Below is a link to a General Assembly document summarizes laws which took effect recently and which will take effect January 1, 2013.
The most notable changes are:
revisions to the mechanics lien statute
revisions to laws regarding criminal checks for day care workers
revisions to the expungement laws
revisions to the amount of property that can pass to a spouse and child under the intestate laws
revisions that require a landlord to give the NC State Bar notice of an attorney's default on a lease
revisions to terminate child support if a child enrolls in an early college program
revisions that now include maintenance and utility vehicles as part of the "move over" law
revisions to adoption laws
If you want to see just the changes taking effect Jan 1, go to page 16. I would encourage you to take a look at the entire document as I did. I found some changes I was not aware of.
I hope you all have a safe and fun new year, whether you go out and celebrate, or do like I do and sleep through it.
(The link to this information has since been deactivated, there is a comprehensive list of all enacted legislation for 2012 here.)