Information About Court Closings and Coronavirus Social Distancing

March 16, 2020 (Updated March 25, 2020)

To our clients:

In accordance with the Mayoral Proclamation issued on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, our building is closing in compliance with the shelter in place order for Winston-Salem beginning March 27, at 5:00 PM. Until the shelter in place order is lifted, the best way to contact us is by email, through our website contact form, or by phone.

Contact Eleanor Panetti:
Contact Keith Stroud:

CALL: 336-724-2600

North Carolina has also declared a state of emergency in its efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. The Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court has canceled most of the state’s courts for the next thirty days. We want you to know what that means for your matter and for our office.

  • We are still working, are still available to speak with you and are still handling your matter. While we are working, to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we will be taking steps to minimize exposure potential for you as well as for us. To do that, we will schedule all meetings as telephone conferences including all initial client consultations and send documents electronically for review unless we specifically need you to execute documents before a notary. For many of you, this will not be a change and we hope that whether we work in our office or remotely, you will not be inconvenienced.
  • For any matter scheduled to be heard in court, a new court date will be scheduled by our clerk’s office or by us. We will notify you when a new court date is set.
  • Documents deadlines between now and April 16 will be deemed timely filed if filed by April 17, 2020.
  • For emergency matters only, we can still ask a judge for relief.  Therefore if you were to need help for an emergency, the courts are still available. However, we have been instructed to limit our time in court and only to seek relief if absolutely necessary. The memo from the Chief Justice which accompanied her order closing courts gave us this instruction “… the spirit of my order is to drastically reduce the foot traffic in all of our courthouses across the state. … Put simply, it cannot be business as usual for our court system. Non-essential court functions that cannot be accomplished through the use of remote technology must be postponed.”
  • Here is the link from the North Carolina Supreme Court if you would like to read the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court’s order for further information:
  • To minimize disruptions and continue to serve you as planned, we are adopting the following plan for the next thirty days:
    1. As stated above, only telephone meetings except for matters which require execution of documents before our notary. For most documents, we will give you the option of coming here or of making use a notary more convenient to you.
    2. If you need to make a Last Will and Testament, we are here to help you with that process. However, please understand that a written attested will must be signed in the presence of two witnesses and before a notary public. Therefore, your exposure to a minimum of three other people is required as is their exposure to you. The signing can be at our office, or we can come to your home. Please call us, and we will discuss the safest and best approach for you and us.
    3. At any that you have any health concerns, please call us to set a telephone meeting or to change any appointment you have until you feel you are able to travel to us.
    4. While we understand that school is not in session in North Carolina for the next two weeks it is important that if you have to come to our office that you do not bring anyone else with you. Minimizing exposure is the key to slowing disease progression so if you have to come in, do not bring children, other family members or friends with you to your appointment.

We are trying to keep you and everyone else safe while continuing to serve your needs.  Please be patient with us if it takes longer to reach us or to hear back from us during these unusual times.

If you have any questions, your best option is to reach us through email or to leave a message in our voicemail.  Our response times are going to go up but we will endeavor to reach you as soon as is possible.

Thank you,

The attorneys and staff of Stroud and Panetti, P.C.


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 two decades. 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