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.

Be prepared to monitor loved ones care in care facilities

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

Ask the right questions and do your homework on home-improvement projects

Have you got plans for home improvement? If so, Mike offers some simple tips for working successfully with contractors in his Sunday, May 7th Winston-Salem Journal column. 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...

Using a Vocational Expert to Win a Social Security Disability Case

The vocational expert (VE) is an expert in the field of work, who testifies at a Social Security Disability hearing. The VE uses the Dictionary of Occupational Titles to respond to hypotheticals presented by the Administrative Law Judge...

Ask Sam: Are neighbor’s video cameras legal?

Are a neighbor's security cameras making you feel insecure? Mike offers sage advice for dealing with this issue. For the full article, click here.  

The high costs of legal disputes and practical ways to resolve them

In this Winston-Salem Journal column, Mike addresses the high costs--both financially and emotionally, of legal disputes, and offers some practical tips on how to resolve them. For the full article, click here.  

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....

Steps to take to select long-term care facilities for your loved ones

A truism we all know is that nothing is sure in life but death and taxes. But added to that in contemporary life is the higher cost of health care and long-term care for an aging population. We will leave it to the elected officials to...

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...

Social Security Disability: Value of the Post-Hearing Brief

Advocacy does not always end after a Social Security Disability hearing. In fact, good advocacy sometimes requires work after the hearing to drive home arguments raised in the hearing brief, in the medical records, and during hearing...

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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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 reaches far beyond the impact it...

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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 home-repair contracts. A contractor...

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