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Excellent Legal Counsel

Our attorneys provide legal representation all over the State of North Carolina in several practice areas, including Business Law, Estate Administration, Civil Litigation, and Unemployment Appeals.

Our firm provides legal services in other practice areas in Durham, Wake, and surrounding counties.

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Expertise Award for Probate Law

We are very proud that our firm was selected as the top Probate law firms in the Raleigh-Durham market. Schedule an appointment with us to find out why we are the best to work with.

Chris Wilms Wins Super Lawyers® Award

Chris Wilms was voted as one of the top Probate Attorneys in the region by Super Lawyers®. Join us in congratulating him on this well deserved recognition.

Chris Wilms

Chris Wilms

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Chris Wilms graduated with honors from Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh, NC. There, he received the Campbell University Book Award for “Employment Law,” participated in moot court, client counseling, and local and regional negotiation competitions. He was awarded membership in the Order of Old Kivett for outstanding advocacy in competitions while upholding the highest ethical standards.

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Chris volunteers with the Legal Aid of NC sponsored program “Lawyers on the Line,” a pro-bono program dedicated to helping the most impoverished by providing access to legal services.

Chris is married with two young children in Morrisville, NC and studies Taekwondo.

Previous experience includes work as a research assistant on updating a popular national legal contract treatise, work with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Raleigh local office assisting with litigation, working with the NC Secretary of State, Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division, and working with a probate attorney in Raleigh.

Chris Wilms practices in the fields of Probate, Estate Litigation, Estate Planning, General Civil Litigation, and Unemployment Benefits Law.

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning, Wills, & Trusts Probate / Estate Administration Estate and General Civil Litigation Unemployment Benefits Law

Education

East Carolina University, BA Campbell University, JD with Honors

Memberships:

  • Licensed to practice law in North Carolina
  • Admitted to practice in North Carolina State Courts
  • Admitted to practice in Eastern and Middle District Federal Courts
  • Member, Durham County Bar Association
  • Member, NC Bar Association
  • Member, 14th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member, Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section NCBA
  • Member, Business Law Section NCBA
  • Member, Employment and Labor Law Section NCBA

Adam Hopler

Adam Hopler

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Adam Hopler earned his undergraduate degree in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also lettered with the wrestling team.

Adam started his career as a teacher. He taught a variety of history subjects to middle school and high school students at Cresset Christian Academy for two years. He then went on to graduate from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law…

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where he held the student position of Teaching Scholar, participated in moot court and client counseling competitions, was the Service Chair for Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity and devoted much of his time to the Juvenile Justice Project and the study of Restorative Justice. Adam is a licensed member of the North Carolina State Bar.

Adam is a member of the Durham County Bar Association and the law fraternity Delta Theta Phi. He is a member of the Durham-Orange County Estate Planning Council and the Triangle Business Builders Chapter of BNI. Adam also volunteers with JusticeMatters, a Durham based organization that works to provide legal services to human trafficking survivors, along with humanitarian immigration work and certain related civil issues. He is an active member of the Downtown Durham Campus of the Summit Church which meets in the Historic Carolina Theatre in Durham where he serves with the Orphan Care ministry.

Adam is married to his wife, Alaina, and they have five children. He and his wife are licensed foster parents in Durham. Adam’s practice includes Wills and Estates, Guardianships, Estate and Civil Litigation, Employment Litigation, and Unemployment Benefits. Adam also works closely with Peter and local financial advisors to provide comprehensive retirement planning for small business owners.

Areas of Practice

Estate Planning (Wills, Trusts, etc.) Estate Administration and litigation Guardianships Unemployment Hearings and Appeals Industrial Commission Penalty Defense Employment Law Civil Litigation

Education:

The University of North Carolina, BA Campbell University, JD

Memberships:

  • Licensed to practice law in North Carolina
  • Admitted to practice in North Carolina State Courts
  • Admitted to practice in Eastern District Federal Court
  • Member, Durham County Bar Association
  • Member, 14th Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member, NC Bar Association
  • Durham-Orange Estate Planning Council
Peter Hanna

Peter Hanna

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Peter Hanna graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2005. There, he became a member of the University of Baltimore Community Development clinic offering legal counsel to local non-profit corporations.

