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KellyGram – Rules of the Road

 

So far, in just the first few month of 2021, we have seen four rather serious motor vehicle collisions right outside the Mike Kelly Law Group’s Columbia office at the intersection of Taylor and Huger Streets. Each of them resulted in injuries, and police, fire, and, emergency vehicles were called to the scene. Sadly, it appeared that all four accidents could have been avoided had the drivers simply slowed down and obeyed traffic signals.

My employees and I are well aware that, when people exit 126 onto Huger, they drive as if they’re on a racetrack. Working with accident victims on a daily basis also means that we are all too familiar with the dangers and consequences associated with this sort of reckless driving. Even so, witnessing these recent collisions—one of which ended with a vehicle hitting the building in which our Columbia office is located—was shocking, and it re-emphasized in my mind just how perilous our roadways can be. I’m sharing this story with you all in hopes that it may serve as a reminder of the importance of driving defensively and following the rules of the road. Simply taking a moment to look both ways before proceeding through a green light or intersection can be a lifesaver—literally! Please be careful out there, and drive attentively!

Sincerely,

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – National Unity

 

As some of you may know, I am a political science graduate and a lifelong follower of political happenings on a local, state, and national level; however, I believe that the KellyGram should be a neutral platform, and I generally try to avoid discussing my own political views. With that in mind, I want to comment briefly on Wednesday’s inauguration. Regardless of the political party of an incoming president, I have always taken a great interest in inaugurations as a hallmark of American democracy—the peaceful transition of power of the leadership of the greatest nation in the world.

The theme of Wednesday’s inauguration was unity and respect for our country, and it came through loud and clear from Republicans and Democrats alike (and, of course, from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Garth Brooks, and Amanda Gorman!). Following recent disturbing events in our nation, the ceremony reaffirmed my faith in America. The coming together of leaders from both sides of the aisle to honor and uphold the democratic process served as a powerful reminder that partisanship does not define us, nor should it divide us. Instead, we must agree to disagree and respect one another. After all, at the end of the day, we share a sacred common ground that unifies us: we are Americans.

Sincerely,

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – MLK Day 2021

 

Monday marks the first holiday of 2021, and it is one of particular importance: a solemn remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his heroic contributions to the advancement of civil rights in our country. I am old enough to remember watching Dr. King deliver his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, and each year on MLK Day, I take time to reflect on and celebrate the progress our nation has made since that day toward fulfilling Dr. King’s dream.

Over the past year, events in this country have made it abundantly clear that today’s America is a far cry from that of which Dr. King dreamed. At the same time, however, it has been a year of growth in that the silence surrounding systemic racism in our country has been broken and, consequently, the push for positive change in the direction of racial equality and justice has gained widespread momentum.

We still have a long way to go and much work to do before realizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, but this year, I feel a renewed sense of hope in that possibility. And, after the events of the past 12 months, it seems befitting that this year’s observance of MLK Day will be followed by a momentous event: the swearing-in of Reverend Raphael Warnock—the current pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Dr. King was baptized, ordained, and served as co-pastor with his father—to the United States Senate, making him the first Black senator from Georgia.

Mike Kelly Law Group will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I encourage my team, as well as my readers, to honor Dr. King’s legacy by taking time to reflect on the ways in which we can contribute to the advancement of equal rights in our country. More importantly, let us honor this national hero—and the American people—every day by being more active and engaged in the advocacy of justice for all people.

Sincerely,

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – It’s a New Year!

 

Only the Lord knows how trying 2020 was for most of us here on Earth! I have been around the sun more times than I care to admit, and I feel SOOO hopeful and confident that this year will be better than the last! I have set personal and business goals for 2021, as I do every year, and they include: focusing on personal health and happiness, spending more time with my family, exercising more, and doing the best job ever for my clients! I tell people all the time that may not be the best lawyer in South Carolina, but I’m the best lawyer Mike Kelly has ever been!

To my KellyGram readers, I pray that your 2021 is off to a great start and only gets better from here!

God bless, and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Welcoming a New Year!

 

Needless to say, 2020 has been trying for all of us in many respects, and at long last, we are on the cusp of the New Year! Perhaps it’s the eternal optimist in me, but I am full of hope and positivity going into 2021! I know that the first few months of the coming year will be difficult as we continue to navigate life in the time of COVID-19; we must remain vigilant and be persistent in practicing safe behavior until the pandemic is behind us. That being said, with a vaccine now in circulation, I am hopeful that we will begin resuming a more “normal” way of life as early as this spring!

Even though 2020 has been an unbelievably challenging year, I can truly say that I have never been more thankful for my blessings. After the hardships this year brought, I now cherish my relationships with my family, friends, and clients more than ever before. I am also deeply grateful for the Mike Kelly Law Group team, whose hard work and dedication kept the firm open for business and thriving during this unprecedented time. All in all, in spite of all of the trials and tribulations of 2020, I feel more blessed and fulfilled today than I did at the start of the year!

I look forward to entering 2021 with a fresh perspective and a heart full of gratitude, and I wish you all a happy and healthy New Year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Christmas 2020

 

Christmas is upon us, and as with most holidays in 2020, the way we celebrate this year will be very different than the traditions we’re accustomed to. As we continue to see record numbers of COVID-19 cases in South Carolina and across the United States, it’s more necessary than ever to take precautions to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Personally, I’ll be joining my church’s Christmas Eve service virtually this year and will spend Christmas Day with only a few very close family members (including my precious grandchild!).

That being said, while this Christmas will be unlike any other in my lifetime, the holiday is still as meaningful as ever. The Christmas miracle overwhelms me with joy and gratitude, and the season of Advent is the time when I reflect most on my life and my enormous blessings. Even during this unprecedented time, I know without question that my cup truly runneth over.

