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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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Edward T. Chaney Speaks at 16th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia Tax Section Workshops

Edward T. Chaney, a member of the Schell Bray Trusts and Estates Practice Group, spoke at the 16th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia Tax Section Workshops, held in Kiawah Island, South Carolina on May 27, 2017. Mr. Chaney presented “Trends and Developments for Exempt Organizations.”

Ed Chaney focuses his practice on advising tax-exempt organizations on key tax and corporate matters, including organization formation and governance, 501(c)(3) tax exemption and ongoing compliance, charitable giving, program-related and impact investing, and complex organizational structures, transactions, and transitions. He received his J.D. degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

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Schell Bray Joins IR Global International Network

Schell Bray is pleased to announce its membership in the IR Global international professional services network. IR Global assists member firms in providing legal, accounting and financial advice to their clients with international interests and is one of the largest and fastest growing professional referral networks in the world, with operations across more than 150 jurisdictions. Schell Bray believes that the referral resources of IR Global will be a significant value added enhancement for our clients and, as a member of the network, we are available to assist other member firms with their North Carolina based legal matters. Schell Bray has been designated as IR Global’s exclusive member in North Carolina in the commercial law field. For more information, contact Schell Bray partner Thomas C. Watkins at tcwatkins@schellbray.com or any other member of our business practice group.   

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Dori J. Dixon Presents at the SBA of the Carolinas – Special Needs Law Workshop

Dori J. Dixon, a member of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group, presented on April 29, 2017 at the Spina Bifida Association of the Carolinas Special Needs Law Workshop. Ms. Dixon’s topics included ABLE Accounts, establishing special needs trusts, and other legal issues as relevant to the Spina Bifida community.

Dori Dixon’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. Dixon 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 President of the NC Chapter of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

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What We Practice
Business Real Estate Trusts and Estates

Our business lawyers serve as regular outside counsel to public and privately held businesses with diverse interests in local, national  and international markets.  » more

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At Schell Bray, our Elder Law and Special Needs Law practice encompasses many different fields of law providing for the unique legal and financial demands of senior citizens and people with disabilities. Our attorneys assist clients and their families with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting quality of life for the client. Schell Bray takes a holistic approach to planning to ensure that each client’s plan addresses the legal, medical, financial, and social needs of the client.
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At Schell Bray, our Elder Law and Special Needs Law practice encompasses many different fields of law providing for the unique legal and financial demands of senior citizens and people with disabilities. Our attorneys assist clients and their families with a variety of legal issues, from estate planning to long term care issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting quality of life for the client. Schell Bray takes a holistic approach to planning to ensure that each client’s plan addresses the legal, medical, financial, and social needs of the client.
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Schell Bray’s philanthropy and tax-exempt organizations practice has the breadth of experience and depth of knowledge to help our charitable and other nonprofit clients innovate and achieve their missions while keeping compliant with applicable laws. Our attorneys provide high level and practical legal counsel that comes from decades of experience in - and a deep commitment to - the nonprofit sector and its component organizations. » more

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The lawyers in our Commercial Real Estate practice group have a broad range of experience and expertise. We offer sophisticated legal services often associated with large law firms combined with small-firm efficiencies, which we believe provide our clients with the best of both worlds. » more

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At Schell Bray, our Trusts and Estates practice group is involved in all aspects of estate and trust planning and administration, from preparing basic estate planning documents to planning and implementing the most cutting-edge planning techniques to transfer wealth and preserve assets. We provide a full range of estate and trust planning and administration services. We advise beneficiaries and fiduciaries of estates and trusts on their rights and duties, and we form and advise tax-exempt entities. » more

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Jennifer L.J. Koenig
Jennifer L.J. Koenig

Jennifer Koenig is a member of the firm’s trusts and estates practice group. She 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…» more

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