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Celebrating 25 Years with Brinkley Walser Stoner

Celebrating 25 Years with Brinkley Walser Stoner

September 3, 2021, marks David Inabinett’s 25th anniversary with Brinkley Walser Stoner,PLLC. The Lexington native started as an associate in 1996 immediately after graduating fromWake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem and was appointed Managing Memberof the firm in 2009. His main areas of practice are Estate Planning & Administration, Real EstateLaw, Elder Law/ Medicaid, and Nursing Home Planning, Public School Law, and Business andCommercial Law. Inabinett is a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys(NAELA) and has been selected once again by his peers for inclusion in the 28th edition of TheBest Lawyers in America® in the fields of Elder Law, and Trusts and Estates. “I went into the field of law to make a difference,” says Inabinett. “Helping clients through someof the most difficult and challenging moments in their lives is immensely satisfying, as is workingwith clients and organizations to move important initiatives forward in our community. If I had achance to go back and choose my career again, I would still choose the law. That said, I wouldtell my younger self to take more intentional time to develop skills, hobbies, and relationshipsto enrich my life and ultimately my law practice!” “I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to call David not only a mentor but also a friendfor the past 18 years,” says Bradley Hunt, a member attorney at the firm. “His level-headedapproach and thoughtful insight into the practice of law simply cannot be measured. Theguidance he has provided and shared with me over the years has taught me more about beinga lawyer, about being a professional, than I can truly put...
“Excellence in Practice” – Elder Law, Trusts & Estates

“Excellence in Practice” – Elder Law, Trusts & Estates

Lexington, NC – David E. Inabinett, Managing Member of Brinkley Walser Stoner, has been selected once again by his peers for inclusion in the 28th edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Elder Law, and Trusts and Estates. “Knowing the work I do is making a positive impact is something I never take for granted,” says Inabinett. “With the unpredictable year we’ve all had, I’m thankful for my peers and their consideration in selecting me to be among this esteemed list of lawyers. Being able to serve my community, their families, and their needs is important to me. I’m forever grateful that I still get the opportunity to do just that.” Inabinett is a proud member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA™). Best Lawyers® is proud to embark on the 28th edition in the United States, marking the landmark 40th year for our esteemed listings. Since 1981, Best Lawyers has produced the most reliable, unbiased source for legal referrals. We highlight the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession with a list of outstanding lawyers compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys. We are honored to announce the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Each year, Best Lawyers honors approximately 5% of practicing lawyers in the United States, exemplifying the work of the most elite and top-rated lawyers in the country. 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...
How To Avoid Labor Lawsuits

How To Avoid Labor Lawsuits

By Bradley Hunt, Attorney at Law How To Avoid Labor Lawsuits As a business owner, you must be prepared to deal with problems or challenges that may impact the growth and future success of your company. Whether you’re operating a small business with 1-5 employees or an organization with 20 employees, here are three steps that you should take to protect yourself and your business from employment lawsuits. Step One: Understand State and Federal Employment Laws Having a basic understanding of both federal and North Carolina labor laws is a good start to avoiding a labor lawsuit. North Carolina is an “at-will” employment state, meaning an employer can hire and fire an employee at their discretion. While North Carolina may be an “at-will” state, this does not mean that an employee is powerless when it comes to filing a suit against a company. Setting clear expectations and following state and federal employment laws is a good start. Having an employment contract or agreement could save you the trouble of dealing with a lawsuit. Step Two: Follow Wage Guidelines Employers often get into trouble trying to avoid paying overtime or misclassifying employees as part-time or 1099 (to avoid paying benefits) when they are treated as full-time direct hires. All employers should be following the rules as it relates to overtime pay, contract, part-time or full-time employees. Some of these classification rules can be tricky, especially related to contract vs. direct hire employees. If you are not certain, you may wish to consult with an employment attorney. For an overview of employee rights regarding overtime pay, visit the North Carolina Department...
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...
Throwback: Interview with Walter Brinkley, Jr.

Throwback: Interview with Walter Brinkley, Jr.

In November of 2006, Walter F. Brinkley, Jr. was interviewed by Hank Van Hoy, II, as part of the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism and their historical video series of distinguished North Carolina lawyers. We thought you might enjoy the interview! To learn more about the Commission, visit their...
Brinkley Walser Stoner Attorney Celebrates 60 Years

Brinkley Walser Stoner Attorney Celebrates 60 Years

Lexington, NC – Brinkley Walser Stoner, PLLC, attorney, Charles McGirt, is celebrating a milestone anniversary as he reaches 60 years of practicing law. David Inabinett, managing member of Brinkley Walser Stoner, shared, “We congratulate Charlie on an incredible milestone with the firm.  Charlie has been a skilled attorney, advisor, mentor and community leader. We are indebted to him for his many contributions, loyalty, and friendship. We look forward to his continued practice here in his of-counsel role at the firm.” McGirt has practiced law in North Carolina since 1961. His areas of practice include banking law, business & commercial law, estate planning, business organizations, condemnation, and real estate. McGirt is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Law. McGirt was inducted into the North Carolina Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame in 2012 and has served in many leadership roles throughout his career. 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 LSB Plaza in Lexington and in the First Citizen’s Building, 620 Green Valley Road, Suite 306, in Greensboro. Visit Brinkley Walser Stoner on the web at...