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Garland G. Graham Named 2014 Citizen Lawyer by the North Carolina Bar Association

The North Carolina Bar Association will recognize Garland G. Graham, a partner with Schell Bray, as a recipient of the 2014 Citizen Lawyer Award. The award presentation will take place at the NCBA’s annual meeting, scheduled for June in Wilmington.

The NCBA established the Citizen Lawyer Award in 2007 to recognize attorneys who provide outstanding public service for their communities. As a recipient, Graham joins a select group of distinguished leaders in the North Carolina legal community. Recipients have included elected and appointed government officials, coaches, mentors, and voluntary leaders of non-profit, civic and community organizations.

Ms. Graham’s community activities include her founding in 2006 of the Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network, a North Carolina nonprofit rescue network that is dedicated to the rehabilitation, fostering and adoption of abused and neglected animals of all sizes, including farm animals. The organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity and has taken in over 1,700 animals to date.

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William B. Aycock II Joins Schell Bray

Schell Bray is pleased to announce the addition of William B. Aycock II as an associate in the firm’s Chapel Hill office. He will concentrate his practice in the area of commercial real estate. 

Mr. Aycock received a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. degree from the Elon University School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Elon Law Review.

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Eight Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers

We are proud to announce that eight of our members were recently selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2014. Attorneys receiving this noteworthy distinction are:

Michael R. Abel– Business/Corporate Law                 

Holly H. Alderman– Real Estate Law              

Doris R. Bray– Business/Corporate Law                                 

Barbara R. Christy– Real Estate Law              

Michael H. Godwin– Estate Planning and Probate                   

Jennifer L.J. Koenig– Estate Planning and Probate                   

Paul H. Livingston, Jr.– Estate Planning and Probate Law        

Thomas C. Watkins– Business/Corporate Law                       

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

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Dori J. Wiggen Named Rising Star by North Carolina Super Lawyers 2014

We are proud to announce that Dori J. Wiggen was recently selected as a Rising Star in North Carolina Super Lawyers 2014.

While up to five percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars. Recognition as a Rising Star is open to candidates 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for ten years or less.

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What We Practice
Business Real Estate Trusts and Estates

Our business lawyers serve as regular outside counsel to public and privately held businesses with diverse interests in local, national  and international markets.  » more

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At Schell Bray, our Elder Law and Special Needs Law practice encompasses many different fields of law providing for the unique legal and financial demands of senior citizens and people with disabilities. Our attorneys assist clients and their families with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting quality of life for the client. Schell Bray takes a holistic approach to planning to ensure that each client’s plan addresses the legal, medical, financial, and social needs of the client.
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At Schell Bray, our Elder Law and Special Needs Law practice encompasses many different fields of law providing for the unique legal and financial demands of senior citizens and people with disabilities. Our attorneys assist clients and their families with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting quality of life for the client. Schell Bray takes a holistic approach to planning to ensure that each client’s plan addresses the legal, medical, financial, and social needs of the client.
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The lawyers in our Commercial Real Estate practice group have a broad range of experience and expertise. We offer sophisticated legal services often associated with large law firms combined with small-firm efficiencies, which we believe provide our clients with the best of both worlds. » more

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Schell Bray’s tax-exempt organizations practice has the breadth of experience and depth of knowledge to help our charitable and nonprofit clients innovate and achieve their missions while keeping compliant with applicable laws. Our attorneys provide high level, practical legal counsel that comes from decades of experience in - and a deep commitment to - the nonprofit sector and its component organizations. » more

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At Schell Bray, our Trusts and Estates practice group is involved in all aspects of estate and trust planning and administration, from preparing basic estate planning documents to planning and implementing the most cutting-edge planning techniques to transfer wealth and preserve assets. We provide a full range of estate and trust planning and administration services. We advise beneficiaries and fiduciaries of estates and trusts on their rights and duties, and we form and advise tax-exempt entities. » more

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Edward T. Chaney
Edward T. Chaney

Ed Chaney focuses his practice on advising tax-exempt organizations on a broad range of tax and corporate matters, including organization formation, structure, and governance, obtaining tax exemption, ongoing tax and regulatory compliance, unrelated business income taxation, charitable giving, investment management…» more

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