Whitney joined Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC as an associate attorney on October 3, 2011. Eight years later, she is a board-certified specialist in Social Security Disability law and also helps clients with family law and estate and guardianship issues. We are lucky to have Whitney on board.
Where are you from?
I’m from Anson County. I grew up in the Polkton area and now live near Peachland; however, I didn’t make a straight shot from Polkton to Peachland. I attended high school in Durham at the NC School of Science and Math, spent four years in Chapel Hill and graduated from Carolina. I then spent a year in Buies Creek and two years in Raleigh while attending Campbell Law School. My time away from Anson County helped me truly appreciate Anson County and all it has to offer.
How did you come to work at Poisson, Poisson & Bower, PLLC?
I never anticipated returning to Anson County to practice law! Thank goodness, fate intervened. I met another Anson County native, Jeremy Taylor (now my husband), and started spending time in town after being away for nine years. I learned to appreciate the country, my roots in this county, the “community-mindedness” of Anson County, rural sunsets (is there anything better than watching the sunset in the country on a front porch swing?) and little traffic. I appreciate Fred taking a chance on a fresh law school graduate! I haven’t looked back.
What is your job?
I am board certified in Social Security Disability law. I also practice family law and estate planning/estate administration. Family law includes child custody, equitable distribution (division of marital assets at separation), alimony/post separation support, child support, adoption and other related matters.
What do you like best about helping people in this area of the law?
I am fortunate to practice in multiple areas. I enjoy helping people navigate the specialized area of disability law – there are no other board-certified Social Security Disability attorneys in our county or surrounding counties (that I am aware of). I have a totally different perspective on child custody litigation as a parent and I am thankful for this perspective. Navigating co-parenting after separation is tough and I enjoy helping parents work through this (whether this requires the court’s involvement or not).
What is the hardest part of your job?
The social security disability application process can be quite long…from application date to hearing date can take two to three years (although we are seeing some slight improvement in this timeline). Once we have filed a client’s request for hearing to “get in line” for their hearing, there is a several months to a year and a half time frame in which there is little going on in their case. This is a tough period to counsel clients through; clients are unable to work, have no income and are, often, relying on others to make ends meet. I’m always so thankful once hearings are scheduled and get to deliver the news that we finally have the hearing date that we have been waiting for.
What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t at the office?
Holden (age 3) and Merritt (9 months), my children, keep me busy! We enjoy spending time at the beach and lake; however, a day at home with the kids and my husband is just perfect, too.
What is your best piece of advice for someone seeking an attorney?
Most generally, I would suggest that folks come to a consultation with questions/concerns/thoughts written down. Just like you would when you go to the doctor. This way we can make sure to cover everything you want to discuss during your consultation.