Winston-Salem Journal Articles:

Mike Wells is a frequent guest columnist for the Winston-Salem Journal’s Sunday Business section. Here are some of his columns on legal topics of interest to the newspaper’s readers and the community.

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...

Take advantage of low-cost legal services

North Carolina lawyers give back to the community, state and profession by providing many pro-bono or low-cost legal services to our citizens. Here are a few of them that offer free or cost-efficient venues to ask for direction on...

Shakespeare Law: Take the Tide and Face the Devil You Fear

You know the Devil Brothers, don’t you? They know you. When you come to that fork in the road on a major decision you have to choose: do you stick with the devil you know, with all of its known challenges, or do you choose the devil you...

Protect yourself and your family with adequate insurance coverage

My last few columns have dealt with some common legal issues clients and citizens face in everyday life, with suggestions about how to avoid the problem in the first place. The best legal problem to have is the one which never happens....

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.  

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...

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....

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...

Spread the Word: Free Tax-Return Preparation

AARP Tax Aide-certified volunteers will again be offering free assistance in preparing and e-filing personal federal and state income tax returns in 2018. The locations will be the Reynolda Manor Branch Library, 2839 Fairlawn Drive, and...

Hiring a contractor? Do your own homework first.

Over the 15-plus years that I have been privileged to write this legal column, and the 25 years I hosted a legal call-in radio show, one of the most persistent problems I’ve heard about from the public involves home-construction and...

The Fine Art of Learning to Say No

I am pleased that the North Carolina State Bar Journal recently published an article I wrote about the importance of managing your time effectively by learning to say No.  While the article, sent to all the practicing lawyers in our state (20,000 +), focuses on the...

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Take advantage of low-cost legal services

North Carolina lawyers give back to the community, state and profession by providing many pro-bono or low-cost legal services to our citizens. Here are a few of them that offer free or cost-efficient venues to ask for direction on important legal matters. I have had...

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Understand the law about traffic mishaps

Third in a series covering the most important subjects on which I’ve given citizens direction over the 15 years I have been privileged to write this column. Motor Vehicle Mishaps When do you have to contact the authorities? N.C. law generally requires you to report...

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