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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

    “After initially talking with another attorney in Atlanta, I found myself at a loss as to what to do. The attorney in question wanted an exorbitant amount of money for taking on my case. I told him that I would need to think about it and I started looking closer to Florida for an attorney, since my case is based there. I came across Mrs. Wilson and though, "What have I got to lose by doing a free consultation call." The answer: nothing and everything to gain. After spending about an hour on the phone with me, I had explained everything about what was going on. Mrs. Wilson was understanding, sympathetic, empathetic, knowledgeable and very straight-forward. She told me in now uncertain terms what I could expect and what not. After hiring her on, I never had to think about my case. She and her staff took care of everything. I never had one doubt in my mind that we would get to where we needed to go. Then when it came time for mediation, I was surprised and how skilled her and her staff were. They were able to get me pretty much everything I wanted and never once did they keep me in the dark as to what was going on with my case. If you are looking for an attorney who will go to bat for you and make sure everything you need is taken care of, look no further than this attorney. Should I ever need anything again, I will go right back to her!!!!”


  • I can't thank her enough for helping me through this life-changing experience.

    “I couldn't ask for a better attorney. Ms. Wilson is extremely knowledgeable and AMAZING in the courtroom. She was very responsive to my questions and gives outstanding advice. I can't thank her enough for helping me through this life changing experience. Her staff was polite and supportive of my needs. I would recommend her to anyone who needs a family law attorney.”

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  • 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

  • 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.”

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  • Melissa is like a legal Superwoman, a pro athlete of the legal arena. You want her on your side

    “Melissa is like a legal superwoman….like a pro athlete of the legal arena. I called Melissa out of sheer hopelessness and desperation, as I was the definition of a shipwrecked at sea after a failed attempt to represent myself ( not smart ). Melissa and her brilliant team got me out of an extremely bad child custody situation- if she hadn’t been who she is, I don’t think I would have gained custody and timesharing. Melissa answered all my emails in a prompt and professional fashion ( and I sent a number of emails, “quite a few” is a tame description ).Words of gratitude are not enough to express how happy I am for the outcome I received. Melissa's unwavering support and guidance were spot on- just listen to what she has to say.... If you are in trouble, you really need to call her. She is amazing to watch in action, she knows how to mediate and will give you the best advice. All you have to do is listen, trust me, you want Melissa.”

    Taryn L.

  • She's definitely not one to argue with, she covered all bases. I'm so glad I went with her

    “My experience was great, considering that it was a divorce. Ms. Wilson is extremely knowledgeable and always made everything clear for me to understand. I highly recommend her. I've had friends that I have referred to her and were very happy also. She's definitely not one to argue with, she covered all bases. I'm so glad I went with her :)”

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  • 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.

  • If you want an attorney who will fight for your rights and make sure that the other side pays dearly, then be all means hire Melissa Wilson.

    “THE ABSOLUTE BEST FAMILY ATTORNEY THERE IS! I went to Melissa Wilson after making a huge mistake of hiring a lawyer from a different firm. The lawyer from the other firm has screwed up my case so bad that I was afraid I was going to lose everything. I was told of Melissa Wilson from a trusted friend and after careful consideration I met with her. From the first meeting I was put as ease. She laid out the course of action that would be taken and from the first day she acted. She was filing motions and counter petitions to my ex's attorney and soon had my case back on track. She always made herself readily available to me when I had any questions or concerns about anything. She was so professional in regards to my case that I felt 150% confident. She had my ex's attorney spinning in circles. My ex and her attorney soon decided to settle the case before trail as it would have been very detrimental to their cause to proceed. She was able to get me the custody of my daughter that I was seeking and proper distribution of marital assets that was more than fair to me. If you want an attorney who will fight for your rights and make sure that the other side pays dearly, then be all means hire Melissa Wilson. She is well worth the investment.”


  • It went perfectly smooth and I have better results than I expected

    “Ms. Wilson handled my child support case. It went perfectly smooth and I have better results than I expected based on what my ex was making. Very happy with all aspects of the case. No issues with communication or speed. I recommend her highly.”

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  • Ms. Wilson and her firm are fantastic

    “I am 72 and married. My wife and I have a precious 13 year old since she was 3. In the past, we have had to hire 2 attorneys. They were both great. In our situation presently with Ms Wilson, she is above outstanding. Our case has been about our grandaughter's best interest. Ms. Wilson and her firm are fantastic, do not question her fee; it will be worth every penny. Now if she represents your partner....be afraid, very afraid”

    Robert Lovvorn

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