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james M. ARGES


James M. Arges (Jim), attorney with the Arges Law Firm, P.C., is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and licensed attorney since 1993. When serving clients, Jim is always mindful that real estate or estate planning may be their first encounter with legal representation:  "I want to give my clients a positive first experience of lawyers."


Jim brings to real estate law his special gifts as an unabashed "people person" and historian:  "I do real estate law because I enjoy working with people and helping them with what is usually the most important investment of their lives.  I have good customer service work ethic that goes well with a practice emphasizing real estate.  Our firm is very focused on taking care of our clients.  We return phone calls promptly, and we want to make sure that doing a closing at our office is a pleasant experience."  Jim really enjoys the title examination process:  "I'm a history major and I like to go back and 'dig in' to the history of a piece of property."


As a dedicated family man, Jim has a real understanding of the concerns and fears of parents wanting to provide for their children:  "I feel strongly that anybody who has young children needs to do estate planning, and anybody with significant assets needs to do estate planning. Estate planning can be complicated, but it can be very straightforward.  For many people, a simple will is sufficient, along with a general power of attorney, health care power of attorney and advance directives.  In many cases, it's only when you get assets over 5 million dollars that things become more complicated."


A native of Durham, Jim is married to Kris Arges, a cardiac research nurse and research coordinator at the cardiac diagnostic center at Duke Medical Center.  They have four children.  Jim graduated from Durham Academy (1983), Duke University (AB in History 1987) and Campbell University's Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1993).


JIm is a member and serves on the board of directors of the Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina and he is also a member of the Real Property and Estate Planning Sections of the North Carolina Bar Association.  On the local level, Jim is a member of the Durham County Bar Association and he is an affiliate member of the Durham Regional Association of Realtors and has chaired the Home Buyers Fair Committee and the Triangle Mortgage Lenders Association where he has served as vice-president.  Arges Law Firm, P.C. is a member of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.


Jim's involvements in the community include service as a youth athletics coach for the North Durham Little League, the Hillandale Athletic Association and the Durham YMCA.  As a member of Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, Jim has served as a Deacon, Chair of the Church Council, Church Moderator, Chair of the Personnel Committee, Chair of the Youth Education Committee and as a Sunday School Teacher.



Email Jim at jim@argeslawfirm.com


Our LAW FIRM at a Glance

FELICE McNEILL-HAYES


Felice McNeill-Hayes is the office manager and paralegal for the firm. Assisting home buyers has been an especially meaningful part of her work: “I enjoy helping people attain their dreams. Buying a home is the fulfillment of an important dream for many people. I make sure that everything goes smoothly, that there are no bumps or headaches at closing. I want to make sure it’s an enjoyable experience for our clients. I want people to know that they can always call us—that they can bring any question to us. There are no dumb questions: this is not something that people do everyday, and they have to be sure they really understand what is going on.”

A native of the Bronx, NY, Felice grew up in Rocky Mount, NC and graduated from North Carolina Central University, completing a B.A. in political science. Her husband, Darryl, is employed by a local insurance provider as an IS technician. They have two charming little girls. Felice has worked with Jim for several years. “I enjoy working for Jim; he is an honorable attorney. Plus, we've got a great staff.”

Felice’s hobbies include fabric art, beading and scrapbooking. She is active at her church, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, assisting with various ministries.


Email Felice at felice@argeslawfirm.com

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