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3 Reasons to Use an LLC to Form Your Business

Starting a new business can be exciting and a bit daunting. Should you form an LLC? Incorporate? Borrow money to get started? Lease office space? Bring on a partner? There are many decisions you must make up front, some of which can have long-term implications. One of the most important decisions you will make relates to the structure of your business. Many individuals begin their small business as the sole “employee,” reporting their earnings as income on their personal tax returns without creating a formal structure to minimize their personal liability. Others immediately incorporate without considering the strict reporting required by the government. A limited liability company (LLC) falls in between these two options, giving business owners some protection while requiring less stringent (and time consuming) reporting. Here are three reasons you might choose an LLC to form your business: An LLC, as the name suggests, limits the liability of the owners. Individuals who operate a business without any formal structure are personally responsible for the debts of the business. This means another party could get a judgment against you personally and potentially collect it by going after your assets (bank accounts, personal property, etc.) Under an LLC, the assets and liabilities are owned by the company. While incorporating your business also limits your personal liability, corporations have specific requirements for reporting that must be filed with the state and/or federal governments. The requirements for an LLC are less rigid. In addition, corporations must name officers and have a board of directors. The “members” of an LLC must have a registered agent, but they can divide management responsibilities as...

Gary Bowers to Present Landlord-Tenant Seminar

Lexington, NC – Local attorney Gary Bowers of Brinkley Walser Stoner will speak at the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro on Tuesday, September 15 on Understanding Landlord – Tenant Legal Issues. The event is free and open to the public. “Lease agreements can be lengthy and confusing,” says Bowers. “Many people sign them without reading and understanding the details. I’m pleased to be able to share some of the basics and answer questions individuals may have – whether they are landlords or tenants.” The session will cover topics regarding lease agreements, security deposits, summary ejectment and other Landlord-Tenant law issues. Bowers will conclude with a question and answer session. The event is open to women and men ages 18 and over. It is free, however registration is required. The seminar is scheduled for 9/15/15 from 5:00 – 6:45 p.m. at the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro, 628 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405. Childcare is not provided. Please register by calling (336) 275-6090. Brinkley Walser Stoner prides itself on providing new and cutting edge legal counsel built on a foundation of knowledge and integrity. Brinkley Walser Stoner’s attorneys are first and foremost counselors, advising clients on their legal rights and options for appropriate solutions. Practice areas include business law, real estate, litigation, elder law, estate planning, injury and disability, criminal defense, traffic and DWI, banking, family law, municipal, governmental, and education law, among others. Brinkley Walser Stoner is an AV rated firm by Martindale-Hubble®. The firm has offices at 10 LSB Plaza in Lexington and in the First Citizen’s Building, 620 Green Valley Road, Suite 306, in Greensboro. Visit Brinkley...

Welcome New Teachers!

Brinkley Walser Stoner welcomes all the new teachers to our local counties!  We are proud supporters of our local school systems. The firm was a sponsor of today’s Chamber breakfast where all three Davidson County Chambers of Commerce honored educators new to the county. Read more about the event in The...

Do I Qualify to Have My Criminal Record Expunged?

A criminal record can cause ongoing problems even if you’ve walked the straight and narrow since your conviction. If you have a criminal record, it can be challenging to find a job. You may bump into issues renting an apartment if the complex requires a criminal background check, or volunteering with some organizations. North Carolina law allows for the expungement (or expunction) of criminal records in certain instances. Expunging the record effectively means the conviction is no longer on your record and does not need to be disclosed. It is a great option that can open employment opportunities for many individuals. Who qualifies for expungement? The rules may differ depending on the type of offense, but in general you may apply to have your record expunged if: Your conviction was for a non-violent misdemeanor or felony and at least 15 years have passed since the conviction (certain drug offenses are excluded); You have no other felony or misdemeanor convictions; No other records have been expunged in the past; You have no outstanding warrants or pending convictions; You have remained “of good moral character;” You have no outstanding criminal or civil restitution orders. What else do I need to know? Once information is out on the Internet, it can be hard to clean up. In addition, there are many private companies used by employers to run background checks. It is possible that even though your record has been expunged, the conviction will still show up in some places. You may need to send copies of the expunction paperwork to the company that ran the background check and have them clear...

BWS Update | August 2015

Back to School Thoughts It’s time for area school children to head back to the classroom. For most children it’s exciting; for others, stressful. For many parents, there’s a sense of relief that the regular routine is back on schedule! Brinkley Walser Stoner has been heavily involved with the local schools for many years, both representing several school districts and supporting numerous charitable organizations in their efforts to help schools and children. Most of our attorneys and staff have (or had) children who attended these same schools. We’d like to share our thoughts as another school year begins: (Read More) Free Landlord-Tenant Workshop Attorney Gary Bowers will be presenting a Landlord/Tenant workshop at the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro on Tuesday, Sept. 15th from 5:00 – 6:45 p.m. at 628 Summit Avenue in Greensboro. What are your rights and responsibilities as a landlord or tenant? How does the eviction process work? Find out these answers and more at this free workshop. The workshop is open to men and women. Please call (336) 275-6090 or email marti@womenscentergso.org to reserve your space for this workshop. We look forward to seeing you there. Big Toy Day is Coming! Head to the Davidson County Airport on August 29, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Big Toy Day 2015! Local businesses and public agencies with fire trucks, helicopters, boats, race cars and more put their “big toys” on display for the kids (and adults who are kids at heart) to come out and see them. CIS brings carnival games, a bounce house, fun activities and food to make this a fun, affordable...

Back to School Thoughts

It’s time for area school children to head back to the classroom. For most children it’s exciting; for others, stressful. For many parents, there’s a sense of relief that the regular routine is back on schedule! Brinkley Walser Stoner has been heavily involved with the local schools for many years, both representing several school districts and supporting numerous charitable organizations in their efforts to help schools and children. Most of our attorneys and staff have (or had) children who attended these same schools. We’d like to share our thoughts as another school year begins: We encourage parents to get involved with their child’s school through the local parent teacher organization, by volunteering at school and by attending school events with your child. This provides needed help to the school; you are also telling your child through your actions that school is important. Watch for news and information the school sends home with your child so you know what’s going on. Talk with your child about the school’s policies on bullying, weapons, use of technology, or other important topics that may be addressed. Grandparents and other adults may find satisfaction in acting as mentors through an organization like Communities in Schools or Junior Achievement. If you can afford to do so, donate to groups that help at-risk children or those whose parents cannot afford school supplies, backpacks and clothes. Support our teachers. According to a recent survey by the National Education Association, teacher salaries in North Carolina rank toward the bottom in the U.S. Many teachers work long hours and some even pay for school supplies from their own pockets....