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).

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.  

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 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.  

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...

Part II: Common mistakes in handling your personal injury claim

This is the second of two columns to provide practical solutions to help parties injured in a motor vehicle wreck to avoid common mistakes in handling their claims. Property damage claims alone rarely justify the added expense of hiring a...

Jarhead Law, and What We Can Learn from It

It started with a phone call. I was asked some years ago to host a weekly pro bono local legal call-in show for a radio station on a Sunday afternoon from 3-4 pm to fulfill the station’s required public service FCC requirement. The questions of the callers were...

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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 financial challenges.  The...

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6 COVID Scams (and 3 of the Garden Variety) To Look Out For

Scams perpetrated on our senior citizens total billions of dollars every year, and they likely will total more than that in 2020 because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Be sure you and your loved ones are aware of several of the newer scams which are out there, and some of the other ones, too.

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