Estate law and family law in North Carolina
Cindi M. Quay


New Bern, NC





Cindi M. Quay was born and raised in Ohio.  She joined the United States Marine Corps in 1983 and was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina.  Ms. Quay has been a resident of North Carolina since 1984.  She met and married her husband, Malcolm Quay, also a former Marine, and together they have a beautiful daughter and granddaughter.

After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Marine Corps in 1987, Ms. Quay worked as a secretary in New Bern.  She received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 1994.  She then worked as a paralegal before attending law school at North Carolina Central University in 1997.  She was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2000.
Ms. Quay was employed as an Associate Attorney with Ward and Smith, P.A. from 2000 to 2006.  In 2006 she opened her own law office and began focusing her practice primarily on family issues.  In 2012, Ms. Quay was appointed Public Administrator for Craven County, North Carolina. Since then, her practice has expanded to matters related to Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Guardianship and Elder Law.

In 2017, Ms. Quay became the Attorney Advocate for the Guardian Ad Litem Program in the 3B Judicial District.  As an Attorney Advocate, she advocates for children who are neglected and/or abused.
Ms. Quay is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, 4th District Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, and Craven County Bar Association.  She served as Vice President/Treasurer of the Craven County Bar Association from 2007-2008 and President of the Craven County Bar Association from 2008-2009.

From 2002 to 2012, Ms. Quay served as a member and officer of the Board of Directors for the Community Coalition Against Family Violence, now known as Promise Place.  Promise Place is a non-profit organization that serves the community by providing assistance for survivors of sexual assault.

Areas of Practice

Areas of Practice – Estates

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Guardianship
  • Elder Law
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney

Areas of Practice – Family Law

  • Divorce
  • Property Distribution
  • Marital Agreements
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Adoption
  • Name Changes

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2000


  • North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: cum laude
  • North Carolina Wesleyan College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina
    • B.A. - 1994
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Justice and Public Policy

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Craven County Bar Association, President, 2008 to 2009
  • Craven County Bar Association, Treasurer/V.P., 2007 to 2008
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Ward and Smith, P.A., Associate Attorney, 2000 to 2006
  • Ward and Smith, P.A., Paralegal, 1993 to 1997