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Back To Your Regular Driving

Back To Your Regular Driving

After a year of limited driving for many, it’s easy to see that traffic has gotten back to normal.Surprisingly, accidents during the pandemic were up. According to 2020 data collected by theNational Safety Council, “42,060 people are estimated to have died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020. That marks an 8% increase over 2020 in a year where people drove significantly less frequently because of the pandemic. Accidents can happen anywhere to anyone. The most common causes of accidents arespeeding, driver inattention, fatigue/drowsiness, and alcohol and drug impairment. In our statealone in 2020, the North Carolina Department of Transportation shares: There were 416 speed-related deaths and 18,332 speed-related crashes.Speeding was a contributing factor in 25 percent of all fatal crashes.91 percent of speed-related fatalities occurred on non-interstate roads; 9 percent occurred on interstate highways. Accidents are unpredictable and unplanned. No matter if you are driving to your local grocerystore or taking a long-distance trip to see friends or family, there are steps you can take to keepyou, your passengers, and other drivers safe: As a driver you should always be well rested before driving anywhere. This is especiallyimportant if you are driving a long distance. Being fatigued or exhausted before gettingbehind the wheel increases your risk of crashing. If you have multiple licensed drivers inthe car, try taking shifts so each person has time to relax. 2. Obeying the speed limit is another way to stay safe while driving. Speed limits aredesigned not only to keep you safe but to keep other drivers around you safe. As a driver you should always be aware of any imminent weather that...
A Community Resource Guide for Providing Services and Aid to Seniors

A Community Resource Guide for Providing Services and Aid to Seniors

No matter your age, being geographically separated from family is tough. For seniors, this separation can turn everyday routines into a serious challenge. If you notice a neighbor or community member struggling in this way, you may be wondering how you can best help. The answer to this question can also get complicated, which is why the legal firm of Brinkley Walser Stoner collaborated with Beverly Nelson of Stand Up for Caregivers on this resource list. How to Help Seniors at Home Caring for a home can be a burden for seniors living alone. Tasks that once were handled relatively easily — like taking care of the lawn, doing dishes, and keeping up on laundry – become more difficult to complete. Consider these options: If it’s within the budget, you could look into helping seniors hire a home cleaning service.Seniors may also appreciate help from specialty pros, like furniture cleaners. Searching for a reputable pro is easy with Angi, which also provides customer reviews and ratings.You can also help seniors who live alone by getting out and running errands.If cooking has become difficult, consider meal and food delivery like Meals on Wheels. Helping Seniors Around Town Driving can be unsafe or inaccessible for seniors. But that doesn’t mean it’s a ticket to social isolation and loneliness, which should be avoided. According to a report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, seniors who stop driving are nearly twice as likely to become depressed. Do not despair — transportation help is available: Most communities offer free public transportation for adults who are 65+.If you’re highly motivated, you could set...
Celebrating 25 Years with Brinkley Walser Stoner

Celebrating 25 Years with Brinkley Walser Stoner

September 3, 2021, marks David Inabinett’s 25th anniversary with Brinkley Walser Stoner,PLLC. The Lexington native started as an associate in 1996 immediately after graduating fromWake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem and was appointed Managing Memberof the firm in 2009. His main areas of practice are Estate Planning & Administration, Real EstateLaw, Elder Law/ Medicaid, and Nursing Home Planning, Public School Law, and Business andCommercial Law. Inabinett is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys(NAELA) and has been selected once again by his peers for inclusion in the 28th edition of TheBest Lawyers in America® in the fields of Elder Law, and Trusts and Estates. “I went into the field of law to make a difference,” says Inabinett. “Helping clients through someof the most difficult and challenging moments in their lives is immensely satisfying, as is workingwith clients and organizations to move important initiatives forward in our community. If I had achance to go back and choose my career again, I would still choose the law. That said, I wouldtell my younger self to take more intentional time to develop skills, hobbies, and relationshipsto enrich my life and ultimately my law practice!” “I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to call David not only a mentor but also a friendfor the past 18 years,” says Bradley Hunt, a member attorney at the firm. “His level-headedapproach and thoughtful insight into the practice of law simply cannot be measured. Theguidance he has provided and shared with me over the years has taught me more about beinga lawyer, about being a professional, than I can truly put...
David Inabinett Celebrates 25 Years with Brinkley Walser Stoner

