The parties lived together in Texas before moving to North Carolina. The "wife" filed a complaint for divorce, post-separation support, alimony, and equitable distribution. She alleged that she and "her husband" were common law Husband and Wife under the laws of Texas. He responded to the complaint by denying that the parties were married. He failed to assert any Chapter 50 counterclaims; however, he did assert counterclaims for summary eviction, conversion, and claim and delivery related to real property that had previously been owned by the "wife", but that she had deeded to him prior to her filing bankruptcy. The trial court denied "wife's" claim for divorce finding that, based upon the North Carolina court's interpretation of Texas law, the parties were not common law husband and wife because they had no "present agreement to be husband and wife." The "wife" appealed the trial court's denial of her claim for divorce. The Court of Appeals dismissed her appeal as interlocutory because there was no evidence in the record that his counterclaims had been resolved. (Suzanne Schaper's note: Neither party addressed the interlocutory nature of the appeal in the briefs - the Court of Appeals dismissed the appeal on its own motion.)
Report: Insurers Calculate Premiums Based on Hyped-Up Hurricane Projections
Hurricane risk prediction methods that property insurers use to help calculate premiums were off by $34.8 billion to $53 billion the past five years, according to a new report. "Catastrophe models are relatively blunt tools with many simplifying assumptions based on limited scientific data" wrote Karen Clark, who developed the first hurricane catastrophe model and in 1987 founded the first catastrophe modeling company, Applied Insurance Research, which is now AIR Worldwide. Julie Patel, Orlando Sentinel 01/21/2011
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Makers of Mobile Homes for FEMA Near Settlement
Companies that manufactured mobile homes for the FEMA after Hurricane Katrina are nearing a settlement to resolve thousands of claims that Gulf Coast storm victims were exposed to potentially dangerous fumes, court records show. A proposed class-action settlement involving about two dozen mobile home manufacturers and their subsidiaries is expected to be filed Friday. MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, AP, The Washington Post 01/21/2011
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Feds Checking Post-Vaccine Seizures in Children
The FDA is investigating an apparent increase in fever-related seizures in young children after they got a flu shot saying there have been 36 confirmed reports of seizures this flu season in children ages 6 months through 2 years. The seizures occurred within one day after they were vaccinated with Fluzone. Ten of the children were hospitalized, but all recovered. The FDA said it is investigating to see if there is any connection between the vaccine and the seizures, or if something else caused the convulsions. MIKE STOBBE, AP , Yahoo News 01/21/2011
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One Oil Pipeline Too Many for Texas?
A Canadian company, TransCanada Corp., has come forward with a plan to build a 1,700-mile pipeline to carry heavy, high-pollutant oil from the tar sands of northern Alberta, across the American heartland, through scenic ranchlands in the piney woods of east Texas and on to refineries near Houston and Port Arthur. Warnings that the pipeline could worsen the state's already potent refinery emissions and threaten water supplies have riled up people not normally inclined to cotton to environmentalists; TransCanada's heavy-handed approach to obtaining easements through rural property — a mix of dickering and threats of eminent domain — has populated the Sierra Club's recent meetings with rural residents whose political inclinations lean more toward the "tea party" movement than eco-activism. Kim Murphy, LA Times 01/24/2011
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They will listen about what you have to say
- Bobby Cunningham. 10/13/2019
Suzanne was so amazingly compassionate and truely cared about me as a person, not as a client. I highly recommend her.
- Brooke Franklin. 6/31/2019
Very patient and informative. She sat with me for a good while explaining the process I was about to go through while helping me see angles I had not yet thought of. Very professional and understanding of my situation. She clearly knows what she is doing and that gives comfort through this process.
- Ivory gilcher. 6/27/2018
It's a shame 5 stars is all I can rate Suzanne's office! Suzanne's entire staff really seemed like they cared about what I was going through, I was not just another phone call or box on the shelf when I requested their services. Anytime I went in or called, i was greeted promptly with a smile i could see and hear. Suzanne and her staff give their clients their complete, undivided attention during the entire process... I've never experienced the level of compassion and understanding anywhere like I did while being advised by Suzanne Schaper Law Firm! I hope I'm never in this situation again, but if that time ever comes, you can bet they be my only phone call.
- Cody Goins. 6/27/2018
Mrs. Shaper is a very respectful divorce Lawyer. She handled my case with top priority. Her paralegal team was very approachable and easy to talk to about the details of my divorce. I can honestly say without a doubt that getting a divorce is highly stressful. I think it is key that you hire a lawyer that can be attentive to your best interest. Mrs. Shaper is that person that can be by your side when you are going through a tough situation, such as a divorce. I would use her again if I need too.
- Joseph . 2/8/2018
Ms. Schaper represented me in my divorce and has handled several other family law matters for me since my divorce. Her legal advice, guidance, and professionalism proved to be invaluable. My divorce involved some complicated legal issues that required an in-depth understanding of complex legal issues, and Ms. Schaper not only recognized those complexities, but she was clearly prepared to tackle those issues and fight to resolve them in my favor in the face of vigorous opposition from my ex’s camp. I found Ms. Schaper’s office personnel to be responsive to my calls and questions, and Ms. Schaper never failed to clearly explain all the proceedings to me and prepare me for what to expect. She and her staff always displayed the utmost professionalism and legal knowledge and experience. I have since referred all of my family and friends who are seeking a top-quality family law attorney to Ms. Schaper and have heard nothing but rave reviews from them regarding her legal expertise and representation.
- Angela Allen. 0/19/2018
This woman was wonderful! I found her and her father to be very kind and professional. Personally, I think it's a bonus to have a retired state district judge be a member of my legal team. I casually read through the other review from a year ago. I think the EX-SPOUSE of one her clients giving her one star and disliking her is actually a compliment and why I chose to use her in the first place (thank you vengeful person, you ran a very effective advertisement for her)! The last thing I want is my attorney buddying up to my ex. Suzanne was there to represent me and my interest. Not my EX!