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Current events and annoucements within our firm are posted to this section and updated periodically. We encourage you to revisit this page at your convenience for the latest updates.

Two Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized as ‘Rising Star’ Super Lawyers 2018

We are proud to announce that Jonathan L. Jenkins and James B. Haynes were recently selected to the North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2018 list. 

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Schell Bray Attorneys Recognized by North Carolina Super Lawyers 2018

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Key Considerations From New Tax Law - Wealth and Estate Planning

Significant changes to the U.S. tax system were made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which was signed into law in late December 2017.  Several provisions of the TCJA will affect wealth and estate planning going forward and necessitate review of current planning.  

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New North Carolina Power of Attorney Statute

As of January 1, 2018, a new law is in effect that governs powers of attorney in North Carolina.  

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Dori J. Dixon Speaks at Duke University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Dori J. Dixon, a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group, will speak in Durham on November 28, 2017 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke. Ms. Dixon’s topic is “Estate and Long-Term Planning.”

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Dori J. Dixon Speaks at Duke University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Dori J. Dixon, a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group, will speak in Durham on November 28, 2017 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke. Ms. Dixon’s topic is “Estate and Long-Term Planning.”

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Barbara Christy Authors Article Regarding Proposed Ethics Opinion

Barbara R. Christy, a member of the Schell Bray Real Estate Practice Group, recently authored an article entitled “Gone to Carolina in My Mind”, discussing the varying approaches taken by states that have addressed ethical issues faced by attorneys contemplating participation in Avvo Legal Services or similar online platforms. The North Carolina State Bar has published for comment an ethics opinion that, if approved, may make North Carolina the first state to conditionally approve participation.  The article is published in the September 2017 edition of ACREL Notes.

Barbara 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. She received her B.S. degree from Appalachian State University and her J.D. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.  She was a member of the Ethics Committee of the North Carolina State Bar for six years.

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Jennifer Koenig & Paul Livingston Speak with High Point Community Foundation Donors

Jennifer Koenig and Paul Livingston, members of the Schell Bray Trust and Estates Practice Group, spoke with the High Point Community Foundation donors on Wednesday night, September 20th.  Estate planning "Beyond the Numbers" was the topic.  The discussion focused on the decision making process families should follow with respect to several issues that are extremely important for an effective estate plan, yet are not driven by estate tax planning.

Jennifer Koenig counsels clients on issues ranging from simple wills and powers of attorney to very complex estate planning and wealth preservation techniques, including GRATs (grantor retained annuity trusts), limited liability companies (LLCs), complex charitable planning, and succession planning for family-owned businesses.  She enjoys helping her clients work through the estate planning process and the estate administration process after a loved one dies.  She also has extensive experience representing charitable organizations and corporate fiduciaries. 

Paul Livingston draws on many years of experience to counsel families on their estate planning options for efficiently transitioning wealth to younger generations and to explore and achieve the family's philanthropic goals.  He works extensively with nonprofits and serves as counsel to a number of public charities and private foundations, advising them on tax and governance matters.  Mr. Livingston has a special interest in succession planning for private foundations. 

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Ten Schell Bray Attorneys Named to the 2018 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 thirty years. Our listed attorneys this year are:

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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Christina Pearsall Elected to NCBA Real Property Section Council

Schell Bray PLLC is pleased to announce that Christina Freeman Pearsall was recently elected to the Real Property Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association for a three year term. Council members regularly address and vote on issues affecting Section members, such as legislative initiatives or items to be considered by the North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors. The Council meets quarterly to assist in planning Section events, such as continuing legal education programs or pro bono projects. 

Ms. Pearsall’s practice focuses on commercial real estate. She assists developers, property managers, individual and corporate investors, and other businesses with the acquisition, development, financing, leasing and sale of real property. Ms. Pearsall received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the North Carolina Central University School of Law and her LL.M. (Tax) from the Boston University School of Law.

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