Kelly & West, P.A.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.

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Firm Overview

Personal Injury Professionals for Over 30 Years.

Knowledgeable attorneys, providing reliable advice. We've been in business since 1982 and have helped thousands of clients over the years. Over 75% of our business comes from satisfied clients, which we believe reflects our constant efforts to provide friendly, reliable advice that helps our clients successfully resolve their legal matters. Call us today for your FREE Consultation and let us put our knowledge to work for you.

Local: 910-893-8183
Toll-Free: 1-800-368-6389
Se Habla Espanol: 1-800-901-0603

Better Business Bureau Accredited Business - A+ Rating
Main Office

Main Office
900 South Main Street
P.O. Box 1118
Lillington  NC  27546

Phone
  • 910-893-8183
Fax
  • 910-893-5814

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. We do not charge our clients to talk to them.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Yes. We offer services for fixed fees and contingency fees (meaning we only recover if you recover).

Hourly Rates

We do not charge by the hour.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Available After Hours by Appointment

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

English, Spanish

Other Offices

  • Raleigh Location
    1117 Hillsborough St
    Raleigh,  NC  27603
Auto Accident
Personal Injury Professionals for Over 30 Years.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
Auto Accidents

If you have been injured in an automobile accident which was not your fault, or if you were a passenger in a vehicle and suffered injuries as result of the negligence of another driver, you may have a claim against that driver's automobile insurance company for compensation for any losses you sustained. These losses include medical expenses, emotional and physical pain and suffering, any lost wages you incur due to the accident, and any permanent injuries you sustain.

In order to protect your claim for losses, if you feel you may have been injured, you should seek immediate medical attention either at the emergency room or with your family doctor as soon as possible following the injury. And, if you are unable to work following your injury, you should let your employer know why you are unable to work and obtain a doctor's note for your absence. The other driver may be responsible for reimbursing you for these expenses when the case settles.

Attorneys Dealing With Insurance Agencies

Some insurance companies will try to convince you not to hire an attorney by promising to pay your medical expenses and lost wages. The insurance adjuster will assure you that he or she will negotiate a fair settlement for your claim. Usually you will have to jump through so many hoops to obtain these benefits that you ultimately decide you need an attorney anyway. We do not recommend that you deal with an experienced claims adjuster from the other party's insurance company without the benefit of your own attorney. And certainly you should not give a recorded or written statement to anyone without speaking to an attorney first.

Choosing an attorney to handle your claim responsibly and effectively is the most important decision you will have to make following an accident. Retaining an attorney to file an accident claim does not mean that you are filing a lawsuit against the other driver. The vast majority of the insurance claims are settled before a lawsuit has to be filed.

If you would like to speak to an experienced and caring attorney, please give us a call at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to talking with you soon.
DUI and DWI
Knowledge. Experience. Support.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
DUI and DWI


If you would like to talk with our experienced and caring attorney, please give us a call at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to talking with you soon.
Estate Planning
Knowledge. Experience. Support.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
Wills

Don't leave it up to the State of NC to decide who will get your property and assets upon your death. Make it easier on your loved ones by taking care of your legal affairs ahead of time. A Will can solve many problems and can save your estate time and money. Talking to an experienced attorney usually does not take a lot of time and the cost of having a Will prepared is very economical. Most clients have better peace of mind once they have their legal affairs in good order.

Powers of Attorneys

A Health Care Power of Attorney is a document that enables you to designate a person to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are unconscious, mentally incompetent, or unable to make these decisions on your own. The person whom you give this authority to is called an agent. And you, the grantor of the power, are called the principal.

Exercising one of these documents does not mean that you give up the right to make your own health care decisions immediately. Rather, the power only goes into effect if you are unable to make the decisions for yourself. Your agent has no authority over your health care decisions until you become unable to either give, withdraw, or withhold consent over your medical treatment.

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives power to someone you appoint, called an agent or an attorney-in-fact, to manage affairs on your (the principal'™s) behalf. There are different types of powers of attorneys. One, called a general power of attorney, gives almost unlimited power to your agent. This is one of the most powerful documents that one can draft and this power should only be given to someone you completely trust. Another, called a special power of attorney, gives your agent only the powers necessary to perform or carry out a specific act such as selling your car for you.

