I am an experienced North Carolina attorney focusing on access to government benefits, including: child and adult Social Security disability benefits (SSDI & SSI), Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans Administration, and unemployment insurance benefits. My practice is centered around helping people in need: seniors facing long-term healthcare problems (elder care); the disabled trying to obtain disability benefits and workers attempting to access benefits like unemployment insurance compensation. I work collaboratively with my law firm partners to provide high quality legal services through our full service law firm. Family Law matters (divorce, custody, visitation, and child support) and Criminal Defense are other very significant practice areas for our firm and we employ a team approach to provide high quality representation to our clientele.
I am accredited to practice veterans law by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Having served six years in the United States Marine Corps and being a Gult War veteran, I am very familiar with the legal issues that frequently confront our veterans in need. I am also admitted to the bar for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina.
Care, Compassion and Commitment are the three "C's" that define my approach to practicing law. Our full service law firm has three convenient locations in western North Carolina to assist you with a wide range of North Carolina legal issues:
We offer representation for Social Security Disability and V.A. disability benefit claims anywhere in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. I frequently handle SSA disability appeals at the Social Security ODAR hearing offices for Kingsport, Tennessee, Greensboro, North Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina; however, I have appeared in cases at ODAR hearing offices in the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
If you are pursuing public benefits like Social Security or Medicaid, you need an experienced lawyer who is personally overseeing every aspect of your case. Feel free to click on the tab to see my "contributions" on Avvo and decide for yourself whether I am the right lawyer for your case.
Regardless of the legal issues you confront, I hope that you will consider my firm when you are seeking professional and dedicated legal counsel. We are not the oldest firm, the largest firm, nor the most "prestigious" firm, but each of the dedicated lawyers at Payne Law, PLLC will strive to deliver excellent legal services to our clients.
The lawyers of Payne Law, PLLC are real people who understand the real problems our clients face day to day. In my own case, I actively participate on the Avvo Q&A forum, trying to assist and educate the public about legal issues. In my local community, I frequently contribute to the High Country Caregiver Foundation as a way to help caregivers facing crisis situations. My passion to bettering our society extends to my church activities and to many local causes, all of whom help make a real difference in real peoples' lives. We hope you will entrust your important legal issues to our care.
Specific services offered include:
Caregiver compensation agreements
Child Custody & Support representation
Divorce (contested and uncontested)
Durable Powers of Attorney
Elder Care services
Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts)
Equitable Distribution (division of martial assets/debts)
Guardianships (contested and uncontested)
Healthcare Powers of Attorney and Living Wills
Long-Term Care Planning
N.C. Unemployment Insurance appeals
N.C. Medicaid Assistance for the Disabled (MA-D)
Nursing Home Medicaid (eligibilty and appeal issues)
Probate Avoidance Planning
Social Security Disability (child and adult) claims and appeals
Social Security cessation/termination of benefit cases
Special Needs Trusts & Supplemental Needs Trusts
Veterans Administration claims and appeals
Workers Compensation claims and appeals