Today, Broad Street probate lawyer and law firm owner Kelsey Willey announced she has filed to challenge six-term incumbent Republican Irvin Condon for County Probate Judge to be the first female elected to the Charleston County Probate Court in history.
“I am running for Charleston County Probate Judge because we need new leadership, new energy and new ideas at the probate court. As a lawyer and small business owner I have spent my professional life serving this community and practicing in more than half of our state’s 46 probate courts. I have seen the power and hope that a compassionate probate court can provide to a family and how a court negatively impacts a family when it doesn’t,” Willey said.
"For those reasons, I commit to being a full-time probate judge, who will be present each day of the work week to support our citizens and attorneys who use our court. I commit to taking no county taxpayer funded travel — I will pay my own way. I commit to implementation of new technology and innovation to bring our probate court into the 21st century and make it more accessible for our citizens. I commit to the creation of an heirs’ property task force and court to help our brothers and sisters facing unexpected heirs’ property issues. And finally I commit to the utilization of science and accepted national standards to ensure that our drug court and mental health court serve as the vehicles for rehabilitation and treatment that they are meant to be.”
Charleston County Probate Judge is a partisan, elected position in the November elections.
About Attorney Kelsey Willey
Charleston probate lawyer, small business owner, and candidate for Probate Judge Kelsey Willey lives downtown with her husband Roy, her energetic son Penn, and her Boykin Spaniel, Sullivan. Kelsey is the founding partner of Willey Law Firm at 21 Broad Street, which has led her to practice before more than half of South Carolina’s 46 probate courts.
Kelsey earned her Juris Doctorate from the Charleston School of Law, and has been active member of the Charleston legal community for her entire professional life serving as a Juvenile Arbitrator for the Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office, as well as a Guardian ad Litem. She has assisted domestic violence victims as a volunteer with South Carolina Legal Services, is an active member of the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Association for Justice, and has been awarded by Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services for her volunteer work.
In the community Kelsey serves on the board of the Center for Women, is a member of the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston, and of the Junior League of Charleston where she has served as the Vice President for Diversity. Kelsey is a Founding Member of Emerge SC and has recently served as a volunteer ' professor' at Trident Tech educating community members on the importance and intricacies of probate and estate planning.