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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Battling cancer is a tough enough fight without patients worrying about legal entanglements should they become unable to make decisions for themselves.
Womble Carlyle attorney Dirk Lasater is working with Novant on a pro bono collaboration to provide cancer patients with advance directives. These directives, specifically “health care powers of attorney” and “living wills,” spell out what healthcare actions should be taken if the patient cannot communicate his or her wishes. They provide patients and their families with peace of mind that their instructions will be followed.
The advance directive collaboration with Novant began with attorney Jake Wharton in the Winston-Salem, N.C. area. Wharton and a team of W-S attorneys have drafted advance directives for Novant cancer patients since 2013, working with students from the Wake Forest University School of Law.
Lasater brought the pro bono collaboration to Charlotte, working with Charlotte School of Law students and a team of Charlotte-based Womble Carlyle attorneys at Novant’s Presbyterian Hospital. At their first event, they helped eight Novant patients with advance directive needs, and they plan to continue bimonthly events going forward.
Dirk Lasater provides active, engaged representation to banks and other financial institutions in commercial and consumer finance litigation at both the state and federal levels. Lasater has experience with commercial contract disputes, commercial lending and residential lending claims. He practices in Womble Carlyle’s Charlotte office.
Jake Wharton devotes his practice primarily to intellectual property dispute resolution, including patent, trademark, and copyright infringement litigation; proceedings before the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board; trade secret misappropriation litigation; antitrust matters; and related intellectual property disputes. Jake has also counseled clients on defamation and trade libel matters. He is the co-author of the Womble Carlyle Furniture Law Blog and practices in Womble Carlyle’s Winston-Salem office.