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We help the people in Jacksonville who are experiencing divorces and custody battles, business owners who are involved in complex civil litigation, families and individuals facing felony or misdemeanor charges. As Jacksonville’s largest Law firm we are able to offer a wide variety of legal services for our clients. Areas of Legal Representation Include:

  • Family Law

Few things in life can be as difficult as the breakup of a family. When people’s lives take a new direction, they need experienced attorneys to guide them through the process. The attorneys at Lanier, Fountain & Ceruzzi are well versed in guiding our clients through adoption, separation, child custody and visitation, child support emergency custody orders, grandparents’ rights, prenuptial agreements, post separation support, alimony and the division of marital property through the equitable distribution process.

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  • Real Estate Law

From basic purchase and sale transactions to complicated financing, land-use, tax, condominium and estate planning issues, Lanier, Fountain & Ceruzzi has the experience and expertise to effectively and efficiently address your legal needs for your residential and commercial real estate transactions.

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  • Criminal Defense

Being charged with a criminal or traffic offense is a serious matter and our experienced attorneys are here to assist you with your charges. Years of trial experience allows us to offer our clients unparalleled defense from minor traffic infraction, speeding tickets or DWI/DUI to misdemeanors and felony criminal offenses and defense of juvenile clients. With our office being located directly across the street from the Onslow County Courthouse in downtown Jacksonville, the lawyers of Lanier, Fountain & Ceruzzi are conveniently located to assist our clients with any and all types of criminal defense.

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  • Medical Malpractice

Despite media reports to the contrary, not all mistakes by medical practitioners result in a lawsuit. North Carolina has strict requirements of medical review by qualified medical experts before a lawsuit for medical malpractice can be filed. Our litigators are experienced in pursuing compensation for our clients who have been injured through the negligence of their doctor.

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  • Business Law

Lanier, Fountain & Ceruzzi is experienced in managing all aspects of business transactions.  We provide legal services on such matters as: Incorporation, including “for-profit”, “non-profit” and professional corporations, Limited Liability Companies, General and Limited Partnerships and other forms of business structure, Financing; Purchase and Sale of Businesses and assets.

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  • Workers’ Compensation

The Workers’ Compensation benefit system has been established by the State of North Carolina to assist persons who are injured by an accident which arises out of and in the course of their employment. The law provides for very specific types of compensation for these types of injuries and our attorneys are experienced in handling all aspects of these claims from the initial report of injury through settlement or trial of the case through the North Carolina Industrial Commission.

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  • Wills and Estate Planning

No matter your net worth, it is important to have a basic estate plan in place.  While you are living and healthy, you value being able to make your own decisions about your finances, property, health care and raising your children.

Should you pass away or become incapacitated, you hope others will handle these matters for you according to your wishes.  The only way to ensure that your wishes are honored is through estate planning and the completion of a will.

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  • Personal Injury and Accidents

Accidents, by their nature, occur when we least expect them. Whether it be an automobile or truck accident or a fall which causes the injuries, the attorneys at Lanier, Fountain & Ceruzzi are experienced in dealing with all of the legal issues which arise during the course of these traumatic and, often, life changing events. We utilize our experience in dealing with the insurance companies and our skill as litigators to obtain the best outcome possible for all of our clients.

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114 Old Bridge Street
Jacksonville, NC 28540

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219 South Water Street
Swansboro, NC 28584