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About me

After spending my first eleven years in public service as the Dorchester County Probate Judge, I decided to join my partner and open a local law firm to assist others in navigating their way through the judicial system. Despite the economic downturn, our firm has grown and prides itself on customer service and making our clients feel comfortable, even while dealing with uncomfortable legal issues.


While our firm practices in a multitude of areas, my focus is primarily probate related issues including estate planning, wrongful death, and estates. I also enjoy mediating cases to help families resolve their disputes outside of the courtroom and get both legal and emotional closure to their issues.



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Practice areas


  1. Probate: 40%
    17 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 30%
    17 years
  3. Mediation: 20%
    9 years
  4. Estate Planning: 10%


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Contact info

Provence Messervy LLC

300 North Cedar Street
Suite A
Summerville, SC, 29483


SCGood Standing199811/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 40 Under 40Charleston Business Journal2010
Women 2 Watch 2009Summerville Journal Scene2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Drug Court JudgeDorchester County2012 - Present
Managing PartnerProvence Messervy LLC2008 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorTrident Technical College2005 - Present
Associate JudgeDorchester County Probate Court2009 - 2011
Adjunct ProfessorCharleston School of Law2006 - 2012
JudgeDorchester County Probate Court1998 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2007 - Present
National Association of Women JudgesMember2005 - 2009
National College of Probate JudgesMember2002 - Present
Frances R. Willis SPCAFormer President, Former Legal Advisor2000 - 2008
Dorchester County Bar AssociationFormer Secretary1999 - Present
South Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
South Carolina Association of Probate JudgesMember, Former Executive Committee Member1998 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
VanHook v. VanHookMother succeeded in reversing the original Circuit Court Order disinheriting her.
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Publication nameTitleDate
ABA GPSolo MagazineThe Upside of Down2013
ABA GPSolo publicationBack in the Saddle Again2010
Summerville Journal SceneDebt and Divorce, Part II2010
American Bar Association publicationSmall Town, Small Budget, Big Dreams2009
Summerville Journal SceneDebt and Divorce, Part I2009
Summerville Journal SceneLesson Learned2007
Summerville Journal SceneDying Ideals2007
Summerville Journal SceneA Penny Saved2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
University of FloridaTelecommunicationsBS - Bachelor of Science1994
Cambridge UniversityN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
On Demand CLEPreparing for Mediation2014
Bridge the GapAlternative Dispute Resolution2013
South Carolina Bar, Solo and Small Firm SectionBest Practices for Growing a Successful Law Firm2011
National Rural Institute on Drug & Alchohol AbuseAddiction and the Law2011
Probate Bench/Bar SeminarMediation2010
SCAPJ Fall ConferenceLegal Technology2009
SCAPJWestlaw for Judges2007
First Responder SeminarPreparing for the Unthinkable2007
South Carolina Association of Probate JudgesTechnology in the Court2006
An Elderly EpidemicPowers of Attorney and Elder Issues2004
Charleston County Bar Association, CLE CommitteePractical Approaches: Advice from the Bench2001
South Carolina Bar FoundationTop 10 Probate Pitfalls1999