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Michael H. Godwin Spoke at Greensboro Estate Planning Council Meeting

Michael H. Godwin spoke at the Greensboro Estate Planning Council meeting on March 16, 2011 regarding Estate Tax Updates under the 2010 Tax Act.

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Paul H. Livingston, Jr. Named to Board of Directors of Well•Spring Retirement Community, Inc.

Paul H. Livingston, Jr. began a three-year term on the Board of Directors of Well•Spring Retirement Community, Inc. in January 2011.  He will be taking part in the afternoon session of the day-long seminar entitled “Navigating Your Retirement Years” at Well•Spring on March 17, 2011.  His topic will be estate planning in light of changes under the 2010 Tax Act.

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Amy H. Kincaid Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law

Amy H. Kincaid has been certified by the North Carolina State Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law.

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Doris Bray Receives Greensboro Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award

Doris Bray, a founding member in the Greensboro law firm of Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston PLLC, was awarded the Greensboro Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award at its October 21, 2010 meeting.  The award, which is the Association’s highest recognition, is given to members of the Association who in their professional and private lives have demonstrated their deep devotion and constant commitment to the practice of law, to the administration of justice, to the unselfish service to the community and to the highest ethical standards of professionalism.  Ms. Bray, who has practiced law in Greensboro since 1967, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and has been named to the “Legal Elite Hall of Fame” by Business North Carolina magazine.

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Tom Watkins Elected to NCBA Board of Governors

Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston PLLC is pleased to announce that firm member Tom Watkins was elected to the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association for a three year term at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association in Wilmington, NC.

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Schell Bray a Premier Partner for the 2010 Piedmont Business Ethics Award

April 20, 2010

The award is presented annually by the Greensboro Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals to honor local companies who have demonstrated a commitment to business ethics. Companies entering the 2010 awards competition were judged in one of four categories based on their number of employees.

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2010 – Congressional Inaction Creates Estate Planning Dilemma

Much to the surprise of the estate planning community, Congress has failed to take action and has let us move into 2010 with no estate tax and no generation-skipping tax applying to individuals dying this year and to generation-skipping transfers made this year. For individuals dying after 2010 the estate and generation-skipping taxes come back with a vengeance with a lower exemption and higher tax rates than were in place for deaths occurring in 2009. 

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Chapel Hill Office Move

Schell Bray Aycock Abel & Livingston PLLC is pleased to announce that the Chapel Hill office has moved to 100 Europa Drive, Suite 271, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 effective February 19, 2010. The phone number will remain 919-929-0990.

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Bill Aycock Recognized by the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust

Firm Member William P. Aycock II has been recognized by the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust for exceptional service by an individual as a land conservation partner for the 2008-2009 year. 

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Tom Watkins Named to Board of Visitors of UNC-CH and Greensboro Sports Council

Firm Member Thomas C. Watkins has recently been elected to serve a four year term as a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors assists the UNC Board of Trustees and the Chancellor in a broad range of activities that help advance the University, including public relations, governmental relations and fund raising.

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