James B. Snow III

Business Law

Corporations, Limited Liability Companies

Real Estate Law, Real Estate Development

Wills, Contracts, Leases, Business Entity Formations, Purchases and Sales of Businesses, Employment Contracts, Independent Contractor Agreements, Construction Contracts

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Business and real estate law attorney Jim Snow was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in December of 1956; admitted to bar: 1982, North Carolina; 1984, Virgin Islands and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina.

Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1979, cum laude); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D., 1982).

Member: New Hanover County (Member, Executive Committee, 1990-1994) and North Carolina Bar Associations (Member, Business Law and Real Property Law Sections, Business Law Section Council, 2004-2008; Business Law Section Council, Membership Chair, 2007-2008); The North Carolina State Bar (Fifth Judicial District, Secretary-Treasurer, 1989-1990, Chairman, Fifth Judicial District Young Lawyers Division, 1990-1992); American Bar Association (Business Law Section, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee).

Member: Board of Directors, Cape Fear Literacy Council, 2015-2021; Governance Committee, 2015-2021.  Board of Trustees, The Historic Wilmington Foundation, Inc., 1991-1998, 1998-2006, and 2008-2015, 2016-2021; Secretary, 1995-1998, 2003-2006; Executive Committee, 1995-1998, 1998-2006; Katherine Howell Award recipient, 2006, Urban Properties Committee during and between terms of Board membership.  Board of Directors, Legal Services of the Lower Cape Fear, Inc. (now Legal Aid of North Carolina, Wilmington Office), 1992-1998; Treasurer, 1995-1996; President, 1996-1997, Pro Bono Publico Award winner 2014-2016.

Practice Areas: Business Law; Commercial Law; Formations of Corporations and Limited Liability Companies, Purchases and Sales of Businesses, Business Transactions, Mergers and Acquisitions, Employment Agreements, Independent Contract Services Agreements, Contracts, Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Real Estate Development, Real Estate Purchases and Sales, Refinancing, Contracts, Leasing, Wills, Living Wills (Declarations of Desire for Natural Death), Health Care Powers of Attorney, Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration and Probate.

Elected by peers to the Business North Carolina Legal Elite in 2015 in Real Estate Law and in 2016, 2022, and 2023 in Business Law.

Jim joined the firm in 1984 and became a partner in 1987.

Whether your need is for a small business lawyer for your new start-up or fledgling business, or for a lawyer who is equipped to advise your mature established business and to assist you with the acquisition of an existing business, or your company has grown large and complex, Jim Snow can provide the legal services needed by your business, and where a specialist, such as securities counsel or federal patent or trademark registration counsel is required, Jim has contacts with larger firms and boutique firms which can be associated or to which referrals can be made for those needs, at significant cost savings over using those firms for the matters which can be competently handled locally.

Jim Snow is also able to assist you with all aspects of real estate law, including purchases and sales of residential and commercial real property,  and can coordinate with your broker or if your purchase or sale is “For Sale by Owner” (FSBO), and Jim loves working with first time home-buyers.   Jim Snow can  also assist you with leasing of residential and commercial real property, whether you are a landlord or a tenant.  Closing  or Settlement Agent services for both purchases and sales and for mortgage financing secured by real property, including residential and commercial refinancing,  are a significant part of Jim’s practice.  Jim has represented a number of builders in the preparation of construction contracts and with regard to the issues which can arise during construction and after completion of construction, and has represented numerous real estate developers at all stages of real estate development, from formation of the contract to acquire land for development through subdivision, including zoning and land use ordinance issues, review of subdivision maps and coordination with surveyors and land use planners, drafting of contracts for the retail sale of lots, including lot sale and construction contracts, and issues which may arise with contractors and subcontractors providing real estate development and construction services.

Jim also provides a variety of office practice services including drafting of wills, living wills (declarations of desire for natural death), health care powers of attorney, powers of attorney ( including general, special, limited, and durable powers of attorney), trusts where appropriate, estate administration and probate.  The firm has available other attorneys who can provide estate tax planning services.

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