NC REALTORS® Hotline your member benefit

NC REALTORS® have free, unlimited access to the NC REALTORS® Legal Hotline


Did you know one call to a real estate lawyer costs an average of $250 per hour?  With just one call to the Legal Hotline, you’ve paid for one year of NC REALTORS® dues in full. In 2016, over 2,700 calls and emails were fielded by our legal team, equating to a cumulative savings of $675,000*. Now that’s epic value!

Don't waste your time stressing over forms, disclosure or landlord/tenant law. Call the NC REALTORS® Legal Hotline to get quick resolution, so you can return to your clients and your business.

*If each inquiry and resulting research equates to an hour of legal consultation.

Q: Why should I take advantage of the Legal Hotline?

A: First and foremost, you will get to make unlimited calls every weekday to the Hotline. Your call will be handled by one of NC REALTORS® lawyers, who collectively have more than 25 years of experience representing REALTORS® on a daily basis. They're not just any lawyers,­ they're lawyers who really know and understand the legal issues you face.

Q: What kinds of questions do the lawyers take on the hotline?

A: They handle a wide range of topics, including questions about forms, contracts, disclosure, agency, real estate licensing law, REALTOR® Code of Ethics, commission disputes, fair housing and landlord/tenant law just to name a few.

Q: How do I access the Legal Hotline?

A: Call 800-443-9956 and ask for an NC REALTORS® lawyer.  Calls are typically taken or returned after 1 p.m. every weekday that NC REALTORS®' offices are open. If you would like to email your question instead, contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Please include a telephone number, so a lawyer can follow up by phone if necessary.


Will Martin be a graduate of Washington College in Cheste1town, Maryland and Wake Forest Unit Varsity School of Law, where he graduated with honors in 1985.  He practiced law in his hometown of Mocksville and Winston-Salem before joining NC REALTORS® in 1996 as its General Counsel. For the past 17 years, will has advised NC REALTORS®' leadership and staff on a wide range of legal matters. He hands les a large number of inquiries from individual members and local REALTOR® associations on legal issues affecting the practice of real estate brokerage and association administration. He has been closely involved in the development of most of the NC REALTORS® standard forms. Will is a member/manager of Martin & Gifford, PLLC.

Bill Gifford is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a 1980 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. He was a trial lawyer in Chicago until 1996 when he returned to North Carolina to become Director of Litigation for Greensboro-based Oakwood Homes Corporation. Since 2005, Bill has represented NC REALTORS® as a member/manager of Martin & Gifford, PLLC.  He regularly fields member questions on the Legal Hotline.  Bill has also represented   REALTORS® in litigation   matters   filed across   the state and   in disciplinary proceedings initiated by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.