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William Benito Fortino

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Criminal defense Attorney at West Columbia, SC

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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State SC
    Acquired 2009
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Moore Bradley Myers Law Firm
Po Box 5709
Moore Bradley Myers Law Firm P A
West Columbia, SC, 29171-5709

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Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bill Fortino is one of the top lawyers in South Carolina.
Bill was referred to me as my attorney in my divorce from another attorney friend. Bill handled my case professionally and exceeded my expectations. Bill clearly laid out an excellent plan in the beginning with a very specific outcome, and kept me very well informed and updated along the way. As a result, Bill achieved that plan which was in my favor. I highly recommend Bill Fortino.
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Posted by Chris | September 20, 2022
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Former client pleased as punch
Bill was integral in me getting full custody of my son after I had only had every other weekend visits before. I can't express how well he did his job while also showing how much he cares as a person. I'd recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Terri-Lynn | February 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Don't look any further
Left a review when things were "finalized", but can not speak enough praise for Bill and his team! Bill has continued to help with my case long after everything was said and done. He answers questions quickly and has a level head on his shoulders (something anyone going through this type of situation needs). He has great morals and integrity but most of all, he know his stuff!!!!
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Posted by Patrick | July 30, 2021
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Professional and made the best interest of our child priority.
Bill made it very clear he wanted what was best for our son. In no way was this easy and much work was put forward. Covid did not help the situation at all. I am a father in California and our sons mother lives in South Carolina. Bill diligently worked on my case and the outcome was everything we worked hard towards. Kudos to Bill for his caring nature towards our son and his hard work in this very complicated case.
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Posted by Jennifer | January 6, 2021
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Best Family Lawyer in South Carolina!
Bill Fortino has been my lawyer for 5 years now and has continuously been amazing, no matter what issue arises or when, he always makes himself available and provides sound legal advice. As a defendant being taken to court in 2016/2017 over a child custody issue (which we won), to years later as a plaintiff going through mediation in 2021 (which we resolved, avoiding court), he continued to work extremely hard for me being involved and was always one step ahead. He even saved me money! I have always felt reassured and he always gave me honest answers and advice. He is very personable and knowledgeable and truly cares about his clients and their situation. I will continue to use him and recommend him to anyone going through family court/custody issues. He has been the most amazing lawyer and works extremely hard for you to resolve issues without causing unnecessary stress!
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Posted by Terri-Lynn | March 6, 2020
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Best of the best
Bill Fortino is by far the best lawyer one could ask for. He is quick to respond, informative, honest, and will not leave things to chance. I had a custody issue in my case and he cared as though it was his own. If you want a lawyer who will get the job done with respect and integrity, call Mr. Fortino. He will be there by your side every step of the way. I could not imagine going through this process with another lawyer.
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Posted by Michael | May 17, 2019
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Child Support
I retained Bill after my ex-wife of 5 years filed a somewhat frivolous case against me. Bill was very attentive to my situation and he knew exactly what was needed to get the fair results I wanted. Throughout the process, Bill negotiated and protected my interests to get to the resolution as it should be. I am actually now in a better place than I was with my original Divorce Agreement. Bill worked hard to help me get more time with my children and to have the amount I paid for child support adjusted fairly. I would recommend Bill as someone that understands what is fair and works hard to get a that result.
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Posted by Kim | July 25, 2018
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My Book #1 Attorney
Bill Fortino was recommended to me by another attorney I had used in the past. I first saw Bill in action with my daughter who was in a bad situation. Bill was not only professional, but cared for her well being and still does. Secondly, eight months later I needed him for a divorce for myself. I can't express the calmness he gave me when I spoke with him. Although we know he has plenty more other cases, I never felt he was rushing me. He's timely, reasonably cost and amazing at what he does. He's good in the courtroom and directs you in the law, not his thoughts. And beyond Bill, his staff is amazing as well. They are there to answer anything they can and very responsive via email, which I preferred. I hope this review helps Bill in all sorts of ways, he's the best in my book! Thank you to Moore and Taylor and especially Bill!
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Posted by Ashley | June 13, 2018
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Best attorney
Bill Fortino in Lexington Sc is the best attorney hands down. If you need a family law attorney he is your guy. Super calm, is always available to talk and answer my questions. Lots of experience he is amazing. His law firm doesn't even advertise because they get by with word of mouth. So please call him if you need help. He does free consults. I interviewed seven attorneys before I picked him. He is ranked the number one attorney in Lexington SC. He travels all across SC so please contact him if you have legal needs each of his partners are specialized and practice only one area of law. I had to have a child custody change due to my ex becoming involved in making Porn. