- Personal Injury – all attorneys
in the firm represent those who have been injured in automobile
accidents or negligence cases. Free consultations are provided
by telephone or in person.
- Civil Litigation – Jim Goldsmith
represents clients in civil disputes, primarily those involving
- Mediations –
- Frank Goldsmith is certified by the North Carolina
Dispute Resolution Commission as a mediator in state
superior court and federal court cases.
- Jim Goldsmith is certified by the North Carolina Dispute
Resolution Commission as a mediator for family law cases,
including equitable distribution.
- Real Estate – Jim Goldsmith, aided
by the firm’s paralegal staff, represents clients
in real estate transactions, including closings for residential
purchases or refinancing.
- Wills & Estates – Jim Goldsmith
represents clients in estate planning matters involving
the drafting of wills and other planning documents and in
the settlement of decedents’ estates.
- Elder Law – Jim Goldsmith represents
clients with issues in the area of elder law. This includes
guardianships, living wills, powers of attorney, special
needs trusts, and the broad spectrum of law focusing on
the legal needs of the elderly. Jim is a member of the Elder
Law Section of the N.C. Bar Association and a member of
the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Jim
works in consultation with Ms. Caroline T. Knox with The
Van Winle Law Firm. Caroline T. Knox is a North Carolina
board certified specialist in elder law.
- Family Law – Jim Goldsmith represents
clients in all areas of family law, including divorce, custody,
equitable distribution, and separation agreements. Jim is
a certified domestic financial mediator.
- Traffic – Jim Goldsmith and Julie
Dews both represent people who are charged with traffic
violations in McDowell County. The usual fee for cases set
in administrative traffic court is $150.00.
- Worker’s Compensation – Julie
Dews has represented injured workers in North Carolina for
over seventeen years. She is a member of the North Carolina
Academy of Trial Lawyers Worker’s Compensation section.
She enjoys getting to know her clients personally, and takes
time to meet with clients and talk to them frequently. Julie
provides free consultations in worker’s compensation
cases, and no fee is charged unless she wins the case. Worker’s
compensation attorney fees are subject to the approval of
the North Carolina Industrial Commission.
- Social Security Disability – Julie
Dews has been representing claimants in Social Security
Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases
for over seventeen years. She is a member of the North Carolina
Academy of Trial Lawyers Disability Advocacy Section and
a Sustaining Member of the National Organization of Social
Security Claimant’s Representatives. Julie enjoys
getting to know her clients personally, which helps her
understand the reasons the client is unable to work and
helps her present a convincing case to the Social Security
Administration. Julie provides free consultations in Social
Security cases, and no fee is charged unless she wins the
case. Attorney fees in Social Security cases must be approved
by the Social Security Administration.