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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, “More than 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the US will experience rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.” This is just one of many frightening statistics related to domestic violence. Domestic violence impacts everyone, not just the victim. From lost days at work or underperformance to the impact on children who may see and mimic and perpetuate this behavior, we all pay the price. That’s why since 1987, October has been designated as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.” What began as a way for organizations to shine a spotlight on domestic violence issues has now turned into a movement to develop and advance resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence on a national level. Domestic Violence Statistics According to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NCSBI), “There were 134 victims of domestic violence-related homicide in 2020,” with 77 victims being classified as female and 57 being identified as male. Additionally, the NCSBI reports six commonplace relationships between victim and offender. These relationships are: Current or former spousesPersons who are living together or have lived togetherRelated as parents and children, including others acting as parents of a minor child or as grandparents of grandchildrenHave a child in commonCurrent or former household membersPersons who are in relationship or have been in a relationship Signs of Domestic Violence Abuse often starts with small things and escalates. Abusers often apologize and promise never to hurt you again, but without professional help, they will likely repeat this abuse. Just a few signs of domestic violence include: Trying to distance...
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...
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...
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...
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...
“A Home Away from Home” for the Davidson Community

“A Home Away from Home” for the Davidson Community

By Ryan McNeill, Attorney  As we near the end of another year, it is hard to believe that a global pandemic has completely changed the way we interact with our friends, families, and loved ones. One thing that has not changed is the continued commitment and support The Life Center of Davidson County offers to those who need it the most. The Life Center of Davidson County provides quality care for older and impaired adults. Its doors temporarily closed in March 2020 in the wake of the dramatic upheaval brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and the organization paused services for seven weeks to develop a plan to safely serve one of the highest at-risk populations. On May 4, 2020, The Life Center reopened with additional safety protocols that allow them to remain the “home away from home” their clients and caregivers have come to expect. This pandemic has increased the need for caregiver support beyond the doors of The Life Center as people are more socially isolated and financially limited. To expand services during this uncertain time, The Life Center applied for and received CARES Act funding to provide additional support to older and impaired adults and their caregivers.  The CARES Act funds can be used for individuals needing day health services as well as for caregiver support.  With more families working and schooling from home, the need for respite care for older and impaired adults is increasing. Caregiver support services available are: Assistive and technical devices (Adaptive equipment, animatronic pets, hearing aids and table-type devices for communication); personal protective equipment (Gloves, Clorox wipes, Lysol and hand sanitizer);...
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