1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. KIM WHITLEY SPEAKS AT CATAWBA VALLEY PARALEGAL ASSOCIATION CPE

    On April 10, 2018, Kim Whitley presented a program on Special Assistance and Medicaid to the Catawba Valley Paralegal Association. The presentation was held at Catawba Valley Community College. Ms. Whitley’s presentation discussed the differences between Special Assistance and Medicaid, how to app…Read More

  5. CITY SPLASH PAD NAMED AFTER FOUNDING PARTNER CHARLIE DIXON

    The City of Hickory has a new water splash pad for children thanks to the efforts and funding by the City of Hickory, the Hickory Kiwanis Club and the Western Catawba County Kiwanis Club. The new splash pad was recently named the “Charles D. Dixon Memorial Splash Pad” at Kiwanis Park. At the rec…Read More

  6. PARTNER CERTIFIED TO CONDUCT MEDIATIONS

    Michael P. Thomas, a partner with the law firm of Patrick, Harper & Dixon LLP, has been certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission as a North Carolina Superior Court Mediator. Mediation is a structured settlement discussion among the parties to a lawsuit or other dispute. Cour…Read More

  7. INTERN GAINS VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AT LOCAL LAW FIRM

    Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP, one of Hickory’s oldest and largest law firms, has added Amanda Carpenter Perez as an intern for the summer. Amanda received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a law student at Wake Forest University S…Read More