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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.



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

  • Top Notch Team

    “As some of you reading this know, the thought of acquiring an attorney is difficult at best and terrifying at most. I consider myself very fortunate to have been pointed in the direction of Melissa Wilson, Esq. and her team of professionals to handle my divorce. Melissa, Martha, and Jennifer provided me with excellent support and guidance and were able (for the most part) to calm me at every step of the way. I would recommend this group of professionals to anyone seeking legal guidance.”


  • 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

  • I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs a WINNER on their side

    “Never argue with a women. No argument here, by far the BEST!! Hired her a couple times and both times she was very friendly and knew what exactly needed to be done to help me. I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs a WINNER on their side”


  • I would highly recommend Melissa Wilson to represent anyone in a complicated family law case especially child custody disputes

    “I hired Ms. Wilson to help me with my case modification of custody and child support. She was extremely professional and worked exceptionally hard on my case. Throughout my case, Ms. Wilson demonstrated an unparalleled knowledge of the law and a fervent ability to communicate with the court. She ardently represented me and I truly felt I had a champion on my side even while facing a scenario most dire. Ms. Wilson worked diligently to settle my case through mediation. Her brilliance shown through in this setting. I had no doubt of a positive outcome. The mediation was an unequivocal success and I couldn't be more delighted with her representation. I would highly recommend Melissa Wilson to represent anyone in a complicated family law case especially child custody disputes.”


  • Everything went as planned.

    “Just wanted to say that this Law Firm handled my divorce very professionally. Everything went as planned which doesn't always happen in these types of matters. No complaints!”

    Former Client

  • This woman is awesome! I saw her in action in court and wanted to fire my Lawyer and hire her

    “This woman is awesome! I saw her in action in court and wanted to fire my Lawyer and hire her. I tell you what she starts talking in a court room everyone is quiet. She gets her point across and wins. This girl has a serious back bone. You go girl!!”

    Erica Kennedy

  • As aggressive as they come! WORTH EVERY PENNY

    “As aggressive as they come! I have utilized Melissa's attorney services on 3 seperate occassion and each time my problems were handled lightning fast, and with the upmost professionalism! She is definitely one of the best and although I don't hope to have to use an attorney again in the future, I am happy to know I will always have Melissa on my side! WORTH EVERY PENNY.”

    Harley James

  • 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

  • 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

  • Top notch and super aggressive

    “Top notch and super aggressive. Was always there to answer any of my questions and her staff made sure nothing was missed.”

    Gerald Coffey

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