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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.