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Attorney Melissa A. Wilson

Meet Your Attorney

Are you considering filing for divorce in Bartow or Lakeland, FL? If so, you are likely dealing with many mixed emotions, not to mention overwhelming concerns. I, Melissa A. Wilson, founder of Advocate Law Firm, P.A., am here to help you get through this major crossroad. My goal is to provide you with the highest quality of legal services, professionalism, and effective representation. Known for being aggressive, I am the kind of lawyer you want on your side, inside and outside of court. Do not face the complexities of the legal system without my supportive assistance and personalized legal solutions.

An Experienced Team
You Can Trust



I realize that dealing with an unresolved legal issue can be a very distressing experience. As such, my mission is to make this less overwhelming for you through my step-by-step guidance. My law firm is comprised of professional staff members who are experienced, professional and dedicated to excellent client care. With their help, we can work together to help you achieve practical, innovative, and effective solutions to all of your legal needs.

Need help with your divorce case?
Call me today at (863) 644-5566 to schedule your
free case evaluation.


With over two decades of experience, I consider representing, protecting, and defending the rights of others to be an honor and tremendous responsibility that I do not take lightly. I never forget that the outcome of any legal issue can have a profound impact on my clients' lives. This is why I work hard to ensure that every available legal resource is used in the representation of each of my clients.

Besides divorce cases, I also handle a wide range of family law cases, including same-sex divorces, legal separations, alimony, child support, child support enforcement, and child custody. I also assist clients with division of marital property, marital settlement agreements, post judgment modifications, and adoptions.

We offer services in English and Spanish.

Personal Injury

Because some of my clients also need my help with non-family law cases, I also extend my services to those who need personal injury representation. No case is too complicated for me to handle. I will ensure that your rights are always protected and work relentlessly towards a positive outcome.

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Criminal Defense

Experiencing the criminal justice system can be a frightening ordeal. The threat of incarceration or a conviction inflicts stress and fear on those dealing with unresolved charges.

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Estate Planning

Estate planning is essential for people of any age, not just older adults. It is crucial to protect your legacy and ensure that your loved ones are provided for after your death.

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See Why People Choose
Advocate Law

  • Best attorney ever! She's my go-to attorney

    “Best attorney ever! I needed help enforcing a contract for payment. She and her staff couldn't have been more helpful. Even if she was in court on other cases she would make sure she or her staff responded to me quickly and timely. I've used her two more times since then. She's my go-to attorney.”


  • Very down to earth and welcoming

    “Very down to earth and welcoming! I was amazed at how fast my case was presented in front of the judge. Her reputation precedes her. I would highly recommend Melissa and her team.”

    Sam P.

  • I highly recommend her, trust me you won't be disappointed.

    “I couldn't be happier, everything went so smoothly. Her staff is phenomenal as well as Ms. Wilson. I work hard for my money. She made everything work out as it should have, I'm so pleased with her. She was worth every penny!!! I'll definitely keep her in mind if I ever need an attorney again, she could have helped me in a different situation that I ended up losing a lot of money on. She is more than a divorce attorney... if only I would have known. I highly recommend her, trust me you won't be disappointed.”

    Avvo User

  • She was very knowledgeable and thorough.

    “I would highly recommend Melissa for any legal needs in the area of divorce, which is the area for which I retained her. She was very knowledgable and thorough. I would use her again.”

    Avvo User

  • Honesty, integrity and a fighter!

    “I don't typically write reviews however, in this "case" it is warranted. Having gone through a protracted and tumultuous divorce lasting almost five years would leave any living and breathing human hating lawyers even their own. well, I must say I am left with a gratitude for all the hard work, patience and guidance given me throughout my process. I would recommend Melissa Wilson to anyone that is looking for Honesty, integrity and a fighter where it counts... CASE CLOSED!!!! and so is mine. cant forget Martha her assistant, taking my calls always and listening to me vent. Thank you all in that office Sincerely Niko”

    Former Client

  • Martha and the rest of the team constantly kept me in the loop of all that was occurring

    “There was never a time that I was alone in my divorce process. The staff/team was in contact communication with me. Any questions, concerns or issues I may have had, they were front and center ready to help me through the process and educate me on what the next steps were. Divorce in and of itself is a very emotional, trying and frustrating process. Martha and the rest of the team constantly kept me in the loop of all that was occurring, what was needed, any changes that were coming and how to properly handle them. Thank you so much for making a stressful and life changing event, easier to navigate.”

    Michelle Acevedo

  • Melissa is a caring and aggressive attorney. She won't tolerate anything that's is unfair to her clients.

    “Excellent Lawyer. Melissa is a caring and aggressive attorney. She won't tolerate anything that's is unfair to her clients. She will go to the mat for you! I was dismayed to see the last reviewers comment. My experience was just the opposite! I have to believe that any bad reviews are more sour grapes than anything else.”


  • AMAZING. Super aggressive

    “AMAZING. Super aggressive. When I left the courtroom after she completely wiped the floor with my husband's lawyer, the bailiff, who walked me out told me I was lucky to have her. She sees her in court all the time and if she was to hire a lawyer, Melissa would be the one.”


  • If you find yourself needing an attorney, call her. You won't be disappointed

    “Not disappointed!! After 17 years of marriage my husband had me served with devorce papers and I didn't know who to turn to. Melissa came highly recommend by one of my coworkers. From the moment I sat down with her she put me at ease. At every step of the way she was professional, caring, and knowledgeable. I could not be more please with the way she handled my case. But more importantly how she treated me as a person during my time of need. Melissa is well worth the money. If you find yourself needing an attorney, call her. You won't be disappointed.”

    Avvo User

  • I couldn't have asked for more!

    “I just want to publicly show my gratitude to Ms. Salvia and the rest of the team that worked on my recent case. I really felt I was represented well by Ms. Salvia and she took the lead in making strong points for my case. She was able to properly vocalize what I needed and look out for things that I didn't even consider. She is very experienced. I couldn't have asked for more. Thank you so much for help and professionalism.”

    Dalena T.

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