BWS Update | July 2018

BWS Update | July 2018

Clearing Criminal Records By E. Drew Nelson, Attorney at Law Under North Carolina law, there are certain instances in which an individual may qualify to have their criminal record “expunged” and the previous arrest or conviction removed. The laws were changed under N.C. Senate Bill 445 in December of 2017 to expand the number of people who qualify to have their record expunged. It is estimated that up to two-million North Carolinians may benefit from this change, allowing them to apply to have their records expunged and make it easier to find employment and housing. Read more… Summer Safety Summer is here and many people will be heading out on vacation or just spending more time outdoors enjoying the great weather. Unfortunately, the statistics show that certain types of accidents and injuries increase during the summer months. So what can you do to keep yourself and your family safe? Read more… Congrats to Bradley Hunt Congratulations to attorney Bradley Hunt on 15 years with the firm! Bradley is a Davidson County native and graduate of the University of North Carolina. He joined the firm on July 14, 2003 after earning his law degree from West Virginia University College of Law. His practice areas include public school law, employment law, estate planning & administration, collections and general litigation, and corporate law. Bradley, his wife Carrie, and their two children live in Davidson County, where his boys play baseball and Bradley coaches. Please congratulate him on his milestone anniversary! Upcoming Events Estate Planning: More Than a Will, July 9, 11a.m. -12:30p.m. Come learn why it’s so important in North Carolina to...
BWS Update | June 2018

BWS Update | June 2018

The Buy or Lease Decision By Gary Bowers, Attorney at Law Whether you own or manage an existing business or are considering a new start-up, you will likely need to decide whether to buy or lease space for your business. Commercial property transactions can be complex, and there are a myriad of things to consider before you make this decision. The search process can be intimidating, overwhelming and sometimes oversimplified. Read more… Elder Abuse Awareness June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, helping wrap up (on 6/17) a month-long recognition of elder abuse as a global problem. In Davidson County in 2017, there were 395 reports of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. To make it worse, experts estimate for every reported case, 23 more go unreported. You can help by learning the signs, watching out for friends, family, and neighbors, and reporting potential abuse. Learn more… McNeill Adult Care Home Chair Ryan McNeill was elected early this year to Chair the Davidson County Community Advisory Committee for Adult Care Homes for 2018. Volunteer Advisory Committee members act as advocates for those in adult care homes. They also work to educate the public, increase awareness of the needs of residents, and improve community involvement. Committee members are appointed by the Davidson County Board of Commissioners and receive training and technical aide from the Regional Ombudsman. A shout out to Ryan for getting involved in such a worthy...
BWS Update | May 2018

BWS Update | May 2018

It’s National Elder Law Month There is a lot going on in May. In addition to honoring all the mothers out there, we also celebrate Older Americans Month and National Elder Law Month. As we grow older and wiser (we hope!), it is important to remain engaged. Today’s seniors are more active than ever, spending time working, volunteering, traveling, or mentoring younger people. Many also talk to estate planning and elder law attorneys to plan for their future or regarding issues related to the care of their loved ones. Learn more… Medicaid Planning Seminar As part of National Elder Law Month, Ryan McNeill will be presenting a Medicaid Planning seminar at the J. Smith Young YMCA on May 11 beginning at 11am. The event is free but registration is required. Please call Kathy Shepler or the Front Desk at the Y at 336-249-2177. Wow…30 Years?! Many of you have met Karen Greene in your dealings with the firm or out in the community. We’ll bet you didn’t know that June 1 marks Karen’s 30th anniversary with the firm! Karen started as a bookkeeper in 1988 and took over as the business manager in 2010. She is responsible for day to day operations of the firm and manages the administrative staff. Karen is a life-long resident of Davidson County; she is married to Greg Greene and has two adult children, Sarah and Anna. We congratulate her on this milestone anniversary! Older Americans Month May is Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme is “Engage at Every Age.” We encourage everyone to get out and remain physically active, and find ways...
BWS Update | April 2018