In October 2008, Peter accepted a position as an Appeals Hearing Officer with the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. As a Hearing Officer, he conducted legal administrate hearings regarding…

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unemployment insurance benefits. As an employee with the E.S.C., Peter received the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence for outstanding dedication and commitment to the Citizens and State of North Carolina.

Peter is married with one child in Apex, North Carolina.

Peter Hanna has over a decade of legal experience and practices in the fields of Business and Corporate Law, Contracts, and Unemployment Benefits Law.

Areas of Practice:

Business and Corporate Law Trust Administration Employment Law Contracts and Policy Formation Unemployment Benefits Law

Education:

East Carolina University, BS University of Baltimore, JD

Memberships:

  • Licensed to practice law in North Carolina
  • Licensed to practice law in Maryland
  • Licensed to practice in North Carolina State Courts
  • Licensed to practice in Maryland State Courts
  • Member, 10th Judicial District
  • Member, American Bar Association
Samantha Duncan

Samantha Duncan

Attorney

Samantha earned her undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Criminology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She first started her career working with domestic violence victims at the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office. She then went on to graduate from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, where she was active in the Re-Entry Project, the Campbell Law Innocence Project, and the Death Row Visitation Project, the Restorative Justice Clinic, and the Campbell Community Law Clinic. While in law school, Samantha worked for the Raleigh-Apex NAACP, the Wake County Family Court for Judge Michael Denning, the criminal defense branch of Kurtz & Blum, PLLC, and she prosecuted cases at the Johnston County District Attorney’s Office.

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Samantha lives in downtown Raleigh, NC and likes to spend time enjoying all of the local events downtown has to offer with her French Bulldog, Walt.

Samantha has a passion for advocacy and therefore practices in the fields of General Civil Litigation, Unemployment Benefits, and Criminal Defense. Samantha also works closely with Peter on Business and Corporate Law.

EDU:

University of North Carolina at Wilmington, BA Campbell University, JD

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Licensed to practice law in North Carolina
  • Admitted to practice in North Carolina State Courts
  • Member, 10th Judicial District
  • Member, NC Bar Association
Catherine Fishel

Catherine Fishel

NC Certified Paralegal

Catherine is a graduate of Durham Tech’s Paralegal Program and is a State Certified Paralegal. She has years of experience working with attorneys in the fields of Unemployment Law and Probate Law. She serves as a point of contact for our clients and assists with the preparation of important litigation and transactional legal documents. Catherine is married and lives in Durham with her husband, Carson.

She also works part time as a bartender and is accustomed to high pressure and fast-paced environments where customer service remains critical. She is very family-oriented, as she herself comes from a large family, with 6 brothers and 1 sister.

Amy Mankowski

Amy Mankowski

Executive Assistant

Amy Mankowski is a resident of Durham County where she resides with her fiancé. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University where she obtained an undergraduate degree in education. She enjoys reading, writing, sewing, hiking, attending conventions, and travel. Amy serves as our Office Administrator. She is the first point of contact for most of our clients and serves to assist with case management and client service.

Flexible Appointments and Locations to Get Your Will and Other Important Documents Completed

Many of our clients have full time jobs, child care restrictions, and other things impacting their ability to get to our office during a law firm’s traditional hours of operation. For that reason, we offer evening and weekend hours by appointment. We also understand that many of our clients are of advanced age or disability. We have a first floor space with immediate access to a conference room, handicap accessible bathrooms, and extra wide hallways to make the experience of visiting our office as easy as possible. For those that want the convenience of not having to make a trip to our office or for those who are hospitalized or not ambulatory, we offer mobile visits. We can come to your home, your business, or your hospital bed if need be to consult and to execute documents. When you call, just let our staff know what your needs are, and we will move mountains to accommodate you.

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As North Carolina Attorneys, we serve people and businesses all over the State of North Carolina with assistance on a variety of legal issues.

Durham

(919) 244-2019

2216 S. Miami Blvd., Suite 101 Durham, North Carolina 27703

Sanford

(919) 244-2019

1680 S Horner Blvd. Suite A Sanford, North Carolina 27330

Durham

(919) 244-2019

2216 S. Miami Blvd., Suite 101
Durham, North Carolina 27703

Sanford

(919) 244-2019

1680 S Horner Blvd. Suite A
Sanford, North Carolina 27330

We Are Grateful for The Recognition of Our Service to You