October Update

While con artists may target anyone, older Americans are often seen as an easier target. Seniors should not have to worry about scams, con artists, or losing money to dishonest people. Sadly, statistics show that is the case for a lot of older Americans. According to a 2019 article by CNBC contributor, Maggie Fitzgerald, “Seniors lose an estimated $2.9 billion annually from financial exploitation.” Read More N.C. Attorney General Warns Seniors For an hour, Stein, Buser, and Sluder addressed a number of schemes that affect seniors ranging from contractors inflating their prices after storms to fake calls from the IRS. Learn More Medicare Enrollment Period The medicare enrollment period is now open. Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to compare and evaluate their current plan and make changes as necessary. By comparing plans during the open enrollment period, Medicare beneficiaries can save money and ensure their 2020 plan is best suited to meet their needs. Read More Lexington Sportsmen’s Saturday Brinkley Walser Stoner is a proud sponsor of Sportsmen’s Saturday 2019. The annual event will be held at the Lexington Historic Southern Railway Freight Depot. The event will be held on November 2. Learn More 10 Common Mistakes People Make in Estate Planning Join attorney David Inabinett of Brinkley Walser Stoner to learn about common mistakes and misconceptions related to estate planning. Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. Location: Smith Senior Center, 2401 Fairview St Greensboro, NC 27405 The event is free but registration is required. To reserve your space call (336) 373-7564 Learn...
Watch Out For Scams

Watch Out For Scams

Bradley Hunt While con artists may target anyone, older Americans are often seen as an easier target. Seniors should not have to worry about scams, con artists, or losing money to dishonest people. Sadly, statistics show that is the case for a lot of older Americans. According to a 2019 article by CNBC contributor, Maggie Fitzgerald, “Seniors lose an estimated $2.9 billion annually from financial exploitation.” That is a disturbing statistic. Why Target Seniors? Why do scammers target senior citizens? They believe seniors will be more likely to fall for their scams. Advancements in technology have made it easier for scammers to target unsuspecting consumers. Age, income level, or lack of understanding can be contributing factors in scams targeting seniors. Scammers have even gotten good at spoofing phone numbers to make it appear they are coming from a legitimate source and many of the emails they send look and sound like they are coming from real companies. Common Scams According to the National Council of Aging, there are 10 common scams used on seniors. Medicare/health insurance scams               Counterfeit prescription drugs   Funeral & cemetery scams           Fraudulent anti-aging products  Telemarketing/phone scams            Internet fraud Investment schemes Homeowner/reverse mortgage scams Sweepstakes & lottery scams The grandparent scam The National Council of Aging also states that telemarketing and phone scams are the most common among senior citizens. Protecting Yourself Sometimes it can be hard to know if you are being scammed or taken advantage of. The North Carolina Department of Justice (NCDOJ), however, gives great tips on how consumers of any age can protect themselves.  Top Five Consumer Tips from the NCDOJ Say...
Local Elder Law, Trusts & Estates Attorney Recognized

Local Elder Law, Trusts & Estates Attorney Recognized

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 2020 in the fields of Elder Law, and Trusts and Estates. “I have worked with elder law and estate planning clients for more than 20 years,” says Inabinett. “I still enjoy coming in each day and helping individuals and families as they take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones as they age. From meeting with young couples just starting out to helping families caring for an aging parent, spouse or special needs child, there is nothing more rewarding. I am pleased to have been recognized by my peers for my work in these fields.” 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. Almost 94,000 industry leading lawyers are eligible to vote (from around the world), and we have received over 11 million evaluations on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 62,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are...
September Update

