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Practice Areas
  • 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 real property
  • 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.