July 3, 2020

Volume X, Number 185

Ward and Smith, P.A.

Ward and Smith, P.A. is the successor to a practice founded in 1895.  Our core values of client satisfaction, reliability, responsiveness, and teamwork are the standards that define who we are as a law firm.  Ward and Smith ensure that your legal matters are handled with attentive intelligence by attorneys and staff who work together to build meaningful relationships with our clients.  We do this by being knowledgeable in more than 30 practice areas, providing efficient results, and effectively using technology.  We are your established legal network with offices located in Asheville, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, and Wilmington.  

Ward and Smith is committed to building and maintaining relationships with every client because we understand that every client has unique needs.  We work to become fully acquainted with the management style and operations of our clients.  This enables us to provide timely and effective legal services.  Our attorneys are dedicated to providing frequent and full communication to our clients with respect to pending and anticipated legal issues that may affect them.  We advocate a proactive and preventive approach to our clients' legal issues so that through proper planning and maintenance our clients can avoid legal difficulties and costs.  We believe that this approach provides our clients with responsive, high-quality, and cost-effective legal services. 

Contributing authors from Ward and Smith, P.A.:

The craft brewing, winery, and distilled spirits industry is thriving in North Carolina.  Growth in this industry is good for our state's economy, but can lead to a variety of potential...
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Kenneth Bart Corporate & Securities Attorney Ward Smith
Corporate and Securities Attorney
Ken is a business and securities attorney practicing corporate and transactional law. He works with public and privately held companies and their shareholders. Clients rely on Ken to advise...
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Adam M. Beaudoin, Ward Smith, business entity formation lawyer, articles of incorporation attorney
Adam's practice experience encompasses a broad range of business law and transactional matters, including preparation of all components of business entity formation, including articles of...
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Marla S. Bowman, Ward Smith, business, civil, and commercial litigation matters
Marla's practice experience focuses on a broad range of business, civil, and commercial litigation matters in state and federal court.  Clients rely on Marla for her advice regarding...
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Trusts and Estates Attorney
Jenny is a trusts and estates attorney based in the firm's Asheville office. Her practice focuses on preparing estate plans tailor-made to fit the individual needs of her clients and their...
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Daniel A. Brader Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Attorney Ward and Smith Raleigh, NC
Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Attorney
Daniel Brader is ready and willing to help creditors, banks, and financial institutions navigate the legal complexities of the bankruptcy process. In his practice, he represents clients in...
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Chrystal Bradshaw Administrative Operations Ward Smith Law Firm
Administrative Services Supervisor
Chrystal is responsible for the day-to-day administrative operations of the firm's support functions, ensuring that operations run efficiently.  She oversees the efforts of our Office...
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Drake Brinkley, Ward Smith Law Firm, Commercial Real Property Attorney and LEED Green Associate
Drake works with entities and individuals in transactions involving commercial real property. A substantial portion of his practice is focused on representing both landlords and tenants in...
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Virginia Carter, Estates, Trusts, Living Will, Attorney, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Virginia practices in the area of estate planning and estate administration.  She assists in the preparation of all components of estate plans, wills, revocable trusts, durable powers of...
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John R. Cella, Jr., Ward Smith, minors trusts lawyer, irrevocable life insurance trusts attorney
John counsels clients in estate and business planning matters. He prepares estate planning documents, including wills, revocable trusts, minors trusts, irrevocable life insurance trusts,...
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Whitney Campbell Christensen, Ward Smith Law Firm, business liability, internet privacy attorney
Government Relations Attorney
Whitney is a government relations attorney who represents clients before the North Carolina General Assembly, where for seven legislative sessions she has monitored, evaluated, drafted,...
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Michael D. Christman Human Resources Executive Ward and Smith New Bern, NC
Director of Human Resources
Michael Christman is an accomplished Human Resources Executive with a demonstrated history of delivering value-added services in fast-paced, dynamic organizations undergoing tremendous...
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Attorneys in our Litigation Practice Group represent individuals and all types and sizes of businesses, from the family-owned small businesses to the large, multi-national corporations in...
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Edward J. "Trip" Coyne, Litigation Attorney, Ward and Smith, Law firm, Corporate, construction, commercial, class action, maritime, and real property litigation
Trip maintains a diverse litigation and general business practice. He has significant experience in corporate, construction, commercial, class action, maritime, and real property litigation...
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Our Creditors' Rights Practice Group is comprised of attorneys practicing in all of our offices located across the state.  Our goal is to seek pragmatic solutions to our clients' problems,...
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Richard Crow Business & Tax Attorney Ward and Smith
Business and Tax Attorney
Richard has significant experience in a broad range of business law matters, including mergers and acquisitions, tax planning, private securities offerings, and start-up businesses. He...
