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At Apple Payne Law, we pledge to you prompt and courteous service, whether we are able to accept your case or not. DIVORCE Our team at Apple Payne Law comes to work every morning to make your life easier. When you're going through a divorce, it's natural to get caught up in the emotions, the heartbreak, and the anger that brought you to this point. We take it upon ourselves to handle the legal proceedings objectively, ensuring that your emotional state does not affect the case and cause unnecessary grief. Our job is protecting our clients in the complex and tricky proceedings that tend to bring out the worst in people. We guide you every step of the process, from your separation to your final divorce decree. FAMILY Unfortunately, we all know that family problems arise whether we like it or not. And when they do, we know they can get heated. When you argue with someone close to you, it can be worse than with someone you don't even know! Instead of letting these problems build up and explode in a detrimental way, hire legal representation immediately and settle the dispute with the aid of the court. When you try to represent yourself in a courtroom you may let your emotions get the best of you. CUSTODY Unfortunately, if you are divorced or separated from your significant other and you don't have a written agreement regarding custody, you open yourself up for more disputes. Without a written document, a parent can change the custodial arrangement by moving the residence of a child. One parent is free to move to a different county or state with the child without any repercussions, as long as they're not avoiding the jurisdiction of the court and they have no controlling written document outlining the custodial arrangement for the children. It's best for all parties involved, especially the child(ren), to determine a custodial arrangement with legal counsel. ESTATE PLANNING We do NOT charge you to consult on estate planning let us meet with you and discuss your situation, and we will let you know what we can do, various options you may have and exactly how much it will cost to complete your package. We are a "flat rate" firm when it comes to estate planning. If it takes us more time than we estimate to complete your package, there are no additional fees! We want you to be 100% satisfied with our work and we will work until you are! BUSINESS ADVISING Let Apple Payne Law handle the legal aspects of your business so you just enjoy living your dream! -Advising businesses on formation -Contracts, including buy-sell agreements, employment agreements, purchase agreements -Best practices with clients/collections, including demand/collection letters through litigation TRAFFIC We understand that sometimes, you can find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Whether you've been charged with something as simple as speeding, or you are facing revocation/suspension of your drivers license, we are here to help. You want somebody who has been in the courtroom, who knows the system, and who can effectively fight for you to help get you the best possible outcome under your individual circumstances. If you need an experienced traffic attorney in Forsyth, Alamance or the surrounding counties, give us a call at 336-283-6198 and let our knowledgeable team help you out today!
900 Old Winston Rd., Suite 212
Kernersville NC 27284
Mr. Payne is an experienced lawyer who comes to Apple Payne Law, PLLC after owning his own firm Payne Law, PLLC. Mr. Payne started Payne Law, PLLC when he graduated from the WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW in 2011. At one point, Payne Law, PLLC had 5 attorneys and 2 support staff working together to help bring the law to the community and improve access to the courthouse.
Before attending Wake Forest University School of Law, Mr. Payne attended FLORIDA COASTAL SCHOOL OF LAW, where he was nominated for the Law Review and ranked in the top 20 of his law school class. After transferring to Wake Law, Mr. Payne served as a research assistant to former Dean Blake Morant (now DEAN OF THE GEORGE WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW), and professors Coughlin and Lentz. He also completed an internship with the Forsyth County District Attorney's office and the Attorney's office at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS), and was hired for a short time as the Board Hearing Officer for discipline appeals while the WS/FCS Attorney's office was short staffed.
Prior to attending law school, Mr. Payne was a high school band director, where his bands consistently achieved high ratings in Jazz, Concert & Marching. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Music Education & Euphonium Performance at APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY, where he was a two-term Chapter President of KAPPA KAPPA PSI, the Honors Program, ROTC and multiple other student organizations. He has also served Kappa Kappa Psi since graduation as a colony liason, helping bring back the Kappa Zeta Chapter at Wake Forest University. During law school and shortly thereafter, he worked with the Wake Forest Athletic Bands, where he volunteered as the Assistant Director for Operations/Administration. Mr. Payne also served as the President of the Board of Directors for Wake Forest Independent, Inc., a non-profit group dedicated to the percussion performance arts in Western North Carolina. WFI placed 5th at the 2011 World Championships (A Class) and 15th at the 2012 World Championships (Open Class), having won the silver medal in the Atlantic Indoor Circuit (Open Class).
Among other jobs listed, Mr. Payne has also worked extensively on his family's dairy farm, one of the oldest and largest dairy farms in Alexander County, NC, as well as a multi-year stint at Wal-Mart. Mr. Payne even has his commercial drivers license (NC CDL, Class B), which he obtained while a high school band director and has continued to keep up.
Willis W. ("Bill") Apple joined Apple Payne Law, PLLC after being at Willis W. Apple, P.A. from January 2013 to May 2018. He formed Willis W. Apple P.A. after a substantial amount of time with John G. Wolfe, III & Associates, PLLC in Kernersville, North Carolina. Before Wolfe, he had in excess of 20 years of law practice in Rockingham County, North Carolina.
Mr. Apple is a triple Tar Heel, where he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with his B. S. in business administration in 1973, and his Masters in Business Administration and Law Degree in 1980. Before graduate school, Mr. Apple served in the U.S. Air Force as a contracting officer, and upon stepping down from active duty in 1976, he served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Mr. Apple retired from the USAF Reserves in 1999 as a Lt. Col. in the Staff Judge Advocate corps after a total of 26 years of honorable military service.
In addition to serving as an advocate for clients for years, Mr. Apple has an extensive background in mediation. Mr. Apple was certified by the Supreme Court of Georgia as a mediator in general civil matters. He holds current certifications by the N.C. Dispute Resolution Commission to mediate family financial, civil Superior Court, and Clerk of Superior Court matters, and also is approved by the U.S. Middle District Court to mediate civil matters within its jurisdiction.
In addition to his extensive legal experience, Mr. Apple holds substantial financial experience. He was an officer and director of First National Bank of Reidsville, and its parent holding company, FNB Financial Services Corporation from 1987-1994, additionally served a term as President of both entities.
Civic service is also a mainstay in Mr. Apple's illustrious career. He has served as President and Chairman of numerous charitable and civic organizations, both in Kernersville and Reidsville. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Finance Committee of The Shepherd's Center of Kernersville. He has been extensively involved with the Lions Club in Kernersville and Reidsville, with the most recent term having been in Kernersville and is a four-time past President. Mr. Apple has also served on the Advisory Board of Kernersville Foundation, Inc., and has served as both a member and liaison between the North Carolina's Bar Association Family Law Section and the Dispute Resolution Section Councils.
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