J. Ray Deal
Attorney at Law
J. Ray Deal is a native of Alamance County and has been practicing law over twenty years. He is a graduate of Elon College (Elon University) and the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University. Since 1997 Ray has concentrated his practice in the areas of estate planning, asset protection for long term care needs and estate administration. Ray is a member of the Alamance County Bar Association, a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Elder Law Section and Estate Planning Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Community interests revolve around elder issues, as Ray currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for The Willows, a federally funded senior housing project, serves on the board of directors and is past chairman for Alamance ElderCare, a non-profit agency serving the elderly and their care-givers, and is vice chairman of United Church Homes and Services, Inc. of Newton, North Carolina, a church-related, non-profit company providing senior housing and services. Ray also serves on the board of directors for The Village at Brookwood, a non-profit subsidiary of Alamance Regional Medical Center (Cone Health) and is on the Participant Advisory Council for Carolina Senior Care, a PACE program sponsored by United Church Homes and Services, Inc.
Ray is a lifelong member of First Reformed United Church of Christ of Burlington, NC, and has served on various committees within the church, is President of the consistory and is a Sunday School teacher. He is married to Amy Harris Deal and has three daughters, Caroline, Christine and Catherine.
Porsha L. Washington
Porsha grew up in Charlotte, N.C. She attended Virginia State University until 2008 when she transferred to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 2010 Porsha graduated from UNCG with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Porsha knew in high school that she wanted to be a lawyer so between 2010 and 2011 she moved back to Charlotte and worked three jobs while taking the LSAT and applying to law school.
In 2011 Porsha began attending Elon University School of Law. In the Fall of 2012 she obtained an externship in the Older Adults Unit of Legal Aid. She enjoyed the clients that she met as well as the work that she was doing. This prompted her to apply for an internship she saw in the summer of 2013. The internship was with a firm in Burlington, N.C. with two associates named Ray Deal and John Paschal. After applying she received an e-mail inviting her to lunch with the two men where she was offered the position and she accepted. In the fall of her last year at Elon, she signed up for the Elder Law Clinic so she could expand her knowledge in the field. Porsha likes to refer to this semester as her “double dose of Elder Law semester” since she was working at the clinic as well as at Deal, Paschal and Associates. Her hard work paid off in more ways than one because she helped her clients and also was awarded the Commitment to the Elder Law Clinic Award in April of 2014.
After graduating from Elon in May of 2014, she took time to do nothing but study for the bar exam. In July of 2014 she passed the North Carolina bar exam. After this she lived in Charlotte and did court appointed work for about a year. She is now back with Mr. Deal and the gang.
John R. Bennett, III, LL.M., of Counsel
John Bennett received his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. He then attended the Graduate Tax Program at the University Of Florida School Of Law where he received his Masters of Laws in Taxation.
John also attended the University of Virginia Darden School of Business where he received an MBA, and the University of the South where he received his undergraduate degree in economics and was inducted into the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Honor Society for Economics.
John has served as an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law where he taught the Estate Planning course. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University School of Accountancy where he taught Estate and Gift Tax in the Graduate Accounting Program.
John has served on the North Carolina Bar Association Continuing Education Committee for the Estate Planning Section. He was a presenter and course planner for numerous courses including the review course for those lawyers seeking to be designated as a specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law.
John focuses his practice on helping individuals plan for the future. His clients include elderly clients with limited resources, as well as, high net worth business owners. He has designed his practice to make it affordable for individuals that have limited means, but are in need of help in addressing long term care and other issues.