Merry Christmas, my friends, and God bless!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Friendship

 

As we are approaching the end of 2020 and moving into a new year that holds much promise, I am sitting here on a cold winter day in Columbia and feeling grateful as I reflect on my many blessings. Earlier this week, I spoke with a longtime comrade of mine about how he and I both endured several considerable life challenges this year; yet, our respective trials paled in comparison to our innumerable blessings, not the least of which having good friends.

I am extraordinarily fortunate to have some of the best friends a person could ever ask for, and since the arrival of COVID-19, we have all needed our friends more than ever. If this pandemic has taught me anything, it is that our quality of life is built on strong relationships, but we too easily take them for granted. So, as we enter 2021 and life (hopefully) begins to return to normal, I am going to be periodically featuring some of my friends in the KellyGram and sharing why our friendship is so dear to me.

Over the holidays, I invite you to reflect on your own blessings—especially that of friendship—and to remind your loved ones that they are cherished. May God bless you and keep you safe this weekend!

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Eat Local with Saki Tumi!

 

Growing up, my father was a local merchant in the business of selling men’s clothing and accessories. Following in his footsteps, I opened my own local business in 1981 before subsequently founding Mike Kelly Law Group in 2004. Through hard work and the grace of God, the firm is still thriving as we approach 2021! Needless to say, in light of my background, I am a huge supporter of local businesses—they are, after all, the backbone of our great nation! So in this week’s KellyGram and going forward, I have decided to periodically give shout-outs to local businesses that I admire!

Today, I’d like to spotlight Saki Tumi, a local grille and sushi bar in downtown Columbia owned by my good friend, David Shaw. Dave is an entrepreneur with multiple businesses, including an ad agency called Flying Napkins, but must say I am especially fond of his contributions to the local restaurant scene, particularly when it comes to brunch!

As my long-time KellyGram readers know, I am a huge fan of brunch, and Saki Tumi has become my go-to place on Sunday. Dave’s brunch menu embraces the style that Ryan Whittaker pioneered at 116 Espresso & Wine Bar, and last Sunday he collaborated with Bill Gause—a former Carolina athlete and owner of Billy G’s Carolina BBQ—to create some truly spectacular offerings! They paired brisket and barbecue with traditional brunch items, and the result was yum, yum, yum!!

During this holiday season and beyond, please keep small businesses thriving by supporting your local merchants and vendors, including my friend Dave Shaw at Saki Tumi! Saki Tumi is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm, and for brunch on Sundays from 10 am to 1:30 pm! Bon appetit!

 

Have a great weekend!

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Dream Home Nightmares

 

Over the past several years, new-home construction in South Carolina—especially in the Midlands, the Pee Dee, and the Grand Strand areas—has been rapidly expanding, and in 2020 particularly, the housing market has been absolutely booming. Moreover, now that more people are working from home than ever before, we’ve seen a surge in home remodeling and renovations. With this increase in construction activity, however, Mike Kelly Law Group is also receiving more and more inquiries from homeowners about what to do when issues start to arise after the home purchase or renovation process is complete.

Although we generally expect buying a new house or upgrading an old one to be an exciting undertaking and a worthwhile investment, unfortunately, it is not uncommon for major problems to arise months—or even years—after the fact due to unseen construction defects. These defects can manifest in any number of ways—from water intrusion, to cracking walls, to a sinking foundation and sagging floors—and the cost of repair can be prohibitively expensive, especially in the wake of financing a new home or renovation project. We at Mike Kelly Law Group know just how financially and emotionally devastating these discoveries can be for homeowners and their families, and we have helped many clients across the state recover the funds necessary to restore their homes from the builder, contractor, or other at-fault parties.

If you or someone you know is facing a similar situation, we may be able to help. Please feel free to call us at (803) 726-0123 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team, or visit our website for more information. The year 2020 has presented unimaginable challenges, but financial hardship arising from defects in the construction of your home should not be one of them.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Kelly

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KellyGram – Thanksgiving 2020

 

We’re releasing the KellyGram on Wednesday this week, in time for me to share reflections on a very special holiday: Thanksgiving. As we grow older, we become less interested in material things and more focused on those that really matter, such as faith, family, and the many blessings that we’ve been given.

In my own life, I am so thankful for each morning that I wake up and am able to come to work, where I can pursue my passion of improving the lives of my clients and spend my days with our outstanding team at Mike Kelly Law Group. I am grateful that I continue to be in good health and for making a quick recovery from my heart scare several months ago. And most of all, I am blessed to have my two wonderful sons, my sister, my sister-in-law, and my family. They have been there for me through the ups and downs of my life, and I only grow to appreciate them even more with each passing day!

Clearly, with COVID-19 numbers still rising, the way we celebrate Thanksgiving this year will be different than what most of us are used to. We’ve been advised to avoid traveling and large gatherings, which is what this holiday is generally all about. That being said, for those of us who live with family members or have been fortunate enough to regularly see those closest to us (with precautions in place, of course!), this year presents an opportunity to really celebrate those cherished relationships. It seems that sitting down with our children, parents, or siblings and sharing a meal is a rarity in this day and age. So in that respect, I would like to think that enjoying a more intimate Thanksgiving dinner this year with the people we see every day—and perhaps take for granted more than we’d like to admit—will be a blessing in and of itself.

This year has taken a heavy toll on us all, and that can make it difficult to remember the things for which we are grateful. However, when I really stop to think about my life, I realize that Mike Kelly is a happy camper and one lucky man! So this Thanksgiving, I encourage everyone to take a pause, count your blessings, and open your heart to gratitude!

 

Have a blessed holiday!

 

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