Senator Thom Goolsby

Senator Thom Goolsby Visit www.ThomGoolsby.com for regular updates and follow Thom on Twitter @ThomGoolsby. Senator Goolsby served his country as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and his state as Counsel to the State Crime Commission under Governor Jim Martin in the early 1990s.
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He is a graduate of The Citadel, where he served as Regimental Commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. He holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Senator Goolsby resides with his wife, Rachael, son, Fleming, and daughters, Lily and Alabama, in Wilmington near Wrightsville Beach. The Goolsbys attend Port City Community Church. Senator Goolsby retired from the Senate after two successful terms in August 2014, and is back practicing law full-time in Wilmington.

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YOU limit yourself.
11/25/2020

YOU limit yourself.

Concealed Carry Made More Available Recent changes to North Carolina law eliminates some misdemeanors from the list of m...
11/25/2020

Concealed Carry Made More Available

Recent changes to North Carolina law eliminates some misdemeanors from the list of misdemeanor convictions that prohibit a person from obtaining a concealed handgun permit.

The law makes most misdemeanor convictions only count against a person for 3 years in relation to prohibiting them from obtaining a concealed handgun permit.

Note: Certain specified assault convictions, stalking convictions, domestic violence convictions and convictions for assault on a law enforcement officer remain a prohibiting conviction permanently.

What is a will? A testamentary will is a legal document that allows you to control how and to whom certain assets owned ...
11/24/2020

What is a will? A testamentary will is a legal document that allows you to control how and to whom certain assets owned by you pass at your death. Your will can provide for the disposition of your home and other real estate, as well as personal property such as cars and bank accounts, to loved ones. There are formal requirements established by N.C. law that must be met for a will to be valid.

"Oh, but you know, you do not achieve anything without trouble, EVER." #inspirational #dailysuccess #entrepreneur
11/24/2020

"Oh, but you know, you do not achieve anything without trouble, EVER." #inspirational #dailysuccess #entrepreneur

Fear is the problem. Push past it!
11/23/2020

Fear is the problem. Push past it!

"Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story." #focus #vision #action #success #nyt #abc
11/23/2020

"Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story." #focus #vision #action #success #nyt #abc

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11/23/2020

Top Mastering Law Podcast: "Hiring Top Performers for Your Law Firm." Follow link: http://apple.co/1M35OjY

Read something INSPIRATIONAL right before bed and after waking -- This will get you in a great mood for sleep and for th...
11/22/2020

Read something INSPIRATIONAL right before bed and after waking -- This will get you in a great mood for sleep and for the day. Read anything from a famous speech to your favorite self-improvement book.

Try to read something that get’s you really excited in the morning especially so that you’ll leave your house beaming with energy and wonder.

More men died in the Civil War than any other American conflict. Two-thirds of the dead perished from disease.Approximat...
11/21/2020

More men died in the Civil War than any other American conflict. Two-thirds of the dead perished from disease.

Approximately 625,000 men died in the Civil War, more Americans than in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined. If the names of the Civil War dead were arranged like the names on the Vietnam Memorial, it would stretch over 10 times the wall’s length.

Two percent of the population died -- the equivalent of 6 million men today. Rifles were by far the war’s deadliest weapons, but deadlier still was disease.

In 1861, as armies massed, men once protected from contagion by isolation marched shoulder to shoulder and slept side by side in unventilated tents. Camps became breeding grounds for childhood diseases such as mumps, chicken pox and measles.

One million Union soldiers contracted malaria, and epidemics were common.

Be careful what you keep in your car. WHY? The police do not necessarily need a warrant to search your car if they pull ...
11/21/2020

Be careful what you keep in your car. WHY? The police do not necessarily need a warrant to search your car if they pull you over. If the police determine they have probable cause, then they right to search your car without your consent and without a warrant.

Probable cause means that the police must believe there is some kind of suspicious activity. In other words, they can't just search your car because you were speeding.

Advice from the man who conquered the world before the was 30!
11/21/2020

Advice from the man who conquered the world before the was 30!

