1. 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

  2. Top Ten Mistakes in Estate Planning

    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 North Carolina are not subject to probate or probate tax…Read More

  3. Shortcuts In Estate Administration

    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 only asset owned by the deceased, then a Form MVR-317 can be used to pas…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