1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Problematic Assets in Planning and Estates

    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 Title for the mobile home.…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. MEDICAID PLANNING IN A CRISIS 

    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

  7. Top Ten Mistakes in Estate Planning

    Originally written by Kim Whitley for Outlook Newspaper. Proper Planning can reduce the difficulty of handling an estate. Avoid these mistakes to make the estate process easier: 1. Not adding beneficiary designations to assets, including bank accounts. Assets which pass by beneficiary designation in…Read More

  8. Shortcuts In Estate Administration

    Kim Whitley Originally written by Kim Whitley for Outlook Newspaper. Handling an estate can be a difficult task. Fortunately, North Carolina offers some “short forms” of estate administration to make the process easier and avoid a full administration: 1. DMV Form MVR-317. If a vehicle is the onl…Read More

  9. What is Elder Law?

    As the average life expectancy continues to rise, so does the need for the branch of law known as elder law. This area of law focuses on protecting and advocating for the aging and elderly along with their caretakers and loved ones. It covers a wide range of legal services from basic financial manag…Read More