About The Firm
What we do - and why.

Be Proactive

The law will serve you best when applied proactively.

Whether planning the living of your life, or the end of it, planning means having adequate insurance, saving for education, and retirement. It means having a will and health care arrangements, and making sure that there are plans for taking care of your children in the case of a family crisis or disaster.

Make A Plan

The first step to keeping your life on-plan is having a plan. Take time to look at what’s important, your hopes, and your goals. Take a realistic look at where your life is now, and your options for getting from Point A – the Here and Now – to Point B – your Future. I can help you with this.

Are you planning to marry? To have children? To buy a new home? Perhaps you’re planning to start a business. Planning increases the likelihood that these dreams will become realities.

Who We Are

Rick Rutledge


Attorney Rick Rutledge

I want to know the people whose lives I touch.

One of my reasons for choosing general practice, and for focusing on individuals, families, and smaller businesses, is my desire to get to know the people whose lives I touch.  I think a lawyer serves people best when he understands who they are, what’s important to them, and where their lives are headed.  I want to be an important (and valuable) part of your life, even if we only meet every few years to make sure everything is up-to-date.

I believe “fit” is an important part of the personal and professional relationship between you and your lawyer.  To the end of helping you decide if I’m the right lawyer for you, you can find out more about me HERE.

Reaching the Office

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Winston Tower
301 N. Main St., Suite 2402
Winston-Salem, NC 27101-3835

(336) 283-0284


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Client Feedback

"Very forthcoming about what he can/cannot do for you. If he cannot assist you, then he’ll direct you to who can. He takes time and goes the extra mile to explain the law as it pertains to your situation. He’s very patient, humble, and truly cares for his clients. His fees are reasonable. My family doesn’t make any legal decisions without consulting him first. Rick has not let us down in the 10 years we’ve known him. Five-star attorney."
~ G.M., Clemmons
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Must You Identify Yourself to Police?

Must You Identify Yourself to Police?

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Can you hear me now?

Can you hear me now?

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched an American Sign Language (ASL) Video Customer Support Line which allows deaf and hearing impaired customers to communicate directly with the SBA over videophone. Now deaf and hearing impaired customers have a

Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” Special Enrollment

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Are you exhausted?

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Upcoming Changes to Unemployment Requirements

Upcoming Changes to Unemployment Requirements

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Conflict of Interest

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