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. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  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