Michael Ganley named NC Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2019

Chapel Hill, N.C. (January 23, 2019) – Chapel Hill-based law firm Bagwell Holt Smith P.A. today announced that Michael Ganley has been named as a North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2019. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each…+

John Miskey Recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law

John Miskey was recently recognized as a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law by the North Carolina State Bar. Only 3.7% of attorneys in North Carolina qualify for this level of distinction. Mr. Miskey, a partner with the firm since 2012, concentrates his legal practice in the areas of separation and divorce, child custody and support, alimony, equitable distribution and adoption. Mr. Miskey serves as…+


The following is a brief summary of auto insurance coverages normally seen in North Carolina:   A. Liability Insurance   Liability insurance covers damages (personal injury and property damage) that you cause to another person. Liability insurance is required by law, and in North Carolina, all vehicle owners are required to have at least $30,000 of coverage. We strongly recommend that everyone have more than…+

Protecting Your HOA Against Embezzlement and Fraud

Many of you may be aware of the recent news stories of embezzlement and fraud involving HOA property managers and Board members. Unfortunately, these actions have affected both new and long-time clients of this firm, and we are proud to assist these HOAs in getting back on their feet. It is important to note that the vast majority of property managers are highly respectable, ethical and…+

Michael Ganley Joins Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite

Attorney Michael R. Ganley, of Bagwell Holt Smith P.A., has been awarded Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite-Real Estate for 2016. Business North Carolina magazine has been honoring exceptional North Carolina Lawyers since 2002 with this prestigious award. The Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite recipients are chosen by other attorneys in the state, where every active lawyer in the state has an opportunity to vote. The…+

Understanding Depositions

When legal battles are portrayed on television, witnesses usually find themselves facing a harsh barrage of questions by passionate attorneys while sitting in a witness box.  In reality, if you are ensconced in a legal situation, these questions may come sooner than you think.  Prior to stepping foot in a courtroom, many plaintiffs and defendants come face-to-face with opposing counsel, answering questions while a court…+

5 things you SHOULD NOT DO if you are injured in a car accident.

5 things you SHOULD NOT DO if you are injured in a car accident Admit fault. While you may want to apologize, this is considered an admission of wrongdoing, so say as little as possible. Only take photos of vehicle damages. The other driver can easily claim that their car was also damaged in other areas, if you cannot refute this with evidence, so take…+

Can your dog inherit your estate? The truth about pet trusts.

Pets inheriting money may seem ridiculous at first glance-a result of hotel heiresses with funds to squander. What is Rover going to do with thousands of dollars, fill a shopping cart with dog treats and tennis balls? Your pet may not be able to spend the money, but it can help them get the care you desire. In North Carolina, pets are considered personal property.…+

My Attorney’s on Facebook: Maintaining Confidentiality in a Digital World

We live in a world inundated with social media, exist in a society that prefers texting to calling. Businesses have known the importance of webpages for years but have expanded their presence further by the creation of Instagram and Twitter accounts. Yes, your attorney probably has a Facebook page. While recognizing the ease with which we can now communicate, how does this affect people who…+

After the Affair: When Affections Have Been Alienated

In August of 2015, 37 million Ashley Madison accounts were hacked and subsequently made public. This website, created for people to engage in extramarital affairs, held personal information on people from all walks of life. The release of this list will likely lead to many divorces, but in the state of North Carolina it may lead to something more. They are often dubbed heart-balm torts,…+