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On October 10, 2014 same-sex marriage become valid for NC residents, including NC recognizing same-sex marriage performed under other states' Marriage Laws.  This monumental shift in NC law will cause a trickle down effect to many areas of law including: family, juvenile, adoption, real estate, trusts/wills/estate and tax, among others.  Many areas of NC law are still unclear until the state legislature catches up to this law change.  Ms. Michael learned how to prepare NC citizens for the law changes, how to represent this new group of NC citizens, and also anticipate holes in our current laws.

Mr. Craige and Ms. Roden spoke to the residents of Champions of Assisted Living Facility on concerning steps you may take to keep control of you life and assets as you get older.  Topics included capacity to make decisions, professionals you may speak with to maintain your autonomy, revocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney and living wills.  If your organization would like to schedule an event for Mr. Craige or Ms. Roden to speak on maintaining autonomy while aging, please contact Jennifer Roden.

Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys face constant changes in their practices.  This year's Symposium brought practitioners from around the state to speak on:

  • how to ensure clients receive the Medicare Benefits to which they are entitled
  • how to maximize Social Security benefits for clients
  • trends in long term care insurance
  • practical guidance for Veterans Benefits applications
  • information on the lesser known and understood types of Medicaid benefits

The Symposium also covered fiduciary litigation and new legislation, court cases and regulations impacting Elder and Special Needs Law.

The NC Association of Municipal Attorneys holds two CLE programs annually, coordinated through the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill.  The Association was founded to (1) encourage a closer relationship and a greater degree of cooperation among municipal attorneys; (2) offer an opportunity to discuss and exchange information, ideas and experiences; (3) keep informed as to current problems in the field of municipal law; (4) cooperate both on the state and national levels with other associations of municipal officials: (5) promote in general the interest and welfare of North Carolina.

To improve the quality of municipal law and government in North Carolina, the Association works closely with the League of Municipalities in Raleigh and the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Elderhaus is a sponsor of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and provides long term care services, medical care, physical therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy programs,  transportation and more. 

Jennifer Roden spoke with a group of women who provide care for loved ones who participate in the PACE program and led discussions regarding Medicaid Estate Recovery, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Social Security benefits and Guardianships.

In October 2014, North Carolina began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognizing the marriages of couples previously married in other states which allow same-sex marriage unions. This change in law has affected other areas of NC law such as family, juvenile, adoption, estate, tax, insurance, financial planning and federal/state benefits. Ashley is excited to attend this educational opportunity, network wtih colleagues across the state and problem solve new issues affecting our citizens. The Symposium presented by the NC Bar Association is a full-day, cross-disciplinary program.

This seminar provided a unique learning opportunity to discuss emerging trends and legislative issues important to the practice of Community Association Law.

CAI is an international organization dedicated to building better communities. CAI provides education and resources to community associations, homowner leaders, professional managers, association management companies and other business professionals who provide products and services to comunity associations.

Ashley will be facilitating a webinar online on January 15, 2015 to any attendees interested in learning more about North Carolina adoption law.  There is a cost to attend this video of continuing legal educational (CLE) and 2 hours shall be recognized as accredited hours of any attendee towards the North Carolina Bar Association's yearly requirements for attorneys to keep their license to practice law in good standing.  This CLE is offered by Law To The People, LLC.  Ashley made Adoption law part of her practice since she received her license to practice in September of 2006 and has been able to help many people achieve their dream of having children and building a family.

Ashley traveled to Vancouver, Canada to attend the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals annual forum in October 2014. Along with over a thousand other IACP members, which included attorneys, judges, mediators, arbitrators, licensed clinical and therapeutic professionals, and certified financial professionals the 4 day forum provided new resources, tools, information, and worldly experiences to each attendee in the growing movement of Collaborative Law. IACP is an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict. To become a member of IACP as an attorney, one must have at least 30 hours in conflict resolution training (i.e. Mediation) and at least 12 hours of basic Collaborative training among other requirements and standards.

New Methods to Settle Family Law Matters

Ashley is excited to bring new samples and ideas to her practice group, Coastal Collaborative Colleagues, to provide more opportunities to her clients and local citizens of the Cape Fear area an alternative to settle their family law matters outside of court to better meet their personal and family's goals during and after a separation/divorce. Studies show that with clients making decisions about their own future as well as their children's due to separation/divorce, settlement is reached faster than litigation, is less costly and there is less emotional stress on the family.


We are pleased to announce that Jennifer N. Marshall has joined Craige & Fox. Jennifer is a 2012 graduate of the Alabama School of Law and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina as well as Alabama.

To learn more about Jennifer, or to contact her, please visit her Wilmington NC attorney bio page.

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