David Inabinett Celebrates 25 Years with Brinkley Walser Stoner

Lexington, NC – Brinkley Walser Stoner, PLLC, congratulates its ManagingMember, David E. Inabinett, on his 25th anniversary with the firm. Inabinett joinedBrinkley Walser on September 3, 1996, immediately after graduating from theWake Forest University School of Law. “It is amazing to me how quickly the years have passed,” says Inabinett. “If I hadthe opportunity to go back, I would not change too much. I get tremendoussatisfaction from helping clients. Brinkley Walser Stoner is my idea of what a lawfirm should be. I have had incredible mentors and role models through the years,including Walter F. Brinkley, R.B. Smith & Charlie McGirt, to name a few. And I’vetried to pass along my knowledge to younger associates. I hope I will be able tocontinue to do so for many years to come.” To celebrate Inabinett’s 25 years of service, the firm has donated $500 in his honor to the LexingtonArea Community Foundation Endowment Fund, a cause he has supported for many years. TheFoundation funds various community organizations in the area, and we are proud to honor Inabinett inthis way as he works diligently for our firm and our community.About Brinkley Walser Stoner, PLLC Brinkley Walser Stoner prides itself on providing new and cutting-edge legal counsel built on afoundation of knowledge and integrity. Brinkley Walser Stoner’s attorneys are first and foremostcounselors, advising clients on their legal rights and options for appropriate solutions. Practice areasinclude business law, real estate, litigation, elder law, estate planning, injury and disability, criminaldefense, traffic and DWI, banking, family law, municipal, governmental, and education law, amongothers. Brinkley Walser Stoner is an AV rated firm by Martindale-Hubble ®. The firm has...
“Excellence in Practice” – Elder Law, Trusts & Estates

“Excellence in Practice” – Elder Law, Trusts & Estates

Lexington, NC – David E. Inabinett, Managing Member of Brinkley Walser Stoner, has been selected once again by his peers for inclusion in the 28th edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Elder Law, and Trusts and Estates. “Knowing the work I do is making a positive impact is something I never take for granted,” says Inabinett. “With the unpredictable year we’ve all had, I’m thankful for my peers and their consideration in selecting me to be among this esteemed list of lawyers. Being able to serve my community, their families, and their needs is important to me. I’m forever grateful that I still get the opportunity to do just that.” Inabinett is a proud member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA™). Best Lawyers® is proud to embark on the 28th edition in the United States, marking the landmark 40th year for our esteemed listings. Since 1981, Best Lawyers has produced the most reliable, unbiased source for legal referrals. We highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession with a list of outstanding lawyers compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys. We are honored to announce the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Each year, Best Lawyers honors approximately 5% of practicing lawyers in the United States, exemplifying the work of the most elite and top-rated lawyers in the country. About Brinkley Walser Stoner, PLLC 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...
How To Avoid Labor Lawsuits

How To Avoid Labor Lawsuits

By Bradley Hunt, Attorney at Law How To Avoid Labor Lawsuits As a business owner, you must be prepared to deal with problems or challenges that may impact the growth and future success of your company. Whether you’re operating a small business with 1-5 employees or an organization with 20 employees, here are three steps that you should take to protect yourself and your business from employment lawsuits. Step One: Understand State and Federal Employment Laws Having a basic understanding of both federal and North Carolina labor laws is a good start to avoiding a labor lawsuit. North Carolina is an “at-will” employment state, meaning an employer can hire and fire an employee at their discretion. While North Carolina may be an “at-will” state, this does not mean that an employee is powerless when it comes to filing a suit against a company. Setting clear expectations and following state and federal employment laws is a good start. Having an employment contract or agreement could save you the trouble of dealing with a lawsuit. Step Two: Follow Wage Guidelines Employers often get into trouble trying to avoid paying overtime or misclassifying employees as part-time or 1099 (to avoid paying benefits) when they are treated as full-time direct hires. All employers should be following the rules as it relates to overtime pay, contract, part-time or full-time employees. Some of these classification rules can be tricky, especially related to contract vs. direct hire employees. If you are not certain, you may wish to consult with an employment attorney. For an overview of employee rights regarding overtime pay, visit the North Carolina Department...
5 Things to Consider When Sending Your Child Off to College

