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It's About Time ~ Music, Yoga, and the World Premiere of Helayne's segment, "It's A

This week's "It's About Time" podcast is an extended edition! Martin sits down with local musician Jarrett Raymond and Billy Batten and Elizabeth Wassum (Awesome) of Rebel Yoga to discuss how music and mindfulness make a difference. Also, this week, we aired the premiere of Helayne's special segment on Elder Law, "It's About Time to Get It Together." We hope you enjoy!

Local Attorney Presented the Super Lawyer Designation

Local Attorney Presented the Super Lawyer Designation Wilmington, NC ― Local attorney, Helayne Levy Payne J.D., LL.M. in Elder Law, has been selected for the coveted Super Lawyer designation. Helayne Levy Payne is officially recognized as a Super Lawyer. This designation is presented to less than 5% of attorneys in the state of North Carolina who demonstrate dedication to improving service to their clients and visioning their firm and services to deliver a top-notch client experience. To qualify as a Super Lawyer, Helayne was nominated by someone outside of her firm, underwent a thorough review with 12 indicators of professional achievement, and was subject to peer review before being consid

It's About Time~ The Judge's Episode

On January 23, Helayne and Martin were joined in studio by the fabulous Chief District Court Judge J. H. Corpening. We encourage everyone to take a listen as we discuss the importance of family and community in combating the opioid crisis.

Our Expert Client Cuddler

Bull is dedicated to finding ways to snuggle. Reviewing estate plan with clients and Bull used sneaker as pillow.

ADVISORY LETTER- For General Consumption and for Past & Current Clients of the Elder Law & L

Due to new legislation known as the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (“SECURE”) Act, enacted December 20, 2019, there are dramatic changes to retirement tax policy, particularly the rules that limit “stretch” IRAs, a concept we discuss during estate planning. The law affects all tax deferred qualified retirement plan accounts including IRAs, 401ks, 403(b)’s, 457’s, TSPs. The key changes to retirement plan accounts and how they are administered are as follows: 1) First Required Distribution Year (the year you must begin taking what is known as “RMDs” or “Required Minimum Distributions” also known as “Minimum Required Distributions” or “MRDs” for traditional retirement pl

A New Role- Document Security Specialist

Congratulations to Bull Payne on his expanded role in our office! We are pleased to introduce our new paper shredder. Bull is committed to protecting your information.

A Reminder To Hug

This widowed client came in to see us and was finalizing his estate plan. We didn't see it happen, but the next thing we saw was this husband looking at a picture of his wife with such immense love. Moments like these crystallize the fact that the spiritual ties to loved ones are never broken, even after one partner loses the other. Seeing this made me tear up, so I asked permission to capture this image of my widowed client to share as a reminder to all of us – which is that the support and comfort we find in each other remains, even after one departs this earth to embark on their next journey. Lesson always learned: Hug each other, in the flesh, any time you can.

"It's About Time"- Episode 2

In case you missed the live show, here the podcast of Helayne and Martin's January 10th episode featuring Dr. MacCallum and David Berkheimer.

Is There a Connection Between Diet and Dementia

Helayne found another great post from ElderCounsel to share with you. Many experts say yes. In fact, there are many who are beginning to refer to Alzheimer’s as “Type 3 Diabetes.” Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. An estimated 5.3 million currently have the disease, and this number is expected to increase to 13.8 million by the year 2050. Next to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease. Despite the staggering numbers, there has been no cure for dementia found through traditional medicine. However, many doctors and scientists

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