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Alexander Dale Business Lawyer Ward Smith Law Firm
Business/Corporate Governance & Dispute Resolution
Alex's practice experience encompasses a broad range of business law matters, including experience representing individuals, start-ups, small businesses, and multi-national companies in a...
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Eldridge Dodson, Trusts, Estates Attorney, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Eldridge is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. She assists all types of clients in drafting and implementing...
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Angela doughty, Ward and Smith, IP Attorney
Trademark Specialist
Angela leads the firm's Intellectual Property practice and is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Trademark Law.  She routinely counsels and assists clients with...
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William S. Durr Litigation Attorney Ward & Smith Law Firm
Litigation Attorney
Bill's practice experience encompasses civil litigation in both the state and federal courts. He has represented clients in a broad variety of complex construction, business, and commercial...
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Chris Edwards Business Litigation Attorney Ward & Smith
Appellate Lawyer and Business Litigation Attorney
Chris has a broad litigation practice focusing primarily on complex business litigation and appeals. He is involved in all aspects of litigation before both state and federal courts, such...
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Donalt Eglinton Commercial Litigation Attorney
Attorney
Don's practice focuses primarily in the area of commercial litigation.  This includes, among other matters, disputes involving patent, trademark, and copyright infringement; trade secrets;...
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E. Bradley Evans, Ward Smith, Litigation lawyer, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appeals
Brad is one of the firm's Managing Directors.  His experience encompasses various areas of civil litigation in both the federal and state courts.  He has experience in all aspects of civil ...
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Lynwood P. Evans, Ward Smith, Civil Litigation lawyer, Pre Suit Negotiation
Lynwood leads the Litigation practice.  His experience encompasses a wide variety of civil litigation in both state and federal courts.  He has extensive experience in all aspects of...
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Paul Fanning, Bankruptcy Law, Ward and Smith Law FIrm
Paul leads the Creditors' Rights practice and is certified by the American Board of Certification and the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer...
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J. Michael Fields, Health Care Attorney, Ward and Smith, Law Firm, Mediation, Bankruptcy
Health Care Attorney
Michael leads the Health Care practice.  He counsels physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers on regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters.  He represents all types of...
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Stephanie C. Fields Corporate Business Attorney Ward & Smith Law Firm Raleigh North Carolina
Associate
Stephanie represents business clients and community associations. As a corporate attorney, she works with businesses, from established brick and mortars to online startups, on a wide range...
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Samuel Franck Real Estate Attorney Ward Smith Law Firm
North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law: Commercial Transactions
Sam leads the Real Estate practice. His experience includes all aspects of commercial real estate and community association matters. He regularly assists commercial and residential...
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McKinley Ken Gray Labor & Employment Attorney
Labor and Employment Attorney
Ken leads the Labor and Employment practice.  His practice experience encompasses various areas of employment-related litigation.  He advises clients and litigates cases involving all forms...
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Lee Hodge, Attorney, Ward and Smith
Attorney
Lee is leader of the Business practice. He regularly advises clients on a broad range of business law matters, including the formation of new business and investment entities, stock...
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Juliana S. Inman Family Law Litigation Attorney Ward and Smith New Bern, NC
Litigation Attorney
Juliana's practice focuses on family law and related commercial or estate litigation. She also assists in public housing authorities work and is associated with matters before the North...
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Paige Inman Family Law Attorney
Family Law and Estate Litigation Attorney
Paige practices family law and estate litigation from our Wilmington office. She helps families and individuals navigate complicated family law legal processes during times of family...
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With an economy that places a higher value on the intellectual assets of companies, and the need to address business decisions on a global level, the Intellectual Property practice stands...
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 Merrill G. Jones II, business attorney, Greenville, North Carolina, Ward and Smith, business formation, construction, design contracts, mergers, acquisitions,
Business Attorney
Merrill's practice experience encompasses a broad range of business law matters, including start-up businesses, business transfers and acquisitions, transactional matters, and tax matters...
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 Michael E. Kohagen  Business Attorney Raleigh
Business Attorney
Michael's practice includes domestic and international corporate matters, including mergers, stock and asset acquisitions, corporate restructuring, licensing and commercialization, ...
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Since the sweeping labor and employment laws of the mid-1960s, employers have faced an ever-increasing number of laws and regulatory agencies governing their businesses and employee...
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Zac is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law.  His practice experience encompasses estate planning, estate and trust...
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Norman Leonard, Intellectual Property, Creditors Rights, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Norman's practice encompasses a broad range of creditors' rights and intellectual property matters.  His creditors' rights practice includes the representation of lenders, trade creditors,...