5 Things to Consider When Sending Your Child Off to College

By Bradley Hunt, Attorney at Law Preparing to send your child off to college for the first time (or even subsequent years) can be both exciting and stressful. The to-do list can seem endless, from buying sheets and towels to confirming the drop-off date and rules. There are a few things (from a legal perspective) you will want to consider adding to the list: Many schools allow students to give their parents access to the online portal so they can monitor grades, etc. But if your child is now 18 and an adult, understand you do not have the legal right to access this information – even if you are paying the bill. Check with your student to see if they are willing to give you access.Likewise, you can no longer request access to your child’s medical history at the on- or off-campus healthcare facility. Under HIPAA rules, your child would have to grant you that access.  It is recommended that your 18 year old enter into a health care power of attorney, HIPAA authorization and a durable financial/legal power of attorney to authorize a parent(s) to handle such decisions for health, financial, insurance or legal purposes.If your student will be renting an apartment or house (especially off campus), he or she should understand the terms of the lease agreement. What happens if the roommates have a disagreement? Does the lease permit a sublet? What happens if a party gets out of hand? Lease agreements can vary widely, and failure to abide by the terms could result in loss of their deposit or even a lawsuit.We often think about...
Throwback: Interview with Walter Brinkley, Jr.

Throwback: Interview with Walter Brinkley, Jr.

In November of 2006, Walter F. Brinkley, Jr. was interviewed by Hank Van Hoy, II, as part of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism and their historical video series of distinguished North Carolina lawyers. We thought you might enjoy the interview! To learn more about the Commission, visit their...
What Happens If I’m Convicted of A DWI?

What Happens If I’m Convicted of A DWI?

By Attorney, Drew Nelson What Happens If I’m Convicted of A DWI? Being convicted of Driving While Impaired or (DWI), is a very serious matter. A DWI can be based upon impairment involving alcohol, prescription drugs, illegal drugs, or other impairments.  According to, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “Interactions between alcohol and other substances in the body such as certain medications or illegal drugs increase impairment and make driving more risky.” If a person pleads guilty or is convicted of a DWI, its important to know what exactly happens once convicted. If you are convicted of a DWI in North Carolina, this means the state has met the burden of proof. There are only two ways the state may prove that a driver was driving while impaired. These two ways are proven by: Showing that the driver’s physical or mental faculties, or both, have been appreciably impaired by an impairing substance.Showing that the driver’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC), is 0.08 or higher. The severity of the impairment does not matter when someone’s BAC is above the legal limit of 0.08. A seemingly sober person with a BAC of greater than 0.08 can still be convicted of DWI. What Really Happens According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, there are five levels of misdemeanor Driving While Impaired. The levels range from the most serious (level 1), to the least serious (level five). To determine the proper level of punishment, the sentencing Judge determines whether or not there are any grossly aggravating factors, aggravating factors, and mitigating factors present. These five levels are: LEVEL 1: A person subject...
Have Fun and Be Safe

Have Fun and Be Safe

We’ve all been looking forward to summer this year, perhaps more than ever.  COVID-19 related Restrictions in North Carolina and around the United States are lifting just in time for planning your vacations and activities for the summer. While we all can rejoice in the fact that we can spend our summer days and summer nights outside, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your friends, family and loved ones safe. Safety At Home What is summer without the heat, humidity, and high temperatures? We all now the sun is the best source for vitamin D. However, too much sun during the summer months can often prove to be deadly for small children, seniors, and people with underlying health issues. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention  (CDC), “Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. While the body normally cools itself by sweating, during extreme heat, this might not be enough.” You should know the warning signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and how to treat it and always remember to consume plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to stay properly hydrated. Visit the CDC website to learn more about how to keep you and your family safe this summer. Water Safety Heading to the lake, pool, or ocean this summer, then you should definitely know how much water safety is important. According to www.nsc.org , “While drowning deaths peak among one and two year old’s, drownings continue to be the second leading cause of preventable death through age...