Welcome to the web site of H. Stanley Harris, P.C., a full-service law firm serving clients throughout Charlotte and the surrounding area. My firm is known for offering individual and business clients high quality legal services in a broad range of areas, including personal injuries and wrongful death caused by automobile accidents, aviation accidents, watercraft accidents, premises liability accidents, slip-and-falls, construction accidents, semi-truck wrecks, motorcycle accidents, and dog attack cases. I also advise clients in the areas of workers’ compensation, business and commercial litigation, and estate planning and administration.
Despite all good intentions, defensive driving or proper equipment maintenance, serious accidents do happen. Even with the best insurance or government programs, the settlements offered may not be enough to care for you or your loved ones. When tragedy strikes, you need a serious, competent personal injury lawyer who understands how to handle your case. You need H. Stanley Harris, P.C.
Our expert legal staff has experience with automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents; wrongful death; brain and head injuries; workers’ compensation and dog attacks. We give every case personal attention, listening to you and working with you to get the maximum settlement available. Start with a free consultation and you will know that we are the right office for your case. We do not charge any fees until we make a recovery in your situation.
I understand that when you seek my professional legal advice, you expect me to listen to your story with patience and courtesy, and answer your questions with honesty and candor. I know that your legal matter, which you have entrusted to me, is a matter of the greatest importance to you, and I strive to be as responsive to your needs as possible. Over the years, my firm has evolved into a fairly sophisticated legal practice that has access to resources not normally associated with law firms its size. The advantage clients enjoy is a combination of the best of both words, as my big-firm practice provides experience and expertise as well as the personal touch and individualized attention typically provided by smaller, more efficient firms. In every case, I provide my clients with responsive, prompt, thorough, and aggressive legal representation.
Attorney H. Stanley Harris has broad legal experience with a proven history of getting results for his clients. Areas of practice include the following:
Personal Injury Law — My firm handles all types of significant personal injury and wrongful death cases, including automobile wrecks, premises liability accidents, job-related accidents, construction accidents, aviation and watercraft accidents, slip-and-falls, dog attacks, motorcycle accidents, semi-truck accidents and litigation. Personal injuries not only cause physical pain, but often emotional and financial hardship through loss of work, medical bills and stress placed upon families and loved ones. If you have suffered physical or emotional injuries due to another’s negligent acts, you may be entitled to bring a personal injury claim to recover for your damages. Recoverable damages include past and future medical expenses, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity.
If you have been injured, it is crucial that you take immediate action and hire an attorney to protect your rights to level the playing field with the insurance company. North Carolina law imposes strict time deadlines on personal injury actions, and if you fail to act in a timely manner, you may be barred from ever pursuing your right to recovery. Your claim should be investigated promptly and evidence must be gathered as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence.
Workers’ Compensation – In general, the exclusive remedy of an employee injured in the workplace is under North Carolina workers’ compensation laws. My firm represents workers who are injured on the job in claims for lost wages and medical treatment expenses against public companies, private industry, and state and local government employers and their workers’ compensation insurers. Recoverable damages may include the cost of medical treatment, temporary disability payments, permanent disability payments, vocational rehabilitation benefits, and even death benefits. I also handle issues dealing with defenses, fraud, and subrogation.
Estate Planning – Estate planning is important, no matter how small your estate may be. It allows you, while you are still living, to ensure that your property will go to the people you want, in the way you want, and when you want. It permits you to save as much as possible on taxes, court costs and attorneys’ fees, and it affords the comfort that your loved ones can mourn your loss without being simultaneously burdened with unnecessary red tape and financial confusion. All estate plans should include, at minimum, two important estate planning instruments: a durable Power of Attorney and a Will. The first is for managing your property during you life, in case you are ever unable to do so yourself. The second is for the management and distribution of your property after death. In addition to these planning instruments, more and more Americans today are using revocable (or “living”) trusts to avoid probate and to manage their estates both during their lives and after they’re gone. A complete estate plan should also include a medical directive that may encompass a number of different documents, including a durable Health Care Power of Attorney, a Living Will, and medical instructions. My firm handles a variety of estate planning matters and advises clients so as to gain the maximum benefit of all laws, while, at the same time, carrying out the person’s wishes.
Probate and Trust Administration – Logically following estate planning is probate and trust administration—putting the plan into operation. My firm represents fiduciaries and beneficiaries in all North Carolina probate courts by filing the necessary pleadings to admit a decedent’s Will to probate, preparing all documents and filings required under North Carolina laws and procedures, and assisting their tax professionals in the preparation of income tax returns for the estate, as well as any required estate tax returns. Trust administration does not usually require court pleadings or filings, but many of the same administration, distribution or tax issues are present and require attention. In this area, my firm counsels fiduciaries regarding the rights and interests of beneficiaries, and recommends steps or actions to help the fiduciary operate the trust in compliance with the appropriate fiduciary laws and avoid personal liability for their actions, or inaction. My firm takes special care during these difficult times to represent families with caring and compassionate counsel, guidance and direction. My firm is well aware of the stress that legal proceedings often times add to a difficult situation, and I strive to complete the formal process as quickly as possible while maintaining an eye towards your expressed goals. My experience enables me to counsel surviving spouses and children during this transition and help them make sound legal decisions for their future.
Business Organizations – The form of entity selected for the conduct of a business greatly impacts the daily operations of the business and the income tax consequences to both the business and its owners. My firm assists clients and their tax professionals with this step of business formation by reviewing the goals and individual facts present in each situation to recommend the best entity—selecting from limited/general partnerships, limited liability companies, or corporations, and the different elections or options available under each. The services involved here extend from the initial conference and decision making, through document preparation and filing with appropriate authorities, to post-formation activities such as preparation and adoption of bylaws, director/shareholder resolutions and agreements, and manage necessary meetings as well as the documentation thereof.
Debtor/Creditor Litigation – My firm advises clients in consumer actions, such as collection actions, consumer leases, and breach of contract actions. I advise both debtors and creditors of their rights and any relief available to them. I litigate collection actions through judgment, execution, and post-execution levels.