Inabinett Recognized for Work in Elder Law, Trust & Estates

Inabinett Recognized for Work in Elder Law, Trust & Estates

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 2018 in the fields of Elder Law, and Trusts and Estates. “Estate planning and elder law are incredibly rewarding fields of practice,” says Inabinett. “I enjoy working with individuals and families as they take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones as they age. Many people assume you do not need an estate plan unless you have assets. This is not true – all adults should have advance directives and other legal paperwork in place, regardless of age or wealth. It is especially important to update the plans regularly to account for any changes in your life, especially the birth of a child or taking on the responsibility of caring for a parent.” Inabinett is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA™) and has received an AV™ Preeminent Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. He focuses his practice on Estate Planning, Elder Law, Education/School Law, Business Law, and Real Estate Law in Davidson, Guilford and surrounding counties. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer review evaluation. Over 83,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 10 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For...
McDonald Selected to Serve as Deputy Command Judge Advocate

McDonald Selected to Serve as Deputy Command Judge Advocate

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. “We are very proud of Roy’s continuing service to our country and our community,” says Brinkley Walser Stoner managing partner, David Inabinett. Brinkley Walser Stoner has been twice recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, for its support to the national defense, receiving both the Patriot Award and the Above and Beyond Award. Brinkley Walser Stoner is located in Lexington and serves Davidson and Guilford County. Mr. McDonald’s law practice is focused on business law and civil...
BWS Update | July 2017

BWS Update | July 2017

Should I Hand Write My Will? 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. In The Matter of the Will of James Paul Allen, Mr. Allen had a valid typewritten signed and properly attested will leaving in Article IV a life estate or “lifetime rights” in certain lands to an individual with full ownership in those lands passing to two other people upon the later death of the person given the lifetime right. However, Mr. Allen apparently wrote in the margins of that Will his own handwritten notes saying, “Beginning 7-7-03 do not honor Article IV Void Article IV James Paul Allen.” A dispute arose as to whether there was any legal effect of those handwritten notes since those effectively omitted the life estate and gave all of the land fully to the individual who had previously only been given a lifetime right. Learn more about the rules for handwritten wills or changes. Considering a Senior Living Community? 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...
BWS Update | June 2017

BWS Update | June 2017

Technology & The Real Estate Closing By Gary J. Bowers, Attorney at Law There is no doubt that technology and modern conveniences touch almost every aspect of our lives. The modern day consumer can purchase almost anything online, and with regard to a real estate loan closing our television promotes how easy it is to apply for a loan online or to close on your loan “faster than a speeding bullet.” At what point must the consumer ask the question, “What quality is being compromised for the sake of instantaneous gratification and a fast real estate closing?” Read more… McNeill to Speak at Piedmont Crossing Join attorney Ryan McNeill at Unity Place at Piedmont Crossing in Thomasville on Tuesday, June 6 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. for Estate Planning Documents Everyone Needs. Many situations can require documents and these situations tend to be unexpected when they involve your care. Learn what documents you need: Will Health care power of attorney Living will Power of attorney Trust The event is free but requires registration. Register by contacting Blair White at 336.474.3605 or bwhite@uchas.org. Happy Father’s Day! Father’s Day is June 18. We wish all the fathers and fathers-to-be out there a wonderful...
BWS Update | May 2017

BWS Update | May 2017

Filing a Claim Against Your Long-Term Care Insurance Policy By Ryan McNeill, Attorney at Law Many financial planning experts recommend purchasing long-term care insurance. Long-term care policies may cover part of the cost of at home health care, assisted living, nursing home care, or some combination of the above, depending on the plan. At the point in time you need to use the coverage – either for a single incident or a permanent change in your health – you must file a claim to receive your benefits. According to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI), in 2015 insurance carriers paid $8.16 billion in long-term care claims to more than a quarter of a million plan holders. In many cases, these claims are filed by family members on behalf of the person needing care. It is good practice to have completed a durable power of attorney and have that on file so the insurance company can legally speak with your representatives. Read more… Estate Planning Seminar Join attorney Ryan McNeill on June 6 at 2 p.m. at Piedmont Crossing United Church Homes and Services for Estate Planning Documents EVERYONE Needs. This free seminar will discuss situations that arise unexpectedly when it is important to have your long-term care documents in place. Ryan will discuss powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney, living wills, wills and trusts. Register by contacting Blair White at (336) 474-3605 or bwhite@uchas.org. May is Older Americans Month Aging looks much different in 2017 than it did many years ago, with seniors staying active, remaining independent, working, and staying engaged well into their “golden” years....
BWS Update | April 2017

BWS Update | April 2017

Interest Rates & Spring Home Sales By Gary Bowers, Attorney at Law In mid-March, the Federal Reserve announced a .25% rate increase, the first of what is expected to be three small interest rate increases in 2017. According to NerdWallet, mortgage rates prior to the 2016 election were around 3.75%; after the election, rates began to inch upward in anticipation of rate increases by the Fed. For that reason, yesterday’s announcement did not cause an immediate jump in rates. Rates in North Carolina for a 30-year mortgage are currently over 4.1% (see current NC mortgage rates at Bankrate.com). Experts expect mortgage rates may be in the 4.6 to 4.8% range by the end of the year, though those estimates could be impacted by changes made by the current administration. Read more… BWS Attorneys on SilverLife Attorneys David Inabinett and Ryan McNeill were recently interviewed for a new video series for SilverLife Marketing. The first video, titled Decision Time: Transitioning to an Easier Lifestyle, talks about when moving to a senior living community might be the right decision for you. David and Ryan cover legal topics related to moving. Read David’s article, Legal Considerations When Moving to a Senior Living Community, and watch for the release of the video to see David and Ryan in action! National Autism Awareness Month Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) encompasses a range of development disabilities and impacts how an individual is able to communicate with others. ASD is classified as a “spectrum” disorder, meaning symptoms may range from very mild to severe. Identifying and treating autism early may result in better outcomes for the child....