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Brinkley Walser Stoner attorney selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 24th Edition
Lexington, NC – David E. Inabinett, Managing Member of Brinkley Walser Stoner, has been selected once again by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the fields of Elder Law, and Trusts and Estates.
Lexington, NC – Brinkley Walser Stoner attorney Roy L. McDonald II, a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve and Judge Advocate General Corps, has been selected to serve as the Deputy Command Judge Advocate for the 166th Regional Support Group “Taino Warriors,” located at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. The Deputy Command Judge Advocate is the second most senior legal advisor in the command.
In the July edition of the BWS Update: Learn why hand writing your will or making handwritten notes may not be the best idea. Hear from David Inabinett and Ryan McNeill on considering a senior living community. And celebrate Peach Ice Cream Day on July 17th!
As our lives change over time, our desires for a certain type of living situation may also change. When you are young, an apartment close to the “action” can seem like the ideal situation. Once you marry and have children, a big single-family home may work best. Once the kids have moved out and you are retired or approaching retirement, that big house may require much more of your time than you are willing to give!
If you have been named as an agent for a loved one under a power of attorney, you have some new legal responsibilities. A power of attorney is a legal document naming another party as an agent – someone who has the legal right to make decisions about money and property on behalf of the person who executed the power of attorney. This agent is also called a fiduciary. There are several types of powers of attorney. Each power of attorney should specify when the document goes into effect and what responsibilities are covered under the document.
Clients often ask, “Is it ‘legal’ to write up my own will” or “can I just write in changes to my will?” While a handwritten Will is recognized as “legal” in North Carolina, a June 2017 case decided by the NC Court of Appeals illustrates why that may not be such a good idea.