September Update

Should You Pay Your Traffic Ticket If you’ve never had the pleasure of being pulled over for a traffic ticket in North Carolina, then count yourself lucky. If you have, then you know all too well the trouble, stress, and aggravation that comes with a traffic ticket. READ MORE Run Friends Run Brinkley Walser Stoner is proud to be a sponsor of the 2019 “Run Friends Run” event. The 6th annual 5k race is put on by Davidson County Education Foundation. LEARN MORE Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Fraudsters Modern technology makes is easier than ever for criminals to create successful scams while hiding their identity from law enforcement. READ MORE Lexington Sportsmen’s Saturday Brinkley Walser Stoner is a proud sponsor of Sportsmen’s Saturday 2019. The annual event will be held at the Lexington Historic Southern Railway Freight Depot. Tickets are on sale now for the November 2 event. LEARN MORE 10 Common Mistakes People Make in Estate Planning Join attorney David Inabinett of Brinkley Walser Stoner to learn about common mistakes and misconceptions related to estate planning. Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Time: 10:00 a.m – 11:00 a.m. LEARN...
Should You Pay Your Traffic Ticket?

Should You Pay Your Traffic Ticket?

By Drew Nelson If you’ve never had the pleasure of being pulled over for a traffic ticket in North Carolina, then count yourself lucky. If you have, then you know all too well the trouble, stress, and aggravation that comes with a traffic ticket. It’s important for all drivers to be well-informed of their options in any traffic case. Knowing common traffic violations – and avoiding them – is one way that drivers can limit the trouble associated with receiving a traffic violation. North Carolina assigns points for certain violations. If those points accumulate, you may have your license suspended or revoked for some period of time. What Are Common Traffic Violations? While it’s not necessary to know every traffic law in the book, it’s important to be aware of the most common traffic violations committed by drivers: Speeding Failure to come to a complete stop (red light or stop sign)Unsafe lane changeImproperly passing a school busParking in a no-parking zone (points are not allocated for most parking violations) Danger in Paying Traffic Tickets A lot of people ask, should I just pay the traffic ticket? Paying for a traffic ticket can sometimes do more harm than good. It’s no fun having to pay a traffic ticket and having that violation on your driving record. When a driver agrees to pay for a speeding ticket or other driving violations, they are agreeing to more than just paying a penalty. Paying the ticket is admitting you are guilty of the offense. In some cases, after a driver has received a ticket, fines can be added. In addition to fines, The...
August Update

August Update

Passing High Medical Bills to Seniors Many Medicare recipients are being stuck with excessive hospital bills from a practice called “observation care.” According to Kaiser Health News the term “observation care” is defined as care provided by hospitals “for patients who are not well enough to go home but not sick enough to be admitted.”  Read More Best Lawyer 2020 Edition Congratulations to Brinkley Walser Stoner attorney David E. Inabinett on his selection by his peers for “The Best Lawyers In America” 2020 edition.  His practice of Elder Law and Trusts & Estates has led him to be recognized several years in a row. Lexington Sportsmen’s Saturday Brinkley Walser Stoner is a proud sponsor of Sportsmen’s Saturday 2019. The annual event will be held at the Lexington Historic Southern Railway Freight Depot. Tickets are on sale now for the November 2 event. The event is hosted by the Wake Forest Baptist Health- Lexington Medical Center Foundation and Honorary Chairperson Richard Childress. The event will feature more than two dozen prizes including a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 4×4 pickup. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. Learn More Upcoming Events Join attorney David Inabinett of Brinkley Walser Stoner to learn why planning for Medicaid is worth your time and effort. Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Location: J. Smith Young YMCA Lexington, NC To reserve your space call (336) 249-2177 or email info@lexingtonymca.com Learn...
Unexpected Medical Bills Impact Seniors

