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Lauraine “Raine” Cole

N.C. Certified Paralegal

My legal career began 28 years ago when my mother, a family law attorney in Charlotte, asked me to come to work for her as her paralegal and office manager.  While this was a big change from my job in the medical field, it was one of the best decisions of my life. Mom taught me how to do my job and to never forget that you always treat clients with care, understanding and respect while you help guide them through the difficult times inherent in family law. We worked together from 1992 until her retirement in 2001. 

In 2007 I became a North Carolina Certified Paralegal with the North Carolina State Bar, something I am very proud of and consider to be my mother’s legacy.

Family law can be complex and stressful; there is so much more to it than just “simple” divorces.  I’m often asked why I’ve remained in this field for so long. Well, I’ve gone through this process myself and I know how scary and frustrating it can be. I understand how important it is to have comfort and encouragement during this turbulent time in your life. Being able to watch clients grow, become stronger and self confident is the best part of my job.  Strange as it may sound, I love this area of law and I love what I do.

I was born in New Jersey but I grew up in Charlotte, graduated from Independence High School,  and attended North Carolina State University. I have an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Central Piedmont Community College. About 10 years ago I moved to Union County where I live with my fiancé and our fur babies: 2 cats, Stripe Alexander, a Maine Coon mix, and Gidget Louise, a Calico.