Janet Pittman Reed, Attorney in North Carolina

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Janet Pittman Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and handles Family Law cases such as Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury, Traffic, Criminal Law, Driver’s License Restoration Services, and Civil Litigation cases. 


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The Law Office of Attorney Janet Pittman Reed

Post Office Box 1439

Jacksonville, NC 28541

Phone: (910) 381-1758


Professional Career


Attorney, Law Offices of Janet Pittman Reed. Since February 2016, Ms. Reed has practiced law in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Her practice includes: 

· General law practice, including representation of traffic, criminal law, uncontested divorce, power of attorney, wills, domestic, separation agreements, custody agreements, and personal injury matters.

· Prepare and review pleadings, settlement agreements, contracts, deeds of trust, powers-of-attorney, wills, trusts and other documents

· Represent clients in personal injury and social security cases


At the same time, Ms. Reed has provided services as a lead litigation support as part of a litigation team and legal research as part of her consulting firm:


Janet Pittman Reed Consultants, Owner, Jacksonville and Raleigh, North Carolina, 1992-Present.

· Conduct litigation support and legal research in concert with the litigation team of paralegals and attorneys utilizing traditional methods and computer-based applications in family law, Chapter 11 Bankruptcies, Civil Litigation.

· Analyze and compile data for bankruptcy filings and research legal issues to Bankruptcy, Corporate and Family Law Cases

· Analyze contracts and modifications, court transcripts, pleadings, as well as background documents to assist attorneys with case strategy and development


Attorney, Law Offices of Janet Pittman Reed, Jacksonville, NC, 1997-2010:

· Represented clients in civil litigations, civil rights, landlord/tenant relations, family law, corporate law, contract drafting and negotiations, real estate transactions, and dispute resolution including mediation and settlement conferences

· Prepared and reviewed pleadings, settlement agreements, contracts, deeds of trust, powers-of-attorney, wills, trusts and other documents

· Performed research, drafted memos, motions and other court filings for a general litigation firm with a variety of clients.


Compliance Office, Detroit, MI and Chicago, IL, 1989-1992, US Department of Labor, Office of Compliance and Contracts and Purchases.

· Conducted investigations involving contractors’ compliance with affirmative action and non-discrimination policies for minorities, women, handicapped and veterans which resulted in preparation and generation of reports for review by federal agencies

· Provided general assistance to the compliance office working with a diverse population


Education


Ms. Reed graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Florida Holland Law Center, Gainesville, Florida in 1985, and was admitted to the practice of law in North Carolina in 1997.


Summer Legal Internship Syracuse University Study Abroad Program in London England, United Kingdom Studying English Legal models through hands- on experience working with Barristers and Solicitors at the Greenhouse, Stirton, and Co. in Islington, England.


Before her law studies, she received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, Political Science/Business Major (1979-1983).


Professional Affiliations

· NC State Bar

· NC Advocates for Justice

· American Bar Association

· National Bar Association

· NC Bar Association

· Fourth Judicial District Bar Association


Volunteer and Community Development

· Member of the Professional Wellness Committee of the North Carolina Bar, whose purpose it is to make sure that lawyers of all ages and stages of practice have the information and support they need to take care of themselves, as well as their clients (September 2018 – present). See https://ncbarblog.com/welcome-to-the-new-professional-wellness-committee/

· Member Legal Affairs Committee 2018-2019, North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) The Legal Affairs Committee focuses on developing the amicus moot court programs that are an important part of the work that NCAJ does to serve the legal community. See https://www.ncaj.com/index.cfm?pg=about_us

· Volunteer with the Charity Tri-Counties Crusaders, a Housing Assistance Service in Jacksonville, North Carolina. The Charity is a reentry program that provides a pre- and post-release programs for those formerly incarcerated in Eastern, North Carolina. See https://www.facebook.com/TCCReentry/

· Volunteer, Raleigh Rescue Mission, Raleigh, NC 

· Volunteer, Dress for Success, Raleigh/Durham, NC

· Volunteer Attorney, North Carolina Bar Association- Lawyer on the Line

· X-Treme Travel Certified Travel Agent offering group and individual travel services.

