Winston-Salem Family Law & Divorce, Estate Planning, Elder Law & Business Attorneys

The family law, estate planning and business lawyers at Stroud & Panetti, P.C., bring decades of legal experience to families, individuals, and businesses in and around Winston-Salem. Our straight forward approach to creative solutions for our clients is the hallmark of our practice. If it affects your family – whether through divorce, custody matters, planning for retirement or long term care – or your business, we are prepared to guide you through all each and every step to ensure your immediate and long-term concerns are answered. For a confidential consultation, call us at 336-724-2600.

Family Law

Divorce, Custody, & Property Settlement

Rarely is there a way around the roughness of divorce. We help our clients maintain clarity at every stage of the divorce and custody process, from separation to the initial filing of lawsuits, through requests for modification or enforcement.

Estate Planning

Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney

Everyone’s estate is unique. We evaluate your assets and help you determine the most effective strategy for the orderly distribution of your assets upon death. We prepare wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and medical directives.

Business Matters

Entity Selection to Litigation Avoidance

Our primary objective is to help businesses avoid litigation. As such, we support business owners from the start through entity selection and taxation guidance and every step thereafter: contracts, negotiation and even sale.

Elder Law

Medicaid and Asset Protection Planning

Because longevity is almost certain in America these days, we are all faced with the necessity of planning for long term care. From protection of assets to management of affairs, our lawyers can help you establish the right plans for you or your family member.

Estate Administration

Probate, Estate Administration and Litigation

Almost every estate must pass through probate following a person’s death. We help executors, estate administrators, and personal representatives complete the requirements of the probate and estate administration process and defend claims like will caveats.

Convenient Downtown Location

Located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, the attorneys at Stroud & Panetti P.C. serve clients throughout the Triad and central North Carolina area through matters affecting families, including divorce and custody matters, estate planning, elder law, and business matters.

The Legal Experience You Need

Initially established in 1998, partners Keith Stroud and Eleanor Panetti have been practicing law together for 19 years. They bring decades of combined experience to matters regarding divorce, custody, and business matters including valuation for divorce, as well as the areas of estate planning and elder law matters including asset protection.


The challenges facing families are amongst Eleanor Panetti's greatest concerns. Assisting families is at the core of her practice principle.

Whether your legal matter involves adoption, custody, alimony, property settlement, divorce, your business through divorce, the issues specific to the LGBTQ community, or any of the myriad of matters that affect families, Eleanor Panetti is a skilled, experienced family law trial attorney. She is committed to the personal service and attention all family matters deserve.

Family Law and Divorce Services:

  • Divorce & “Silver Divorce”
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Separation agreements
  • Equitable distribution (trial) and Property Settlement (mediation)
  • Disputes regarding business property in a divorce
  • Post-separation Support and Alimony
  • Adoption proceedings
  • Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Paternity or legitimation disputes
  • Grandparent rights or relative custody/support claims
  • Military Divorce matters, particularly visitation matters
  • Divorce Mediation


The one thing we all have in common is aging. Keith Stroud will guide you through the process of planning for the potential of long term care and for distribution of your well-protected assets after your death.

Planning for what happens before and after you die is often uncomfortable to contemplate. At Stroud & Panetti, we’ve spent decades helping our clients replace this natural discomfort with a feelings of confidence and relief that everything is in order and protected in the event the last illness is a lengthy one.

Estate Planning, Elder Law & Estate Administration Services

  • Estate Planning
    • Wills
    • Trusts
    • Powers of Attorney
    • Medical Directives
    • Business Succession Planning
  • Elder Law
    • Medicaid Planning
    • Asset Protection
    • Long Term Care
  • Estate Administration
    • Probate
    • Caveat Proceedings & Estate Litigation


Captaining your own ship as a business owner is exciting. We help entrepreneurs love business by providing the tools and policies that help avoid disputes that lead to litigation. We offer robust corporate legal services from startup through sale.

Business & Corporate Legal Services:

  • Entity Formation
    • Limited liability company (LLC)
    • Incorporation
    • S corporation or C corporation
    • Limited liability partnership (LLP)
    • Family limited partnership (FLP)
  • Protection & Consultancy
    • Contracts, policies and manuals
    • Business Transactions
    • Employment contracts & non-compete agreements
    • Contract disputes
    • Disputes among shareholders and partners