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Prenuptial or premarital agreements (also knowns as “prenups”) have been given a bad rap. They are seen as something that only people with a ton of money should get or, even worse, as an omen for divorce. It’s time to bust those two myths! Basically, a prenup is an agreement that a couple makes before [...]

West Virginia Pepperoni Rolls

When I was 10 ½ years old, my family moved from the Baltimore, Maryland area to the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. Going through middle school, high school and college (WVU - Let’s Go Mountaineers!) in West Virginia, the almighty pepperoni roll was everywhere to be seen. They offer them at restaurants, gas stations, at [...]
Did you know that there is one very important step you can, and often should, take after your criminal case is dismissed?   Have you, or your son/daughter or other family member been criminally charged with something like simple possession (of marijuana), and succeeded in having the State dismiss that charge, or been found “not [...]

Sparking Joy, My Way

  • By: Suzy Carpenter
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It’s hard not to be aware of the whole “sparking joy” movement.  If it wasn’t Marie Kondo’s best selling Life-changing Magic: A Journal : Spark Joy Every Day book, it’s her new series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix.  Her programs show everyday people using her techniques to downsize, minimalize and create peaceful environments. [...]
Monday mix tape

20 Songs to Boost Your Mood

         It’s a rainy Tuesday, your pet left a “present” by the door and now you’re late for work. Oh, don’t forget you didn’t eat breakfast and you just suffered through traffic.  Your day is already out to get you and you haven’t even hit the time clock! Does this sound familiar? [...]
Suzy Carpenter & Amy Campbell
Suzy Carpenter (left), a North Carolina Bar Certified Paralegal, joined our team in October as a legal assistant. Suzy is focused primarily on family law, estate planning and probate. She holds a paralegal certificate from Guilford College and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She comes to Apple Payne [...]
2019 NC Family Law Rising Stars Magazine Header
Apple Payne Law, PLLC is honored to announce that firm attorney & partner Ronald D. Payne II was selected for the third straight year to the North Carolina Family Law Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to [...]

We’re growing!

Apple Payne Law, PLLC is excited to announce we are now hiring to join our growing team! We are looking for a team-oriented, goal driven professional to serve as a paralegal/legal assistant - primarily in family law, but also in estate planning, business advising and with traffic matters! For more information, check out our careers [...]

A Prayer for our teachers

As we start back to school here in North Carolina, I'm reminded of my days in the classroom and of the victories and struggles that lie ahead. As many of you know, my wife is also a teacher and Mary is a former teacher and likewise married to a teacher. We also have our own [...]
Do you find yourself wondering if you need to be hiring a family law attorney? Maybe your spouse has hinted at divorce, or your ex is threatening to withhold the kids for summer vacation if you don’t do ______ the way they want you to. Possibly you both know a separation is coming and you [...]