessor of our firm helped in the forming and foundation of Iredell County. Over the years we have done a great deal of title work throughout the area and have assisted in countless local real estate transactions.

Today, our firm meets a full range of residential real estate legal needs for people throughout the area. Our attorneys have a deep understanding of North Carolina's residential real estate laws and requirements, and several decades of combined legal experience from which to draw in helping you accomplish your goals.

Our practice includes:
  • Buy and sell agreements
  • Real estate deeds
  • Real estate contracts
  • Residential real estate closings
  • 1031 tax free exchanges
Worker's Compensation
Under the law, every employer has a duty to provide employees with a safe working environment and to carry workers' compensation insurance. If you are injured on the job or as a result of your work, you may be eligible to receive workers compensation benefits for medical expenses, for the work that you miss and for disabilities or other losses you suffer as a result.

If your medical bills are not getting paid, if your weekly check is not arriving in the mail or if you are not receiving the medical care you think you need, our firm is ready to represent you. Contact us today for your free consultation with an attorney.

At Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, our attorneys have decades of experience with North Carolina workers' compensation claims involving temporary and permanent injuries, and both short-term and long-term disability issues. We also assist injured workers who have already received a disability rating and those who are still under a doctor’s care as well.

Some of the more common types of injuries we see include:

  • Neck and back injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Shoulder, knee and joint injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Electrocution burns
  • Amputation injuries and crushing injuries caused by heavy equipment or machinery
  • Eye and ear injuries
Estate Planning
For many people, estate planning isn't the easiest thing to discuss. Unfortunately — as thousands and thousands of previous cases in law books can attest to — it also happens to be among the easiest types of legal issues to ignore or to deal with too hastily.

You, your life and everything you've worked for is unique. That’s why our lawyers don't use "cookie cutter" documents, but instead, work with you to create an estate plan tailored to your needs and yours alone. To learn more, contact our firm to schedule an initial consultation today.

At Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, we meet the estate planning needs of people in Iredell County and the surrounding areas of North Carolina. Our attorneys are skilled problem solvers who understand the common pitfalls associated with estate planning.

Our comprehensive estate planning services work to preserve your wealth, create a more secure financial future for your family and ensure that your wishes are respected when the time comes.

These services include:
  • Wills
  • Asset protection planning
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts
  • Living trusts
  • Life insurance trusts
  • Grantor-retained interest trusts
  • Charitable trusts
  • owers of attorney
  • Living wills
  • Health care directives
  • Elder law and Medicaid planning
  • Estate tax planning
  • Business succession planning
  • Charitable gift planning
  • Business entity formation
  • Probate and estate administration
Asset Protection
At Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, we help families and individuals protect their assets from creditors and government agencies by making use of available legal tools. Our attorneys have several decades of combined experience with estate-related concerns and a comprehensive understanding of both the law and how the law can be made to work favorably clients.
Our lawyers are well versed at asset protection. Simply put, asset protection is the use of trusts, gifting exceptions or business entities (such as the family limited partnership) and applying them in a legally permissible way that minimizes taxes and protects assets from claims made by creditors or the government.

In today's era of staggering long-term health care costs, asset protection planning is absolutely indispensable to anyone who owns their own home or other significant investments. Without an asset protection plan in place, you could be forced to sell your home or give up much of everything you've worked for, just to qualify for Medicaid benefits. We can show you a better way.

Asset protection planning is also essential for anyone who owns a business. This is because a court judgment rendered against your business could mean forfeiting those assets — unless you have shielded yourself and your personal assets by choosing the correct business entity.

The good news in all of this is that our firm can help to develop and implement an asset protection plan that works. Better yet, it doesn't have to be as complicated as it sounds and it can often be accomplished at a reasonable cost. To schedule a consultation with one of our estate planning lawyers call our firm directly or contact us online.

Powers of Attorney & Health
What do powers of attorney and health care directives do?

Powers of attorney fall into two basic categories: durable and non-durable. Of these, the durable form is the one most relevant to the topic of estate planning. Durable powers of attorney are powerful legal tools. They give the person you name as your agent the ability to manage your finances and property (under terms, conditions and limits set by you) in the event you become incapacitated or are declared incompetent. This avoids many of the intra-family problems associated with petitions for guardianship (i.e. control) of the estate.

The Advance Health Care Directive

Also known as a durable power of attorney for health care, a living will, a medical directive, or a health care proxy — depending on where you live or have lived in the past — an advance health care directive is an essential part of any North Carolinian's estate plan.

The basic purpose behind having an advance health care directive is to name an agent who will follow the instructions you've laid out with regard to the medical care decisions that may need to be made if you become incapacitated or unable to communicate. Conversely, naming a health care agent avoids putting your loved ones through the ordeal of trying to decide what the right thing to do may be.

At Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, our attorneys help individuals and families in the Statesville area and throughout the surrounding portions of North Carolina create effective estate plans through the use of wills, powers of attorney and other legal tools. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers contact us today.

Probate & Estate
At Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, our attorneys help people in the Statesville area and surrounding portions of North Carolina to avoid probate whenever possible, or to navigate their way through that process in a timely and cost-effective way. Compared to other parts of the country, probate in North Carolina is not generally an overly complex, costly or time-consuming process.
While this is true, the problem with this statement is that not every estate is the same. There are different assets, tax considerations, family dynamics and more. Because of these issues, a more accurate statement might be that although North Carolina's probate laws are better than some, there are still good reasons to avoid probate.

If probate can’t be avoided, most estates can be handled by our attorneys in as little as three months and actual probate court proceedings are only rarely required. Mostly, it's about details. Additionally, if the estate is not large and a spouse is the person receiving it, the process can be over with quickly through a process known as summary administration.

Our firm administers estates and trusts and provides help to clients who have concerns involving the probate process. If you need legal assistance with these types of issues we encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers by contacting us online or by phone.

Living Trusts
What can you do with a will or living trust?

At Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, our attorneys help individuals and families in the Statesville area and throughout North Carolina create effective estate plans through the use of wills, living trusts and other legal tools.

Whatever your stage in life, drafting a will allows you to make a number of important decisions now and save the people you love a great deal of trouble once you've passed. Better still, talking to an attorney about your estate and actually drafting the will itself is a process that takes relatively little time to complete and is within almost anyone's budget.

Some subtle benefits and functions of a will may vary from person to person, but they are generally used to accomplish any or all of five goals:

  • Choose beneficiaries
  • Minimize taxes
  • Appoint a guardian
  • Name an executor
  • Establish residence

What About Living Trusts?

Living trusts can be used to accomplish some of the same goals as a will and come in two basic types: revocable and irrevocable. A revocable living trust is typically used to avoid the probate process (and its costs and delays), while an irrevocable living trust is generally used to avoid income and estate taxes.

Additionally, a revocable living trust can be rescinded or changed by you at any time whereas changes cannot be made and you will generally not be able to benefit from the trust's income or principal with an irrevocable trust.

Firm Overview

We give each client the personal attention he or she deserves and treat each case as if it were our own. Collectively, our firm has decades of experience and deep roots in the North Carolina communities and courts in which we practice. Individually, each of our lawyers brings a unique skill set and a fresh approach to his or her respective areas of practice.

All of us believe in the value of:

Contact Crosswhite, Crosswhite, Ashley & Johnson, PLLC, for an honest and direct assessment of your legal situation. We offer free consultations for all personal injury and workers' compensation claims and are available for flexible evening and weekend appointments.

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