Winston-Salem Journal Articles:

One of 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).

Financial Challenges in These Challenging Times

Over the next three columns we will address some common financial challenges many of us face in these different economic times.  This first column will address some valuable community resources you can access BEFORE you have more serious...

Social Security Disability ODAR Judge Website Isn’t a Panacea

DisabilityJudges.com This is a useful site in that it gives you the statistics for an ODAR (Office of Disability Adjudication and Review—hearing site) judge. In other words, it tells you how a particular judge has decided cases in the...

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...

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...

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....

What to Know About the Mediation of Civil Cases in North Carolina

The Gambler, a Kenny Rogers song, gives sound advice for playing a card game of chance: Know when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'em. But it's also sound advice for a more serious game of chance: a jury trial in a civil lawsuit. When...

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...

A Prayer for the Greatest Generation

As we reflect on the anniversary of the end of World War II, I hope we will pause and consider all the contributions in war and in peace of the greatest generation. They fought for us in that war and through the hardest of times. The...

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...

A Prayer for the Greatest Generation

As we reflect on the anniversary of the end of World War II, I hope we will pause and consider all the contributions in war and in peace of the greatest generation. They fought for us in that war and through the hardest of times. The abiding story of the greatest...

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