· Motivational Speaker including being Moderator, Guest Speaker on Basic Family Law services including custody and domestic violence, Juneteenth Event guest Speaker


References:

Website: https://janetreedlaw.com/

Blog: https://janetreedesq.blogspot.com/

Attorney Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/janet-p-reed

News: https://hype.news/janet-p-reed-attorney-in-north-carolina/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetpittmanreed/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/leglone?lang=en

Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina - Family Law, criminal matters

Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina - Family Law, criminal matters

Recent changes to tax treatment of spousal support

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As part of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA), tax treatment of spousal support has gone under a major overhaul. As practitioners of family law are well aware, currently, spousal support is an above the line deduction for the payor spouse and taxable income for the payee spouse. This means that regardless of whether the payor spouse takes the standard deduction or the itemized deduction, said payor spouse can deduct spousal support from his or her taxable income and reduce their tax burden. Correspondingly, the payee spouse has to report such spousal support as their income and be responsible for the income taxes on it. Because payor spouse tends to have higher income than the payee spouse, it often results in a net tax benefit by shifting pre-tax dollars from the payor spouse to the payee spouse.


Under the TCJA, spousal support payable under a divorce decree or settlement agreement finalized after December 31, 2018 is no longer deductible by the payor spouse nor reportable as income by the payee spouse. This is also true for any modifications to existing settlement agreements, but only if the agreement explicitly provides that spousal support will no longer be deductible by the payor spouse. 


The change poses a significant consideration for practitioners. Attorneys representing payor spouse must recognize that the support being awarded or agreed upon in 2019 and forward will represent a substantially higher financial burden for the payor spouse. At the same time, payee spouse will now receive such support without worry for income tax burden. Payor spouse’s attorney will need to focus on lowering the support amount in litigations and negotiations to accurately reflect the fact that spousal support award can be lower and still provide same financial support to the payee spouse. Attorneys for payee spouse will need to focus on maximizing the financial benefit to the payee spouse and also ensure that support award or agreement does not overcompensate for the change in tax law, resulting in an unduly reduced spousal support. 


Navigating the constantly shifting tax laws and their implications on family law cases requires the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. Individuals are encouraged to discuss the potential ramifications of the TCJA on their cases with a qualified family law attorney.


About Janet Pittman Reed, Attorney in North Carolina
 

Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and handles Family Law cases such as Divorce & Separation.
 

References:
 

Website: https://janetreedlaw.com/
Blog: https://janetreedesq.blogspot.com/
Attorney Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/janet-p-reed
News: https://hype.news/janet-p-reed-attorney-in-north-carolina/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetpittmanreed/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/leglone?lang=en

Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Family Law, Divorce and Separation

Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Family Law, Divorce and Separation

Seminar on Expungements and Driver’s License Restoration

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At the event for Onslow, Duplin, Sampson, and Jones Counties, attorney referrals will be available for free 30-minute consultations for those seeking to expunge criminal cases. Attorneys from other counties may also be available for on-site consultations.


Jacksonville-based attorney Janet Reed, in cooperation with community organizations, is offering a seminar on March 23, 2019 at the Public Safety Building, 1pm to 3pm, on the issue of expunction of criminal records.  Lunch will be provided, as well as door prizes, and community resources.  At the event, the presenters will explain Barriers to Reentry to Society focusing on Expunction and Driver’s License Restoration.


One unfortunate after-effect of even small missteps is that they stay on the record for many years. This may prevent someone from getting a job, renting an apartment, or even getting a home loan. In sum, having a criminal record can haunt you for the rest of your life, even when the event was long ago and you are a completely different person now.


The potential solution is called “expungement” “or expunction.” In the common law legal system, an expungement proceeding is a type of lawsuit in which someone with a criminal matter on record seeks that that matter to be sealed. When a judge grants such an expungement, it is, for many purposes, like the event never occurred.


Qualification for an expungement of an arrest, investigation, detention, or conviction record is based on the law of the jurisdiction in which the record was made. Usually, the person requesting expungement, called “Petitioner,” must meet several requirements.

This is a complicated area of the law, and it is advisable to at least consult with an attorney before beginning an expungement proceeding, even if one wishes to proceed “pro se” (meaning without an attorney).


The North Carolina Judicial Branch provides relevant information on its website at https://www.nccourts.gov/documents/forms/petition-and-order-of-expunction-under-gs-15a-1455-nonviolent-felony-or-nonviolent-misdemeanor-instructions-for-petition-and-order-of-expunction-under-gs-15a-1455-nonviolent-felony-or-nonviolent-misdemeanor, entitled “Petition And Order Of Expunction Under G.S. 15A-145.5 (Nonviolent Felony Or Nonviolent Misdemeanor); Instructions For Petition.”