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Justin M. Lewis, Ward Smith Law Firm, Real Estate construction Developments Lawyer, Home loan agreements Attorney
Justin's practice experience includes a wide variety of residential and commercial real estate matters, including the representation of sellers and buyers in the negotiation and preparation...
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Xavier Lightfoot Labor Attorney Ward and Smith
Employment and Construction Litigation
Xavier's practice focuses on a wide range of labor and employment law issues, including personnel policies and handbooks, background checks, employment discrimination and harassment,...
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Steven Long, Tax and Employee Benefits, Ward
Attorney
Steve Long leads the firm's Tax and Employee Benefits practice. He has extensive experience working with employers in banking, retail, and technology to establish and maintain retirement...
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John M. Martin Family Law Certified Litigation Attorney Ward Smith PA Law Firm Greenville North Carolina
John's practice experience encompasses various areas of litigation.  He has represented many clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases, and has obtained multi-million dollar...
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Lance P. Martin, North Carolina Board Certified Specialist, Business Bankruptcy Law, Attorney, Ward and Smith Law Firm
North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy Law
Lance represents creditors in bankruptcy, collections, foreclosures, Uniform Commercial Code security agreement enforcement, and structured liquidations and workouts.  He also represents...
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Emily Massey attorney WardandSmith
attorney
Emily's practice focuses on a wide range of labor and employment law issues. EDUCATION J.D., magna cum laude, Campbell Law School, 2017. Editor in Chief, Campbell Law Review. Teaching...
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Kristin Mitcham Real Estate Attorney Ward Smith Law Firm
Real Estate Attorney
Kristin assists real estate owners, developers, and individuals in complex real estate issues, including acquisitions, development, lease agreements, various easement issues, and real...
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 Joanne H. Badr, Ward Smith, Commercial Real Estate Attorney Representing Lenders and Developers
Commercial Real Estate Attorney
Joanne's practice emphasizes the representation of banks and other financial institutions in commercial loan transactions involving asset-based and real estate secured loans, including new...
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Evan Musselwhite Construction Litigator Ward & Smith
Construction Litigator
Evan is a litigator who works predominantly in the area of construction law. He represents and advises contractors, subcontractors, owners, and design professionals in all stages of the...
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James Nordent, Government Relations Attorney, Ward and Smith Law FIrm
Government Relations Attorney
Jamie works regularly with individuals, corporations, and governmental entities on a variety of complex legal matters.  His experience in substantive areas of the law includes government...
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Attorney
Will leads the firm's Workplace Safety and Health practice.  His practice experience encompasses various areas of employment and workplace-related counseling and civil litigation in both...
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Grant Osborne, Labor Employment Attorney, Ward Smith Law Firm
Labor and Employment Attorney
Grant's practice experience of more than 30 years encompasses a wide range of issues that arise in employment and labor law.  He provides counsel to clients in the health care, financial,...
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Parrish, litigation, Ward
Litigation Attorney
Michael is a civil litigator with a diverse practice before various federal and state courts, including bankruptcy courts and the North Carolina Business Court. He has significant...
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Attorney
Cliff's practice experience includes representing individual and corporate clients in residential and commercial real estate transactions, including the preparation and negotiation of...
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Practice Group
Perhaps you or a family member were seriously injured. Perhaps a loved one lost his or her life. It’s hard to know what to do and where to get help. We know, because we’ve been there with...
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 E. Knox Proctor V, Ward Smith, financial institutions lawyer, regulatory background attorney
Knox is a general business attorney with a financial institutions and regulatory background. He helps large, mid-sized, and small businesses with general corporate and business issues,...
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Lauren Taylor Arnette Quinn Family Law Attorney Ward and Smith New Bern, NC
North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Family Law
Lauren leads the Family Law practice and is a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Family Law.  Her experience encompasses various areas of civil litigation with a primary...
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Attorneys in our Real Estate Practice Group provide advice and counsel to clients on the acquisition, development, financing, leasing, and sale of real property and improvements and the...
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Eric Remington Real Property Lawyer Ward and Smith
Attorney
Eric's practice experience encompasses various areas of civil litigation, including real property, business, and commercial litigation; zoning and land use issues; disputes involving...
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Erica B. E. Rogers, Ward Smith, Intellectual Property Lawyer, Copyright Registration Attorney
Erica practices in an array of intellectual property law areas. She assists with copyright and trademark registration, management, and application. J.D., University of New Hampshire School...
Tyler Russell, Bankruptcy Attorney, Creditors Rights, Raleigh, North Carolina, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Business and Creditor's Rights Attorney