LEARN to USE & TRUST your INTUITION -- Spend some time in silence everyday. Listen not for words, but for a feeling that...
11/20/2020

LEARN to USE & TRUST your INTUITION -- Spend some time in silence everyday. Listen not for words, but for a feeling that tells you to do something. Do not mistake your own reasoning and thoughts for those of your subconscious. If you can track where the thought came from, (this thought led to that thought which led to this thought, etc.) then it was not from your subconscious. Learning to accurately discern between the two will allow you to tap into knowledge that you don’t consciously have.

Generals, NOT Privates, Were Cannon Fodder During the Civil WarRobert E. Lee’s impulse to personally lead a counterattac...
11/20/2020

Generals, NOT Privates, Were Cannon Fodder During the Civil War

Robert E. Lee’s impulse to personally lead a counterattack during the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864 (his troops held him back) would not have surprised his men if he were a bit lower in rank. This was because many top officers, including generals, literally led their troops into battle. Such an occurrence is rare in modern wars.

For this reason, generals were 50 percent more likely to die in combat than privates. At the Battle of Antietam alone, three generals were killed and six wounded — on each side.

At the Battle of the Wilderness, Confederate General James Longstreet took a bullet to his shoulder and throat. Although he would be one of the lucky few. Longstreet returned to command and outlived many generals and privates, dying in 1904, just short of his 83rd birthday.

What is a Health Care Power of Attorney? A health care power of attorney is a legal document by which you give authority...
11/19/2020

What is a Health Care Power of Attorney? A health care power of attorney is a legal document by which you give authority to another person or persons to consent to or refuse any or all medical care, including mental health treatment, on your behalf.

This authority is only applicable if a physician or eligible psychologist determines that you are unable to make or communicate these decisions yourself. You may authorize the designated person or persons (the “health care agent”) to consent to the withholding or withdrawal of life-prolonging measures, and direct your health care agent regarding those medical and/or mental health treatments you would want, and those you would not want.

In addition to making decisions in “life and death” situations, your health care agent also may be authorized to make more routine medical decisions for you (for example, to consent to X-rays or surgery).

A health care power of attorney may contain or incorporate by reference any lawful guidelines or directions relating to your health care as you deem appropriate, including instructions to your health care agent to refuse any specific types of treatment that are unacceptable to you for religious or other reasons. In the event of death, you may authorize your health care agent to donate your organs and/or authorize an autopsy.

A health care power of attorney will remain effective if a court appoints a guardian to act on your behalf, unless the court issues an order suspending the authority of the health care agent. You may indicate in the document your choice of a guardian in the event guardianship proceedings are commenced.

Jonathan GRUBER's lasting testament is turning his name into a VERB: to cheat, trick, dupe, mislead, delude.
11/19/2020

Jonathan GRUBER's lasting testament is turning his name into a VERB: to cheat, trick, dupe, mislead, delude.

11/19/2020

Why Does Every Adult Need at Least a Simple Will?

Having a will makes the emotional time after your passing easier for your family. You can lessen the burden on your family by planning for their care and financial well- being, by naming a guardian to take care of your minor children, by creating a trust for the benefit of your spouse and/or children, and by planning to save taxes.

Simple testamentary wills are very inexpensive. For just a few bucks, you can have peace of mind and not need to worry about the above issues.

Making use of the NEGATIVES in life yields RESULTS.
11/18/2020

Making use of the NEGATIVES in life yields RESULTS.

EXPUNCTION UPDATE: Did you know that it is possible to EXPUNGE CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS for numerous offenses committed BEFO...
11/18/2020

EXPUNCTION UPDATE: Did you know that it is possible to EXPUNGE CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS for numerous offenses committed BEFORE age 18 or 21. I spearheaded many changes to the North Carolina law while I served in the Senate as Chairman on the Judiciary 1 Committee. If you have questions, contact me at 910-262-7401 (voice & text) or checkout my website: http://bit.ly/1EGtmHc.

Who may have a WILL in North Carolina? Anyone 18 years of age or older may have a will. Without a will, N.C. law determi...
11/17/2020

Who may have a WILL in North Carolina?

Anyone 18 years of age or older may have a will. Without a will, N.C. law determines how and to whom your money, property, and personal belongings will pass.

If you already have a will and circumstances in your life have changed, review it to be certain that it still expresses your wishes and desires.

