The law firm of Carr, Blackwell & Associates in Hendersonville, North Carolina, wants to convey our concern and understanding to our friends and clients that have been affected in any way by the Corona pandemic. As many of you may know by now, the court system has granted an automatic 30-day continuance for cases that are scheduled in the next 30 days. Even if you are not a current client, if you do not have an attorney, we will be glad to consult with you about what this may mean for your case.

We also want to recognize this as an opportunity for folks in the communities we serve (Hendersonville, Brevard, Columbus, Tryon and Asheville) to make sure your affairs are in order. It is critical in light of the Corona outbreak that all persons have the necessary estate and life planning tools (powers of attorney) in place in the event that you or your loved ones are affected by Corona. Our firm will waive any consultation fee for the next 30 days for anyone who wants to make an appointment with us to discuss your estate planning needs and to make sure that your affairs are in order.

If you are concerned about face to face contact during these times, we would be happy to arrange the appointment to occur by Skype, Facetime or some other video conferencing method.

Best wishes to all in this new time, and know that we can and will all work to get through it together.

No one wants to get arrested but things can (and do) happen from time to time. If the time comes, it would behoove you to know what to do…and what not to do.
The number one thing to remember when arrested is that you have the right to remain silent, and that is often the best thing you can do. Although it’s difficult to not attempt to defend your actions, it’s best left to an attorney. You may invoke your rights by saying, “I wish to remain silent and want to talk to a lawyer.” You may mention your name, address and birthdate, but keep it to that.

Another key thing to keep in mind is that you should not use force of any kind. The time during arrest is considered a potentially dangerous situation, so officers are already on edge. Resisting arrest can compound your troubles. You can end up with another charge or injuries. Leave any resisting to the attorney who will be handling your case in court.

When you are arrested, you will be searched, photographed and fingerprinted and you will have a record. Be aware that arrest information is public property, and your name might appear in the media.
Later in the process you can talk to your attorney about the possibility of expungement.

In most states, you are entitled to a phone call to your family, a bail bondsman, and an attorney. In the case that you can’t afford an attorney, a public defender will be provided for you. You should memorize the numbers of a couple of people to call in case you are arrested, because you probably will not be allowed to use your cell phone. Calls, except to your lawyer, may be recorded.

REMEMBER: If you are arrested and charged with a crime, you are entitled to the assistance of an attorney. At Carr, Blackwell & Associates, P.C., we have the experience and are invested in our community and its people. Please give us a call so we can help you through this troubling experience.


We were happy to be a sponsor for this event, a fundraiser for HSC’s “Hendersonville Student Ambassador” Travel Scholarship program – which provides financial assistance to local students studying abroad.

Guests heard from two Hendersonville Student Ambassadors who traveled beyond Hendersonville this summer to further their academic and career goals, and enjoyed drinks and dessert inspired by the student’s travels to Italy and Jordan. 

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(February 12, 2018, Hendersonville, NC)—Carr, Blackwell and Associates, P.C. is expanding its practice areas to include Social Security Disability.

Attorney E. James Marshall, of Carr, Blackwell and Associates, P.C. completed a comprehensive continuing legal education (CLE) course on Social Security and Disability cases. Each year attorneys are required to participate in 12 hours of continuing legal education. This CLE, entitled Social Security Disability from Start to Finish, provides lawyers with the knowledge needed to pursue disability claims.

Divorce and bankruptcy are both stressful situations. What’s more, many Americans commonly find themselves facing both at the same time. However, you shouldn't file for divorce and bankruptcy simultaneously. Instead, deal with bankruptcy before divorce because it simplifies the process.

Here are a few reasons you should consider filing for bankruptcy before you file for divorce.