BWS Update | April 2018

Succession Planning By Bradley Hunt, Attorney at Law What will happen to your business if you retire, become ill, or die? Succession planning allows you to determine the answer to this question well in advance of any of these scenarios becoming reality and can ensure your business survives into the future. An article on business.com reported fewer than two-thirds of corporate leaders interviewed were actively executing a succession plan by grooming potential leaders. Another survey reported only 17% of non-profits have a succession plan in place. Read more… Another Anniversary! The firm is recognizing a number of milestone anniversaries this year, among them, Gary Bowers. Gary joined the Stoner, Bowers, Gray & McDonald (one of the two firms that merged in 2015 to become Brinkley Walser Stoner) in 2003. May 10, 2018 marks his 15th year with the firm. Congratulations, Gary! National Healthcare Decisions Day Ryan McNeill will be speaking at Hospice of Davidson County on estate planning and advance directives starting at 4:30 p.m. on April 19 as part of National Healthcare Decisions Day, celebrated during the week of April 16 – 22, 2018. The event is open to everyone 18 and older. This is just one of the free events this month sponsored by Hospice of Davidson County, Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center and Davidson County Senior Services. For more information on the Healthcare Decisions Day events, call Hospice of Davidson County at (336) 475-5444 or visit hospiceofdavidson.org....
McNeill Presents Medicaid Planning Seminar

McNeill Presents Medicaid Planning Seminar

Free seminar at the Mabel D. Smith Senior Center in Greensboro scheduled for March 14 Lexington, NC – Attorney Ryan McNeill of Brinkley Walser Stoner will present a seminar on Medicaid Planning on March 14 at the Mabel D. Smith Senior Center in Greensboro. The session will cover long-term care planning, including relevant changes in the estate laws. The event is free and open to the public. “Medicaid planning is a must for anyone who is concerned they may outlive their retirement savings,” says McNeill. “There are options within the law to protect property for the benefit of your spouse and heirs. It is important to discuss these issues up front and make appropriate plans to protect your family.” McNeill focuses his practice on Estate Planning, Elder Law, Business Law, and Real Estate Law in Davidson, Guilford and surrounding counties. The Medicaid Planning seminar will take place on Wednesday, March 14 from 10 AM – 11 AM at the Mabel D. Smith Senior Center, 2401 Fairview St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27405. Registration is not required. Questions may be directed to the Senior Center at 336-373-7566. Brinkley Walser Stoner is pleased to offer a free series of videos for individuals and families considering a move to a senior living community. These videos may be found at www.brinkleywalserstoner.com/senior-living-videos/. 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,...
BWS Update | March 2018

BWS Update | March 2018

Common HOA Disputes By Gary Bowers, Attorney at Law If you have ever lived in a planned community with a homeowners’ association (HOA), you may have formed distinct opinions about whether HOAs are a good or bad thing! In most cases, HOAs help keep up the property values in the community by enforcing commonly accepted restrictions. Sometimes, though, common HOA disputes will arise when a homeowner is unaware of the restrictive covenants, interprets the rules differently, or ignores them altogether. Read More… Uniform Financial POA Act On January 1st, 2018 North Carolina enacted the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, which is codified in the new Chapter 32C of the North Carolina General Statutes. This marks a significant change in the laws concerning Financial Power of Attorney documents in this state and is modeled after the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, which has been enacted in a number of states. Learn more… Happy Anniversary! Congratulations to attorney Ryan McNeill on his 10-year anniversary with the firm! Ryan joined us on April 1, 2008 as an Associate. He was promoted to Member in January of 2015. Ryan’s practice areas include estate planning, elder law, Medicaid planning, corporate law, real estate law, and HOAs. If you see Ryan out and about, please congratulate him. Here’s to another 10 (or more!) years. Medicaid Planning Seminar Medicaid planning is a must for anyone who is concerned they may outlive their retirement savings. There are options within the law to protect property for the benefit of your spouse and heirs. Join attorney Ryan McNeill at the Mabel D. Smith Senior Center in Greensboro on March...