BWS Update | March 2017

BWS Update | March 2017

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace By Bradley Hunt, Attorney at Law There have been several high profile claims of workplace sexual harassment in the news lately, most recently with a claim by a former engineer at Uber that her manager sexually harassed her. Claims of sexual harassment must be taken very seriously by employers, who can be held accountable if the behavior of a harasser is ignored. In the case of Uber, the CEO just hired a third-party to investigate the claims. What is Sexual Harassment? According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex.” Read more… Senior Games Rock! Whether you live in Davidson or Guilford Counties, if you are 50+, there is a Senior Games & SilverArts event for you. In Davidson County, the games are presented by Davidson County Senior Services in conjunction with Davidson County, Thomasville, and Lexington Parks and Recreation Departments. Events run from April 24 through May 12 and include 18 different sports and 8 performing arts, literary and art categories. You may pick up applications at the Davidson County, Lexington and Thomasville Recreation Departments and the Senior Centers in Thomasville and Lexington or request an application via email from Sarah.Richards@DavidsonCountyNC.gov or by calling (336) 474-2755. The entry deadline is March 31. The Greensboro...
BWS Update | February 2017

BWS Update | February 2017

Nelson Speaks on Landlord-Tenant Rights Drew Nelson will present a free seminar titled, “What Are Your Rights as a Landlord or Tenant?” in Greensboro this month. The first session will be held 2/15/17 at 10am at the Greensboro Senior Center; the second is at the Women’s Resource Center on 2/28 at 11am. “Under North Carolina law, both landlords and tenants have specific rights and responsibilities,” says Nelson. “The law continues to evolve out of necessity, making it even more important for anyone renting or leasing space to understand the implications before signing a lease agreement.” Nelson’s session will cover lease agreements, landlord obligations, tenant obligations, tenant rights, security deposits and the Fair Housing Act, followed by a question and answer session. Learn more… Carl Gray Retires After 40+ Years Some of you may know Carl Gray. He was born and raised in Lexington, and practiced law in Davidson County and the surrounding area for more than 40 years before retiring in January 2017. Gray joined Brinkley Walser Stoner during the 2015 merger of Brinkley Walser, PLLC and Stoner, Bowers, Gray & McDonald, P.A. Gray began his legal career with Stoner Bowers in 1975 after earning his J.D. at the Wake Forest University School of Law. At the time of the merger, he was President and CEO of the firm. Gray is a Certified Superior Court Mediator by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission. He is also a past member and chairman of the Davidson County Planning and Zoning Board. We recently interviewed Carl to learn more about his legal career and future plans. Read the interview… Capital Campaign for DCCC Health/Sciences Building...
Greensboro Seminars on Landlord-Tenant Rights in NC

Greensboro Seminars on Landlord-Tenant Rights in NC

Attorney E. Drew Nelson to present two seminars in February Greensboro, NC – Brinkley Walser Stoner attorney E. Drew Nelson will present a free seminar titled, “What Are Your Rights as a Landlord or Tenant?” in Greensboro this month. The first session will be held 2/15/17 at 10am at the Greensboro Senior Center; the second is at the Women’s Resource Center on 2/28 at 11am. “Under North Carolina law, both landlords and tenants have specific rights and responsibilities,” says Nelson. “The law continues to evolve out of necessity, making it even more important for anyone renting or leasing space to understand the implications before signing a lease agreement.” Nelson’s session will cover lease agreements, landlord obligations, tenant obligations, tenant rights, security deposits and the Fair Housing Act, followed by a question and answer session. Details of the seminars are below. February 15, 2017, 10-11:30am Mabel D. Smith Senior Center 2401 Fairview Street, Greensboro, NC 27405 Phone: Ph: 336-373-7566 www.greensboro-nc.gov/Seniors February 28, 2017, 11am – 12:30pm Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro 628 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27405 Phone: 336-275-6090 ext. 213 www.womenscentergso.org 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...
Carl W. Gray Retires After 40+ Years of Practice

Carl W. Gray Retires After 40+ Years of Practice

Lexington Native Began Legal Practice in 1975 Lexington, NC – Longtime Lexington attorney Carl W. Gray has retired after more than 40 years practicing law in and around Davidson County. He most recently held an Of Counsel role with Brinkley Walser Stoner. Gray joined Brinkley Walser Stoner during the 2015 merger of Brinkley Walser, PLLC and Stoner, Bowers, Gray & McDonald, P.A. “I have worked with Carl for many years,” says attorney Roy L. McDonald, II. “He has always focused on staying current with the latest changes in the law and working to achieve the best result for each client. We will definitely miss having him around, and wish him all the best in his retirement.” Gray began his legal career with Stoner Bowers in 1975 after earning his J.D. at the Wake Forest University School of Law. At the time of the merger, Gray was President and CEO of the firm. Gray is a Certified Superior Court Mediator by the NC Dispute Resolution Commission. Gray is a past member and chairman of the Davidson County Planning and Zoning Board. He is a Lexington native, and is married to Linda Berrier Gray. “Carl has been a tremendous resource for our team,” says David Inabinett, Managing Member of Brinkley Walser Stoner. “His commitment to the community and the clients he has served over the years is unparalleled. We wish Carl and Linda all the best in their retirement.” 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...
BWS Update | January 2017

BWS Update | January 2017

2017 Estate Planning Guide By Attorney Ryan McNeill We’ve updated our Estate Planning Guide for 2017! How can you limit inheritance tax? Would a trust benefit you? How can you avoid family squabbles after you are gone? Should you give away part of your estate now? Have you thought about digital assets? What is Estate Planning? I don’t have a lot of assets. Why should I speak with an expert? Estate planning involves making reasoned decisions about how the property or monies you own are distributed upon your death. The simplest of estates can become a costly nightmare for survivors when there are no provisions made for an orderly distribution of assets upon death or responsible individuals named to oversee that process. These problems arise at a time when loved ones are least capable of dealing with complicated and messy legal matters while grieving the loss of a family member. Read more… Free Estate & Nursing Home Planning Seminar Join attorney Ryan McNeill on January 31 in Greensboro for a free seminar titled Estate and Nursing Home Planning. The event will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Smith Senior Center, 2401 Fairview Street, Greensboro, NC, 27405. Come get your questions answered! “Many people put off planning for the future, but that can put you and your family at a disadvantage,” says McNeill. “Having an up-to-date will and other important documents like powers of attorney or healthcare powers of attorney ensures your family is better able to care for you if you ever need long-term care. It’s also helpful to understand exactly what portion of long-term care costs Medicare...