If you have a will from another state, you should have your will reviewed by a North Carolina attorney to ensure that it meets the requirements of N.C. law.

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance & the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sha...
11/17/2020

"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance & the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." #success #cnbc #wsj

PATIENCE and ATTITUDE are important measuring sticks.
11/16/2020

PATIENCE and ATTITUDE are important measuring sticks.

Ben Franklin was not allowed to write the Declaration of Independence for fear he would slip in a joke.
11/16/2020

Ben Franklin was not allowed to write the Declaration of Independence for fear he would slip in a joke.

Common Core Pitch Man, Bill Gates, Sends Kids to Private SchoolMicrosoft Billionaire Bill Gates has spent millions of do...
11/16/2020

Common Core Pitch Man, Bill Gates, Sends Kids to Private School

Microsoft Billionaire Bill Gates has spent millions of dollars pushing the Federal Government’s top-down, one size fits all, Common Core education standard in thousands of public schools across 44 states.

Where do his children go to school? To the same private Lakeside School that he attended. Are his Common Core standards on the agenda for HIS kids? Of course not.

The framework for education at the Lakeside School is the antithesis of Common Core. It’s NOT the institutional “one size fits all” for his kids. Instead, it’s “student-centric” and built around each child’s abilities, passions and interests.

For more information, here’s a great, in-depth Civitas article: http://bit.ly/1ta2yHP

If you have MINOR CHILDREN it is VERY IMPORTANT that you have a WILL!As a parent you want your child to be loved and nur...
11/15/2020

If you have MINOR CHILDREN it is VERY IMPORTANT that you have a WILL!

As a parent you want your child to be loved and nurtured, even after your death. Under the terms of your will, you may nominate a guardian for your child and set aside funds for his or her care and well-being.

What are the considerations in choosing a guardian?

Often it is best to choose a family member or a close friend you and your child know well, and who shares your values and beliefs. It is also important to consider the personal circumstances of the guardian. Where the guardian lives, as well as his or her financial, physical and emotional well-being, will affect your child.

The Clerk of Superior Court will consider your recommendation (see N.C.G.S. 35A-1225) as a strong guide in appointing a guardian, but the Clerk is not bound by your recommendation if the Clerk finds that a different appointment is in the child’s best interest.

You may recommend a successor guardian in your will in the event your first choice is unable to be the guardian. Ask the guardian if he or she is willing to serve in this role before naming him or her in your will.

If the person you recommended as guardian is no longer the person you wish to care for your child, you should change your will.

John Adams was the first President to live in the White House when he came to Washington, D.C. in November of 1800. Howe...
11/14/2020

John Adams was the first President to live in the White House when he came to Washington, D.C. in November of 1800. However, he was only there for four months after losing the election of 1800 to Thomas Jefferson.

What Are the Rights of Crime Victims Under the NC Victim Compensation Fund? Under North Carolina law, victims who suffer...
11/14/2020

What Are the Rights of Crime Victims Under the NC Victim Compensation Fund?

Under North Carolina law, victims who suffer personal injury or death can receive compensation for actual or anticipated economic losses up to $20,000, plus an additional $2,000 for funeral, cremation or burial expenses. Either the victim, his dependents, or a third person who provided benefits to the victim or his family, may file a claim for compensation from this fund.

The fund pays for medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, funeral expenses of up to $2,000, work loss of up to $200 per week for 26 weeks, and replacement services losses of up to $200 per week for 26 weeks. The fund will not compensate for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering or physical impairment, nor will it cover loss of personal property or for losses paid by insurance.

A claim for compensation under this fund must be made within one year of the date of the criminally injurious conduct. A claim is made by filing an application with the Director of the Crime Victims Compensation Commission. The application can be obtained from the district attorney's office or from the NC Division of Victim and Justice Services in Raleigh, NC, 1-800-826-6200. Applicants are required to provide at least the following information:

• the law enforcement agency or officer to whom the conduct was reported, and the date it was reported;
• the nature and extent of the injuries, and the name and address of anyone who treated them;
• the total, actual amount of economic loss;
• the amount of benefits received or to be received from any collateral source (insurance, Workers Compensation, any government agency, Medicare/Medicaid, or the offender, for example);
• whether the applicant is related to the perpetrator or any of the perpetrator's accomplices ( i.e. brother, sister, parent, spouse, child);

A person claiming benefits under this fund must sign documents authorizing the release of medical records, reports, and other information pertinent to the claim.

