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Edwin "Sandy" Hardy has practiced Bankruptcy law in eastern North Carolina for 26 years. He was born and raised here. He has successfully filed thousands of bankruptcies. He is a former state legislator in the North Carolina House of Representatives where he served as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee. He has served on the North Carolina Courts Commission, the NC Governor's Crime Commission and the Joint Legislative Commission on Seafood and Aquaculture. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He graduated from East Carolina University and Wake Forest University School of Law. He also served for eight years on the Board of Trustees of Beaufort Regional Health Systems which operated Beaufort County Medical Center amongst other healthcare businesses. He served as Chairman of the Board for over three years. He is a federally designated Debt Relief Agent helping people obtain relief from their debt problems and to protect property through the U.S. Code and State and Federal consumer protection and bankruptcy laws.


Languages spoken: English, French

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Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 75%
    26 years, 3.5 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    26 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. General Practice: 5%
    26 years
  4. Family: 5%
    26 years, 500 cases
  5. Debt Settlement: 5%
    26 years, 200 cases



Contingent (15-50%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    I endorse this lawyer. His integrity is impeccable and I have known him for 25 years. He has represented me, my family and friends with the most effective proficiency. I have seen him conduct numerous trials and he has won dozens of criminal jury trials in State and Federal court. He is THE go-to lawyer in this region of the State for any debt matters. He won an appeal in a business matter of mine before the N.C. Court of Appeals saving me over $30,000.00 after attorney fees, which his are very reasonable. Any Bankruptcy, Debt disputes/settlements, Criminal, Traffic, Divorce or Custody matters I would highly recommend you hire him.


    Judson Blount
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Edwin M. Hardy, P.C.

131 N. Market St.
Washington, NC, 27889



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension With All Stayed
    issued in NC, 2013


    Suspension stayed means the attorney has been suspended, but that the suspension is placed on hold (and ultimately removed) if the attorney complies with certain requirements.

    Edwin’s comment: “The Bar found no client suffered any harm and the terms of the discipline basically just required the attorney to keep in compliance with record keeping rules. Attorney and the Bar disputed the record keeping practices of the attorney. Attorney and the Bar agreed for the attorney to change his record keeping practices and settled the matter without hearing.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding ServiceBeaufort County Health Systems2010
Outstanding Public Service AwardBeaufort County Republican Party2000
Outstanding LegislatorWildlife Heritage Society1998
Legislator of the YearN.C. Trappers Association1998
Outstanding LegislatorN.C. Bear Hunters Association1998
Pro Bono Service AwardPamlico Sound Legal Services1991
Pro BonoLegal Services of North Carolina1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyEdwin M. Hardy, P.C.1989 - Present
Chairman of the BoardBeaufort County Health Systems2005 - 2010
Member of House of RepresentativesN.C. General Assembly1997 - 1999
MemberN.C. Courts Commission1997 - 2001
MemberN.C. Joint Legislative Commission on Seafood and Aquaculture1997 - 2000
MemberN.C. Governors Crime Commission1997 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2014 - Present
Pete Barry's FDCPA BootcampGraduate Fellow2010 - Present
Max Gardner's Bankruptcy Boot CampGraduate Fellow2009 - Present
Beaufort County Health SystemsBoard of Directors2003 - 2012
North Carolina House of Representatives, Judiciary CommitteeChairman1997 - 1999
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember1994 - Present
Beaufort County Bar AssociationPresident1991 - 1992
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re Foster, 348 B.R. 58 (Bankr.E.D.N.C., 2006)Favorable To Client- Property Protected
In re Daniels (Bankr.E.D.N.C., 2013)Ruled in favor of debtor. Personal injury settlement was protected and client kept proceeds.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wake Forest University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
East Carolina UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
County Commissioners MeetingLocal Hospital Needs2009
Annual MeetingElection Law2003
Social StudiesLaw and Legislating2001
Social StudiesLaw and Legislating2000
Social StudiesLaw and Legislating1999
Annual ConventionLaw and Wildlife Resources1999
The Morning Drive ShowN.C. Legislature and Politics1998
Noon Rotary of WashingtonLocal Issues in the Legislature1998
Carolina Today Show on WNCT-TVLegislative Matters in N.C.1998
N.C. Farm Bureau Raleigh MeetingFarming Issues in the Legislature1997
Biennial ConventionElection Law1994