An Independent Judiciary in NC

An Independent Judiciary in NC

There has been some discussion in North Carolina about changing how judges are selected. Here is an educational video produced by the North Carolina Bar Association that discusses the importance of an independent judiciary – to all of us. Watch the video and learn...
Lexington Attorney Elected as Vice President of District Bar

Lexington Attorney Elected as Vice President of District Bar

E. Drew Nelson, an Associate at Brinkley Walser Stoner, assumes VP role for 22B District Bar Lexington, NC – E. Drew Nelson, an Associate at Brinkley Walser Stoner, was elected to serve a one-year term as Vice President of District Bar 22B, covering Davidson and Davie Counties, and one of 45 Judicial District Bars in North Carolina. “I am excited to become more involved in a leadership role with our local District Bar,” says Nelson. “While most people assume there is a single bar association for each state, attorneys must be members of their local District Bar to remain active and retain their license. The District Bars assume a different role than the state bar associations. I am pleased to become more involved in supporting the judicial process behind the scenes.” North Carolina statutes assign a variety of responsibilities to the District Bars, including nominating judicial candidates for any District Court vacancies that come open. Prior to assuming the role of Vice President, Nelson served on the George Fuller Scholarship Committee for the combined 22A and 22 B Bar Associations. Nelson focuses his practice on Corporate Law, Probate and Estate Administration, Estate Planning Law, Real Estate Law, and Criminal Law in Davidson, Guilford and surrounding counties. 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...
It’s Empty Stocking Fund Time!

It’s Empty Stocking Fund Time!

The firm is again this year supporting the Empty Stocking Fund. The Dispatch coordinates this annual program that provides Christmas gifts for teens (ages 13-16) who do not qualify under many other gift programs and whose families cannot afford to buy presents. If you would like to contribute, please send checks made payable to “Empty Stocking Fund” to The Dispatch, Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 908, Lexington, NC 27293. Donations can also be delivered to The Dispatch at 30 E. First Avenue in...
BWS Update | December 2017

BWS Update | December 2017

Have a Safe Holiday Season We are well into the peak holiday season, with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s ahead. While for most people this is a joyous and fun time of year filled with family, friends and celebration, it can also be a time for a little caution. Here are some holiday safety tips from our team. Read the article… Running of the Balls Brinkley Walser Stoner was a proud sponsor of the 2017 Running of the Balls in Greensboro this past weekend. The race includes participants from around the world in its group of 4,000 runners annually. The event raises more than $50,000 annually for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. Seniors in Need It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in North Carolina is food insecure. Children and seniors are especially vulnerable. The firm recently made a donation to Pastor’s Pantry to support their mission of combating senior hunger. We encourage you to donate to your local food bank throughout the year. Happy Holidays We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Our offices will be closed on Monday, December 25 for Christmas and again on January 1, 2018 for New Years. Enjoy your...
Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Safety Tips

We are well into the peak holiday season, with Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s ahead. While for most people this is a joyous and fun time of year filled with family, friends and celebration, it can also be a time for a little caution. Here are some holiday safety tips from our team. Safety on the Road and Traveling Driving during holiday periods can be more dangerous than normal. Drivers may be in a hurry or be distracted, or there may be ice and snow on the roads. The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) compiles crash statistics on North Carolina’s roads. In 2016 (the latest available data), there were 25,273 crashes reported, with 1,114 happening over the 3-day Christmas holiday period (12/23/16 through 12/25/16); there were 10 deaths statewide; 40% of those deaths were alcohol related. Staying safe: Avoid distracted driving. Put the mobile device(s) away and drive defensively. Leave plenty of stopping distance and watch the cars around you. Always be aware of your surroundings. Always use a designated driver. If you are by yourself, call a sober friend, a cab or ride service to get home. Wear your seatbelt, even on short trips. You cannot control what other drivers do, and may be involved in a crash that isn’t your fault. Seatbelts do save lives. Secure children in approved, properly installed car seats. Your local law enforcement agency will help you verify the seat is secure if you are not sure. Have a safety check done on your car before you travel (ask them to check the spare tire, too), and make sure you...
BWS Update | November 2017

BWS Update | November 2017

Children with Special Needs at 18 As children approach adulthood, parents may have many different reactions, from stress about paying for college, to excitement for their child’s new adventure. For parents of children with special needs, the legal transition from child to adult often adds a layer of complexity and worry to the equation. Read the article… HAWG Runners! David Inabinett and his son, Blake, participated in the 2017 HAWG Run on October 28. This benefit run was a great way to work up an appetite for the annual Lexington Barbecue Festival! Brinkley Walser Stoner is a proud supporter of the annual HAWG Run benefiting the J. Smith Young YMCA. Happy Thanksgiving We wish you and your family a safe and bountiful Thanksgiving. Our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 23-24, so our attorneys and staff may spend time with family and friends. We will reopen on Monday, November...
My Child with Special Needs is Turning 18 – Now What?

