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Impact Law | Congleton law, P.C.

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Our LEGAL Services


Real Estate law

Owning a home or purchasing investment property is one of the biggest investments a person makes. Impact Law can help buyers and sellers understand the legal issues associated with their real estate transactions. We can review your contract and make modifications to protect your interests. Michelle Smith, the owner of Impact Law, is also a licensed North Carolina real estate broker who understands the various form contracts commonly used by real estate brokers. Unfortunately, sometimes these form documents do not adequately protect the buyer or seller and changes are needed. A North Carolina real estate broker may not edit a contract, so you need an attorney who can provide the necessary contract revisions.

Whether you are negotiating an offer to contract or purchase, a lease with an option to purchase, or a short sale or are considering foreclosure, Impact Law can help protect your interests. Our lawyers have extensive experience dealing with the legal issues presented by each of these types of real estate transactions. For more information on short sales and foreclosures and landlord-tenant issues, review our practice page on these areas.

Civil litigation

Criminal charges should be avoided at all costs. A criminal record can greatly harm your life, and even a minor traffic ticket could affect your driving privileges and insurance rates. Many people come to an attorney wanting to be free of their charges right away, but it is a long process. The good news is, we know North Carolina's process well. We can efficiently guide you toward the best outcome.

Because we understand the gravity of your situation, we will fight aggressively for the best outcome for you. Our attorneys are experienced and skilled at building effective defense strategies and implementing trial tactics.

Facing criminal charges is scary. You are likely anxious about what will happen. That is why communication is an integral part of our practice. When we begin working on your case, we will explain how long the process takes, what you can expect at each step, what fees are involved, what our practice is like and any other questions you have.

We are experienced in dealing with the effects that criminal charges have on a person's military career. We can help to try to find the best solution for you.

Small business law

At Impact Law we help clients in selecting the appropriate business entity form, including corporations, general partnerships, limited partnership, limited liability company, and ventures. Tax consequences play an important role in business transactions. Our attorneys assist in evaluation tax issues that impact the business formation and its continued operation. Our attorneys are skilled in the areas of employee contracts, non-compete agreements, benefit options, shareholder agreements and buy-sell arrangements.

In addition, we are also available to assist in the consummation of business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions financing, the orderly dissolution of business entities. For closely held companies succession planning and exit strategies are paramount and we have a wide range of experience in this area of business planning.


Traffic Viloations

The impact of receiving a traffic ticket can be severe and affect all aspects of your life. With the help of Impact Law you can defend your rights and fight the potentially damaging consequences. At Impact Law, we are dedicated to serving the best interests of our clients in every way possible. Our intimate familiarity with the laws surrounding traffic tickets and traffic offenses allows us to be effective when you need it most.

Getting a ticket can result in the suspension or revocation of your driver's license, fines and an enormous increase in your insurance premiums. For certain violations, criminal charges apply and can result in jail time, mandatory participation in treatment programs, ignition interlock installation, and community service. Fortunately, there are options for fighting the case against you. Our seasoned legal team knows which factors to review which could result in a dismissal of charges. If your case does go to trial, we are more than capable in court, know how to fight for an acquittal. In cases where a conviction is unavoidable, we will negotiate in pursuit of the lesser penalties.

Estate Planning

Many people do not realize the importance of an estate plan, or they understand the importance but procrastinate on creating one. Estate planning is a very good idea for every adult, even if you are young or do not feel you have many assets to protect. We hope that you do not need one until much later but the truth is that life can be unexpected and an estate plan helps to protect what you care about most.

An estate plan secures your wishes for your assets after you pass away, as well as appoints people to make decisions for you if you are unable to do so. It is not enough to tell a family member who should get your belongings. It needs to be written in a legally binding document.

If you pass away without a will, for example, North Carolina law determines who gets your assets and how they are distributed. A will lets you divide your estate as you wish.

We also assist with probate court for families who have lost a loved one. We will handle the legal issues for you during this difficult time. 

The glory of justice and the majesty of law are created not just by the Constitution - nor by the courts - nor by the officers of the law - nor by the lawyers - but by the men and women who constitute our society - who are the protectors of the law as they are themselves protected by the law.
— Robert Kennedy
  Michelle Congleton Smith - Attorney at Law

Michelle Congleton Smith - Attorney at Law

Michelle Congleton Smith grew up in the North Raleigh area and is proud to be a Triangle native.  She received her undergraduate degree from East Carolina University as a third generation "Pirate" following in the footsteps of her father, Mort Congleton and maternal grandmother, Alice.  She also received a double Masters degree in Substance Abuse Counseling and Mental Health from ECU and was a practicing therapist for over seven years. Michelle's love for the Triangle brought her back home to Raleigh in early 2000 where she began law school while still practicing as a therapist.  She was awarded her law degree in 2004 from North Carolina Central University. In addition to her law practice, Michelle is also the founder and President of Models for Charity, a local 501C3 nonprofit organization that gives back to the community through volunteering and fashion related events.  


Being charged with a crime under any circumstances can be extremely stressful and confusing.  At Congleton Law we do our best to make sure you understand what is going on in your case and counsel you on what to expect.  It is important to have an attorney on your side to protect your criminal record and reputation.  Please contact us if you have been charged with a crime or given a citation.  Our consultation is free!




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