Kelly & West, P.A.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 drivers 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.

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

Kelly & West, P.A.

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

Campbell University School of Law
Juris Doctor , 1981

Reggie Kelly

Kelly & West, P.A.

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

N. C. State University
Bachelor of Science , 1976

Elizabeth Murphy

Kelly & West, P.A.

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

Campbell University School of Law
Juris Doctor, 2006

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