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Firm & News Events

We're Seeing Double!


If one Matt in the office was good, two must be even better! 


We are pleased to officially welcome Matt Ray, our Four Pillars’ Office Coordinator, to our team.  He is in charge of assuring that everything in the office runs smoothly and you get the help you need.


Matt is a Wilmington native and loves the community and its people. A proud Seahawk graduate, he earned his B.S. in Accounting from UNCW’s Cameron School of Business.


After graduating, Matt spent a few years as a local news reporter. As a journalist, he enjoyed meeting new people, hearing their stories, and lending a helping hand. Now, Matt is bringing that same passion for people to the Four Pillars family.


Matt Ray reminds us so much of a younger Matt Schrum, that sometimes we really do think we're seeing double!


Legal Tip

Continuing Care Retirement Communities:

What Are They and How Do They Work?


CCRCs (Continuing Care Retirement Communities) offer the entire residential continuum--from independent housing to assisted living to round-the-clock nursing services--under one "roof".  In most cases, residents pay an entry fee and an adjustable monthly rent in return for the guarantee of care for the rest of their lives.


Because CCRCs maintain an assortment of on-site medical and social services and facilities, residents can enter the community while still relatively healthy and then move on to more intensive care as it becomes necessary.


CCRCs are so diverse in their offerings and personalities that the saying in the industry is that "If you've seen one CCRC, you've seen one CCRC."  To learn more about CCRCs, click here.


Our Community's Future

Wilmington's Carolina Bay,

The First Hybrid CCRC in Eastern NC


Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz about the $42M retirement community coming to Wilmington’s Autumn Hall.  Less than two miles from Wrightsville Beach,  Autumn Hall  is a mixed use community that has been in development for the past few years.  It started with single family homes and residential apartments, and will continue, not only with commercial space for restaurants, shops and offices, but also with Eastern North Carolina’s first hybrid Continuing Care Retirement Community.


Recently, Four Pillars Law Firm attorney Matt Schrum met with Bill Piper, Director of Marketing for Liberty Senior Living, to discuss the details of Carolina Bay, a carefully cultivated hybrid CRCC project that will feature residences for rent or for purchase.  Click here to read what Matt learned in his interview.


Speaking of job interviews, we couldn't resist this joke.  Although we usually poke fun at our own profession, this joke branches out to include a few others:


A CEO was interviewing applicants for the position of Operations Director.  He devised a simple test to select the most suitable person for the job.  He asked each applicant the question. “What is two and two?”


The first interviewee was a social worker. She said, “I don’t know the answer but I’m glad we had time to discuss this important question."


The third was an engineer. He pulled out a slide rule and showed the answer to be between 3.999 and 4.001.


The next applicant was a lawyer. He stated that in the case of Jenkins v Commr of Stamp Duties (Qld), two and two was proven to be four.


The last candidate was an accountant. The CEO asked him, “How much is two and two?”


The accountant got up from his chair, went over to the door, closed it, and then sat back down. He leaned across the desk and said in a low voice, “How much do you want it to be?”


He got the job.


If you think you have a good lawyer joke, please share it with us and we may publish it in our next newsletter.  We invite you to submit jokes, cartoons, questions, and comments to:





In This Issue:

FOUR-WORD:  Firm & News Events


FOUR-CAST:  Our Community's Future


Just Four Paws

Four Others

Just Four Paws

 My Hiring Decision


When Kelly and Matt decided to add a new member to our team, I insisted on being a part of the hiring process.  I personally greeted the half-dozen or so candidates who came to our office for interviews.  Sometimes, I sat in the conference room and evaluated the candidates' answers throughout their interviews; sometimes, after saying a quick 'hello', I had more pressing matters to attend to- like napping.


Still, I managed to make my own assessment of each candidate.  By the time we headed into second-round interviews, I knew it was time to cast my vote for the new Office Coordinator.  When Matt Ray returned for his final interview, I greeted him at the door and then followed him over to his seat in the lobby.  When he sat down, I settled in right on top of his feet. (Those nice, shiny leather shoes looked and smelled rather delicious!)  I stayed right there until Matt Ray was called in for his interview. 


Kelly and Matt understood that this was my way of saying  "I choose him!"  Thankfully, they did too. 


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Four Others

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