Category Archives: Guardianship

Not many had these 10 things on their 2014 Resolutions list! You should!

posted: January 9, 2014

Happy New Year!  Now that the champagne has been consumed and the party horns have been put away, it’s time to really begin the New Year.   You may or may not be sticking to those resolutions you made on January 1st, but even if they are a vague memory at this point, I challenge you […]

3 Key Planning Steps for Parents of Special Needs Children

posted: March 26, 2013

April is Autism Awareness Month, which seeks to educate the public about the needs and challenges facing those with autism spectrum disorders.  Yet despite the observance, many parents of special needs children are still in the dark as to 3 key planning steps designed to protect their child if the unthinkable happens. According to, […]

Who Will be the Guardian of Your Children?

posted: December 7, 2010

As a mom, the thought of leaving my daughter to grow up without one or God forbid both of her parents is heartbreaking. No one could possibly raise my child as I know her dad and I could (not that we are perfect!)  As a parent, how do you decide who will raise your children? […]


posted: November 30, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:  Sabrina Winters Phone:  (704) 843-1446 Email: With the stores crowded, traffic horrendous and holiday parties in full swing, the period between Thanksgiving and New Years Day is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous travel times of the year.  Charlotte lawyer, Sabrina Winters, urges families to be prepared by making necessary […]

What is a Guardian? What is a Trustee?

posted: November 8, 2010

A Guardian and a Trustee have two completely different roles, but may be the same person. A Guardian is named in a Last Will and Testament or a Living Trust.  He or she essentially is nominated to raise the chid or children and make parental decision until the age of 18. A Trustee is appointed […]

4 Reasons Why Young Professionals Need an Estate Plan

posted: November 5, 2010

As a North Carolina estate planning attorney, I know young professionals have a lot to think about…starting their careers, buying their first home, starting a family.  All of these accomplishments are just the beginning of many bigger life events to come. So it is a rare day when someone in this generation wants to think […]

Estate Plan Needs And Concerns Change Along With Our Lives

posted: October 18, 2010

I gave a presentation to a 55 and older community in Cary, North Carolina this weekend.  I have always said that there are different estate planning objectives at each stage in life.  I don’t only say that because of my many years of experience in this area, but it is also confirmed by the types […]

Advanced Medical Directives: The Lessons Of Terri Schiavo

posted: November 4, 2009

The Terri Schiavo case involved a seven-year long legal effort by Michael Schiavo to have his wife, Terri Schiavo, who was diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for several years, disconnected from life support. Michael, as Terri’s guardian, had entered a do not resuscitate order for her but was convinced by the […]

North Carolina Guardianship Information

posted: October 31, 2009

The North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts offers some helpful information about guardianship law in the state of North Carolina. It is important to note that the Clerk of Superior Court in all 100 counties in North Carolina serves as the judge of probate and cannot practice law or give legal advice. Therefore, you […]

Another Horror Story From the Real World

posted: August 31, 2009

As an attorney who has a passion for helping families put their affairs in order and plan for their families future, I am not a proponent of a “do it yourself” Estate Plan.  The biggest reason is that so many times they fail because of the lack of counseling that an educated, experienced and caring […]


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