Tyler's creditors' rights practice encompasses bankruptcy, collections, and lender liability issues.  He concentrates his practice on the representation of creditors in bankruptcy cases and...
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Stanley Sams, Real Estate, Attorney
Stanley has many years of experience in a broad range of real estate, business, and transactional matters, including business start-ups, financing, contracts, and transfers.  He regularly...
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Jerry Sayre, FLSA, FMLA, Employment Attorney, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Jerry's practice experience encompasses all aspects of federal and state employment law, including Title VII, Family and Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, Age...
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Ryan Simmons Intellectual Property Attorney Ward and Smith
Intellectual Property Attorney
Ryan's practice encompasses a wide range of intellectual property ("IP") matters, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  He supports and negotiates IP issues,...
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Jason T. Strickland Construction Litigator Raleigh NC Construction Litigation Business and Commercial Litigation  General Civil Litigation
Construction Litigator
Jason represents and assists contractors, subcontractors, owners, lenders, and design professionals in all areas of the construction and development process.  His goal is to help clients...
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Tax
Attorneys in our Tax Practice Group regularly advise clients on local, state, federal, and international tax matters.  Such matters involve income, estate, gift, employment, excise, sales...
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Ryal W. Tayloe Ward Smith Litigation Lawyer
Attorney
Ryal is an experienced litigator.  He has handled a wide range of litigation cases in state and federal courts, many of them jury trials.  Ryal has extensive construction law experience,...
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Matthew W. Thompson, Ward Smith, estate and trust administration issues lawyer,
Matt focuses his practice on estate planning and estate and trust administration issues.  He has experience working with closely-held business owners on succession planning, tax, and other...
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 James R Todd, real estate lawyer, Ward and Smith, Wilmington, North Carolina, residential, commercial, real estate
James' practice includes a wide variety of residential and commercial real estate matters. EDUCATION J.D., summa cum laude, Campbell Law School, 2017.  Chief Submissions Editor, Campbell...
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Luke Tompkins Litigation Attorney Ward Smith Law Firm
Commercial Litigation Attorney
Luke's litigation practice focuses on commercial and construction litigation and disputes before the North Carolina Business Court.  Prior to joining the firm's Raleigh office, Luke served...
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Allen N. Trask III, Litigation Attorney, Ward Smith, Wilmington, North Carolina, business, civil, commercial litigation
Litigation Attorney
Allen focuses his practice on assisting those who own, manage, and invest in real estate and common interest communities.  He regularly works with real estate developers and the residential...
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Peter von Stein Estate Attorney Ward and Smith
Trusts and Estates Attorney
Peter's practice involves a wide range of estate planning and administration issues.  He assists clients in the preparation of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care powers...
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Amy P. Wang, Ward Smith, conducting due diligence lawyer, remediating contaminated properties attorney
Amy leads the Environmental practice with a focus on the environmental aspects of real estate and business transactions, including coastal development.  She has built trust with her clients...
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Hayley R Wells, Alcoholic Beverage and Employment Attorney, Ward and Smith, Asheville, North Carolina, University of Georgia, wage and hour, litigation
Alcoholic Beverage and Employment Attorney
Hayley's practice primarily focuses on labor and employment law and alcoholic beverage law.  She regularly advises individual and corporate clients in matters of covenants not to compete,...
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Devon Williams Labor and Employment Attorney
Labor and Employment Counselor and Litigator
Devon's experience focuses on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including wage and hour matters, federal contractor compliance, employment discrimination and harassment, employee...
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Jeremy M. Wilson, Ward Smith, professional malpractice lawyer, premises liability attorney, law firm
Jeremy leads the Personal Injury and Wrongful Death practice.  He has extensive experience litigating claims for wrongful death, serious personal injury, and a broad range of civil...
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Thomas Wolff, Bankruptcy Lawyer, Ward and Smith Law Firm
Attorney
Thomas regularly handles matters concerning complex bankruptcy cases as well as state and federal court litigation.  Additionally, he has experience overseeing cases throughout the...
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Amy H. Wooten Construction Litigation Attorney Ward and Smith Raleigh, NC
Litigation Attorney
Amy Wooten has a wealth of experience in a wide range of substantive areas. She litigates complex commercial litigation cases; construction disputes; community association matters, and ...
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Thomas Zamadics Estate Attorney Ward and Smith
Trusts and Estates Attorney
Tom works closely with individuals, families, and closely-held business owners to provide personalized plans to help identify and achieve their unique estate planning goals. His practice...
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Ward and Smith PA has been selected for a 2018 NLR Go-To Thought Leadership Award for their coverage of North Carolina Real Estate matters, including litigation, regulations, and legislation. The attorney-authors at Ward and Smith provide thoughtful legal analysis on a variety of Real estate issues, however, their insight into Community Associations stands out, specifically their advice to boards of directors concerning proper governance and administration. 

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