Insights

When Illness Hits Too Close to Home

With all eyes on the coverage of the upcoming elections, it is easy to get sidetracked from other events going on in the month of November.  One, in particular, hits very close to home for me personally.  In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  

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Written by Louis Waple & Lindsey Houk on 11/7/2016

VOTE LOCAL- No. Really.

Upon completion of the last night’s last Presidential debate, it seems everyone took to social media and the memes and post wars began.  However, on the first day of early voting, there is something everyone needs to be talking about.  VOTE LOCAL.   Local voting?  What is that?  Y... Read More »

Written by Lindsey Houk on 10/20/2016

Brangelina’s Split and Custody Battles 101

If you have any type of social media, you were privy to the news that shocked America.  Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have filed for divorce.  Despite the millions of dollars in assets and the money battle that is sure to ensue, the first press-release statements involved the minor children of the parties.  Brad Pitt said it best in his release on September 21, “I am very sa... Read More »

Written by Lindsey Houk on 10/6/2016

Joining Two Lives and Property

Summer is upon us.  It is the time of year that florists and bakers dream about.  Their schedules are full up and everyone plans their vacations around who is getting married this summer.  Yes, it is wedding season.  And, while the happy couple does not enter into their nuptials wondering, “who gets the wedding china if we split up”, as a Read More »

Written by Lindsey Houk on 06/6/2016

When It Purple Rains, It Pours

On April 21, 2016, just six days ago, the world lost yet another musical legend—Prince. Buildings, bridges, stadiums, skylines, and landmarks all over the country (especially in his home state of Minnesota) have lit up purple to honor Prince. Musical artists of all genres are paying tribute to Prince in their own concerts and shows. Prince was only 57, seemed in good health, and the exact... Read More »

Written by Kelly Johnson on 04/27/2016

Why Do I Need An Estate Plan?

To answer this question, ask another question. What is an estate? Frequently people associate an “estate” as an accumulation of wealth. While this may be true, an estate is simply your property and/or possessions. We all have accumulated property and possessions that require management, both in life and in death. However, many do not see themselves as wealthy, and therefore may not ... Read More »

Written by Louis Waple on 04/12/2016

Valentine’s Day Proposals and Clearance Candy

My paralegal and other attorneys in my office insist on having candy at our front desk constantly.  “It’s for the clients,” they say.  “Everyone loves it,” is also my personal favorite. It is almost as if that candy bowl is a cruel way of torturing me every time I walk by.  However, despite my objection, there is cur... Read More »

Written by Lindsey Houk on 02/19/2016

Marriage and the Super Bowl

Sunday night into Monday morning there happened to be a dense cloud over our beautiful city of Charlotte.  After a nearly undefeated season (only one loss!), our Carolina Panthers made their way to San Francisco to play in the ever so publicized Super Bowl! There is not a team that runs onto the Super Bowl field anticipating a loss.  They have thousands of fans in the stadium cheering... Read More »

Written by Lindsey Houk on 02/11/2016

The Conscious Uncoupling Conundrum

Thanks to my friend, Debbie, and a glass of red wine, I learned a new phrase this weekend—conscious uncoupling. If you have heard this phrase before, chances are that your mind immediately goes to Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow, the celebrity poster couple for conscious uncoupling. During the Super Bowl Halftime Show this weekend, I couldn’t help but wonder if this conscious ... Read More »

Written by Kelly Johnson on 02/9/2016

Please Don’t Take My Panthers PSLs

We have a big weekend ahead of us, Charlotte. The Panthers are one step closer to Super Bowl 50. Venders are popping up all over the city on random street corners selling Panthers gear, despite the freezing rain. The Queen City skyline is lit up in blue. Our Mayor declared that January is Panthers Pride Month. The hashtags #KeepPounding, #Luuuuke, #PantherNation, #DabOnEm are quite meaningful t... Read More »

Written by Kelly Johnson on 01/22/2016