Legal Assistants

Elaine Vann

Legal Assistant

Elaine was hired as Assistant Register of Deeds on September 13, 1982 and became a certified Assistant Register of Deeds August 18, 1994. She was sworn into office as Register of Deeds on January 3, 1995 to fill the unexpired term of Greta H. Barber and was elected to office in 1996 and served for five consecutive terms, having run unopposed in all 5 elections. (31 years of service).

In 1997–1999, Elaine served on the special Torrens Committee to re-write and re-structure NCGS 43 working with Bill Campbell, Institute of Government, and Charles Moore, Secretary of State’s Land Records Division, in revising the language of GS 43. In 1998, Elaine gave a presentation to the Legislative Research Commission of the NC General Assembly explaining the need for revising antiquated language and fees in the statute and updating the indexing procedures. She worked closely with legislators in keeping up with the bill and providing information as needed. In 1999, SB 837 and HB 1088 (Torrens Bill) were passed. Elaine was then charged with conducting several workshops on the procedures for handling and recording documents under the Torrens system and provided the materials for the Torrens section of the Internal Procedures Manual.

Elaine was a Member of the North Carolina Association of Registers of Deeds serving in District VIII. She has served as District Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chair numerous times. She was presented with The Shining Star Award in 2013 by the North Carolina Association of Register of Deeds at the state conference in Pinehurst, NC for her loyal dedication, commitment and service to her county, district and association. Upon retirement on December 1, 2013, after 31 years of service, Elaine was presented with The Order of the Long Leaf Pine from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. This is the highest civilian honor awarded to North Carolina citizens for extraordinary service to the state.

Elaine is a member of Zion’s Chapel Church of Christ, in Roper, North Carolina. Additionally, Elaine joined our team on April 1, 2014, and is instrumental in the real estate portion of our firm.

Latasha Cobb

Legal Assistant

Latasha Cobb was born and raised in Chocowinity, in Beaufort County, North Carolina. At birth, she was born with a rare blood condition and had to undergo a blood transfusion. The odds were not in her favor, but she bounced back and was a healthy, energetic child. She was the one who defied the odds.

Attending and graduating from Chocowinity High School, Latasha was a cheerleader and participated in various clubs. During her senior year, she competed for Miss Teen North Carolina, and received the award for being Miss Photogenic.

Having always had a passion for helping others, Latasha brings a diverse perspective to our firm. Previously, she worked at East Carolina University in the Cashier’s Office and Financial Aid Office. Later, Latasha began her legal career as a Deputy Clerk with the Beaufort County Clerk’s Office in Washington, NC. Due to her work ethic, she was quickly promoted to Assistant Deputy Clerk. During the seven years Latasha served in the Clerk’s Office, she was able to help those who were in great need of assistance and exposed to various court proceedings. In this role, Latasha went to court frequently, prepared court orders for Judges and entered the orders into the system. Additionally, she entered default judgments, granted uncontested divorces, and worked with juvenile and child support matters.

Latasha’s experience at the Clerk’s Office led her to pursue a higher education degree in Criminal Justice. Recently, Latasha graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Currently, she is enrolled at Stratford Career Institute to achieve her Paralegal Certification. In addition, she is mother to three beautiful children: Johnny, Brandon, and Brianna. Latasha is the longest serving employee of our law firm.  She joined our team on November 4, 2013, which was the first day our doors opened. Latasha is extremely instrumental in the day-to-day activities at our firm.

Shanicia Young

Legal Assistant

Shanicia Young, a Washington County native was raised in Roper, North Carolina. In June of 2016, Shanicia graduated from the Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience where she earned both a high school diploma and an Associates’ Degree in Arts. She was involved in many clubs and organizations such as the National FFA Organization and student government, where she served as Class President for two consecutive years. Her devotion to academics and future success propelled her to the top of her class where she graduated as the first valedictorian. While Shanicia is very involved in academics, she has also served as a youth leader for the past several years at the New Bethel Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ located in Roper, North Carolina.

Shanicia started as an intern at The Law Office of D. Cole Phelps, PLLC in February 2016.  Due to her hard work, outstanding personality, and ability to get things done, she was later hired as a part-time employee which developed into her becoming a full-time staff member. In the fall of 2016, she enrolled at Campbell University as an Honors Student, where she received over $80,000 in scholarships. Due to her dedication and goals, she entered Campbell University with sixty college credits already under her belt, to pursue a degree in political science with a pre-law track and minor in interdisciplinary studies. After completing her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend Campbell University’s Law School and one day be seen as a pillar in the legal profession. Shanicia stated, “It is important to me that my success extends beyond the courtroom and overflows into the community in the form of outreach and empowerment.” It is our hope that Shanicia will join our team once she completes her degrees. As for now, Shanicia continues to work for our firm on holidays, breaks from college, and summer vacation.

Kewayne’ Hedgebeth

Legal Assistant

Kewayne’ Hedgebeth is a Washington County native who was raised in Plymouth, NC.  At an early age, Kewayne’ fell in love with God, cooking, playing sports, and riding dirt bikes. As a child Kewayne’ loved playing sports so much that he dedicated most of his childhood summers to practicing and traveling to play basketball. In June of 2011, Kewayne’ graduated from Plymouth High School, with honors, and over $20,000 in college scholarships. While at Plymouth High School, Kewayne’ played varsity basketball and joined multiple clubs wining numerous awards for academics as well as athletics.

Immediately following high school Kewayne’ attended North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Because of his love for business and entrepreneurship, Kewayne’ decided to major in business administration focusing on accounting and financing. While at NC A&T Kewayne’ received his Green Belt in Six Sigma for quality and efficiency. Working part time at Old Navy Inc. throughout his college years, Kewayne’ graduated in May of 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

Following his college graduation, Kewayne’s main focus was to find a way to help the community that gave him so much. After witnessing the majority of his friends and family have negative outcomes in the court system, Kewayne’ decided that working at The Law Office of D. Cole Phelps, PLLC, would be a great way for him to learn the law, while putting into practice his marketing and management skills at the same time.

Kewayne’ currently attends Temple of Christ Church located on Wilson Street in Plymouth, North Carolina.  Kewayne joined our team on November 21, 2016, and has been a major asset to our firm.

Brittany Jones

Legal Assistant

Brittany Jones was born and raised in Camden County, North Carolina. From a young age, Brittany enjoyed playing sports and attending family events. She played softball throughout her school years and participated on travel teams during the summers. She also enjoyed sailing and motor-cross racing with her family. In 2009, Brittany graduated from Camden County High School.

Due to her interest in law and assisting juveniles, Brittany pursued a degree in criminal justice soon after her graduation from high school. She has always been inclined to help and encourage others to succeed and explore positive paths. Brittany interned with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety at a local probation and parole office. Her dedication and devotion to her studies led her to graduate and earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from East Coast Polytechnic Institute University in 2015.

Brittany is married to Paul Jones, a native of Gates County, who is employed by the Navy. Brittany and Paul are blessed with a daughter. The family enjoys spending quality time together at home in Perquimans County and they frequently visit the Outer Banks.

Brittany joined the Law Office of D. Cole Phelps’ staff on August 1, 2017 and is excited to serve the public. She looks to expand her education and experience as a legal assistant here at the firm.