September 27, 2018

How Much Does a Divorce Really Cost in North Carolina?

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

You may have heard that getting divorced will cost you a pretty penny.

Surprisingly, the divorce itself is fairly affordable, but many of the issues that must be resolved for divorcing couples (like property, finances, and children) can bring added expense.

While it may be tempting to follow a low-cost “do-it-yourself-divorce” plan, this could end up hurting you in the long run, particularly if you and your spouse are not on the same page or able to work well together.


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September 20, 2018

Three Ward Black Law Attorneys Selected as “Best Lawyers”

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Ward Black Law announces three attorneys from its Greensboro firm have earned the distinction of being named by U.S. News & World Report to the 2019 “Best Lawyers in America” listing.  Janet Ward Black was named to the list for the thirteenth consecutive year and is recognized for her expertise in both mass tort/class action litigation and personal injury litigation.  Earning a spot on the list for the second year in a row are Nancy R. Meyers for personal injury litigation and Afi Johnson-Parris for family law.

Janet Ward Black, a NC State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, is the founder of Ward Black Law, a 40-person firm in Greensboro, one of the largest woman-owned law firms in North Carolina.  Black was also awarded the Charles Murphy Award for public service by Duke Law School, the Thurgood Marshall Award for extraordinary service to the people of North Carolina, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by NC Governor Pat McCrory.  She was the third woman president of the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers and the fourth woman president of the North Carolina Bar Association. She is only the second lawyer in history to serve as president of both organizations.

Nancy Meyers joined the firm in 2011 where she has focused her practice in the areas of serious personal injury and wrongful death. Her background in the medical field gives her a unique perspective in dealing with injured clients and their families.  Meyers earned a degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. Her credentials and experience have earned her admittance to the US Court of Federal Claims to represent clients who have been injured by vaccines.

In 2013, Afi Johnson-Parris joined forces with Ward Black Law combining her existing family law practice with the opportunity to also pursue her passion for helping disabled veterans.  A North Carolina Board Certified Family Law Specialist, Johnson-Parris was named in 2017 as the statewide “Legal Elite” Winner for family law by Business North Carolina magazine.  Johnson-Parris is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to attending law school, she attended the University of Miami on a ROTC scholarship and later served as an officer in the Air Force.  During her service, she continued in her pursuit of education, earning an MBA in Technology Management.

“None of this would be possible without the support of our incredible team here at Ward Black Law,” said Janet Ward Black.  “It’s an honor for all three of us to be acknowledged by our peers.”

“Best Lawyers” has been regarded as one of the most reliable and unbiased sources for legal referrals in the country for more than 30 years. Recipients of the “Best Lawyers” distinction have been chosen by other attorneys using confidential, exhaustive peer evaluations. 

The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans’ disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.

 

 


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August 20, 2018

Greensboro Attorney Nancy Meyers Serves as Secretary of National Vaccine Association

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Ward Black Law attorney Nancy R. Meyers recently accepted a position as secretary of the Vaccine Injured Petitioners (VIP) Bar Association, a national organization of attorneys who represent people injured by vaccines.  Meyers is one of six individuals to hold a national leadership role for the association.

Nancy Meyers has been practicing law since 1996 and joined the firm in 2011 where she has focused her practice in the areas of serious personal injury and wrongful death.  Meyers earned a degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law.  She is admitted to the US Court of Federal Claims to represent clients who have been injured by vaccines.

“I am delighted to serve in the role as secretary for the VIP Bar Association,” said Meyers.  “It’s an honor to serve alongside amazing leaders who work tirelessly to represent individuals who suffer from vaccine injuries.”

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans’ disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.

 

 


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July 20, 2018

Bayer To Stop Selling Essure Birth Control Implants

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Owned by Bayer HealthCare, Essure is a permanent birth control system that has been available for over a decade and used by more than a half million patients. It is marketed as an alternative for women who wish to end their fertility but do not want to undergo surgery to have their tubes tied (tubal ligation).

Bayer just announced that it would “discontinue sales of its controversial Essure birth control implant by the end of the year.”  Read more…

If you believe that you deserve justice for harm caused by this device, contact Ward Black Law today for a free case review.

 

 


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June 27, 2018

Monsanto Faces First Trial Over Allegations Roundup Ingredient Caused Cancer

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Thousands of people nationwide are accusing Mansanto of failing to “exercise reasonable care to warn of the dangerous risks associated with use and exposure” to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup.   If you know someone with lymphoma who used Roundup weed killer for a long time, you may want to be aware of these proceedings.  Please call us if you have questions.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/monsanto-faces-its-first-trial-over-allegations-roundup-ingredient-caused-cancer-glyphosate/


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June 19, 2018

Janet Ward Black Receives 2018 Ebbie Award from NCAJ

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Greensboro, North Carolina attorney Janet Ward Black has been selected by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) as a recipient of the 2018 Ebbie Award.  This award was named after Ebbie Bailey, the First Lady emeritus of NCAJ, who helped founding member Allen Bailey establish the North Carolina Advocates for Justice more than 50 years ago.  The Ebbie Award was created in 2003 in Ms. Bailey’s honor to “recognize service and inspired commitment to NCAJ and its mission.” Black helped establish the Ebbie Award during her tenure as NCAJ President.  The NCAJ is a 3000-lawyer organization dedicated to protecting people’s rights.

