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Omari Menka Wilson

Estate planning Attorney at Durham, NC

4.0   4 reviews

Licensed for 14 years

Virtual consultation available

About Omari

Learn Omari’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    45%

  2. Foreclosure
    25%

  3. Real estate
    20%
    Heirs property and real property issues (boundary disputes, access issues, etc.)

  4. Business
    10%

During much of past thirteen years of my career as an attorney, I worked in the non-profit public interest law sector to provide legal services and technical support to North Carolina’s financially distressed and limited resource property owners seeking to preserve their homes, land, farms, and rural livelihood. I've also worked briefly at a small private law firm representing clients in personal injury and business litigation cases.

I was raised in the West End community of Mebane – my father’s hometown and a historical black community founded by former slaves after the Civil War in Alamance County. During the past several years, the West End Revitalization Association (WERA), a nonprofit community improvement organization founded by my parents and other concerned neighbors, has led the effort to provide basic amenities to the community such as adequate water and sewer services, the paving of roads, and the repair and clean-up of failing septic systems. This lack of basic amenities contributed to a serious decline in the environmental integrity and public health of the residents. Since my high school years, I've worked with WERA to help provide healthy and sustainable solutions for the people in the West End community and other communities like it.

Deeply inspired by the efforts of my parents and neighbors to save our community, I earned my law degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. I also graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, with a degree in General Psychology.

In addition to my work as an attorney, I serve on the Leadership Team of the NC Climate Justice Collective, and I'm a current member of Audubon North Carolina's Advisory Board of Directors. I have a passion for physical fitness, so I became a licensed Zumba instructor in July 2018, offering Zumba and group dance fitness classes with my brother Ayo as TwinZIN.

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Licensed for 14 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 10/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Omari

O. M. Wilson, PLLC
811 Ninth St.
Ste. 120-123
Durham, NC, 27705

Reviews

4.0 / 5.0
  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Calvin | August 31, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Investor
Professional, prompt, and detail oriented. I highly recommend Attorney Wilson.
Response from Omari Wilson September 13, 2022
It was my pleasure to work with you! Thank you for choosing me to assist you with your legal needs! I look forward to working with you again if you should ever require legal assistance in the future!
Posted by Tracy | February 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Probate/Etc
Mr Wilson was very attentive and concerned of our needs. Listened and question when not understood. Spoke in laymen terms. We are very satisfied with the outcome of our case. Looking forward to working with him again as we are sure to need him again. Thanks again Mr Wilson!!!
Response from Omari Wilson March 16, 2022
I'm very glad that I was able to help! Your satisfaction is my chief concern! I stand ready to assist if you need me again in the future. Thank you for choosing me to help you with your legal needs!
Posted by anonymous | February 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Taskforce co-leader
Assisting in environmental justice communities Taskforce mapping sessions with impacted communities and local government officials.
Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hired for a suplus of funds on a foreclosure
Hired him for a surplus of funds on a foreclosure. Charged me 1950.00 to only do the bare minimum. Agreements that were not met because he did to want to answer my questions to me about the case. His responses were ambiguous. He is unethical and does not follow up, you have to follow up.
Response from Omari Wilson September 13, 2022
You did engage me for the purpose of claiming an interest in surplus funds resulting from foreclosure sale. The fee was less than $1,950.00. There was an existing mortgage on the property with a loan balance, but I had no information regarding that balance. I explained to you numerous times that this information is important because it would let us know if the mortgage lender has any claim to the surplus funds. Despite my requests, you did not provide any information regarding the mortgage aside from your loan application. After explaining the importance of this missing loan balance information to you numerous times, you agreed to sign a written authorization allowing me to contact the lender to request information regarding the servicing of the loan. However, you refused to completely fill out the authorization form, leading to further delay in contacting the lender. After repeatedly explaining the importance of submitting a complete written authorization, you finally completed the form, and I was able to send your authorization and a request for loan documentation to the lender via certified mail on July 8. I sent you a copy of the authorization form and the request for information. I verified that the lender had received our request and your authorization on July 13, but I have yet to receive response from the lender containing the requested loan information, specifically your current loan balance. You requested that we ask that the Clerk of Court schedule a hearing on our petition and have the court sign an order granting release of the surplus funds to you. In response, I agreed that it has been a considerable amount of time since the lender received our request for loan documentation and your written authorization, and I stated that I would give the lender until September 30 to respond which is a reasonable period of time. If I did not receive a response by that date, I would prepare to file a request for a hearing on our petition if I determine that we are able to move forward without a response from the lender. I again explained to you that the information that we need, specifically the loan balance, is very important because it would let us know if the lender has any claim on the surplus funds. I told you that I was not willing to request a hearing without first trying to secure all the information necessary for us to be successful at the hearing. You responded by demanding that I schedule the hearing anyway, without the information that we need from the lender to verify whether the lender may have a claim on the surplus funds, and if so, what the amount of the lender’s claim would be. I explained that if we took the course of action that you demanded, the lender will have the opportunity to appear at the hearing to present evidence showing the current balance of the mortgage which may very well exceed the amount of surplus funds. If that were to happen, you would very likely receive absolutely nothing. I advised that it is better to be prepared with that information before the hearing instead of refusing to wait for the lender's response and charging forward only to be blindsided with evidence of a loan balance that exceeds the surplus funds amount and receive nothing at the hearing. You have refused to accept my legal advice, and you have been argumentative throughout the entirety of our engagement. I strive for utmost client satisfaction in every case, and my goal was to secure as much of the surplus funds for you as possible, but that was not possible here because you refused to listen to my legal assessment of your case. However, I wish you well as you move forward with this matter.
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Cost

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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 6.3 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Staff Attorney
  • Hatcher Legal, PLLC
  • 2020 - 2020
  • Staff Attorney
  • Land Loss Prevention Project
  • 2008 - 2019
  • Paralegal
  • Land Loss Prevention Project
  • 2006 - 2008

Education

  • Capital University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Appalachian State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science, Psychology
  • 2001

Associations

  • Audubon North Carolina
  • Advisory Board
  • 2016 - Present
  • North Carolina Climate Justice Collective
  • Leadership Team member
  • 2016 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Sixteenth Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • West End Revitalization Association
  • Management Team member
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Services Task Force Trainings
  • Consumer Representation: Tips & Traps
  • 2019

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