Our Attorney

Kelly M. ShovelinKELLY M. SHOVELIN
Founding Attorney & Counsellor at Law

Kelly chose to enter the practice of law because she enjoys meeting people and learning about them and their families, as well as their histories and cultures.  Every person who enters our firm doors has a story and Kelly loves to hear those stories.   Specifically, Kelly was drawn to the estate planning and elder law practice areas because they allow her to interact with families on an intimate basis and to assist them in their times of need.  By looking to our firm for your estate planning and asset protection needs, Kelly hopes you not only find an attorney for your lifetime, but also an extended family member and friend in whom you may confide.  It is in building such client relationships that Kelly finds her practice truly fulfilling.

As an experienced estate planning, asset protection and long term care planning attorney, Kelly understands that you have worked hard your entire life to build your assets and provide financial stability for your family members and loved ones.  Additionally, she understands that life’s uncertainties may surprise you, no matter how much you believe you have safeguarded your family and your assets.  Kelly’s legal experience equips her with various legal strategies which may provide you with the security you need and desire, whether for yourself, your loved ones, or your estate.  Regardless of your life situation, Kelly is committed to understanding your issues and concerns and identifying the legal means available to reach your goals.

PRACTICE AREAS: Estate Planning Law; Estate Administration/Probate Law; Trust Administration Law; Asset Protection Planning; Small Business Law; Veterans (Improved Pension “Aid & Attendance”) Benefits Law; Elder Law; Long Term Care Planning.

BAR ADMISSIONS: North Carolina (2005).

EDUCATION: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law (J.D., 2005); Wake Forest University (B.A., 1999).

CERTIFICATIONS: Veterans Administration Accredited Attorney (2008).

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS and ACTIVITIES: North Carolina State Bar (Member, 2005-Present); VA Accredited Attorney (Accreditation Number 9974); North Carolina Bar Association (Member, 2005-Present); National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Board of Directors, 2014-Present; Member, 2009-Present;  NC NAELA UnProgram Steering Committee, 2013-Present); Member, Young Lawyers Division Section, 2005-Present: Law & Aging Committee of Young Lawyers Division Section, 2008-09; Member, Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section, 2005-Present; Elder Law Section, 2008-Present); WealthCounsel, (Member, 2008-Present); ElderCounsel (Member, 2011-Present);  Women’s Impact Network (Member, 2012-Present); National Care Planning Council (Veterans Benefits Consultant, 2008-2013).

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Now that you have met our attorney who is dedicated to protecting and preserving all that you hold dear, please take a moment to meet Our Staff members who enable us to provide the highest level of service to our clients.  Additionally, after meeting the rest of our Four Pillars Law Firm family, please Contact Us with your particular inquiry and see if you qualify for a free initial consultation.

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