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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

  • We couldn't be happier. If I ever need a lawyer again I will call Melissa and her staff.

    “BEST choice! I recently just went through a nasty divorce/family court case. My ex did everything he could to make me look bad. I called Melissa's office on 11/15/2016 and hired her we spoke and went over everything. Melissa and her staff made me feel comfortable. My divorce went from November 2016 and was completed in September 2017 with all the paperwork being signed off by the judge. Melissa and her staff knew their stuff and how to handle my case. Melissa won my case for me. I have my son and we couldn't be happier. If I ever need a lawyer again I will call Melissa and her staff.”


  • 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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  • 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.”

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  • 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.”


  • 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.”


  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.”


  • 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

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