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Doris R. Bray and Amy H. Kincaid Named Lawyers of the Year in 2016 Best Lawyers in America©

Doris R. Bray has been chosen as Greensboro Lawyer of the Year in the area of Securities/Capital Markets Law. She has been named to the Best Lawyers listing since 1989 in the areas of Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation. Doris Bray’s practice concentrates in the business and transactional areas. Ms. Bray advises clients in establishing their businesses, including assisting clients in determining the most advantageous financial and organizational structure for their business, and preparing all necessary documentation. She received her J.D. degree, with high honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

Amy H. Kincaid has been chosen as Greensboro Lawyer of the Year in the area of Trusts and Estates Law. Amy Kincaid regularly counsels clients on a wide variety of estate planning, estate administration, and charitable giving issues. Ms. Kincaid is a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. She is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a member of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. She received her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers designates “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high rating in The Best Lawyers’ survey by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

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Eleven Schell Bray Members Named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America©

We are pleased that Schell Bray has had members of the firm listed in Best Lawyers© for more than twenty five years. Our listed attorneys this year are:

Michael R. Abel for Corporate Law, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Tax Law

Holly H. Alderman for Real Estate Law

Doris R. Bray for Corporate Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation

Barbara R. Christy for Real Estate Law

Michael H. Godwin for Trusts and Estates

Garland G. Graham for Corporate Law

Jonathan L. Jenkins for Corporate Law

Amy H. Kincaid for Trusts and Estates

Jennifer L. J. Koenig for Trusts and Estates

Paul H. Livingston, Jr. for Trusts and Estates

Thomas C. Watkins for Banking and Finance Law, and Corporate Law

Best Lawyers is one of the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers.

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Dori J. Wiggen Speaks at Family Estate Planning Workshop

Dori J. Wiggen, who is resident in Schell Bray’s Chapel Hill office and a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke in Durham on July 22, 2015 at the Family Estate Planning Workshop. Ms. Wiggen’s topic was “What is a Fiduciary and What do they Do.”

Dori Wiggen’s practice concentrates on elder law, special needs, and trusts and estates. She counsels clients on issues including special needs planning, guardianships, Medicaid, veterans benefits, wills, trusts, estate administration, probate, powers of attorney, healthcare powers of attorney and living wills.

In addition to her law practice Ms. Wiggen is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where she teaches in the area of elder law. She currently serves as the Chair for the Elder and Special Needs Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and as Treasurer of the NC Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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Schell Bray’s Dori Wiggen Named NCBA Elder and Special Needs Law Section Chair

Dori J. Wiggen, who is resident in Schell Bray’s Chapel Hill office, has been appointed Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Elder & Special Needs Law Section for 2015-2016. She served as the Section’s Vice Chair and CLE Chair for 2013-2014.

The Elder & Special Needs Law Section addresses such issues as care management and correct placement for disabled adults requiring long-term care; Medicaid and Special Assistance eligibility for nursing home and assisted living; Medicare claims and appeals; Veterans’ benefits; Medicaid estate recovery; private payment options such as long-term care insurance; special needs trusts; planning for families with disabled children; guardianship law; advance directives and end-of-life decision-making; and mental capacity issues.

Ms. Wiggen’s practice concentrates on elder law, special needs, and trusts and estates. She received her B.A. degree from Appalachian State University and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina. Ms. Wiggen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where she teaches in the area of elder law.

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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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Thomas C. Watkins
Thomas C. Watkins

Tom Watkins’s practice focuses primarily on closely held businesses and investment vehicles. He has extensive experience in representing investors, borrowers and lenders in a broad range of complex transactions, including debt and equity investments, financings, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings. Mr.…» more

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