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If you are overwhelmed with debt, facing foreclosure, repossessions, liens or Areas of Practice - Bankruptcy, Civil Litigation, Construction Law, Business and Corporate Law.garnishments, and tired of harassment from creditors and collection agencies, we can help. Bankruptcy provides a fresh start by reducing, restructuring and eliminating many kinds of debt while allowing you to retain most or all of your assets. Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein advises individuals and small businesses in financial distress about their rights under the Federal Bankruptcy Code. For bankruptcy related matters, we offer a free initial consultation with an attorney who will analyze the prospective client’s financial situation; advise on possible bankruptcy options, including Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, or if applicable, non-bankruptcy options; and provide information about the bankruptcy process, including, explanation of the credit counseling requirements, exemption laws, necessary paperwork and the required fees.

Filing for bankruptcy is a difficult decision. Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein strives to provide our clients with close personal attention throughout the whole bankruptcy process.

Civil Litigation

Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein handles a wide variety of complex litigation matters in courts throughout the State of North Carolina. Our experience in negotiation, mediation and arbitration, also enables us to offer advice to clients designed to avoid or minimize litigation exposure.

We represent a wide range of corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships in complex litigation matters involving business torts, construction disputes, contract disputes, and general commercial and business disputes.

Like our entire firm, our litigation practice is client-focused. We strive to establish a personal relationship with each client and develop a litigation plan with a view not only toward obtaining the best possible outcome, but doing so in a pragmatic, cost-effective manner that promotes the client’s objectives.

We also represent individuals who have been injured or wronged financially or otherwise through the negligence or wrongdoing of others, as well as defendants in such cases. If you find yourself in such a situation, it is important to remember that there are strict time frames and deadlines which must be met in prosecuting your case. Likewise, if you find yourself as a defendant in a lawsuit, you have a limited amount of time to respond in order to protect your rights. In either situation, it is essential that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible to protect any rights or defenses available to you.

Construction Law

Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein represents a diverse range of clients involved in every aspect of the construction industry. Our attorneys represent general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, developers, property owners, architects, and engineers in reviewing construction and other contracts and resolving disputes that arise in the course of the construction process. Our attention to detail allows us to tailor each agreement to meet the needs of a specific project.

While we are zealous in our representation of all of our clients, when possible, we strive to utilize a variety of methods of dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration to resolve construction-related disputes in a timely, cost-effective manner. This approach allows our clients to keep their focus on their business, rather than the distractions of protracted litigation.

Business and Corporate Law

Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein enjoys a dynamic corporate and transactional practice. Helping individuals, families and entrepreneurs start and build businesses is one of the most satisfying areas of our practice. Our involvement with our business clients begins early, with advice for our clients regarding their choice of a particular business entity. We assist our clients with the incorporation, financing, organization and governance of corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and partnerships. We continue to help business owners with the organizational operations of the business entity through the preparation of organizational documents, operating agreements, bylaws, corporate minutes, as well as employment agreements and confidentiality and non-competition agreements.

Our clients regularly consult us on issues arising from the day-to-day operation of their businesses, including issues involving employee relations, employment law and government regulations. We regularly help our clients develop innovative solutions to challenges that face their businesses.

We counsel clients, negotiate, document and close complex business acquisitions, draft a variety of corporate and contractual agreements and develop creative solutions to business and transactional issues in a timely, professional manner with an emphasis on efficiency and creativity.

Elder Law

Our Elder Law practice focuses on providing practical solutions for individuals who are facing challenges related to aging or disability.  We help our clients organize their estate plans with Wills, protect their assets for a beneficiaries with special needs with Trusts, and provide clear guidance to family members through Powers of Attorney and Living Wills.  We also advocate for our clients in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, settle the estates of their loved ones who have recently passed away, and maximize their protected assets if qualifying for Medicaid assistance.  With a little planning, our clients can have more gold in their golden years.

Estate Administration (Probate)

Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein assists families and individuals in the administration of estates and in the establishment and maintenance of trusts and guardianships upon the death of a family member or friend. We also counsel executors, administrators, trustees, and guardians, both corporate and individual, in fulfilling their fiduciary duties.

Estate Planning

Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein counsels families, individuals, and closely-held business owners in making important decisions regarding the protection and disposition of their wealth through the design and implementation of personal estate plans.

We provide a broad range of estate planning options to create thoughtfully planned, clearly presented, and affordably priced estate plans that meet the needs, goals and desires of our clients and preserve their assets, both during their lives and, often, beyond. Such estate plans often address the special challenges associated with specific assets, such as family businesses, and take into account the special needs of certain beneficiaries, such as those who cannot manage assets or who suffer from mental or physical disabilities.

Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein has helped make the cost of estate planning more predictable and realistic through the use of flat fees for many of our estate planning services.

Family Law

At Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein, we realize that legal issues affecting our clients’ families are some of the most sensitive and personal matters we have the privilege of handling.  Family law matters require vigorous and effective advocacy coupled with responsive and caring service to our clients.  We routinely represent clients with regard to a broad spectrum of family law issues including: adoption, absolute divorce, alimony and postseparation support, child custody and support, equitable distribution of marital assets, premarital and postnuptial agreements, separation and property settlement agreements, and termination of parental rights.

Real Estate

Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein is an approved firm with most local area banks and lending institutions for nearly all types of real estate and loan closings. We enjoy close relationships with numerous real estate agencies, mortgage brokers and lending institutions, and utilize innovative technology to provide timely and professional service for our clients.

The firm offers a full range of real estate services, including title research, abstracting, and opinions; title insurance issued through nationwide companies; residential and commercial real estate and loan closings; preparation of deeds, easements, liens, and other documents evidencing interests in property.

Traffic & Criminal Defense

Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein represents individuals charged with misdemeanor traffic and criminal offenses. It is important to discuss your case with a defense attorney if you are under investigation or charged with a crime. In most instances, law enforcement officials are not required to advise you of any rights you may have, and it is important to consult counsel as soon as possible (and before making any statements to such officials) to avoid jeopardizing your case.

Zoning/Land Use Planning

The development, sale and acquisition of real estate are often significantly impacted by zoning and land use regulations set forth by local, state and federal government agencies. These regulations are often complicated and involve complex issues or special procedures. Coltrane Grubbs & Orenstein represents developers, builders, property owners and other individuals or organizations before county and municipal planning boards, boards of adjustment, city councils, county commissioners, and other regulatory bodies with regard to zoning and land use issues. These issues include zoning, rezoning, and subdivision of real property, approval of development plans, development agreements, variances, and special or conditional use permits.

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