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April Update 2020

April Update 2020

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst During COVID-19 Since mid-March of this year, we have all been living in the shadow of COVID-19. Although we all experience death during our lives, the pandemic has heightened awareness of human vulnerability and mortality, both for ourselves and our loved ones. We wonder what would happen if we became critically ill from the virus, how our illness would affect our family and friends, and what we can do to prepare for the possibility of grave illness or death. READ MORE  What You Need to Know Social Security and SSI beneficiaries who filed a tax return and included their direct deposit information were expected to get paid in the first round of checks that went out last week. Meanwhile, beneficiaries who did not file taxes for either 2018 or 2019 should receive their money in late April, according to the Congressional timeline. That includes adult Social Security retirement, survivor, and disability insurance beneficiaries. That money will most likely come via direct deposit, because most people now receive their benefits that way. READ MORE  Easier Shareholder Meetings The North Carolina Business Corporation Act made it a challenge to hold annual and special shareholder meetings other than in-person. To address the public health risks posed by large group meetings, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order #125 on April 1, 2020. This order allows and encourages remote participation for all shareholder meetings stay safe. LEARN MORE Autism Awareness Month Since 1970 the Autism Awareness Society has recognized April as Autism Awareness Month. The campaign for this year ”Celebrate Differences” focuses on bringing more understanding...
Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst During COVID-19

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst During COVID-19

By Will Miller Since mid-March of this year, we have all been living in the shadow of COVID-19. Although we all experience death during our lives, the pandemic has heightened awareness of human vulnerability and mortality, both for ourselves and our loved ones. We wonder what would happen if we became critically ill from the virus, how our illness would affect our family and friends, and what we can do to prepare for the possibility of grave illness or death. Illness and death are morbid topics in the best of times, perhaps more so in the midst of a pandemic. However, the value of taking proactive steps to prepare for the worst is rarely more apparent than now. A comprehensive estate plan provides preparation for illness and end of life through advanced directives for incapacity and end-of-life treatment, as well as for instructions for the division of assets among loved ones at death. An initial step toward such preparation is considering what decisions may need to be made regarding your medical care if you become incapacitated and unable to communicate your wishes. If you were unable to breathe due to COVID-19, would you want to be intubated and connected to a ventilator? What if your treating physician determined that you were not going to recover from the virus – would you want to be kept alive as long as possible, or would you want life support to be withheld or withdrawn? Questions concerning end-of-life medical treatment are relevant for many illnesses and conditions, but current events make us more mindful of such scenarios. An estate planning attorney can guide...
March Update 2020

March Update 2020

Do You Have Enough Auto Insurance? Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) cause more than 30,000 deaths each year and are a top ten cause of death among people aged 1-54.  In 2017, a total of 275,067 MVAs occurred on North Carolina roadways, an increase of 9,000 from the previous year.  A total of 81,865 North Carolina MVAs resulted in an injury and 1,297 resulted in a fatality. READ MORE Pandemics & Legal Considerations We are living in an unprecedented time, facing a virus that we cannot see whose impact is being felt across the globe. We are hearing advice from all corners (some good, some bad). Most of us are coping with daily life while trying to work from home, educate our children until online learning options are available or they return to their classrooms and maintain physical distance from friends and loved ones. As we watch the news, it seems like the situation changes hourly. Knowing this is temporary and things will improve helps. READ MORE COVID-19 Update Legal providers have been labeled as an essential business so our office will remain open and operating with our regular hours.  Some of the precautions we are taking include spacing out appointments to have fewer people in the office at one time; a drop box right inside our door for the delivery of documents; and we’re offering the option for virtual or telephone appointments if you would like to schedule one. For various reasons, some of us may be working remotely during this time.  If you call to reach us be sure and leave a message and your call will be...
Pandemics & Legal Considerations

Pandemics & Legal Considerations

We are living in an unprecedented time, facing a virus that we cannot see whose impact is being felt across the globe. We are hearing advice from all corners (some good, some bad). Most of us are coping with daily life while trying to work from home, educate our children until online learning options are available or they return to their classrooms, and maintain physical distance from friends and loved ones. As we watch the news, it seems like the situation changes hourly. Knowing this is temporary and things will improve helps. County, state and federal officials are working to manage and direct responses to the pandemic, and we see true heroes daily as most everyone pitches in to help. We thank the first responders, healthcare workers, truck drivers, delivery teams, and employees of essential businesses like grocery stores and pharmacies. There are other heroes behind the scenes taking small steps to help – from people donating blood to help address the blood shortage, to teachers checking in on their kids, to those checking daily on an elderly neighbor with no local family. There are too many to list here, but know we appreciate all of you. We wanted to share some thoughts around the pandemic and these challenging times: Take care of yourself and your loved ones. The global scale of the pandemic should make us all recognize health or a long life are never guaranteed. If you do not have a will, advance directives, or other estate plans in place, now is an excellent time to take care of this vital task. Much of this work can...
Big Toy Day 2018 Is Days Away

Big Toy Day 2018 Is Days Away

Brinkley Walser Stoner supports Communities in Schools Lexington, NC –Big Toy Day 2018 takes place Saturday, August 25 at the Davidson County Airport from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free for children age 10 and under, $5 for everyone else. The event is hosted by Communities in Schools of Lexington/Davidson County and Fly High Lexington. Area families are invited to come see the big “toys” on display, including fire trucks, planes, boats, hot air balloons, and more! “Brinkley Walser Stoner has been involved with Big Toy Day since its inception,” says Bradley Hunt, an attorney with Brinkley Walser Stoner. “It is a great event that raises funds to support needed programs and services for at-risk kids in our community. I encourage everyone to come out and see all the big toys on display and help these deserving kids.” Communities in Schools of Lexington/Davidson County offers mentors for at-risk students referred by their schools. They also support these students by providing for additional needs like backpacks and school supplies, weekend food programs, doctor visits, and more. 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 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...
Back to School Time

Back to School Time

In most areas, the kids are getting ready to head back to school, so we wanted to provide a few tips to make it easier to get back into the swing of things. If you are new to the area, you will need to get your children registered and learn expectations and operational details. If your children are already enrolled but will be heading back to school, you will still want to look at potential changes in bus stops, starting and ending times, and more. Getting Your Children Enrolled in School When you buy or rent a home in a different city, county, or state, you will need to enroll your children in their new school(s). Your Realtor may have provided you with a list of the schools serving your new address. If not, you can check with the county to learn which schools your children may attend. In Davidson County, call 336-249-8182; for Guilford County, click here. Once you have determined the schools your children will attend, plan to make a visit during administration hours (these may differ during the summer, so call ahead) to enroll your child. Most schools will ask for copies of prior school records and immunization records. You can check current North Carolina requirements by visiting the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services website. Take your list of questions about the school. We recommend finding out when the school’s open house is scheduled and attend and tour the school with your child. Considerations for Kids and Parents Shop ahead: Many schools now post their student supply lists by grade level online so...