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Paralegal Potpourri Friday

Happy Friday!  2017 is quickly coming to a close. Take a minute to catch up on the latest news around the Paralegal Division you might have missed.

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Secretary of State News Flash: Big Changes to Business Annual Report Laws

During the 2017 long session, the General Assembly enacted laws making two major changes to business Annual Reports filed with the Secretary of State (SOS). The short version is that effective on January 1, 2018:

  • ALL corporate Annual Reports must now be filed directly with the Secretary of State’s office, and
  • Annual Report forms will be changed to include voluntary reporting of small business ownership by veterans and service-disabled veterans.

For a more in-depth explanation of these big changes, please continue reading below. Thank you to Ann B. Wall, Secretary of State’s General Counsel, Cheri Myers, Business Registration Division Director, and Keith West, Annual Reports Supervisor, for their contributions. 

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Paralegal Potpourri Friday

Happy Friday!  We hope you enjoyed our last edition of Potpourri Friday! Read on to find out what’s in this week’s edition!

Real Estate Paralegals Needed for Real Estate Section Project

The Real Property Section needs assistance in compiling data for all 100 counties across the state by those who handle real estate. The information will be collecting via spreadsheet and volunteers need only complete for the counties they are most familiar.

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Student Spotlight On Lauren Eddings

The Student Relations Committee serves as the bridge between the Paralegal Division and the students enrolled in paralegal programs across the state.  The Committee would like to shine the spotlight on Lauren Eddings, a paralegal student at Coastal Carolina Community College.

Membership in the Paralegal Division of the North Carolina Bar Association is FREE to student members. Click here to join.

Mrs. Eddings discusses pursuing her interest while finding balance with her family life and work. 

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Paralegal Potpourri Friday

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope this last week before the unofficial start of the holidays has been productive. Before you kick off your weekend, check out these recent announcements of interest.

Electronic Filing with the U.S. Supreme Court

On Nov. 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court’s electronic filing system began operation. While paper remains the official form of filing as under existing practice, parties represented by counsel will also be required to submit most documents through the new electronic filing system. Attorneys who expect to file documents electronically will need to register in advance for the system. Click here for additional information and to register.

N.C. Court System Launches Online Request for Reduction of Speeding Offenses Statewide

Citizens may now request online reductions of speeding offenses in every county with the statewide launch of the N.C. courts’ newest online service, the AOC reported last week. The efficient, user-friendly service provides 24/7 convenience for motorists who receive a speeding ticket and meet eligibility criteria to potentially reduce and process their citation without ever having to appear at the courthouse. Click this link for details, as well as other news from N.C. Courts.

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Future Paralegal Channels Communications Skills Into Her New Career

The Student Relations Committee serves as the bridge between the Paralegal Division and the students enrolled in paralegal programs across the state. The committee would like to shine the spotlight on Brianna Huff, a paralegal technology certificate student at Coastal Carolina Community College. Ms. Huff is a recent graduate of UNC Charlotte with a bachelor of arts in history and communication studies with minors in journalism and Spanish.

Membership in the Paralegal Division of the North Carolina Bar Association is FREE to student members! Register here.

Ms. Huff discusses how volunteering as a paralegal student can garner real world experience and networking opportunities. 

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News Flash From the N.C. Secretary of State

The North Carolina Secretary of State’s office would like to share the following announcements:

New Secretary of State Website Design is On the Way

Look for our new www.sosnc.gov  website design this fall.

We are updating the look and feel of our website to improve your experience. The new website design, created under the statewide Digital Commons initiative, features:

  • Improved navigation,
  • Modern design,
  • Mobile device optimization, and More!

We will provide additional information about the roll-out of the new design on our current website front page.  We will also be supplying information about the roll-out in a variety of other ways over the coming months.

Our Corporations Division is now Business Registration

On Sept. 1, the Corporations Division began rebranding its name to the Business Registration Division. This improvement is in response to growing needs of the business community. Business Corporations now represent a minority of the entities we administer, given the growth of limited liability companies, nonprofit corporations, and partnerships.

The new title should minimize confusion about the name and make internet searches for information easier. This change will be spreading across all N.C. Secretary of State materials and platforms in the weeks ahead.

So please, make a note: The Business Registration Division is now your destination for your business registration needs in North Carolina.  Your bookmarks do not need to change.

         

Spotlight On Paralegal Student Felicia Atkinson

The Student Relations Committee serves as the bridge between the Paralegal Division and the students enrolled in paralegal programs across the state. The committee would like to shine the spotlight on Felicia Atkinson, a paralegal student at Pitt Community College. Ms. Atkinson has a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in Accounting.

Ms. Atkinson discusses what she enjoys most about the program and the benefits the paralegal program can offer to other professionals.

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Introducing This Year’s Paralegal Division Leaders

As this bar year kicks off, the Paralegal Division Council wants to introduce the members that are serving in leadership roles this year. The Paralegal Division offers members the opportunity to play a role in shaping the direction of the division in a variety of ways, from serving as an officer, council member, committee chair or section liaison to planning CPEs, volunteering for a pro bono opportunity or contributing to the blog!

Please take a minute to get to know this year’s officers and be on the lookout for future posts introducing more members of the council.

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Working Hard For Our Members: Recapping the August Strategic Planning and Paralegal Division Council Meeting

Ever wonder what the Paralegal Division Council does? Do you want to be more involved? Are you interested in leadership opportunities within the division?

We hope so. The council wants to provide members a better understanding of the workings of the Paralegal Division.  For starters, the council is composed of a chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, council members (12 total in groups of 4, each serving a 3-year term), and committee chairs. The council meets approximately on a quarterly basis to discuss and vote on business matters of the division.  At the beginning of each bar year, council members gather for a Strategic Planning Meeting to discuss goals for the upcoming year.  We’d like to kick off the year by sharing some of our plans and goals for the year.  Below are the highlights:

  • Collect short bios/headshots of council members to introduce the council to our members.
  • Create a division-focused “e-Bar” type of update with committee updates, upcoming division events, volunteer opportunities, etc.
  • Make the division’s Orientation Manual available on the website so those who are interested in leadership opportunities can find out more about council duties and obligations.
  • Promote our committees with a solicitation to get involved, along with a link to the Committee Sign-Up Form.
  • Move the scholarship application period to January through March of each year in an effort to increase application submissions.
  • Reach out to the Law Practice Management Section to offer to be “boots on the ground” for new technology.
  • Promote the new NCBA Member App (iPhones and Androids). There are many valuable discounts available on the app (and not just things for work). There is more information about this on the NCBA website and ncbarblog.com.  The Member App Code is memapp.
  • Increase networking opportunities to enhance the membership experience.
  • Change the Distinguished Paralegal nomination period to October through January.
  • Revive the Pro Bono Award with the winner(s) will be announced at our May CPE. The application will be revamped to allow for a group winner, instead of being limited to an individual winner.
  • Announce and recognize all of our award winners (Distinguished Paralegal, Student Scholarship Application, Member Scholarship Application and Pro Bono) at the beginning of the General Session at the May CPE. This way lunch can be used for the Annual Meeting and other announcements.
  • Create new essay topics for each of the Student and Member Scholarships.
  • Develop new topics for Webinars/Webcasts.
  • Research pro bono project opportunities.
  • Determine the location and date for the 2019 Annual Meeting (we are still under contract with Pinehurst for 2018).

Wow!  It is a lot of items, and you may ask how it all gets done. All of the above is accomplished by a dedicated group of paralegal volunteers and we would love for more members to come aboard and make this another great year!  Please contact Debbie Harris with any questions.

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