Small Business Governance

Attorney and author, Kerry Lavelle, presents key aspects of corporate governance. So much of the success of a small to mid-sized business depends on decisions made before opening the doors. Kerry details the value – legally, financially and operationally – of the legal relationships that are created when starting a business and the pitfalls that are caused by the uninformed. He explains the importance of properly documenting internal and external agreements, and carefully navigating the legal relationships formed as a business owner. Proper guidance from an established business attorney before beginning operations can prevent much more extensive involvement of litigation, employment, or even bankruptcy attorneys later. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

You’ve Got a Great Idea for a New Business; Now What?

Ted McGinn, Managing Partner at Lavelle Law, discusses many legal issues regarding starting a business and addresses the top legal concerns people should consider when beginning the process. This great resource is highly recommended before starting your own business.

Meet the Author with Kerry Lavelle

Attorney Kerry Lavelle recently joined Joyce Brafford of the North Carolina Bar Association Center for Practice Management for a Meet the Author webinar. Joyce and Kerry discussed the American Bar Association book that Kerry authored, The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm.

ISBA – Client Relationships

Kerry Lavelle, founding partner of Lavelle Law and author of The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm discusses best practices for attorneys to follow in building and maintaining great client relationships.

Tax Relief

You may be very familiar with advertisements for tax relief services. These companies often make bold claims about being able to eliminate your tax debt and beat the IRS. What you need to know is that a tax debt is a legal matter and you need a qualified tax attorney to handle cases of this nature. Lavelle Law tax attorney Joshua Nesser explains key steps to solving tax debt issues and shares warnings about the pitfalls of working with tax relief services.

Orders of Protection

Abusive relationships are far too common. Unfortunately, securing an Order of Protection is not always an easy task. Lavelle Law attorney Kristina Regal explains how to navigate the legal system so as to secure protection from an abusive partner.

Slip and Fall

A very common legal case involves injury claims from slipping or falling on someone’s property. Experienced Lavelle Law litigator Joe Vito explains different defense options for cases of this nature and some of the key tactics a defense attorney must utilize.

Elder Law

As society ages, there are many additional concerns regarding health and finances for the elderly. A sound estate plan is a great way to provide protection against mistreatment of any kind. Lavelle Law attorney Michael Roth discusses key ways to prevent the many types of elder abuse that can occur against an aging population.


Taking a matter of litigation through the court system can be a lengthy and expensive process. In some cases, arbitration may be a much better alternative. Lavelle Law attorney Lance Ziebell explains the benefits and process associated with arbitration in this video. It’s a great overview of how you may get a dispute resolved more quickly and in a shorter period of time.

Prescription Drug DUI

Did you know that if you are stopped for a traffic violation and are found to be taking prescription drugs that you may face the same penalties as if you were stopped for a DUI? Any possible impairment caused by prescription medication can lead to serious ramifications. Defense attorney James Doerr provides guidelines on the do’s and don’ts of getting behind the wheel while taking prescribed medications.