Practice Areas

Real Estate Law

 

Our real estate practice serves commercial and residential real estate clients in all aspects of buying, selling, financing, leasing and developing real property on the Outer Banks from Corolla to Ocracoke.  Our counsel includes the structuring, documentation, due diligence, financing and planning related to real estate transactions.  The legal services we provide include negotiating, drafting, and reviewing purchase and sale contracts for buyers and sellers; examining real estate titles; representing buyers and sellers in real estate purchase and sale transactions; and negotiating, drafting, and reviewing financing and loan documents, leases, management agreements and construction contracts.  


In addition, we represent banks and other financial institutions in a wide variety of secured and unsecured commercial and corporate lending transactions. We assist lenders in the structuring, documenting and review of a variety of credit facilities, such as construction and term loans. We provide full service representation to our lending clients, including creditor representation in loan workouts, foreclosures and collections.  


We have extensive experience in the complex real estate market that is the Outer Banks including regulatory and environmental issues that are a part of our market.  Our business is primarily referral based so we are always available for your questions. 

Civil Law

 

Community Association Law   

Our services and expertise in this area include foreclosure of assessment liens, architectural enforcement, drafting and amending covenants, bylaws and other legal documents, as well as advising boards of directors and management on all aspects of the operation of homeowner associations. We have experience with self-managed homeowners associations as well as property management companies in Dare County. Our diverse skills provide the ability to guide communities through transactions while complying with the law, and representing such communities in various disputes that arise in the day-to-day operations.  


Landlord/Tenant and Leasing Law    

We represent and advise landlords and tenants on the drafting and negotiation of commercial and residential leases and other aspects of landlord tenant law.

  

Estate Planning and Probate Law    

We advise and counsel clients in creating an estate plans that meet their unique needs.  Our services include the drafting of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney and living wills.  Our probate and estate practice involves assisting executors, administrators and family members with probate and non-probate transfer of property in Outer Banks, including “ancillary” probate in Dare County.  


Employment Law    

We provide advice in employment related matters including drafting and reviewing employment contracts, non-compete agreements, employee handbooks and policies.  Furthermore, we provide guidance on employee discipline, termination and breach of contract claims.  


Construction Law 

We routinely review contracts and other project documents in the area of construction law. We represent general contractors, specialty trade contractors, and construction management firms in contract matters.  It is our goal to insure the clients’ interests are protected in an effort to avoid costly problems that can arise in complex construction projects.  


Business and Corporate Law 

We counsel our clients in organizing and managing corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, professional corporations and other business organizational structures both to large and small entities.  We represent both buyers and sellers of diverse businesses.  Our expertise includes handling contract issues, employment law, not-for-profit tax-exempt entities, legal and regulatory compliance, commercial filings, and business sales and purchases.  


Social Security Disability 

Mrs. Robbins represents clients’ claims of disability on various levels of review by the Social Security Administration from the initial application, reconsideration, hearings before an Administrative Law Judge, and Appeals Council review.


Admiralty  

In admiralty law, Elizabeth has experience in the following areas: sale/transfer/titling of U.S. Coast Guard Documented vessels and North Carolina registered  commercial and recreational vessels. Also, Elizabeth has experience in the compliance with and  sale/transfer of U.S. Federal limited and open access federal fisheries permits as well as the transfer of NC Standard Commercial Fishing License.