My Child with Special Needs is Turning 18 – Now What?

As children approach adulthood, parents may have many different reactions, from stress about paying for college, to excitement for their child’s new adventure, to a plan to buy a smaller house once junior moves out. For parents of children with special needs, the legal transition from child to adult often adds a layer of complexity and worry to the equation. When a child turns 18, he or she legally becomes an adult (or emancipated) in the eyes of law. At that point, you, as a parent, lose your legal rights to make decisions for your child. You no longer have the right to your child’s medical records; you cannot see school grades without permission from your child; your child may now sign contracts for which he/she is legally responsible; and there are tax ramifications in giving money to an adult child for their support. If you have a child with special needs who will continue to need your support after reaching adulthood, it is critical you plan ahead to ensure you do not encounter problems. We recommend starting the process six to 12 months prior to your child reaching adulthood. The severity of your child’s impairment will dictate the actions you may need to take. It is also important to consider how your actions will impact your adult child’s eligibility for public assistance. Here are some options available to you: A power of attorney is the simplest option available to allow you to continue to make financial decisions on behalf of your child. If your child does not have a significant cognitive impairment and is fully able to understand...
BWS Update | October 2017

BWS Update | October 2017

5 Estate Planning Myths In recognition of National Estate Planning Awareness Week (October 16-22), we are sharing 5 myths we frequently hear about estate planning. Read the article… Domestic Violence Impacts Everyone October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and a good reminder that not everyone is in a caring and safe environment. An estimated 10 million people a year in the U.S. are physically abused by an intimate partner. This harm may come in form of physical, sexual, psychological abuse. Read more… Inabinett to Speak in Greensboro Transitioning to a different lifestyle can be overwhelming. Join attorney David Inabinett at the Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro on November 7 at 2:00 p.m. as he discusses things to consider – both from a practical and legal perspective – when choosing a senior living community for yourself or a parent. RSVP: 336-275-6090 ext. 201 or via email at Reception@WomensCenterGSO.org. The 2017 Hawg Run is On! Brinkley Walser Stoner is once again a proud supporter of the annual HAWG Run. The J. Smith Young YMCA is coordinating the event, which includes a fun run and 5K that takes place the morning of the annual Lexington Barbecue Festival (October 28). Learn...
5 Estate Planning Myths (and Why You Need to Know the Truth)

5 Estate Planning Myths (and Why You Need to Know the Truth)

In recognition of National Estate Planning Awareness Week (October 16-22), we are sharing 5 myths we frequently hear about estate planning. These myths often prevent people from taking action to protect their assets and ensure their loved ones receive the benefits of careful stewardship. Which of these myths do you believe? Myth #1: I only need an estate plan if I am rich. Truth: Almost everyone can benefit from estate planning. Estate planning allows you to determine how your estate is managed during your lifetime and how it is distributed upon your death. It also allows you to decide who manages those things for you. When you meet with an estate planning attorney, some of the things you may discuss include: Guardians for your minor children or an adult child (or parent) with special needs. Concerns about your assets or beneficiaries. An appropriate executor for your estate. Advance directives and healthcare power of attorney: These documents take estate planning a step further by allowing you to designate someone to represent you and carry out your wishes regarding health treatment should you be unable to make those decisions. Ownership of any businesses and how those will be handled upon your death. Is there a succession plan in place? Questions you may have about your online presence after you are gone. Whether a trust makes sense. Even if you are young and still have limited assets, estate planning is a good idea to make sure things are handled the way you want them to be. Myth #2: I should start with my estate planning in my 50’s or 60’s when I...
Local Firm Supports YMCA & 2017 HAWG Run

Local Firm Supports YMCA & 2017 HAWG Run

Brinkley Walser Stoner an event sponsor for the October 28 fun run and 5k event Lexington, NC – Brinkley Walser Stoner is once again a proud supporter of the annual HAWG Run. The J. Smith Young YMCA is coordinating the event, which includes a fun run and 5K that takes place the morning of the annual Lexington Barbecue Festival (October 28). All proceeds will benefit the YMCA’s annual giving campaign to provide after-school and summer camp scholarships for children in need. “The Barbecue Festival is such an iconic event for Lexington,” says Karen Greene, Business Manager for the firm. “The annual HAWG run is a tradition, and the cause is worthwhile. We encourage everyone to put on their running or walking shoes, join in on the fun, and work up an appetite for some barbecue!” This will be the 32nd annual HAWG run. The run is set for October 28 from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m., beginning at the YMCA. The cost is $15 for the Fun Run and $25 for the 5K Walk/Run event. Learn more. 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...