A durable power of attorney becomes effective immediately and lasts after the principal becomes incompetent and until the principal's death or until the principal revokes the power. A nondurable power of attorney is less broad in that it is usually only for specific transactions or time periods, such as carrying out business of the principal while the principal is out of the country. Another kind of power called a springing power of attorney. This power is not effective immediately but rather "springs" into action at the happening of some event specified by the principal such as the incapacity of the principal.

As one can see, powers of attorney are complex. Therefore, in drafting a particular power, it may be necessary to have the advice and assistance of an attorney experienced in such an area. He or she can make sure that the document not only provides the necessary powers to carry out the wishes of the principal, but also that it is well drafted to last as long as the principal needs. Furthermore, an attorney can assure that the document is drafted so as to last through incompetency or incapacity, so that a principal is protected in the event of an inability to act on his own behalf.

Living Trusts

With a living trust, you as the "trustor" or "grantor" create a trust for your property and appoint a "trustee" to hold the legal title to that property, which can include real estate, personal items, and other types of assets. You can appoint yourself as the trustee and keep full control over the property, or you can appoint another person (such as a trustworthy relative) to be the trustee and manage your property. You also have the option to appoint a bank or an attorney to be the trustee.

Why make a living trust? A living trust helps avoid the hassle, delay, and cost of probate.

When you have only a will, or if you do not have a will, after your death your property must go through the probate process in accord with the laws of North Carolina. Your property must be inventoried and appraised, and then your debts and taxes must be paid from your estate, and only then can the remainder of your property go to the people you want it to go to.

The probate process takes time, and it costs money. Avoiding probate is a good strategy. With a living trust, the property you leave behind goes to the individuals you designate to inherit it, sooner and without the costs of probate being subtracted from it.

Do you still need a will if you have a living trust? Yes, as a back up for the trust.

If you don't leave a will, any property that wasn't included in the living trust will have to go through probate in North Carolina. It's often the case that someone acquires property after the trust was created, but he or she doesn't remember to add it to the trust. Your will can include a statement that you want whatever property you have that isn't in the trust is to go to a specified person.

If you would like to talk with an experienced and caring attorney, please call us at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
Personal Injury
Personal Injury Professionals for Over 30 Years.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
Personal Injury

In order to have a valid personal injury claim, you must first have suffered an injury to your body. Second, your injury must be the result of someone else's fault. It is not always necessary, however, to have a physical injury to bring a personal injury lawsuit. Suits may be based on a variety of non-physical losses and harms.

In the Intentional Tort of Assault, for example, you do not need to show that a person's action caused you actual physical harm but only that it caused an expectation that some harm would come to you. You may also have an action if someone has attacked your reputation, invaded your privacy, or negligently or intentionally inflicted emotional distress upon you.

There are many different types of personal inujury claims, including slip and fall claims, trip and fall claims, automobile accidents, trucking accidents, and wrongful death claims, just to name a few.

If you would like to talk with an experienced and caring attorney, please give us a call at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to talking with you soon.
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury Professionals for Over 30 Years.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
Medical Malpractice or Medical Negligence

Medical malpractice(also called medical negligence) is negligence committed by a professional health care provider. A doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital or hospital worker whose performance or duties departs from a standard of practice of those with similar training and experience which results in harm to a patient has committed medical malpractice. In order to file a lawsuit against a physician or other health care provider, it is necessary to have a permanent, significant injury and be able to present evidence from a medical expert that malpractice was, in fact, committed.

Different States have Different Damage Awards

Some states have passed laws capping damage awards, limiting attorney fees, and shortening the time period in which a plaintiff can bring a medical malpractice suit. Talk to an attorney if you think you have a medical malpractice claim. Tell the attorney exactly what happened to you from the first time you visited your doctor through your last contact with him or her. What were the circumstances surrounding your illness or injury? How did your doctor treat it? What did your doctor tell you about your treatment? Did you follow your doctor's instructions? What happened to you? Answers to these and other relevant questions become important if you think your doctor may have committed malpractice.

