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...
BWS Update | February 2018

BWS Update | February 2018

Avoid These Medicaid Planning Pitfalls By Ryan McNeill, Attorney at Law Have you planned for what might happen if you were to require long term care? According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 70% of those currently 65 years old will need some form of long term care in their lifetimes. Medicare has limits on long term care coverage, and long term care insurance can be pricey and may only cover certain expenses. Most Americans have not saved enough money to cover the costs of long term care out of pocket. In such cases, many requiring long term care will need to apply for assistance through Medicaid. Read more… Elder Law Planning Event Attorney Ryan McNeill will be speaking at the Smith Senior Center in Greensboro on 2/21/18 at 10:00 a.m. on long-term care planning, including relevant changes in the estate laws for 2018, documents everyone should have (regardless of age), and practical and legal perspectives when considering a senior living situation for yourself or a loved one. The event is free. Contact the Senior Center at (336) 373-7566 to learn more. Firm Supports Veterans Brinkley Walser Stoner has joined NCServes Central Carolina, a branch of AmericaServes, a network of organizations providing a broad range of coordinated assistance to veterans and their families. NCServes utilizes technology to improve communication, transparency, and effectiveness of their support services. Learn more…...
Firm Supports Veterans and Their Families

Firm Supports Veterans and Their Families

Lexington, NC –Brinkley Walser Stoner has joined NCServes Central Carolina, a branch of AmericaServes, a network of organizations providing a broad range of coordinated assistance to veterans and their families. NCServes utilizes technology to improve communication, transparency, and effectiveness of their support services. “We are proud of this new partnership and look forward to working with NCServes to continue our law firm’s long history of service and support to our nation’s military, veterans, and their families,” says Brinkley Walser Stoner attorney Roy L. McDonald II, a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve and Judge Advocate General Corps, and Deputy Command Judge Advocate for the 166th Regional Support Group “Taino Warriors,” located at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico. Brinkley Walser Stoner has been twice recognized by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, for its support to the national defense, receiving both the Patriot Award and the Above and Beyond Award. NCServes Central Carolina covers 17 counties in North Carolina, including Davidson, Guilford, Davie, Randolph, Forsyth, Cumberland, and Wake. Assistance is available to anyone who has served, regardless of their current status, service branch, or age. Services offered include housing and shelter, legal assistance, mentoring, financial counseling, help with higher education, employment resources, and more. NCServes may be contacted by telephone at 1-866-249-6656 or online at https://raleigh.americaserves.org/. – ###...
Ryan McNeill to Present Elder Law Planning Seminar

Ryan McNeill to Present Elder Law Planning Seminar

Free seminar at the Mabel D. Smith Senior Center in Greensboro scheduled for February 21 Lexington, NC – Attorney Ryan McNeill of Brinkley Walser Stoner will present a seminar on Elder Law Planning on February 21 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. “Long term care planning is not just for seniors,” says McNeill. “It is important for all of us to consider and plan for the future. This means getting your legal documents in order, discussing your wishes with family and loved ones, and understanding the impact annual changes in the estate laws might have on you and your beneficiaries.” McNeill focuses his practice on Estate Planning, Elder Law, Business Law, and Real Estate Law in Davidson, Guilford and surrounding counties. The Elder Law Planning seminar will take place on Wednesday, February 21 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...
BWS Update | January 2018

BWS Update | January 2018

2018 Tax Law & Your Estate Plans The updated 2018 tax bill signed into law in December has many people worried about how the changes will impact them. The law contains a host of changes, among them, new limits for estate taxes and changes to pass-through income for many business owners. Learn more about how these changes may impact you. Elder Law Planning Event Attorney Ryan McNeill will be speaking at the Smith Senior Center in Greensboro on 2/21/18 at 10:00 a.m. on long-term care planning, including relevant changes in the estate laws for 2018, documents everyone should have (regardless of age), and practical and legal perspectives when considering a senior living situation for yourself or a loved one. The event is free. Contact the Senior Center at (336) 373-7566 to learn more. Local Talent | A Great Cause Head out to catch local talent and support a worthy cause at this year’s Project Potential Dancing with the Potential Stars on January 28 at 4:00 pm at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center in Lexington. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students; children under 5 are free. Purchase your tickets at Lanier Hardware or at the door. The firm is a proud supporter of Project Potential. Vote for your favorites! We Love Referrals If you are happy with the service you have received from Brinkley Walser Stoner, we’d love it if you would recommend us to your family and friends in the Triad area. Our attorneys handle a wide range of cases, from estate planning and elder law, to real estate, business law, traffic tickets, and more....
Lexington Attorney Elected as Vice President of District Bar

Lexington Attorney Elected as Vice President of District Bar

E. Drew Nelson, an Associate at Brinkley Walser Stoner, assumes VP role for 22B District Bar Lexington, NC – E. Drew Nelson, an Associate at Brinkley Walser Stoner, was elected to serve a one-year term as Vice President of District Bar 22B, covering Davidson and Davie Counties, and one of 45 Judicial District Bars in North Carolina. “I am excited to become more involved in a leadership role with our local District Bar,” says Nelson. “While most people assume there is a single bar association for each state, attorneys must be members of their local District Bar to remain active and retain their license. The District Bars assume a different role than the state bar associations. I am pleased to become more involved in supporting the judicial process behind the scenes.” North Carolina statutes assign a variety of responsibilities to the District Bars, including nominating judicial candidates for any District Court vacancies that come open. Prior to assuming the role of Vice President, Nelson served on the George Fuller Scholarship Committee for the combined 22A and 22 B Bar Associations. Nelson focuses his practice on Corporate Law, Probate and Estate Administration, Estate Planning Law, Real Estate Law, and Criminal Law in Davidson, Guilford and surrounding counties. 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...