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4600 Marriott Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612
I have two guiding principles that shape that way I practice law: 1) Giving clients information and advising them on the law to enable them to make informed decisions and 2) representing the client's best interest in a cost-effective manner.
Implementing these principles means on occasion I am telling you what you don't want to hear, or that you're making a mistake, but I would not be doing my job if I did otherwise. I am personally, morally, legally, and ethically obligated to represent my clients' best interests, which is not something I take lightly, especially when it comes to your children or finances. Entrusting your case and your life to another person is no small thing, so it is very important that you feel comfortable with your attorney. You cannot make these life-altering decisions unless you have the relevant information, so a good bit of my job is education and applying the law to your specific case.
Another aspect of representing the client’s best interests is for you to keep as much money in your pocket as possible- and paying your attorney as little as possible- because let's face it, unfortunately money makes the world go round. If there is ever any work you can do in your case yourself, I will always give you the option to do it yourself first. Not only does this reduce your attorney’s fees, but it means you are more actively involved in your case. Unfortunately getting divorced is not a quick, cheap, or easy process and you need to be prepared for it costing anywhere from $2,500 to $75,000 depending on whether your case goes to litigation and the duration and complexity of the same. I also implement the saying "don't be penny-wise and pound-foolish," or don't throw good money after bad. Many times clients want to seek revenge, but I have found the best form of revenge is moving on and leading a happy life. Many times it is not worth the costs of litigation to go after every single dime. My goal is for you to resolve the issues in your case so that you can move on with your life.
Communication is key, and it’s a two-way street. If you have questions ask.
Emily knew from a very early age that she wanted to be a lawyer, and she remain committed to that goal. Originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, Emily graduated magna cum laude from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, with a double degree in History and Political Science. She earned her law degree from The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University and has practiced family law exclusively since passing the bar in North Carolina. She began her legal career as an associate attorney at two other family law firms in Wake County for several years before deciding to form her own law firm in November 2012. Since then, Emily has not looked back, and enjoys the flexibility that having her own firm allows, while providing the utmost in professionalism and knowledgeable advice.
Emily resides in Raleigh with her husband, Bryan, who works as a software consultant. In their spare time, Bryan and Emily enjoy cooking together using local produce and experimenting with new recipes. They are the parents to nine chickens in their backyard coop. Emily loves talking to people about her chickens and will show you lots of pictures! Ever since she was little, Emily has been an avid reader, so you will always find a book or two on her nightstand.
Kellie joined the firm in January 2018 and assists Emily with all aspects of clients' cases. As a client's first point of contact, Kellie dedicates herself to being an emergency counselor and investigator, making sure she gets the facts straight for Emily's review while also considering a client's immediate emotional needs.
She has been in the legal field for almost three years. Prior to going to paralegal school, Kellie was a nursing major and worked in healthcare for many years. After a realization, Kellie decided medicine wasn’t for her, so she decided to go to paralegal school. While in school, Kellie began working for a personal injury firm in Raleigh where she received a solid understanding of the court system and procedures. Kellie graduated from Durham Tech with honors in May of 2017. She is currently working on a bachelors degree in business administration and law from Western Carolina University.
When not working or studying, Kellie enjoys spending time with her boyfriend of four years and her loving eight year old son, Gabriel. They love playing outside, riding bikes, and watching a little Netflix from time to time. Kellie also enjoys reading a good book when she has some spare time.
Kellie has been through both a divorce and child custody battle herself, and understands what a difficult and trying time this can be. She has a true love for family law and is dedicated to making sure every client is treated with the same care, compassion, and respect that she would want.