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General Law Practice in Elizabeth City, NC

The law office of Joseph H. Forbes, Jr. is dedicated to assisting you with many of your general legal needs. If you have any questions, or think Joe can help you, just give us a call and schedule an appointment for a free consultation.

Some of our general services include:


An expungement is the removal of court or criminal records from public inspection. This does not apply to minor traffic violations. Expungements can be granted for certain first time convictions. In cases where the person charged has been found NOT GUILTY, then the record of the arrest can be expunged. If you think you may be eligible for an expungement, give Joe a call.

Prenuptial Agreements

The fact is that in society today, around 50% of all marriages end in divorce. With a prenuptial agreement, a couple can know where each other stands in the marriage by settling issues like alimony and property division in advance. Prenuptial Agreements are particularly helpful in second marriages, where the parties want to protect their assets for children by the previous marriage.

Uncontested Divorces

An uncontested divorce is when the two parties in a marriage have agreed in advance on dividing property, child custody and other binding legal matters. It is the most common and affordable form of divorce, without the emotional stress of a contested divorce. If you and your spouse can effectively negotiate the details of an uncontested divorce, then just let Joe handle the rest, so you both can focus on your new lives.


Adopting a child into the family can be a joyous event. Joseph H. Forbes, Jr. has experience in both private and step-parent adoptions and has helped many families throughout northeastern North Carolina. Let Joe take care of the hassle and paperwork of adoption, so you can plan for your soon to be family.


Mediation is the process where a qualified, impartial third party works with disputing parties to determine a mutually acceptable agreement with the issue at hand. This can include cases involving personal injury, employment, business ownership, leases and other contracts. The mediator does not favor a specific party or offer legal advice, but can often insight, opinions and alternatives to a settlement agreement between the parties.


A will is a legal document that determines the distribution of a person's property after death. People work hard their entire lives, and like to know that their possessions will go to the people they choose to have them. The law office of Joseph H. Forbes, Jr. can assist you in preparing your will, so you can relax knowing your possessions will be in good hands.

Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal authorization for one individual to act on behalf of another, on a legal or business matter. A power of attorney can be granted to someone you trust, who may then help manage your assets if you become unable to. In order to grant a power of attorney, the person giving it must be LEGALLY COMPETENT. If you need a power of attorney for a friend or loved one, just call Joe.

Name Changes

Sometimes people wish to change their name for various reasons. If you wish to change your name, you must submit a petition, with good cause, that must be approved by the clerk of superior court in the county which you live. Let Joe help with the process.

Real Estate Closings

Attorney Joseph H. Forbes, Jr. represents property buyers and sellers in real estate transactions. His law office handles all the legal hurdles of purchases, sales, mortgages and leases. A real estate closing can be a very stressful experience without the advice of a good lawyer. Let Joe help by handling your next closing.

Business Law

We can assist you in the formation and operation of your business, including forming, dissolving and merging partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies.