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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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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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