Jonathan L. Jenkins, a member of Schell Bray’s Business Practice Group, spoke on January 9, 2015 at the Guilford Technical Community College “2015 Small Business Summit." Jonathan’s topic was “Legal Structures for Startups: Choosing Your Business Entity."
Jonathan focuses his practice on startups, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital matters. He practices in both the firm’s Chapel Hill and Greensboro offices. Mr. Jenkins received his B.A. degree from the University of Florida and his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Garland Graham, a member of the Schell Bray Business Practice Group, is currently working with a team of second-year law students enrolled in Elon University School of Law’s Public Law and Leadership course. Ms. Graham is serving as organizational liaison on behalf of Red Dog Farm Animal Rescue Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue organization that she founded in 2006. The law students are examining existing animal protection laws and ordinances across North Carolina and comparing them to the laws and ordinances of other states and municipalities. The students will make presentations to Red Dog Farm and Guilford County Animal Control representatives, summarizing current state and local animal protection laws and ordinances and recommending others that are in effect in other jurisdictions.
Garland Graham’s practice focuses on all stages of the life of a business entity, whether it be a limited liability company, limited partnership, corporation or nonprofit corporation. Ms. Graham received her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of Florida.
Holly H. Alderman, a member of the Schell Bray Real Estate Practice Group, has long been recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as a member of its Legal Elite in the area of real estate law. This year, in the annual polling of North Carolina attorneys conducted by the magazine to determine those attorneys considered by their peers to be among the best practitioners in their respective fields, Ms. Alderman received the highest number of votes cast in the real estate category. Based on this recognition, Ms. Alderman has been recognized by Business North Carolina magazine as a member of its Legal Elite Hall of Fame, a listing of distinguished North Carolina attorneys who have been top vote-getters in the magazine’s annual Legal Elite balloting by field of practice. We are very pleased and honored to congratulate Holly Alderman on her receipt of this prestigious recognition.
We are proud to announce that eight Schell Bray attorneys have been named by Business North Carolina magazine as members of the North Carolina Legal Elite for 2015. The magazine’s Legal Elite listing, which is compiled annually based upon a poll of North Carolina attorneys, recognizes the attorneys considered by their peers to be among the best practitioners in their respective fields. The following Schell Bray attorneys have been named as 2015 Legal Elite members: Michael R. Abel for Business and Tax/Estate Planning; Holly H. Alderman for Real Estate; Doris R. Bray, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Business Law; Barbara R. Christy for Real Estate; Michael H. Godwin, as a member of the Legal Elite Hall of Fame for Tax/Estate Planning; Jennifer L.J. Koenig for Tax/Estate Planning; Paul H. Livingston, Jr. for Tax/Estate Planning; and Thomas C. Watkins for Business Law.
Stacey A. Brady, a member of the Schell Bray Business Practice Group, spoke on October 30, 2014 at the NC Bar Association’s live and webcast CLE program “2014 Basics of Business Law." Ms. Brady’s presentation addressed North Carolina’s new Limited Liability Company Act and related legal issues.
Stacey Brady practices in the area of general corporate law with a focus on pass-through entities and their taxation. Ms. Brady received her J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Host Lea Strickland of WCOM 103.5 FM’s Focus on Business talks with Ed Chaney of Schell Bray PLLC about the role of philanthropy, how it is integral to our democracy and the economy, and important issues for donors and nonprofit organizations alike.
Dori J. Wiggen, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke on October 24, 2014 at The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education event titled “Promoting Healthy Aging with Older Adults." Ms. Wiggen’s topic was “Legal Issues Surrounding End-of-Life Care and Aging."
Dori 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 School of Law. Ms. Wiggen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she teaches in the area of elder law.
Dori J. Wiggen, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke on November 3, 2014 at a Elon University School of Law program titled “Legal and Medical Perspectives on Capacity." Ms. Wiggen’s topic was an overview on legal definitions of capacity and assessment, including different standards for different documents.
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. Ms. Wiggen is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina School of Law in the subject of Elder Law.
Schell Bray has received a “Tier 1” ranking in eight practice areas in the metropolitan market by U.S. News and Best Lawyers® in its 2015 rankings of “Best Law Firms,” the fifth edition of the national survey.
Schell Bray received its Greensboro “Tier 1” ranking which is the highest “Best Law Firms” ranking for its practice in the following areas:
- Corporate Law
- Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
- Mergers & Acquisitions Law
- Real Estate Law
- Securities / Capital Markets Law
- Securities Regulation
- Tax Law
- Trusts & Estates Law
The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms.
During the recent financial downturn, revenues generated by commercial real estate developers shrank by almost half. During those difficult years, a number of tactics emerged, some old, and some new, that held out the promise of improving the business model by shoring up the bottom line. These tactics attempted to take advantage of the influential position held by developers in what will be the fundamental purchase in the lives of many, buying a home. What follows is a brief discussion of two methods by which developers have attempted to expand the influence afforded their role, and how those attempts have fared/may fare under the law.
Transfer Fee Covenants
A transfer fee covenant (“TFC”) (also known as a recovery fee, a re-conveyance fee or a resale fee) is a requirement included in a deed or a community or condominium declaration that requires the payment of a fee upon a conveyance of a home or unit. The amount of the fee can be a set amount, or can be based upon a percentage of the sale price. A common example of this kind of fee is a capital contribution paid to a homeowner’s association at a closing. Under North Carolina law, for such a covenant to be enforceable, both the benefit and the burden of the covenant must touch and concern the land. The above example satisfies this requirement, as the fee burdens the new owner (it is her requirement to pay), and the money benefits the homeowners’ association, funding common area maintenance, insurance, and other community expenses.
- Schell Bray Listed in U.S. News – Best Lawyers 2016 “Best Law Firms” Rankings
- Schell Bray Advises Developer of Award-Winning Project
- Christina Freeman Pearsall Speaks at the 12th Annual Fall Gathering in Chapel Hill
- Dori J. Wiggen Speaks at Well•Spring Retirement Community of Greensboro
- Barbara R. Christy Honored as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
- Doris R. Bray and Amy H. Kincaid Named Lawyers of the Year in 2016 Best Lawyers in America®
- Eleven Schell Bray Members Named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America®
- Dori J. Wiggen Speaks at Family Estate Planning Workshop
- Schell Bray’s Dori Wiggen Named NCBA Elder and Special Needs Law Section Chair
- Schell Bray’s Amy Kincaid Named NCBA Estate Planning and Fiduciary Law Section Chair