Rebecca L. Smitherman has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 24th edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in elder law & trusts and estates.
The Best Lawyers in America was first published in 1983. Since then, the same tried and tested peer review process has been used consistently for more than thirty years. While the scope and scale of this publication has dramatically grown over the past three decades, the core mission of Best Lawyers to highlight the top legal talent in America has remained unchanged. The 24th edition highlights the top 5% of practicing attorneys in the U.S. and is organized by state, city, and practice area for readability.
Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker is pleased to announce that Crissy Dixon has joined the firm as an Associate. Crissy concentrates her practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Trust and Estate Administration, and Tax. She received her J.D. from Wake Forest in 2016 where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy and received The National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Student Award upon graduation. Crissy received her B.A. from Rutgers University in 2013 where she graduated magna cum laude from the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. While attending Wake Forest School of Law here in Winston-Salem, she served as a teaching assistant for several courses as well as a student attorney in the Elder Law Clinic.
Our law firm was a table sponsor of the 2017 Associates in Christian Counseling Fundraising Banquet. The ACC provides income based mental health counseling services in Forsyth, Rockingham and Surry Counties. The ACC has a profoundly important impact on our community and we were proud to be a part of the successful event.
Craige Jenkins was a proud sponsor this year of the Komen Breast Cancer Foundation of Northwest North Carolina’s Pink Tie Ball. The annual event, held in Greensboro, raises support for and awareness of breast cancer throughout a twenty-two county area in North Carolina, including Forsyth, Guilford, Yadkin, and the surrounding counties.
Business NC has named two of our attorneys – Julian Robb in Real Estate and Rebecca Smitherman as a “Young Gun” – to their 2017 list of the legal elites! We are very proud to have such talent and dedication at our law firm.
Amanda Gargis, an attorney at Craige Jenkins, helped readers of the AgeWise column in the Winston-Salem Journal. On September 26, a reader submitted a question regarding inheriting IRAs from an estate. The answer? IRAs are subject to specific rules that affect distributions, taxation and income. Because of the multitude of factors that impact “inherited” IRAs, including the relationship between the beneficiary and the person who owned the IRA, the owner’s age, the beneficiary’s age, whether the beneficiary was named in the IRA or whether the beneficiary inherited the IRA under a Will, individuals inheriting IRAs may find the gift a mixed blessing. AgeWise recommends seeking an expert opinion before making any transfers or withdrawals. In addition to Amanda, CJLW has a number of experienced estate attorneys – Cowles Liipfert, Gordon Jenkins, John Keiger, Rebecca Smitherman, and Luke Wooley – who can help with IRA or other estate-related questions.
The Attorneys and staff at Craige Jenkins understand the importance of giving back to our Community. Although we all have our own favorite nonprofit organizations near and dear to our heart, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a team for a joint project.
The firm decided to bring our individual efforts into a collective one with a Habitat House build.
On September 20, 2016, a group of 16 members from our office consisting of both attorneys and staff worked for a full day on a Habitat House build. It so happened that the house that we were working on needed the roof to be completed to be ready for a group coming a few days later to put shingles on the house.
If you have ever worked on a Habitat House, you know that there is a core group of volunteers along with Habitat Staff that supervises the work. With the help of these very skilled people, a group that may have little or no experience in construction can become a dynamic and efficient work force.
After positioning the scaffolding, we all went to work. Fortunately, it was a one story house so getting on the roof was not too intimidating. By the end of the day, this lawyerly group was an impressive construction crew. The roof was completed!
We enjoyed it so much that we agreed to do it again.
The staff and attorneys at CJLW held its second annual school supply drive, collecting pens, paper, scissors, notebooks, glue, highlighters and other necessities for area elementary, middle and high schools. The teachers and administrators were so appreciative to receive these much needed supplies, and we felt very lucky to be able to help our Triad students.
Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker LLP has been rated by the readers of the Winston Salem Journal as one of 2016’s best law firms! CJLW is rated #1 for Attorneys, #1 for Real Estate Attorneys, with our own Julian Robb rated as #3 in the same category, and #2 for the Best Law Firm. We are very proud to be honored by the community for our hard work and dedication to our clients.
Our law firm was a sponsor of the 2016 Associates in Christian Counseling Fundraising Banquet, which was held in April at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem. The ACC provides mental health counseling services to those of limited means, including psychological assessments, individual, child, marital and family therapy in Forsyth, Rockingham and Surry Counties. We are honored to play a part in helping the ACC make our community stronger.