The Statute of Limitations

In many states, the Statute of Limitations allows a lawsuit to be filed only within two years from the date that the malpractice occurred or the date when a person reasonably became aware that malpractice had occurred. For an infant, the Statute of Limitations could run two years from his or her 18th birthday. In State or County owned medical facility, there may be shorter time periods in which to bring a lawsuit. If there is concern that there may have been medical malpractice, it is most important that an attorney experienced in this legal specialty be contacted.

If you would like to talk with an experienced and caring attorney, please give us a call at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to talking with you soon.
Nursing Home
Personal Injury Professionals for Over 30 Years.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
Nursing Home Injuries

While nursing homes should be places of love and care for the elderly, unfortunately some of them are not. Sadly, the elderly have become victims of nursing home abuse and have sustained injuries due to this abuse. If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected or abused by a nursing home, you should report this information to the nursing home first. If the problems persist, you should report to the proper local authorities such as the state attorney general or a private attorney so that they can make sure that the matter is taken care of. Do not ignore the signs of abuse. The abuse will not stop on its own.

Warning Signs of Abuse

Some of the warning signs of abuse are as follows: unexplained bruising or other cuts or scrapes; the staff of the nursing home not allowing you or a relative to be alone with your loved one; your loved one seeming lethargic and in an over-medicated state; sudden changes in behavior of your loved one; or possible bedsores on your loved one’s person. All of these could be signs that your loved one is not receiving proper medical care. If you suspect this is the case, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You may have a right to receive compensation for damages that your loved one suffered if the nursing home is negligent and fails to act with the same care one would expect from any other health care facility. An experienced attorney can help preserve your claim and make sure that fair compensation is received for the injuries to your loved one and help insure that the abuse or neglect does not continue.

If you would like to talk with an experienced and caring attorney, please give us a call at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to talking with you soon.
Probate
Knowledge. Experience. Support.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
Probate

When a person dies, since that person can no longer own property, legal ownership of the assets the deceased person owned during his or her life become held by the deceased person's estate.

In North Carolina, if you own personal items, such as cars, bank accounts or bonds, for example, these items may pass through probate. Probate is a term that literally means "to publish." However, it has more recently become the term associated with the process of administering an estate, when one dies having only a will, or if one does not have a will. During the probate process, your property must be inventoried and appraised, and then your debts and taxes must be paid from your estate, and only then can the remainder of your property go to the people you want it to go to.

The probate process takes time, and it costs money. Avoiding probate is a good strategy and is the most economical option in the long run. However, avoiding probate can be complex, so you should contact an experienced attorney for assitance.

If you would like to talk with an experienced and caring attorney, please give us a call at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to talking with you soon.
Real Estate
Knowledge. Experience. Support.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
Real Estate

The biggest and most important investment for most people is their home and/or other real estate. When buying or selling a home, building, or land, make sure the transaction is done properly and in a timely manner. We have been helping clients with real estate transactions for over 20 years and often find and solve many problems before they arise.

If you would like to talk with an experienced and caring attorney, please give us a call at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to talking with you soon.
Traffic Tickets
Knowledge. Experience. Support.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
Traffic Tickets

Everyone makes mistakes and mistakes have consequences. In North Carolina, a simple DWI can carry a penalty of up to two years in prison, the loss of your driver'™s license, and outrageous insurance premiums. Even a simple speeding ticket can cost you hundreds or even thousands over a period of time in increased insurance premiums. If you have been charged with any traffic offense, we suggest you talk to an experienced attorney in order to know all your options and possible consequences. Oftentimes, we can negotiate a favorable outcome for you without having to go through a trial in Court. However, if no deal can be made we are fully prepared to go to battle at trial for you. At Kelly & West we have over 20 years of experience defending motorists, helping clients keep their drivers license, and preventing increases in insurance premiums.

If you would like to talk with an experienced and caring attorney, please give us a call at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to talking with you soon.
Workers Compensation
Personal Injury Professionals for Over 30 Years.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation is a statutory remedy for employees who are injured by accident while in the course of their employment. It is a no-fault remedy where the employee is not required to prove fault to receive benefits and the employer is not allowed to deny liability. All that is required for a Workers' Compensation claim is an on the job injury, by accident, that arises out of the job and is due to the fact that the worker was carrying on the business of the employer.