Applicants receive a written decision regarding eligibility and the payment of the claim. The claim will be denied or reduced if
• economic losses are not the result of criminally injurious conduct
• the applicant failed to report the crime within 72 hours after it was committed and there was no good cause for the delay
• the victim/applicant failed to cooperate with law enforcement in its investigation or prosecution of the crime
• the victim engaged in misconduct which contributed to his injuries
• the victim was participating in a felony or non-traffic misdemeanor at the time that the injury occurred
• the injury occurred while the victim was confined in any prison, correctional, youth services or juvenile facility, half-way house, group home, or similar facility
• any portion of the claim will benefit the perpetrator or his/her accomplice(s)
• the claim for compensation is filed more than one year after the criminal conduct that caused the injury or death occurred
• the economic loss for which compensation is sought occurred more than one year after the criminal conduct (unless the victim is 10 years old or younger, in which case compensation will be denied for economic loss incurred more than two years from the date of the criminal conduct)
• economic losses are recouped through another source (Medicare/Medicaid, insurance, Workers Compensation, for example)

If the applicant is dissatisfied with the fund's decision, she can challenge that decision through the State's Office of Administrative Hearings and/or the courts. Consult an attorney or the Commission regarding appeal rights.

A great definition of STYLE!
11/14/2020

A great definition of STYLE!

What does it mean to PROBATE A WILL?"Probate" is the administration of a person’s estate that is overseen by the Clerk o...
11/13/2020

What does it mean to PROBATE A WILL?

"Probate" is the administration of a person’s estate that is overseen by the Clerk of Superior Court. A person who has died is called the “decedent.”

The person who settles the decedent’s estate is called the “executor” or “personal representative.” An “executor” is typically nominated under the terms of the decedent’s will although the court must approve the appointment of the nominated person or financial institution.

When a person dies owning assets in his or her name alone, the probate process must be started by a personal representative to handle the decedent’s assets and take care of settling the decedent’s affairs.

Upon graduating from Harvard, John Adams became a GRAMMAR SCHOOL TEACHER. The future second President of the United Stat...
11/13/2020

Upon graduating from Harvard, John Adams became a GRAMMAR SCHOOL TEACHER.

The future second President of the United States had this to say about teaching: “My little school, like the great world, is made up of Kings, politicians, divines, fops, buffoons, fiddlers, fools, coxcombs, sycophants, chimney sweeps, and every other character I see in the world. I would rather sit in school and consider which of my pupils will turn out be a hero, and which a rake, which a philosopher and which a parasite, than to have an income of a thousand pounds a year.”

Tag Readers Threaten Your RightsIf you care about your privacy rights, you should have serious concerns about Automatic ...
11/12/2020

Tag Readers Threaten Your Rights

If you care about your privacy rights, you should have serious concerns about Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs), sometimes known as “Tag Readers.”

ALPRs are cameras mounted on stationary objects, such as telephone poles and the underside of bridges, or on patrol cars. The cameras snap a photograph of every license plate that passes by them – capturing information on thousands of cars per minute. The devices convert each license plate number into machine-readable text and checks it against agency-selected databases or manually-entered license plate numbers, providing an alert to a patrol officer whenever a match or “hit” appears.

When an automatic license plate reader system captures an image of a car, it also electronically tags each file with the GPS location and the time and date showing where and when the photograph was snapped. Often, the photograph—not just the plate number—is also stored. The system gathers this information on every car it comes in contact with, not simply those to which some flag or “hit” was attached.

Through a public records request sent to 63 agencies in 2012, the North Carolina Chapter of the ACLU learned that close to a dozen government agencies were already using these tag readers in 2012, including Raleigh, Charlotte, Wrightsville Beach, and the Durham County Tax Administrator. No doubt, even more agencies are now using this technology with no standardized statewide regulation.

Laws MUST to be passed to regulate the existing use of ALPRs as their use poses a substantial risk to privacy. Here’s why:

Read the rest of this article at my blog: http://bit.ly/18OERSb?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com

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