BWS Update |February 2019

BWS Update |February 2019

Real Estate: A Busy Spring Research shows May and June are the busiest months for home sales. If you plan to buy or sell in 2019, check out some predictions from the market experts and learn more about the real estate closing process in this article from attorney Ryan McNeill. Read More Updates to the ABLE Act The North Carolina Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act enables individuals with special needs or their families to open savings accounts that do not count as assets (within stated limits) when determining eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or other government benefits.  Find Out How Caregiver Academy The Life Center of Davidson County, Inc. is partnering with several other groups to offer a free Caregiver Academy. Monthly classes are held at Wake Forest Baptist Health Lexington Medical Center. The monthly sessions offer practical advice and support from community experts. Registration is requested by calling 336.713.2378 or emailing...
BWS Update | January 2019

BWS Update | January 2019

Estate Planning Tips for 2019 As your life changes, so should your estate plan. Our attorneys answer some common questions in this updated article. Find out the new gift and inheritance tax limits; learn how to avoid probate; discover whether a trust might make sense for you; and more. Read More NADRC Handbook The National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center has published a guide titled Handbook for Helping People Living Alone with Dementia Who Have No Known Support. This is a good resource for medical, legal and social services professionals who work with individuals who have memory disorders. You may also find it useful if you are concerned about a friend or relative with limited (or no) support. Please share! Get the Handbook Project Potential Come out to Project Potential’s Dancing (& More) with the Potential Stars. This fundraiser features amateur talent from the Lexington area as they compete for a great cause. Project Potential helps Lexington students break down barriers to college by providing them with coaching/mentoring services, SAT/ACT test preparation, community service opportunities, college advisory services, help with college applications, scholarships, and more. Dancing (& More) with the Potential Stars takes place on Sunday, January 27 at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center at 4:00 p.m.. People may also vote online for their favorite performers. Each vote is $10 and goes to support students. Upcoming Events January 22: Medicaid Planning, J. Smith Young YMCA, Lexington 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...
McNeill to Present Medicaid Planning Seminar

McNeill to Present Medicaid Planning Seminar

Lexington, NC – Attorney Ryan McNeill of Brinkley Walser Stoner will present a seminar on Medicaid Planning on Tuesday, January 22, at the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington. The session will cover Medicaid rules and steps you can take to protect your family. The event is free but pre-registration is required. “The start of another new year is a reminder of the importance of planning for the future,” says McNeill. “Medicaid planning is a must for anyone who is concerned they may outlive their retirement savings. Consider what might happen to your spouse financially if you end up requiring long-term skilled nursing care. There are options within the law to protect property for the benefit of your spouse and heirs. While you may never need to rely on Medicaid, it is important you understand Medicaid’s requirements so you may make decisions now to protect your loved ones in the future.” 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 is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22 at 11:45AM at the J. Smith Young YMCA at 119 W 3rd Ave, Lexington, NC 27292. The event is free but registration is required. Please call Kathy Shepler or the Front Desk at the Y at 336-249-2177. Brinkley Walser Stoner is also 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...
BWS Update | December 2018

BWS Update | December 2018

The Closing Attorney By Ryan McNeill, Attorney at Law When you buy or sell a home, there are expenses associated with the transaction, including fees for a closing attorney. Whether you are buying a house or refinancing your existing mortgage, you as the buyer or borrower may ask, ‘what is the role of the closing attorney’? Learn the five primary functions handled by the closing attorney during a real estate transaction and why they are so important. Read more… Empty Stocking Fund Help The Dispatch of Lexington and The Salvation Army of Davidson County provide Christmas gifts to area teens who are often left out in other toy collection drives. Last year, the Empty Stocking Fund provided gifts for 184 children between the ages of 12 and 16. You can help, too. Brinkley Walser Stoner is a proud supporter of the Empty Stocking Fund. Please mail donations to The Dispatch, Empty Stocking Fund, P.O. Box 908, Lexington, NC 27293 or drop off at their offices at 30 E. First Ave. Checks should be made out to the Empty Stocking Fund. Learn More Food, Shelter & Support The holidays can be a difficult time for those struggling financially or emotionally. Greensboro Urban Ministry provides food, shelter, and support programs to those in need of a hand up. Brinkley Walser Stoner is proud to support Greenboro Urban Ministry in their goal to provide this help. Please consider donating to your local shelter and/or food bank to help those in need all year long. Visit the Urban Ministry...
BWS Update | November 2018

BWS Update | November 2018

Holidays & Car Crashes The holiday season is fast approaching. While most of us will be celebrating with family and friends, there is something none of us want to think about: the holidays often mean increases in car crashes. Read some statistics from the North Carolina Department of Transportation about car crashes, and get some tips to help keep your family safe in this article by attorney Roy McDonald. Read more. Milk & Cookies with Santa The City of Lexington will be hosting Milk & Cookies with Santa on December 8, 2018 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Robbins Recreation Center. This event is open to all ages. Price is per person, $12 for residents, $15 for non residents if you register by 11/23. Parents/participating adults must register along with the children that are attending. This event is limited to 70 guests. Register at registration.lexingtonnc.gov. Senior Hunger Sadly, hunger is a year-round problem in our communities. For those who face food challenges, the holidays can be especially hard as they watch others enjoy big meals with family and special holiday treats. Brinkley Walser Stoner is proud to support Pastor’s Pantry in their quest to address senior hunger in Davidson County. Please consider donating to your local food bank to help those in need all year long. Visit Pastor’s Pantry website. Holiday Hours We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22-23 so we may celebrate the holiday with our families. We’ll be back on Monday, November 26 for business as usual!...
BWS Update | October 2018

BWS Update | October 2018

Disability Employment Awareness October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We applaud the many contributions by individuals with disabilities in our workforce, and work to educate the public on issues encountered by those with disabilities. This year’s theme is: ”America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” Visit, What Can You Do to educate and inspire your team to focus on what each person CAN DO to effect and empower the team as a whole. Read More Barbecue Festival Fun The Lexington Barbecue Festival is almost here! Head out on October 27 and enjoy some good food, entertainment, and a variety of events planned that day (and leading up to the Festival). Options include the Hawg Run (see below), the Tour de Pig, Sandsculpture competition, Barbecue Golf Tournament, Carnival, Wine Garden, BMX Stunt Show, and more. The Festival runs from 8:30am – 6pm on Saturday, October 27 (some events run on different days/times, so check the schedule!).Photo credit: The Dispatch/Donnie Roberts/Barbecue Festival Visit the Barbecue Festival Site Lauren Cecil Memorial Golf Tournament Lauren’s Ladder will be hosting its 6th Annual Lauren Cecil Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Colonial Country Club, with two tee off times. Lauren’s Ladder supports organizations and activities that contribute to the educational, emotional, physical, social and spiritual growth of children. Brinkley Walser Stoner is a proud sponsor of Lauren’s Ladder. Teams of 4 can register for for the golf tournament for $260. If you do not play golf, you may sponsor a hole for a $50 donation. Calling All Runners! Come out for the annual Lexington Barbecue Festival Hawg...