Domestic Violence Impacts Everyone

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. Domestic violence or intimate partner violence (IPV) crosses all demographics and socioeconomic levels. It is about power and control over another person. Both women and men may be victims. While there are some commonalities among abusers (low self-esteem, drug or alcohol use, a desire for power or control, or a history of family abuse, among others), you cannot identify an abuser simply on sight. In some cases, abuse may come later in a relationship based on a trigger event such as the loss of a job or increased relationship stress. “Domestic violence costs $8.3 billion in expenses annually: a combination of higher medical costs ($5.8 billion) and lost productivity ($2.5 billion).” ~Forbes Warning Signs of Domestic Violence In many cases, there will be early warning signs that an individual may become abusive. These behaviors may include: Controlling access to your friends or family or expressing jealousy of your relationships with others Pushing, shoving, or hitting Yelling at you or threatening you Making demeaning comments or putting you down Attempting to control finances/spending Destroying your belongings Leaving you in an unfamiliar location Threatening your children or pets Find other possible warning signs here. Abusers often begin these patterns of behavior as teens, so parents should be aware of the signs your child may be in an abusive relationship. Talk to your teens...
BWS Update | September 2017

BWS Update | September 2017

Questions on Senior Communities? Brinkley Walser Stoner is pleased to present a series of videos for individuals and families considering a move to a senior living community. The series includes three videos: Transitioning to an Easier Lifestyle: Is it Time for a Senior Living Community? Choosing the Right Senior Living Community Downsizing or Rightsizing for a Move to a Senior Community Attorneys David Inabinett and Ryan McNeill are featured in the videos discussing the legal aspects of such a move. If you have specific questions or concerns about related topics like estate planning, elder law, real estate law, business law, or succession planning, please contact us at (336) 249-2101 to schedule an appointment. Watch the videos. 2017 Davidson County Agricultural Fair Is Here Looking for family friendly fun this week? The Davidson County Agricultural Fair is going on now. This 6-day event is being held from September 18-23rd at the Davidson County Fairgrounds. Be sure to go and check out the Entertainment and Rides, the Barnyard Animals, Free Entertainment from Bandstand Each Night, Fire Works Display Each Night, Food and Refreshments by Civic Club Groups, Specialty Food Stands, Fun and Entertainment, Livestock (horses, dairy cattle, beef cattle, sheep, poultry, and rabbits), Farm Crops, Flowers, Vegetables, Horticulture, Crafts, Educational and Commercial Exhibits, Farm Equipment and so much more. Free Seminars in Greensboro Our attorneys will be speaking at two October sessions at the Women’s Resource Center in Greensboro. These events are free and open to the public. Buying a House – October 3 @ 2:00 p.m. Purchasing your first home can be exciting and scary. Attorney Gary Bowers will address...
BWS Update | August 2017

BWS Update | August 2017

Best Practices for Employee Reviews By Bradley S. Hunt, Attorney at Law If you are like many supervisors, preparing and delivering annual employee reviews is not on your list of favorite things to do! That said, regular performance reviews are important, and how they are handled matters. Reviews are important to employees Employees want and need feedback, and regular communication with individuals and teams can help improve the work environment. Knowing what they are doing well and where they need to improve can make employees feel the employer cares about their success with the company. While an annual review is standard for many companies, you should give feedback regularly. It can be hard to remember what happened eight months ago, so an informal monthly or quarterly review may be helpful to both the employer and employee. If an employee’s action requires correction or discipline, handle that immediately and be sure to document any corrective measures that need to be taken. Read more… Why BWS Supports Big Toy Day Each Year Big Toy Day 2017 is an inexpensive and fun way to support local school children in need. Families can come out and see all kinds of big “toys,” including planes, fire trucks, boats, and other large equipment. The money collected goes to Communities in Schools of Lexington/Davidson County to fund their programs, including mentoring for at-risk students referred by the schools they attend, and supplying backpacks and school supplies. Funds also pay for needs like doctor visits for sick children who might not receive treatment without this support. This is a great cause, and we encourage everyone to come...

Is It Time for a Senior Living Community?

Have you been considering a move to a senior living community? As they reach retirement age, many people begin looking at their living situations and talking about transitioning to an easier lifestyle. They may be tired of maintaining a large house and lawn, find they don’t have as much free time as expected (due to the house and lawn!), are not located where it is easy to socialize, or have concerns about living alone.  So, how do you decide when it’s time to consider a senior living community? Watch the first video in the Decision Time series and hear from others on the topic. Attorneys David Inabinett and Ryan McNeill also provide...
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...
Best Practices for Employee Reviews

Best Practices for Employee Reviews

By Bradley Hunt, Attorney at Law If you are like many supervisors, preparing and delivering annual employee reviews is not on your list of favorite things to do! That said, regular performance reviews are important, and how they are handled matters. Reviews are important to employees Employees want and need feedback, and regular communication with individuals and teams can help improve the work environment. Knowing what they are doing well and where they need to improve can make employees feel the employer cares about their success with the company. While an annual review is standard for many companies, you should give feedback regularly. It can be hard to remember what happened eight months ago, so an informal monthly or quarterly review may be helpful to both the employer and employee. If an employee’s action requires correction or discipline, handle that immediately and be sure to document any corrective measures that need to be taken. Individuals should know up front what their job duties are and understand the employer’s performance expectations. Written job descriptions can provide guidance to employees and protect employers if there are questions about duties or salaries. A well-written employee handbook can define high-level expectations related to conduct (tardiness, vacation, procedures to report a workplace injury, etc.) and spell out discipline procedures, including actions that would result in immediate termination. This handbook can protect both parties and help ensure all employees are treated the same. Reviews can protect employers Employment in North Carolina is “at will,” meaning an employee can be terminated without cause. While there are some exceptions to “at will” employment, we usually recommend employers...
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...
Ready to Move to a Senior Living Community?

Ready to Move to 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 much more of your time than you are willing to give! Types of Senior Living Communities There are several types of senior living communities, depending on your needs. The most common include: Independent living, often referred to as “55+” or “active adult” communities, may range from traditional homes to villas or apartments. Assisted living communities are aimed at people who need help with the activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and taking medications. Long-term care facilities (nursing homes) provide care for individuals who cannot live alone or care for themselves any longer. Memory care units may be standalone facilities or part of other communities. These units take care of individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s or similar memory issues. There are also hybrid facilities that might include independent living and assisted living, but not nursing care, or continuing care communities, which offer the option of starting in independent living and receiving care in the community through your lifetime. As you investigate communities, it is important to understand what each offers and read the fine print in their agreements. Are You Ready to Move to a Senior Living Community? There is no right answer that applies to everyone. For some, moving to a community where they...