Winston-Salem Journal Articles:

One off our partners, Mike Wells, has been privileged to write a monthly legal column for the Winston-Salem Journal for over 16 years.  It is believed to be the longest-running legal column for a statewide newspaper in the state of North Carolina. Of the nearly 200 columns Mike has written, here is a selected list of many important columns, which include contact information for other community resources to assist readers as well.

We hope this resource will prove to be helpful to you so you can make informed choices on issues of importance to you.  If you have particular questions, on the issues discussed or other matters, please do not hesitate to contact us. (336.283.8700; mike@wellslaw.us).

Monitoring your loved one’s care and other common issues you may encounter.

In the last column we discussed the selection of a care facility.  What other decisions might you face, and what steps should you take going forward to monitor the level of care of your loved one? Important contract issues. Many...

What you should know about the New Financial Power of Attorney Law

The NC Uniform Financial Power of Attorney Act went into effect on January 1, 2018. It is the first major overhaul of this law since the early 1980’s. A financial power of attorney (FPOA) may be the most important estate planning document...

Other important highlights of the significant changes to the Power of Attorney North Carolina statutes

This 2nd column on the 2018 major-rewrite power of attorney (POA) law will address common but avoidable mistakes individuals may make, and extra elder law planning provisions many individuals now provide in their POAS to protect their...

Social Security Disability Cases Are Sad Stories

No one wants to file a Social Security Disability claim, but things happen. Many of these things are beyond a claimant's control. These occurrences--genetic dispositions, ailments, or a combination thereof render a person unable to work....

Community Programs Including Advance Directives

"Got Plans?" Free Seminar What: "Got Plans?" is a free advanced care workshop in Winston-Salem. When: February 7th from 1:00-2:00 pm Where: Multipurpose Room, Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home-101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103...

The biggies can change your life

This column is the second in a series of the most important legal issues most of us encounter. Traffic Tickets. Getting a traffic ticket generally is not high on the legal-impact scale in your life, but the precipitating conduct often...

Understand how the new federal tax law will affect you

In the first installment of a two-part series, Mike examines the sweeping 2018 federal tax law reforms, and how they might impact tax payers. For the full article, click here.  

NC General Assembly Passes New Law to Protect People with Disabilities and Children from Identity Fraud (House Bill 607)

January 1, 2016 On January 1, 2016,  a new law went into effect creating protection from identity theft  for children under the age of 16 and people with disabilities.  Because children and disabled individuals are particularly vulnerable...

The Noble Function of Constructive Criticism and the Contrary Point of View

Studies tell us our process for making important decisions could be improved, and sometimes in some significant ways. Many wrong choices could become better choices if we did a more disciplined job of handicapping true facts, and we...

Understand the law on resolving back tax issues

Here is a helpful article I wrote for my April monthly column in the Winston-Salem Journal on resolving back tax issues with the IRS. For the full article, click here.