March 27, 2017

Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trust Opens

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The Pittsburgh Corning Asbestos Trust is now open for claims! After a sixteen year wait, people who were exposed to asbestos products manufactured by Pittsburgh Corning are finally able to file claims against a trust that was established to pay for their injuries. Over three billion dollars is available for qualified claimants. If you or a loved one has ever been diagnosed with an asbestos disease, please contact us and we’ll let you know if you can file a claim for compensation! Diseases include mesothelioma, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, asbestosis and asbestos related pleural plaques. Contact Laurie at 336-510-2123 or lcanham@wardblacklaw.com.

To learn more about the Pittsburgh Corning trust, visit www.pccasbestostrust.com.”


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January 13, 2017

Attorney Afi Johnson-Parris Voted Top Family Lawyer in North Carolina

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Attorneys across North Carolina have voted Greensboro lawyer Afi Johnson-Parris as the top Legal Elite attorney in the state for family law. This distinction was announced in the Legal Elite edition of Business North Carolina magazine which is published each January, with over 23,000 active members of the North Carolina State Bar picking from among their peers in 14 mostly business-related categories. Across North Carolina, 669 lawyers were selected by their peers, and Johnson-Parris received the most votes of any lawyer in the family law category, statewide.Afi Johnson-Parris Headshot

“I am extremely thankful to my colleagues in the NC State Bar for selecting me as the 2017 NC Legal Elite winner in the Family Law category,” said Johnson-Parris, “and I congratulate all of the other 2017 Legal Elite attorneys as well.”

Afi Johnson-Parris left a sole proprietorship to join Ward Black Law in 2013, and has previously practiced with Smith Moore Leatherwood and Kilpatrick Stockton. She is a graduate of the University of Miami and the University of Virginia School of Law, and holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix-Southern Colorado campus.

Johnson-Parris, a U.S. Air Force veteran, also practices veterans disability law at Ward Black Law. Johnson-Parris previously served as chair of the NCBA’s Law Practice Management Section and has provided board leadership to Carolina Field of Honor at Triad Park, First Citizens Bank, ABA Law Practice Management Section Women Rainmakers, YWCA, Guilford Coalition on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Junior League of Greensboro. She serves on the NCBA Board of Governors, and is the immediate past president of the Greensboro Bar Association.

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 Social Security disability matters. To learn more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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September 29, 2016

If you love us, let us know!

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Ward Black Law is in the running for the GoTriad 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards, and we would be honored to receive your vote.  For years we’ve been serving the Greensboro area with unparalleled availability, honesty and exceptional client service.

If we’ve served you well, please vote for us by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 30 . When you do, you’ll also be entered to win a $100 or $200 Visa gift card! 

Voting is easy, and it only takes a few moments! Just check out the rules and follow the steps on the GoTriad 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards Web page. 

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Happy voting, and thank you from our team at Ward Black Law! 


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September 26, 2016

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

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Once diagnosed with Mesothelioma, individuals are given just months to live. It’s time we fight the disease taking so many precious lives that are gone too soon. Learn more on our blog, here

 

 

 

 

 


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August 15, 2016

Janet Ward Black Ranked Among Nation’s Best Lawyers for Eleventh Year

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Greensboro attorney Janet Ward Black has earned the distinction of being named by U.S. News & World Report to The Best Lawyers in America© listing for the eleventh consecutive year. The 2017 Best Lawyers® list recognizes Black for her expertise in the areas of personal injury litigation and mass tort/class action litigation. Her firm, Ward Black Law, has been selected to the Best Law Firms list by U.S. News and World Report for excellence in mass tort/class action litigation since 2007, and is one of only two firms in Greensboro recognized for this practice area. The full Best Lawyers list can be found in the insert of the January 2017 edition of Our State Magazine.

Black is the founder of Ward Black Law, a 36-person firm located in Greensboro, NC. She is a recipient of the North Carolina State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award, the Thurgood Marshall Award for extraordinary service to the people of N.C., and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for public service. Black served as 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.

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Best Lawyers has been recognized as one of the most respected referral lists of attorneys in practice. Attorneys are selected each year based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation.

“I am so appreciative of my wonderful team,” says Black. “They make it possible for us to serve our clients with the excellence and care they deserve.”

Ward Black Law is one of the largest woman-owned firms in North Carolina. We provide legal services when the unexpected happens, representing people in accident injury, workers’ compensation, defective products, family law, veterans’ disability, and Social Security disability matters.

To learn more about Ward Black Law, visit www.wardblacklaw.com.


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August 4, 2016

Tying the Knot in North Carolina?

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Local Family Law Attorney, Manisha P. Patel, Shares Four Simple Steps to Making it Official

Planning to marry your better half is an exciting time. With preparations in high gear, it is a season that tends to fly by for most couples and their families. While there are many fun aspects of laying the groundwork for your life together, there are also some important legal preparations that must be made by the couple before saying “I do.” Hopefully this list, broken into four simple steps, will be helpful as you and your families approach the big day.

Know the Requirements
There are a few basic prerequisites that must be met before a marriage license can be obtained. Many North Carolina residents are unaware of these laws:

  • Both parties must be over the age of 18 (There are certain exceptions to this rule; contact a family law attorney for more detail.)
  • Neither party can be married to someone else.
  • The couple to be married cannot be closely related by half/whole blood relations.

Obtain Your Marriage License
If you and your significant other meet the above requirements, then you’re off to apply for your official marriage license — a vital step in the process.

