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Daly Family Law

Daly Family Law

By Kristie Darling

Photos by Shane Greene Photography

On the cover–Daly Family Law attorneys–clockwise, Judith Daly (seated), Meg Stacy, Morgan Ryerson and Ashley Kevitt

Right–Front Row–Morgan Ryerson, Ashley Kevitt, and Meg Stacy.
Back Row–Gina Carnesi, Judith Daly, Jessica Bailey, and Terri McKesson.

Attorney Morgan Ryerson strategizes with certified family law specialist, attorney Judith Daly and Meg Stacy, attorney, on a particularly complex custody issue.

Daly Family Law

Daly Family Law


The critical word in Judith Daly’s law firm’s name is “family.” Of all the aspects of life that touch our families, legal concerns are where we especially want positive outcomes. Partnering with a dedicated, knowledgeable, and compassionate legal team can help assure the hopeful outcome. “This work needs to be done right,” Judith Daly told me. “Everyone in our firm believes that we can work with opposing counsel in a civilized fashion, in court or out of court, without mudslinging and uproar. When we do that, our focused approach to providing the best possible advice, specific to your personal situation, serves everyone best. We really do make a difference in people’s lives, because we offer solutions to the challenging times.”

Daly Family Law has been growing over the last 11 years, and the team seems to be the right size now. “I’ve brought on board a group of amazing women, and this team is a perfect fit,” Judith continued. “I truly enjoy their energy and enthusiasm, and our clients feel that, too.” Judith’s role is not just family law attorney—she’s trainer, coach, and mentor to the women in her office. While they each bring a unique perspective and experience to the practice, Judith’s guidance and expertise from working exclusively in family law create a supportive team whose values are in alignment. “It’s best when the entire practice is focused on one area of law,” said Terri McKesson, paralegal and office manager. “We keep each other going, and we all know our stuff. Family law isn’t always easy—we support each other when a case is particularly stressful. Most days, we all have lunch together…we’re not going to let anyone burn out.”

Family law includes legal issues such as separation and divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, estate planning and administration, grandparents’ rights, paternity and parentage issues, prenuptial agreements, property division, school district guardianship, domestic violence orders of protection, adoption, and more. “One couple might only need a final divorce decree, while another couple’s case might involve child custody, alimony, and property issues,” Judith said. “We determine what course to take by talking and listening as people explain their circumstances. Sometimes they’re glad to learn they don’t even need us.”

Judith Daly, Attorney ~ Since opening her family law practice in 2006, Judith has earned a reputation as knowledgeable, dedicated, fair, and hardworking on behalf of the families she represents. After experiencing a difficult divorce, Judith knew she could help people in a better way. She understands the nuances of getting good results. She might take a forceful approach if that’s useful, but prefers negotiating a compromise when that’s most effective. Clients spend less time and resources moving toward a favorable resolution.

Judith earned her law degree from DePaul College of Law in Chicago. She obtained certification from the NC State Bar as a Certified Family Law Specialist in 2011 and is a member of the Family Law Section of the NC Bar Association.

Meg Stacy, Attorney ~ “Meg can handle all aspects of family law,” Judith says. “She exudes enthusiasm for her clients—she’s a dedicated champion of their cause—and she works hard to get them the best possible outcome.” Like all the attorneys at Daly Family Law, Meg knows what she’s doing and exhausts all avenues to help her clients. She’s usually over prepared. “For me, it’s crucial to take time to ask questions so I can provide the right advice and get my clients where they want to be.” Meg is from Raleigh, and she graduated cum laude at NC Central School of Law. She joined Daly Family Law to devote her efforts to practicing family law.

Ashley Kevitt, Attorney ~ “People love Ashley,” Judith shared. “She relates to her clients and their circumstances. When she understands the situation, Ashley knows where to go from there. Ashley is personable and smart—a numbers person who’s also a people person. Ashley’s legal expertise is in estate planning, and she works with clients on their wills, living wills, trusts, powers of attorney, tax law, inheritance, estate planning and administration. “What I love about this type of law is that I help people understand their options and plan, not only for today, but also to make sure their wishes are followed and their family taken care of and protected,” Ashley shared. “I often meet with seniors to make certain their documents are still in order, but it’s critical for everyone to manage changes in financial and legal plans.” Ashley earned her law degree from the New England School of Law, where she worked with the Women’s Law Caucus. The firm is a member of the Wealth Council through which Ashley stays informed on all matters of estate planning.

Morgan Ryerson, Attorney ~ Morgan is a recent addition to the legal staff, starting last month. “I offered Morgan a position because she has experience in court and comes with experience in family law issues,” Judith explained. “She’s proven to be trustworthy, reliable, and enthusiastic.” Morgan moved from Winston-Salem, and she intends to “meet lots of new people and get involved in the community here.”

Jessica Bailey, Paralegal ~ “Jessica was hired as my paralegal, and over the last year she has become an important part of our team,” Judith explained. Jessica handles everything from legal research, preparing and reviewing pleadings, motions and discovery, drafting documents, and answering questions and keeping clients updated. “I love working in downtown Statesville,” she shared. “What I enjoy most is helping families in crisis mode work through their issues and coming to a positive conclusion, especially in custody cases. I believe my job really matters.” Jessica earned her A.A. in General Education and A.A.S. in Paralegal Technology from Central Piedmont Community College.

Terri McKesson, Paralegal, Office Manager ~ Terri has been with Daly Family Law since 2009, so she’s often the go-to person for everyone in the firm. “Terri is the face of our office, and she’s perfect for that. She’s friendly and remembers everybody—she loves people and they love her,” Judith says. “And, she’s the best when it comes to details and accuracy.” In her paralegal role, Terri assists the attorneys with guardianships, estate planning, and inventory—all areas that require accurate work. “This work is important to me because we have opportunities all the time to help people go through tough situations,” Terri said. “It’s not always easy, but when you see how you can help, it’s very rewarding. At the end of the day, it’s good to see people able to get on with their lives.”

Gina Carnesi, Paralegal ~ Gina just recently joined the firm with 10 years’ experience as a litigation paralegal in New York. She obtained her paralegal certificate at Adelphi University and with extensive experience in other legal areas, she is now interested in learning the specialty of family law and helping clients with their family situations.

To fully discover the client’s needs and goals, a free consultation is offered. “It’s important to have a time to listen and understand what the issues are, determine what needs to be done, and plan the right strategy to move forward to benefit a client’s long-term interests,” Judith explained. “We are advocates for our clients, and we all take that role very seriously.”

Daly Family Law Firm
111 West Broad Street, Suite D
Statesville, NC 28677

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