Practice Areas

Business and Nonprofit Law

Business law demands experience across an array of businesses and governmental organizations. At Robbins May & Rich LLP, our mission is to help each client achieve its goals, and we provide strategic solutions to the complex legal issues of entrepreneurs and established companies. With our decades of experience in advising businesses, we can extend efficient support across a range of critical matters including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and venture capital and private equity. The rules governing nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations are complex and subject to constant change. We can help your organization successfully navigate recent developments including increased IRS focus on governance of exempt entities, the revised IRS Form 990 that considerably expands required disclosures, and the interest of state attorneys general in the operations and activities of tax-exempt organizations.

Employment Law

All employers, large and small, face a constantly-expanding web of workplace regulations and potential employee entanglements. We work proactively with our clients to avoid liabilities for employment-related claims, from dispute resolution to discrimination claims, and counsel our clients on implementation and enforcement of effective and protective policies and procedures. We guide clients through new developments, explain their options, and assist them in thoughtful and informed decisions that provide efficiency and stability in a challenging labor climate.

1031 Like Kind Exchanges

Our attorneys have more than 30 years of experience advising clients on 1031 Like Kind Exchanges. We advise clients on numerous issues including “like kind” determination, replacement property identification, timing requirements, partnership issues, tenant-in-common arrangements, reverse exchanges and both safe-harbor and non-safe harbor construction exchanges.

Golf and Resort Law

From real estate to operational service, our attorneys assist golf and resort businesses in all of their legal needs. We are equipped to handle all matters that may arise in the hospitality industry, including zoning and land use, and real estate related matters and the drafting of contracts and handbooks. Our services also extend to employment law; we provide legal advice in areas such as wage and hour law, employee benefits, discrimination and harassment. We tailor our high-quality counsel to suit each of our clients’ needs, and we are dedicated to helping them find success in their industry.

Trust and Estate Planning

Our Trusts and Estates attorneys can create a customized estate plan that will preserve your legacy for future generations. We walk alongside our clients through every step of the estate planning process, developing an effective approach in order to transfer and preserve wealth, safeguard beneficiaries, provide for the care of loved ones and facilitate charitable gifting. All the while, we mitigate the taxable effects of the estate disposition. We assist with the preparation of numerous documents, including wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, prenuptial agreements and powers of attorney.

Estate Administration / Probate

Through our Estate Administration practice we guide families through the multitude of legal issues and questions that come following the loss of a loved one.  We use our experience to make this process as smooth as possible for families navigating the probate process.  Our attorneys also work closely with client’s financial advisors and tax professionals to make sure all aspects of estate settlement are handled.  Our years of experience and knowledge allow us to represent and help all types of estates no matter how complex or unique. 

Equine Law

The Southern Pines area is one of the eastern seaboard’s premier equestrian venues. Attorneys Stephen Later and Lizzie Snow are both longtime equestrians; Stephen serves as a director of multiple equestrian organizations, and Lizzie formerly competed in international events. Equipped with both experience and passion, they assist a range of equine professionals in matters including tax issues, liability and risk management issues, business formation, breeding agreements, lease and purchase agreements, sponsorship agreements, and independent contractor and employment agreements. 

Our firm has represented breeders, horse and farm owners, trainers, patrons, veterinarian groups and equine industry groups. We have also handled equine-lending matters, syndications, and the purchase and sale of equine assets, as well as land use disputes under zoning laws and restrictive covenants. Whatever the issue, we ensure that our equestrian clients’ needs are well-served. 

Real Estate Law

Commercial Real Estate

Our unique experience in commercial real estate allows us to offer the best possible representation for our clients. The attorneys at Robbins May & Rich LLP have assisted in the purchase, sale, leasing and financing of commercial properties both in North Carolina and across the country.

We work closely with our clients to help them navigate even the most complex real estate matters. Our attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that their needs and objectives are fully understood, providing personalized legal advice through the entirety of the transaction process.

Residential Real Estate

We understand that buying or selling a home can be a stressful and emotional process, and are committed to providing clients with the legal guidance necessary to navigate it successfully. Whether buying your first home, selling a family property or investing in residential real estate, Robbins May & Rich LLP has the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your goals.