Black has now been chosen as a recipient of this year’s Ebbie Award for her service on the Executive Committee as Past President Appointed by the President and for her work inside and outside the courtroom.  She is being honored as a “selfless public servant and fierce advocate for justice for those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others.”  Black was presented with the 2018 Ebbie Award on June 18, 2018 during the Board of Governors meeting at the NCAJ Annual Convention in Wilmington, NC. 

“It is an incredible honor to come full circle and be selected as a recipient of the Ebbie Award,” says Janet Ward Black.  “I consider it a privilege to continue to serve the NCAJ alongside my peers.”

Black is the principal owner of Ward Black Law located in Greensboro. The firm represents people in personal injury, workers’ compensation, veterans’ disability, family law and defective products litigation.  With 38 lawyers and staff, Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. To learn more, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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June 19, 2018

CDC Investigates Lung-Related Deaths in Dentists

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Recently, dental professionals have been reported as being diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and/or silicosis.  A study presented by the Centers for Disease Control showed a higher percentage of dental professionals being diagnosed with IPF than what would be expected in the public at large.  A link between your profession and IPF could mean that you are eligible for compensation under workers’ compensation in North Carolina.  Ward Black Law can help determine if you may have a valid workers’ compensation claim and assist you in pursuing benefits under the workers’ compensation system.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/virginia/articles/2018-04-15/virginia-dentist-tips-off-cdc-to-dentists-with-rare-disease


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June 14, 2018

TRANSITION TO NEW MEDICARE NUMBERS & CARDS

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker


The law requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. A new unique Medicare number will replace the current Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) on the new Medicare cards. They’re taking this step to protect people with Medicare from fraudulent use of SSNs, which can lead to identity theft andillegal use of Medicare benefits.

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June 12, 2018

Family Law Attorney Manisha P. Patel Earns Legal Elite Distinction

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Family law attorney Manisha P. Patel, of Ward Black Law, was honored as one of North Carolina’s top lawyers for family law in 2018, earning the Legal Elite distinction as published by Business North Carolina magazine.  Since 2002, the statewide publication has been honoring North Carolina attorneys for outstanding performances in various business-related categories.  Winners are not selected by the magazine’s editors but only by licensed attorneys from across the state.  All active NC lawyers are given the opportunity to choose other NC attorneys they believe to be the best in their respective areas of practice.

“I am very thankful to be chosen by my peers as a Legal Elite in Family Law winner,” says Patel.  “It is truly an honor to be recognized for my work as a family law attorney in North Carolina.”

Manisha P. Patel earned her Juris Doctor from Elon University School of Law and holds bachelor’s degrees in both economics and history from Virginia Tech. With a focus on family law, Patel joined Ward Black Law in 2013 where she offers compassionate legal counsel and support to clients during emotionally stressful transitions and difficult life situations.  Patel is currently the President-Elect of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and the Immediate Past-President of the Piedmont Triad Women Attorneys.

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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May 14, 2018

Attorney Audrey Snyder Joins WBL

Posted By: Kelsey Hecker

Ward Black Law is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Audrey Snyder to their firm where she is providing support in the areas of injury claims, including defective products, and family law. She began working with Ward Black Law late in 2017 as a contract attorney and formally joined the team in the spring of 2018. She engages her passion for helping the defenseless with a strong belief in child advocacy and a desire to “stand up for the little guy.”

“We are thrilled to have Audrey as part of our team,” said Janet Ward Black, founder and managing attorney at Ward Black Law. “Her charisma and drive will serve our clients well.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to establish roots in an organization as highly regarded as Ward Black Law,” said Snyder. “It is rewarding to know we are making a difference in the lives of our clients while also making an effort to care for our local community.”

Audrey Snyder began her undergraduate studies at Campbell University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She went on to pursue law at the Campbell University School of Law, obtaining a Juris Doctor and graduating cum laude (with honors). Snyder was an active member of the Mock Trial team and competed in national competitions including the National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC) and American Association for Justice (AAJ) Mock Trial Competition. She received the Order of Old Kivett Award, given for exemplary representation and ethical standards in advocacy competitions.

A native of Lewisburg, West Virginia, Snyder is the oldest of five siblings and the first in her family to pursue a career in law. She met her husband, Gabe, while they both attended undergraduate school at Campbell University and later attended law school together. Her family background shaped the way she relates with people, developing her leadership skills with a balance of both ambition and kindness.

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. The firm represents people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans disability, and other matters. For more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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