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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...
COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update

As of March 26, 2020 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 returned within 24 hours. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause as we work to comply with the recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  As of March 16,2020 The health and well-being of our employees and clients is our highest priority. In light of recommendations from NCDHHS and CDC, we are asking that if you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, please avoid coming into the offices, even to deliver or pick up documents. Of course, please avoid coming into our offices for the safety of others if you are confirmed to have COVID-19 or have a family member at home that is confirmed to have COVID-19. We will be rescheduling matters that are not time sensitive. Our website’s “contact us” page and email will be the most efficient way to reach us if it becomes necessary for our team to work from home. You may also leave a message at our main...
Nelson Participates in “Speed Coaching” for LAUNCH Thomasville

Nelson Participates in “Speed Coaching” for LAUNCH Thomasville

Program creates foundation for good business practices and growth Lexington, NC – Brinkley Walser Stoner, PLLC, attorney E. Drew Nelson will meet with LAUNCH Thomasville participants for a “speed coaching” session on February 11, 2020. The coaching session will allow LAUNCH members to ask questions of area business professionals as they begin their eight-week training programs. “LAUNCH Thomasville is an exciting opportunity for current and new business owners to develop a strong base upon which to grow their businesses,” says Nelson. “When the DCCC Small Business Center Director reached out to ask if I would help, I immediately said yes. Being a Davidson County native, I know how important it is to support our local businesses.” Nelson graduated from Elon University with a BA in history/sociology before attending the Elon University School of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor degree. His practice is concentrated in Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Estate Administration. LAUNCH Thomasville is offered by the DCCC Small Business Center, the City of Thomasville, the Thomasville Chamber of Commerce, and others. The T. Austin Finch Foundation is funding the program. Fifteen businesses were selected to participate at no charge. At the end of the program, they will pitch their business plans; the top two plans will win prize money to invest in their businesses. 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...
January Update

January Update

Estate Planning Guide Estate planning is important for all people and not just for senior citizens. Preparing documents, outlining procedures to follow and assigning assets to the right beneficiaries is essential in estate planning. In North Carolina, if you don’t have a Will, current state law will determine who receives your assets and in what portions. Not having a set plan can quickly become a costly nightmare for survivors or responsible individuals named after a loved one’s death. READ MORE  What You Need to Know About the Secure Act The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (or SECURE) Act is intended to make it easier for Americans to save for retirement and decrease the percentage of us who outlive retirement funds. It was signed into law on December 20, 2019, and most for its provisions became effective January 1, 2020. Some changes in the act may result in unexpected tax bills for beneficiaries. LEARN MORE Drew Nelson Promoted to Partner Congratulations to our own Drew Nelson on his promotion to partner. He has been with Brinkley Walser Stoner since 2013. Nelson holds a Juris Doctor degree from Elon University School of Law. His area of practice includes, but is not limited to: Estate PlanningElder LawTraffic/Criminal We look forward to Drew continuing to grow and share his knowledge with new associates. READ MORE Dancing With The Potential Stars Brinkley Walser Stoner is a proud sponsor of Dancing (and More) with Potential Stars. The annual dance competition is a fundraiser from the Project Potential of Lexington. The organization has funded more than 500 scholarships since its start in 1994. The winners...
Drew Nelson Promoted from Associate to Partner

Drew Nelson Promoted from Associate to Partner

Lexington native and Elon University graduate joined Brinkley Walser Stoner in 2013 Lexington, NC – Brinkley Walser Stoner, PLLC, today announced that attorney E. Drew Nelson has been promoted from Associate Member to Member (the equivalent of Partner) effective January 1, 2020. His practice is concentrated in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Estate Administration, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law, and Gun Trusts. “We are happy to announce Drew’s promotion to Member,” says David Inabinett, Managing Member. “Over the past several years, Drew has become a valued member of the team, working with clients on a variety of cases and representing the firm at public events and speaking engagements. We look forward to Drew continuing to grow and share his knowledge with new associates.” “I am very pleased to be recognized for my work with the firm,” says Nelson. “Brinkley Walser Stoner has such a strong sense of history and community. I know I made the right choice when I joined the firm almost seven years ago and expect I will probably retire from the firm in the distant future!” Nelson became licensed to practice law in North Carolina in 2012. He graduated from Elon University with a BA in history/sociology before attending the Elon University School of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor degree. 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...
December Update

December Update

Attorney William Miller to Join Firm Local attorney Will Miller will join the firm as an Associate Attorney effective January 1, 2020. His practice will include Elder Law, Estate Planning and Administration, Business Law, Criminal Law, Traffic/DWI, and Family Law. Read More It’s Empty Stocking Fund Time! Once again this year the firm is supporting the Empty Stocking Fund. The Empty Stocking Fund was founded in 1981 to help provide a brighter Christmas to needy area children and families. The Dispatch coordinates this annual program that provides Christmas gifts for teens (ages 13-16) who do not qualify under many other gift programs and whose families cannot afford to buy presents. The Dispatch partners with the Salvation Army of Davidson County to manage the Fund. We are proud to support our local community Upcoming Events Estate & Long-Term Care Planning It’s never too early to begin planning for the future. The US Department of Health & Human Services estimates 70% of those 65+ will need long-term care in their lifetime, so having an estate plan in place that takes into account long-term care needs is common sense.  Join attorney Ryan McNeill of Brinkley Walser Stoner to learn about estate and long-term care planning. Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020 Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Location: J. Smith Young YMCA Reserve your spot by calling the Y at (336) 249-2177. Learn More Holiday Closings As we prepare to spend valuable time with our families for the upcoming holidays, please be advised of our office closings Closed December 24th-27thClosed January...