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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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Schell Bray’s Amy Kincaid Named NCBA Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section Chair

Schell Bray partner Amy H. Kincaid has been appointed Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section for 2015-2016. She served as the Section’s Vice Chair for 2014-2015.

Amy Kincaid, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, and a partner in the firm, 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 B.S. degree from Clemson University and her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. 

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Dori J. Wiggen Speaks at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro

Dori J. Wiggen, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, was the featured speaker at the Mount Zion Baptist Church workshop held on June 13, 2015. Ms. Wiggen’s topic was “Caring for your Loved One: The Legal Responsibilities of Caregiving.” The event was sponsored by Mount Zion Baptist Church and AARP.

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. 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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Amy H. Kincaid Speaks at the Greensboro Estate Planning Council Meeting

Amy H. Kincaid, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, and a partner in the firm, was the featured speaker at the Greensboro Estate Planning Council meeting held on May 20, 2015. Ms. Kincaid’s topic was “Estate Planning for Blended Families.”

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 B.S. degree from Clemson University and her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. 

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Barbara R. Christy Honored as a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Law

Schell Bray is pleased to announce that Barbara R. Christy, a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group, was recently elected as a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL). The American College of Real Estate Lawyers is a premier organization of U.S. real estate lawyers elected to fellowship for their outstanding legal ability, experience and high standards of professional and ethical conduct in the practice of real estate law.

Ms. Christy’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions. Ms. Christy assists clients in all aspects of the acquisition and disposition of commercial real property, including preparation of contracts, due diligence, review and negotiation of loan documents, examination of title, 1031 exchange issues and closing. 

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Edward T. Chaney Speaks at Georgetown Law CLE

Edward T. Chaney, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke on April 24, 2015 at the 2015 Georgetown Law Continuing Legal Education Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations which was presented live and via webcast. Mr. Chaney’s topic was “Complex Public Support Issues”; and his co-presenter was Kimberley Eney from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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 of charitable assets, lobbying compliance and disclosure, and complex organizational structures and transactions. He received his J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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Jennifer L.J. Koenig and Christina Freeman Pearsall Honored as Herb Falk Society Fellows

The Greensboro Bar Association recognized its 2014 Herb Falk Society Fellows at its February 19th member dinner at Starmount Forest Country Club. Schell Bray partners Jennifer Koenig and Christina Freeman Pearsall were among those honored for having performed over 75 hours of pro bono service in 2014. 

The Society honors the life and work of the late Herbert S. Falk, Jr., a former Greensboro Bar Association president who was deeply committed to pro bono service.

The firm applauds Jennifer Koenig and Christina Freeman Pearsall on their exceptional commitment to the practice of law and to making their professional services available without charge for the public good.

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Holly H. Alderman Named in the Top 50 Women North Carolina Super Lawyers of 2015

Holly Alderman, a member of the Schell Bray Real Estate Practice Group, was recently selected to the North Carolina Super Lawyers Top 50 Women. 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 includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Ms. Alderman is honored to have been recognized as a Super Lawyer from 2009 – 2015, in addition to this year’s Top 50 recognition.

Ms. Alderman focuses her practice on commercial real estate matters and typically represents local, regional and national retail, residential, restaurant, office and mixed-use development clients in the assemblage, acquisition, development, leasing, financing and disposition of properties. Ms. Alderman received her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina School of Law. 

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Michael H. Godwin Named in the Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyers of 2015

Michael Godwin, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, is recognized as one of the Top 100 lawyers in North Carolina in the recently published 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers list. 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 includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Mike Godwin’s practice concentrates on assisting clients and their families in passing wealth to their chosen beneficiaries in the most tax-efficient manner and advising closely held businesses and their owners regarding business succession planning. Mr. Godwin received his J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School at Chapel Hill School of Law.

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Jonathan L. Jenkins Named North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star

We are proud to announce that Jonathan L. Jenkins, a member of the Schell Bray Business Practice Group, was recently selected to the North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2015 list in the area of Business/Corporate Law. Mr. Jenkins focuses his practice on startups, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and general corporate matters.

Rising Stars are chosen by their peers as being among the top up-and-coming lawyers who are under 40 years of age or have been practicing less than ten years. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

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