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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
Various matters we can help you with include:
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.
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.
Our Business Law services include:
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.
Our elder law services include:
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.
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:
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 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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Some of the more common types of injuries we see include:
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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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