1. Trademarks, Patents, & Copyrights—What’s The Difference?

    By Molly Gross   People often confuse trademarks, patents, and copyrights. Together, they form what is generally referred to as “intellectual property” or “IP”, but they protect different aspects of your business, and are governed by different rules.  A trademark protects brand names a…Read More

  2. Signing Legal Documents During the Pandemic

    By Kimberly H. Whitley   As we all know, everyday tasks have become more difficult during the Coronavirus Pandemihttps://www.patrickharperdixon.com/our-attorneys/#thomasc. The Courts and the legislature of North Carolina have made temporary and emergency changes to the laws to allow for the leg…Read More

  3. Peace of Mind in Planning During COVID-19

    We find ourselves living in scary and uncertain times.  One of the best gifts you can give to yourself and to your family during this time is the peace of mind in knowing that your health care decisions will be made appropriately if you cannot make them for yourself. A Health Care Power of Attorney…Read More

  4. Update for Employers on Recently Passed CARES Act

    By Michael P. Thomas While the CARES Act is about to be voted on by the House today, Employers should note a few key provisions relating to the payroll continuation forgivable loan program, at least as the bill now stands: The “covered period” is March 1 through June 30, 2020.  That’s the tim…Read More

  5. Legal Update for Business in Response to COVID-19

    By Michael P. Thomas   Now that COVID-19 has arrived in Catawba County, we wanted to update our clients on legal changes made in response to the health care situation and highlight a few points.    Expanded Unemployment Governor Cooper has expanded unemployment eligibility in North Carolina t…Read More

  6. Problematic Assets in Planning and Estates

    By Kimberly Whitley   Certain types of assets routinely cause issues in estate planning and administration.  The issues and suggested solutions are detailed below: Mobile Homes.  Frequently, clients transfer mobile homes by executing a Bill of Sale rather than transferring the Certificate of …Read More

  7. Changes in Retirement Accounts for 2020

    Congress has passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act (“SECURE ACT”), effective as of January 1, 2020.  The SECURE Act contains some major changes for distributions relating to retirement accounts, including the following: Stretch payments.  In general, a spouse ben…Read More

  8. Five Tips To Organize Your Estate Planning

    Originally written by Kim Whitley for Outlook Estate Planning does not end with signing the documents.  The following tips will help your family in the event of death or emergency: Document Distribution-Make sure you have distributed copies of your Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Power of At…Read More


    Although planning in advance for facility care is best, an unanticipated health event may necessitate instant action to protect assets.  Some techniques which may work are set forth below: Purchasing a one-percent (1%) interest in the homesite or other real property as joint tenants with right of s…Read More