Workers' Compensation covers just about any on the job injury or disease. However, Workers' Compensation will not cover a pre-existing injury unless the injury was aggravated or made worse due to the worker's employment.

Workers' Compensation provides monetary awards for specific injuries. In addition, you can receive payment of medical bills that are related to your injury and you may be able to collect compensation for your lost wages up to a certain amount. Most employers with three or more employees are required by law to have some form of Workers' Compensation. Either they must carry Workers' Compensation insurance or are required to be self-insured.

If you have been injured on the job, by accident, while carrying out the business of your employer, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. An experienced attorney can help you protect your right to receive fair compensation and make sure you have no missed opportunities.

If you would like to talk with an experienced and caring attorney, please give us a call at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to talking with you soon.
Wrongful Death
Personal Injury Professionals for Over 30 Years.

Since 1982, the firm has handled over 20,000 cases for clients. We put our knowledge and experience to work for you - providing advice you can count on from attorneys you can trust.
Wrongful Death

When one person's intentional act or negligent actions result in the death of another, a wrongful death has occurred. The spouse, children, or parents of the deceased may bring a lawsuit for wrongful death against the wrongdoer or wrongdoers to compensate for the loss of love, affection, wages or other support they would have received had the person lived. Wrongful death suits are usually taken on a contingency basis. That is the lawyer will take the case for a percent of the damages awarded. However, before a lawyer takes a wrongful death case, he will determine whether the defendant either has liability insurance or sufficient assets with which the defendant can pay any damages to the plaintiff that the court may order. A lawyer conducts such an investigation because some people who are responsible for wrongful death are judgment proof. That is they have no assets or insurance that can be used to pay compensation.

If you would like to talk with an experienced and caring attorney, please give us a call at 910-893-8183 or Toll-Free at 1-800-368-6389. We look forward to talking with you soon.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Kelly & West founding partners, Reggie Kelly and Thomas West, decided over 30 years ago that they wanted to be able to help their clients to the best of their abilities. They decided shortly thereafter to concentrate their practices in different areas of law so that each could best understand the law he practiced and concentrate on fulfilling the needs of each client.

Mr. Kelly predominately practices real estate law, traffic and DWI law. By concentrating his practice in these areas, he is able to stay abreast of the changes in the laws and provide competent, professional and reliable advice to his clients.

Mr. West concentrates his practice solely in personal injury law. By practicing in this area, he handles a wide variety of cases, including wrongful death claims, car/truck/motorcycle accident claims, medical malpractice claims, dog bite claims, and slip/trip and fall claims. By devoting his practice solely to personal injury law, he is able to keep up with the complexities and changes in the laws in this area of practice and is further able to provide his clients with prompt service and attention to the details, offering his clients the best representation possible.

Mrs. Murphy (Mr. West's daughter) practices workers' commpensation law, estate planning and estate administration. By focusing her practice on these few areas of law, she is able to also provide very focused representation, paying close attention to the details as well, thereby achieving successful outcomes for her clients.

Of course, each client's needs are different, so we cannot always help every client. If we cannot help you, we will try to find someone who can. We look forward to helping you soon.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

First, our firm has been in business for over 30 years. In that time period, we have learned the best way to help our clients through the use of the latest technology as well as the use of a high number of staff. By doing this, we are able to provide very detailed representation and offer client the highest level of service possible.

Over 75% of our business comes from repeat clients and referrals, so we think this proves that our methods work. We think you will find us competent, caring and eager to help you in any way we can. We try to treat our client the way we would like to be treated if we were the client, keeping them informed at all times and providing personal attention to the needs of each client. If we cannot help our client, then we will try to find someone who can.

We do this by providing our clients with a copy of all documents we sent and all documents that we receive on their case. Also, we provide our clients with a written evaluation of the value of their injury case before we submit our demand to the insurance company.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

As often as possible. We have found these tools to be effective, cost efficient, and most satisfying for our clients.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

Our biggest strength is our experience. Not many firms have been in business over 30 years. Reggie Kelly and Thomas West have over 31 years of experience each and use group judgment whenever possible.

