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Kelly Rains Jesson

Wills and living wills Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    North Carolina - NC 9 years
    Florida - FL 11 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2015
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 11 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2012
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Kelly

Learn Kelly’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business

  2. Estate planning

  3. Probate

  4. Wills and living wills
    It is important to plan for the future, regardless of the size of your estate. Failing to plan for death means that state will choose how to distribute your assets. A will ensures that your property is disposed of based upon your wishes, and is it crucial to hire experienced attorneys to make sure your wishes are carried out. Even if you already have a will, you should consider updating it as you marry, divorce, have children, and increase or decrease your assets.

At Jesson & Rains, PLLC, we are committed to providing personal and cost effective legal services for individuals and businesses in the greater Charlotte area.

Jesson & Rains focuses on three primary areas of the law: estate planning, business, and construction.

For our estate planning clients, we offer a thorough consultation to go over all assets and liabilities to provide an individualized plan that is right for you, including will drafting, trust drafting, powers of attorney, healthcare agent designation, and advanced healthcare directives (also known as a "living will"). Our attorneys also represent personal representatives during the estate administration process when their loved one has passed away, helping them to navigate the probate court process, which can be confusing and time consuming.

Jesson & Rains is also a full-service business law firm. Edward and Kelly help businesses and non-profits form, organize, review and draft contracts, handle employment issues, collections, insurance disputes, and litigation, should the need arise.

We represent clients involved in the construction industry, including both general and subcontractors, providing services such as contract review, drafting, and negotiations; consultations regarding bidding processes; collections, including the filing of mechanic’s liens; and litigation.

We offer clients a wealth of legal experience typically found at big law firms while maintaining relationships with clients one finds only at smaller firms. We proudly serve Charlotte, Gastonia, and Concord, as well as other communities in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln, Iredell, Cabarrus, and Union counties. We look forward to working with you.​

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Jesson & Rains, PLLC
5960 Fairview Road #400
Charlotte, NC, 28210

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Posted by Carin | April 4, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Her meticulous attention to our specific needs reassured us that we made the right choice.
Finding a trusted estate attorney in Charlotte, NC, who genuinely cares about your family's future isn't easy. That's why my experience with Kelly Jesson was such a breath of fresh air. Kelly recently handled estate planning and Powers of Attorney (POAs) for my adult children and managed our family's estates. She was nothing short of phenomenal. Kelly's expertise in estate planning is unparalleled. From our first meeting, it was evident that she wasn't just any attorney but a compassionate advisor deeply committed to protecting families and their futures. She demystified the complex and often overwhelming process of estate planning, making it accessible and straightforward. Her meticulous attention to our specific needs reassured us that we made the right choice. Now, we have peace of mind knowing our estates and our children's futures are securely in her capable hands. For anyone in Charlotte looking to navigate the intricacies of estate planning, POAs, or securing your family's future legally, Kelly Jesson is the expert you want by your side. Her professionalism, empathy, and outstanding service are truly exceptional. Kelly, thank you for making such a critical aspect of our lives feel smooth and worry-free. You've earned not just a client for life, but an enthusiastic advocate who will recommend your services at every chance.
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Posted by Mala | January 3, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great advice in Landlord & Tenant case
Mr. Jesson provided valuable advice in the summons served by my Landlord on rent payment case. He was professional, polite and helpful. His suggestion helped in ensuring the case was dismissed. Truly appreciate his help.. I recommend his services to those looking for help. AVVO is awesome for anyone looking for legal consultation. .
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Posted by Jennifer | April 11, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Caring, helpful and INVOLVED!
Even though Kelly could not take my case, she returned my call and not only was respectful enough to personally inform me that she would not be able take my case, but actually took the time to listen to a synopsis of my case and then give me advice based upon my circumstances! I have had to deal with multiple attorneys the past few years, and even the attorneys I hired were not as conscientious, thoughtful, caring or involved as Kelly was. Having not paid her a dime or hired her, she STILL took the time to advise and give me guidance with my case and even offered to help me find an attorney who COULD take my case. I sincerely WISH that Kelly could take my case, as I am certain that she would be 100% devoted to helping me achieve the outcome I desire. I would HIGHLY recommend contacting Kelly Jesson for your legal needs!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Jesson & Rains, PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • Weiss Serota Helfman, Et Al.
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Florida Third District Court of Appeal
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Paralegal
  • United State Department of Justice
  • 2005 - 2009
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  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, summa cum laude
  • 2012
  • North Carolina State University
  • BA, magna cum laude
  • 2003
  • Peace College
  • AA
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Fernandez v. Bal Harbour Village, 49 F. Supp. 3d 1144, (S.D. Fla. 2014)
  • Giraldo v. City of Hollywood Fla., 142 F. Supp. 3d 1292 (S.D. Fla. 2015)


  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Charlotte
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Women Lawyers of Charlotte
  • Board Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association Solo/Small Firm Section
  • Vice Chair
  • 2018 - 2019
  • Junior League of Charlotte
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Federal Bar Association - Broward County Chapter
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Broward County Women Lawyers' Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
  • American Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Legal Elite for Tax/Estate Planning category
  • Business North Carolina
  • 2019
  • NC Super Lawyer Rising Star in the area of Estate Planning
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2018
  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2012
  • Dean’s Certificate - Comparative Constitutional Law
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2012
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Business Associations
  • CALI
  • 2011
  • Dean’s Certificate - Prof'l Responsibility & Ethics Program
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2011
  • Summer Law Intern Program
  • Department of Justice
  • 2011
  • University of Miami Law Review
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2010
  • Dean’s Certificate - Legal Research & Writing
  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 2009
  • Capitol Citation in U.S. v. Mobile Billboards of America
  • NC Secretary of State
  • 2008
  • Recognized for Outstanding Assistance in U.S. v. Kevin Geddings
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • 2007
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  • 36 Campbell L. Rev. 75 (2013)
  • Jan L. Jacobowitz & Kelly Rains Jesson, Fidelity Diluted: Client Confidentiality Gives Way to the First Amendment & Social Media in Virginia State Bar, ex rel. Third District Committee v. Horace Frazier Hunter (cited with approval in ABA Comm. on Ethics & Prof'l Responsibility, Formal Op. 480 (2018))
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants 79th Annual Symposium
  • Estate Planning & Probate Primer—What You Need to Know to Help Your Clients
  • 2018
  • Estate Planning From A to Z
  • Documenting Long-Term Care, Incapacity and End-of-Life Decisions
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (6)
Endorse Kelly
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is an exceptionally confident and competent attorney. I regularly refer my clients to her knowing that she will take great care of them. She is compassionate and knowledgeable."
Business Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Kelly. She is a well-respected attorney, who zealously advocates on behalf of her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Kelly is a trustworthy and caring attorney. She has in-depth knowledge of estate and probate law, and she uses that to benefit each of her clients."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Friend
"Kelly is as smart as they come. She has all the elements to make for a great attorney and she is an equally great person as well. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Charlotte Wills and living wills Lawyer Kelly Rains Jesson
Kelly Rains Jesson
Wills and living wills Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 11 years