Unexpected Medical Bills Impact Seniors

By Ryan McNeill Many Medicare recipients are being stuck with excessive hospital bills from a practice called “observation care.” According to Kaiser Health News the term “observation care” is defined as care provided by hospitals “for patients who are not well enough to go home but not sick enough to be admitted.”  Inpatient vs. Outpatient While the patient may believe they have been admitted to the hospital if their visit is coded as observation care, Medicare pays under its Part B rules (inpatient care is covered under Part A). For patients without gap coverage, this means they will be responsible for 20% of the bill.  Medicare has strict rules related to when a patient should be admitted, so hospitals and doctors often keep patients for observation care for up to three days. During this time, the patient can be treated in the hospital and receive the same care as an admitted patient. After treatment, the physician and hospital then decide if the Medicare recipient will be admitted as an inpatient or released for further outpatient services.  Unfortunately, even when hospitals tell patients they are there under observation care and have not been admitted, many do not understand the implications. While they can appeal to the hospital at that point, patients who do not do so are often surprised with a bill they cannot afford to pay and have no option to appeal.  Skilled Nursing Facilities If the patient is released to go home, the hospital bill without gap coverage may be a struggle. The biggest surprise, however, may come if the patient requires skilled nursing care after being released....
BWS Update |July 2019

BWS Update |July 2019

What is A Most Form? A MOST form (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) is a formal medical order that goes beyond the standard healthcare directives and allows the patient to define exactly how extensive treatment should be. The American Bar Association has developed an App for your mobile device called “Mind Your Loved Ones”. The App allows users to store advance directives, medical data, emergency contacts, doctor’s information, and insurance information so emergency personnel and family will be able to access the information quickly and conveniently. Read More Celebrating 25 Years Melinda Caddell is celebrating 25 years with Brinkley Walser Stoner. Caddell, a long-time staff member has served as a receptionist for the law firm for 25 years. She started working with the law firm in July of 1994. Melinda resides in Lexington with her husband Charlie Caddell where she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and shopping. Read More Get the App & Peace of Mind The American Bar Association has developed an App for your mobile device called Mind Your Loved Ones. The App allows users to store advance directives, medical data, emergency contacts, doctor’s information, and insurance information so emergency personnel and family will be able to access the information quickly and conveniently. Mind Your Loved Ones is available for Android or Apple devices. There is an annual subscription fee of $4.99. Learn More Upcoming Events August 14: When is a Guardianship Appropriate, Mabel D. Smith Senior Center, Greensboro When Is a Guardianship Appropriate? While we often think of guardianships as pertaining to minor children, they may also apply to adults who are incapacitated or incompetent....
What is a MOST Form?

What is a MOST Form?

By David Inabinett, Attorney at Law We often talk about the importance of having Advance Directives as part of your estate plan. These documents help you maintain control over your care even if you are not in a position to make a decision for yourself. A MOST form (Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) is a formal medical order that goes beyond the standard healthcare directives and allows the patient to define exactly how extensive treatment should be. The MOST form must be completed with your doctor. He or she will review each statement and ensure you understand the implications of your choices. Section A of the document is a standard Do Not Resuscitate order (DNR) that indicates whether you want CPR performed should your heart stop. Sections B, C and D cover various medical interventions, from administration of antibiotics to whether you wish to be put on a ventilator. After you complete the form with your doctor, you will both sign it and it will become part of your medical records. You and the doctor must review the form every year and re-sign to indicate your decisions are still the same. If you change your mind, the old form will be marked VOID and a new form completed. Healthcare providers at the doctor’s office, hospital, or long-term care facility will follow the MOST instructions and call your doctor for follow up care. (Note: EMTs in North Carolina and many other states are required to make every effort to save your life; they are not able to honor MOST or DNR agreements. Depending on your situation, you may want...
Melinda Caddell Celebrates 25 Years With Local Firm

Melinda Caddell Celebrates 25 Years With Local Firm

Lexington, NC – Melinda Caddell is celebrating 25 years with Brinkley Walser Stoner. Caddell, a long-time staff member has served as a receptionist for the law firm for 25 years. She started working with the law firm in July of 1994. Melinda resides in Lexington with her husband Charlie Caddell where she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and shopping. “Melinda has been an integral part of Brinkley Walser Stoner,” says Karen Greene, Business Manager for the firm. “For 25 years Melinda has devoted her time and energy into managing the day to day activities of the firm and more. Brinkley Walser Stoner is appreciative and grateful for Melinda’s dedication.” Congratulations, Melinda, on this milestone...