  • Visit your nearest Register of Deeds office. You can get your marriage license from any county in the state; however, keep in mind that it must be returned to the office where it was originally issued after your ceremony.
  • Complete the application. Both you and your spouse-to-be should bring a photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or military ID) and either a W2 or Social Security card.
  • If available, it is wise to bring both applicants’ birth certificates to ensure accuracy of full legal names, birthplaces, and parent information.
    • Important Note: If under age 21, a certified copy of your birth certificate is required. Should the document be in a language other than English, then you will need to bring the original, as well as a notarized, translated birth certificate.
  • If you have been divorced, you only need to provide the month and year the divorce was granted. There is no waiting period from a divorce date to obtain a marriage license in North Carolina.
  • Changing your name? Be sure to have this decision finalized beforehand, as you will provide your new middle and last name when applying for the marriage license. When the license is issued, you will sign it with your new married name.
  • After completing the application and providing all necessary documentation, you will pay a fee of $60 to obtain your marriage license.
  • The marriage license is only valid for 60 days, so plan to get it as close to your wedding date as possible.

Plan Your Ceremony
Choosing an officiant is an important part of planning your ceremony. A number of individuals can legally perform marriage ceremonies in North Carolina, including:

  • An ordained minister of any religious denomination
  • A minister authorized by a church
  • A court magistrate
  • A federally or state-recognized Native American nation or tribe
  • If you’re “going to the courthouse” to get married, keep in mind that magistrates have specific times when they perform marriage ceremonies. Contact the county office in advance to plan your ceremony time. Magistrates operate on a first-come, first-serve basis and often charge a small fee.
  • Regardless of who performs your marriage ceremony, he or she will have to fill out their designated portion of your marriage license and sign it after the “I do’s.”
  • Two witnesses are also required to sign the marriage license after the ceremony.
  • Remember, once the officiant and witnesses have signed the marriage license, it must be returned to the office that issued it.
  • If you plan on having a destination wedding ceremony in a different country, you still need to follow the procedure to have a legal marriage in North Carolina. If you are planning a wedding ceremony overseas, contact a family law attorney for more details to make sure your marriage is legal in the United States.

Finalize the Details
Now that you’re married, it’s important to finalize your name change and other information to ensure smooth sailing for years to come.

  • Start by obtaining a personal copy of your marriage certificate. A certified copy can usually be obtained for around $10 at the office where your marriage license was first issued. If you have chosen to change your name, obtaining this certified copy is very important.
  • Begin the process of changing your name on important government-issued documents. These include, but may not be limited to:
    • Social Security Card
    • Driver’s License
    • Passport
    • Credit Cards/Bank Cards
  • Visit the Social Security Administration first — having their documentation will make the process easier at other offices.
  • Wait 24 hours after your trip to the Social Security Administration, then visit the DMV to obtain a new driver’s license with your new name.
  • Be sure to have your name listed the exact same way on your new social security card and driver’s license to ensure the remaining name changes go as seamlessly as possible. When these have been updated, you should have no trouble changing your name on other important documents.

I hope that this information has helped you gain some insight into navigating the legal process of getting married in North Carolina, and I wish you all the best!

About the Author
Manisha P. Patel, a Virginia native, now hails from Greensboro, North Carolina where she frequently counsels couples through family law issues as an attorney at Ward Black Law. A fluent Gujarati speaker, Manisha has helped many of her own family members with legal preparations for marriage in North Carolina, and deals with many other aspects of Family law as well, including adoptions, child custody & support, and divorce.

 


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March 21, 2016

Jury awards large verdict for hip replacement injury. There may still be time for those who have a defective hip implant.

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Johnson and Johnson designed the Pinnacle Hip Implant for hip replacements, primarily for younger patients.  In some cases complications arose, necessitating another replacement.  Read more about the recent trial here.

Have you been injured by a hip implant? Contact Ward Black Law today for any legal questions pertaining to hip replacement injuries.


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February 5, 2016

Janet Ward Black named to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

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We are so proud that Janet Ward BlJWB Order of the Long Leaf Pine Awardack was named yesterday by Gov. McCrory to the Order of the Long Leaf Pine!

The order is considered “among the most prestigious awards conferred by the Governor of North Carolina. It is awarded to persons for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina and their communities that is above and beyond the call of duty and which has made a significant impact and strengthened North Carolina.”

Here’s an article from the Salisbury Post about the presentation, which occurred during Janet Ward’s mother’s 89th birthday party in Kannapolis. It came as quite a surprise to Janet Ward.


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February 2, 2016

Ward Black Law’s Manisha P. Patel named to NCAWA Board of Directors

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Manisha P. Patel, an attorney with Ward Black Law, has been named Educational Committee Co-Chair At-Large of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA) 2016 Board of Directors. She received this designation in October 2015 at the 37th Annual NCAWA Conference in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Patel joined the NCAWA as a law student in 2008 and has served on the board of the Piedmont Triad Women Attorneys chapter of NCAWA since early 2015. A graduate of Elon University School of Law, she represents clients in divorce and family law cases.

“I was drawn to family law early-on and became dedicated to offering compassionate legal support during emotionally stressful transitions,” she said. “The NCAWA has helped equip me to make a difference in the profession and in our community, and I hope to expand those opportunities for other women in the legal field.”

The NCAWA believes a strong community of women lawyers is essential to the administration of justice. Since 1978, the organization has increased the effective participation of women in the justice system, in public office, and within the legal profession, to promote the rights of women under the law, as well as to promote the welfare of women attorneys in North Carolina.

Manisha further explained her new role, “I will assist in planning and executing the Annual Conference in 2016 which focuses on professionalism, ethics, and networking among other things. It is my job to foster continuing legal education opportunities for women lawyers, not only in the Triad, but throughout the state.”

 


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