Forming an LLC: Walking Your Client Through the Paperwork, Part 2

By Mollie Schwam

This is the second in a two-part series. Read part one here.

Now that you have submitted the client’s Articles of Organization to the North Carolina Secretary of State’s office for filing, it’s time to prepare a draft operating agreement.

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Happy 20th Anniversary To the Paralegal Division!

By Debbie Harris

It seems like yesterday that we were celebrating our 15th Anniversary at the Grandover in Greensboro and at The Grove Park Inn in Asheville. I’m excited to share that we will be celebrating our 20th anniversary at the Pinehurst Resort May 3-4, 2018. The celebration kicks off Thursday evening, May 3, with a reception starting at 5:30 p.m. on the Front Porch and continues at our Annual Meeting on May 4.

This year’s Annual Meeting is one of the best programs we have offered to date with an excellent lineup of speakers. Click here for more information and to register.

I hope that you will make every effort to attend. That being said, I’m sure you have noticed the increase in the cost of our Annual Meeting. I want to take this opportunity to apologize and provide a brief explanation.

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Paralegal Potpourri Friday: PD Annual Meeting, CPE, Awards, Nominations, Etc.

Happy Spring!  It is (finally) time to put away those winter coats and enjoy warmer days with lots of sunshine! Take a minute to catch up on the latest news around the Paralegal Division.

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Forming an LLC: Walking Your Client Through the Paperwork, Part 1

By Mollie Schwam

Do you ever go into autopilot when you work? If you had to stop and walk through the business formation process with a client, could you? Taking time to write down processes and procedures can be beneficial and time saving, especially for tasks you only do occasionally.  Fortunately, Mollie Schwam, NCCP, and her attorneys at Matheson & Associates PLLC have done the work for you. Take time to refresh your memory and efficiently help your clients by reading these simple steps on setting up a Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) business.

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Allan Head: Leader, Mentor, Advocate, Friend

The Paralegal Division, the NCBA, and the world lost a great man on February 17, 2018 with the passing of former, longtime NCBA Executive Director Allan Head. Allan was a staunch supporter of paralegals and the driving force behind the creation of the Legal Assistants Division, now the Paralegal Division.  Allan worked closely with past Paralegal Division Chairs until his retirement in 2016. He motivated us, believed in us and even pushed us to move outside our comfort zones.  He made us better leaders and people.  To highlight and pay a small tribute to the mark he left on the Paralegal Division, our past Division Chairs share their memories of Allan.

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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

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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  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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