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. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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


    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