Paralegal Potpourri

Hello! Take a minute to catch up on the latest news around the Paralegal Division.

Career Toolbox 101: Do I Need A Briefcase? Business Communications In The Law Office

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

North Carolina Bar Center, 8000 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513

Free event for students, job seekers and all interested paralegals.  Learn how to navigate the law office with confidence and develop the practical skills to become an outstanding paralegal when you enter the workforce. RSVP by Wednesday, Feb. 14 to divisions@ncbar.org.

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Professional Resolutions: Think Beyond the Four Walls of Your Office

By Leslie Pegram

Welcome to 2018! I must admit this post has been a few weeks in the making. Between the dusting of snow right after the new year that cancelled school for a few days to digging out from more snow last week (and more cancelled school), I had trouble finding time to squeeze in everything I wanted to do. But alas, the snow has melted and the sun is shining and I’ll say it again “Welcome to 2018!”  A new year always brings resolutions for improving our personal lives, health, fitness, etc. Has anyone’s resolution to be organized and on top of things already gone by the wayside (see above excuses)? We spend a lot of energy working to keep our resolutions intact (well at least to February) and kudos to those still succeeding! But, if your resolutions are sliding, it can be easy to fall back into our comfort zone and regular routine.  Read more

Chair’s Comments: Happy Holidays As We Look Forward To a Productive 2018!

By Debbie Harris

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us – I have found that it’s true that the older you get, the faster time flies by!  We all need to stop, take a deep breath, enjoy all of the blessings we have, and remember the reason for the season! With that in mind, I want to take a minute to update you on a few happenings within the Paralegal Division.

Annual Campaign

I’m pleased to announce that the Paralegal Division is invited and welcome to participate in the North Carolina Bar Foundation’s Annual Campaign (formerly the Patron Campaign).  Your donation will help the following Services:  Middle School Mock Trial Program, 4ALL Statewide Service Day, Law-Related Education programs, NC Free Legal Answers, and NCBF Pro Bono & Public Service Activities Department.  I encourage you to click on this link https://www.ncbar.org/giving/donate-now/annual-fund-campaign/  if you are interested in learning more about the Annual Campaign and any of these very worthwhile programs your donations support.

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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.