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Love ~ And Change ~ Are in the Air

 (A Love Letter from Us!)

You may have noticed that we are slightly obsessed with the number four. “Four” starters, our practice is built around four pillars of law; our newsletter is themed around the number four; and we have a four-legged Client Relations Coordinator. We also have a favorite four-letter word. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you guessed it: that word is love.
It’s been several busy months since we’ve been in contact, but in the spirit of the season we wanted to “share the love” and our latest news:
Our founding attorney, Kelly Shovelin, has been blushing at all of the attention she’s received lately for her knowledge of and commitment toward estate planning and elder law. In addition to being appointed to the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, she has accepted a position as part-time independent counsel for the Lea/Schultz Law Firm. (You may have spotted her next to the principal attorneys in a recent issue of Wrightsville Beach Magazine!)
What does this mean for you?
  • Four Pillars Law Firm continues to operate as a fully-staffed, full-time practice ready and willing to serve you and your referrals!
  • Kelly will hold regular office hours at Four Pillars Law Firm three days a week (Mon-Wed) and share time between Four Pillars Law Firm and Lea/Schultz Law Firm (on Military Cutoff Road) on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Attorney Matt Schrum will continue to work in the Four Pillars office five days per week.
  • Our affiliations with other attorneys on the local, state and regional levels mean that you have access to someone on the cutting edge of legal developments in this field. Kelly is honored to be recognized as a  respected and sought-after voice of counsel in this important area of the law.
  • Our love for this work and our appreciation for you, our valued clients, remain strong and steadfast. Ensuring your well-being and safeguarding your life’s work continue to be our primary focus. If we can be of assistance, in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Our Community's Future
A Few Words from Kelly:

My decision to serve as part-time independent counsel at the Lea/Schultz Law Firm was one born of many meetings to ensure that our philosophies were in alignment and that I could continue to practice estate planning in a way that always puts the best interests of my clients first.
As I learned more and more about the firm, specializing in Family Law, it was abundantly clear that this would be a great fit for me, my clients and Lea/Schultz. 
Lea/Schultz Law Firm was named one of the U.S. News & World Report's Best Law Firms in 2010, in part because they believe in providing novel approaches to complex legal problems.  The attorneys  are frequently asked to speak in continuing legal education (CLE) courses in order to educate other lawyers on its areas of practice, which is to say that other lawyers call Lea/Schultz lawyers for advice.  I am proud to be a part of the group and delighted to collaborate with such strong, experienced legal minds.
Legal Tip
What is a sweetheart Will and is it the best option for married couples with children?  This legal tip could be one of the best Valentines you give your spouse!
Did anyone watch the new Breaking Bad spin-off television show, Better Call Saul?  This sounds like something he would do:
A guy walks into a post office one day to see a very well-dressed, middle-aged, balding man standing at the counter methodically placing "Love" stamps on a huge stack of bright pink envelopes. Each envelope had hearts all over it.

The man then took out a perfume bottle and sprayed scent all over the envelopes.

His curiosity getting the better of him, the guy goes up to the balding man and asks him what he is doing. The man says "I'm sending out 1,000 Valentines cards signed, 'Guess who?'"

"But why would you want to do that?"
"I'm a divorce lawyer," the man replied.
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In This Issue:
Just Four Paws
Valentine's Day is this weekend and I've been wondering how I could best express my love to my owner, Kelly.
While some dogs go all out with silly costumes and candy, that's not my style. (Does this pug have no dignity?)
I thought about making Kelly a card, but that will be difficult because I don't have the opposable thumbs needed to hold a pen. I did think my sentiments were doggone good though:
~ I can't keep my paws off you
~ I love you more than dog biscuits
~ I dig you big time
~ I ruv you even when times are ruff
~ You're top dog in my eyes
~ No bones about it; you're the best
I guess I'll just have to settle for the usual ways in which I show my love to Kelly: greeting her enthusiastically every time I see her, cuddling, taking long walks together, helping her clean up spills in the kitchen, and being the very best furry friend that I can be.
As for her, although she doesn't have to do anything to earn my love, I am still holding out hope that she will give me some of my favorite dog treats for Valentine's Day. I'll be sure to reward her with extra tail wagging and wet kisses!
Happy Valentine's Day to you and your four-legged friends,
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