Our style is to treat our clients the way we would want to be treated if we were the client, pay attention to the details of each case, and to keep our clients informed as much as possible.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

Through the use of modern technology and our custom-designed software, we are able to allocate each detail of a case to the appropriate attorney or support staff member to assure that all work is done in a timely manner. This also prevents duplication of unnecessary work and is therefore more cost-effective.

Does your firm provide pro bono legal services or otherwise participate in your community?

We turn down more cases than we accept; however, even on the cases we turn down, we take time to advise each caller as to why they do not have a case or to direct them to someone who may be able to help them. We do not charge a caller to talk to him or her.

Thomas West

J. Thomas West graduated cum laude and ranked second in his graduating class from Campbell University School of Law. While in law school he received the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for outstanding scholastic achievement; Am Jur Book Awards for Contracts, Wills, Trusts, Federal Estate Taxation and Federal Gift Taxation; Campbell School of Law Academic Scholarship; was awarded the J. Shepherd Bryan Scholarship; was a candidate member of the Campbell Law Review, a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He performed his undergraduate studies at Campbell also, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1973. Mr. West is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, Harnett County Bar Association and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also a Mason and a member of the Divine Street Methodist Church in Dunn. He is married to the former Betsy Coats and they have two children, Elizabeth and James.
License
  • Bar Number: 10099
    North Carolina , 1981
Education
  • Campbell University
    Bachelor of Business Administration , 1973
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
  • Campbell University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1981
    Graduated cum laude and ranked second in his law school class. He received the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for outstanding scholastic achievement; Am Jur Book Awards for Contracts, Wills, Trusts, Federal Estate Taxation and Federal Gift Taxation; Campbell School of Law Academic Scholarship; was awarded the J. Shepherd Bryan Scholarship; was a candidate member of the Campbell Law Review, a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Reggie Kelly

Reginald B. "Reggie" Kelly graduated cum laude in his graduating class from Campbell University School of Law. While in law school, he was Articles Editor of the Campbell Law Review; received Am Jur Book Awards for Real Property II, Advanced Criminal Procedure, and Trial Advocacy; was Marshall in the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International; was a member of the National Moot Court team; was Student Bar Association Legislative Council Representative; and was Treasurer of Toastmasters International. He received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University in 1976 magna cum laude. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, Harnett County Bar Association, and North Carolina Advocates for Justice. Also, he is a Mason, a Shriner, Past President of the Boone Trail Puritan Club, and a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Mamers, NC. He has two children, Chase and Rebecca.
License
  • Bar Number: 9903
    North Carolina , 1981
Education
  • Campbell University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1981
    Graduated cum laude; Articles Editor of the Campbell Law Review; received Am Jur Book Awards for Real Property II, Advanced Criminal Procedure, and Trial Advocacy; was Marshall in the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International; was a member of the National Moot Court team; was Student Bar Association Legislative Council Representative; and was Treasurer of Toastmasters International.
  • N. C. State University
    Bachelor of Science , 1976
    Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Elizabeth Murphy

Elizabeth W. Murphy received her Juris Doctor degree from Campbell University School of Law where she received an award for being first in her Workers' Compensation class. She performed her undergraduate studies at Campbell also, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2003 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Trust and Investment Management and a minor in Financial Planning. Her studies in Trust and Investment Management have given her a fuller understanding of the laws and requirements of Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, and the Estate Administration. Her professional memberships include the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, North Carolina Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, and the Harnett County Bar Association. She is also a member of Divine Street United Church of Dunn. Mrs. Murphy is married to Jonathan Murphy and she is the daughter of J. Thomas West and Betsy Coats West of Dunn. We are pleased to have Elizabeth join our firm as she is the daughter of founding partner, J. Thomas West. Elizabeth will help to expand the areas of practice for the firm by concentrating her practice on Workers' Compensation Claims; and Estate Planning & Estate Administration law.
License
  • Bar Number: 34569
    North Carolina , 2006
Education
  • Campbell University
    Bachelor's of Business Administration , 2003
    Conentration in Trust and Investment Management and a Minor in Finanical Planning
  • Campbell University School of Law
    Juris Doctor , 2006
    Worker's Compensation book award

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