The List of required affidavits under G.S. 15A-145.5(c) includes: (1) An affidavit by the petitioner that the petitioner has been of good moral character since the date of conviction of the nonviolent misdemeanor or nonviolent felony and has not been convicted of any other felony or misdemeanor, other than a traffic violation, under the laws of the United States or the laws of this State or any other state. (2) Verified affidavits of two persons who are not related to the petitioner or to each other by blood or marriage, that they know the character and reputation of the petitioner in the community in which the petitioner lives and that the petitioner’s character and reputation are good. (3) A statement that the petition is a motion in the cause in the case wherein the petitioner was convicted. (4) An affidavit by the petitioner that no restitution orders or civil judgments representing amounts ordered for restitution entered against the petitioner are outstanding. 


But the court documents also caution that the expunction of one’s case information from the records of the court and of other State and local government agencies does not guarantee that the information will be expunged from all other sources. Private companies routinely acquire copies of criminal records from State and local criminal justice agencies. Certain private entities are required to expunge your case information upon receiving notice of the expunction order, but there may be a delay between entry of the order of expunction and deletion from the entity’s records. Further, that duty to expunge does not apply to all private entities. If a private entity distributes information about your expunged case, contact the private entity to determine which government agency was the source of the information, and then contact that government agency to determine whether or not the expunction order was received. 


For further information, please contact The Law Office of Attorney Janet Pittman Reed, Phone: (910) 381-1758.


About Janet Pittman Reed


Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and handles Family Law cases such as Divorce & Separation, Personal Injury, Traffic, Criminal Law, Driver’s License Restoration Services, and Civil Litigation cases.

Website: https://janetreedlaw.com/

Blog: https://janetreedesq.blogspot.com/

Attorney Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/janet-p-reed

News: https://hype.news/janet-p-reed-attorney-in-north-carolina/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetpittmanreed/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/leglone?lang=en

Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina - Family Law, criminal matters

Janet P. Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina - Family Law, criminal matters

Janet Pittman Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina (Family Law).

Family Law attorney Janet Pittman Reed starts legal blog

Family and Domestic Relations Law, the publicly available information

The Law Office of Janet Pittman Reed announced today that principal lawyer Janet Pittman Reed is setting up a new legal blog https://janetreedesq.blogspot.com/ which will focus primarily on Family and Domestic Relations Law, how to locate information, and how the law is changing.


“With all the sometimes confusing information regarding Family Law, I felt that I could help explain the important issues at hand to families in need” said Janet Pittman Reed. “I have more than a decade of experience working in this area, and can help people understand the issues before a dispute develops, and obtain initial information when they need legal help.”


Family law does not only encompass marriage, children, divorce, and marital assets, but also implicates tax and retirement issues. The procedures are very complex and hard to understand for a layperson.


Ms. Reed is planning to inform affected families so that they are better prepared for what awaits them in a family law proceeding, such as divorce or child custody.


Ms. Reed explains that she has noticed in her practice that “many affected families do not know that the court system and non-profit organizations provides a lot of support. For example, the North Carolina Judicial Branch website has several videos that explain family law proceedings, including a video on Family Court Orientation and a new video on Parent Education, Access and Visitation.” 


This is based on Session Law 1999-237 House Bill 168 Section 17.16, which authorized the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC) to establish an educational program for parents who are parties to a custody or visitation action and to administer any parent education. These parent education programs make divorcing parents or parents living in separate homes aware of the needs of their children. The informative video that the court system provides, “The Most Important Job,” provides guidance for parents from professionals as well as from the child's perspective. Family courts provide this type of education locally according to their local rules. To accompany this video, the court system has published a handbook, The Most Important Job: Parenting Information for Families Living Apart (North Carolina Parent Education Handbook). Ms. Reed believes that such information should be provides more widely to lessen the stress and burden on families, and she will contribute to that.


Ms. Reed also explains that often multi-state issues are involved, that make this field of law even more complex. “For example, family law is sometimes implicated in child custody cases when you have a spouse from a different State. When one parent takes the child to another State, or from another to North Carolina, this may result in a legal dispute as to in which State the child should live. Other areas of broader implications are marriages with spouses from different states, or where one spouse was married before.”


Janet Pittman Reed is planning to inform the public about such available information, procedures and developments so that any family law matter can proceed more smoothly and put less stress on the family and particularly children.


About Janet Pittman Reed


Janet Pittman Reed is an attorney in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and handles Family Law cases such as Divorce & Separation. 


Website: https://janetreedlaw.com/

Blog: https://janetreedesq.blogspot.com/

Attorney Profile: https://solomonlawguild.com/janet-p-reed

News: https://hype.news/janet-p-reed-attorney-in-north-carolina/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetpittmanreed/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/leglone?lang=en


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