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May Update 2020

May Update 2020

Virtual Notarization Temporarily Authorized in North Carolina The current pandemic may have you thinking about estate planning. With social distancing requirements put in place, schools closed for the academic year and business temporarily closed, there is a lot to process. Add to that the COVID-19 statistics shown on the nightly news, and it is no wonder many people are worried about the future. READ MORE The Value in National Elder Law Month For over 40 years the month of May has been designated as a time to acknowledge and give a voice to seniors. Since its declaration in 1963 as “Senior Citizens Month” by President John F. Kennedy, the title has evolved into National Elder Law Month. With help and support from The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) National Elder Law Month every year during the month of May attorneys in the field of elder law provide information, materials, resources, and legal direction to their...
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...
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...
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...
February Update 2020

February Update 2020

Businesses Without Workers’ Compensation Insurance Beware! Generally speaking, in North Carolina an employer must provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for its employees if it regularly employs three or more people. This coverage kicks in if the employee is injured on the job. Some small business owners do not realize they must provide the required coverage for their employees. Others make a conscious decision to avoid the related expense hoping they are not caught. READ MORE Nelson Participates in “Speed Coaching” for LAUNCH Thomasville 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. READ MORE Direct Impact: The Americans with Disabilities Act Most people do not give much daily thought to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). I know I didn’t before I lost my eyesight. However, as I adjusted to life with blindness, I learned quite a bit about the intent and implementation of the ADA. The law was enacted in 1990 and has had many amendments throughout the years. The ADA is intended to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities across a wide spectrum. Some of the obvious things we see on a daily basis include buildings with ramps and automated door openers, accessible parking spaces, hotels with walk-in showers and safety railings, and braille lettering on elevator keypads. Less obvious are requirements related to communication and employment. READ MORE Events Join Brinkley Walser Stoner attorney Bradley Hunt for this virtual seminar to learn how...