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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 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.”


  • 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

  • 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 :)”

    Avvo User

  • 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.”

    Avvo User

  • 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.”


  • 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

  • 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!!!!”


  • 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

  • Above and beyond my expectations.

    “I had the best experience when she represented me in my case. She was very aggressive. She got me what I asked her for. Super professional. I have recommended her to friends and they have also retained her. Above and beyond my expectations.”

    Julie M.

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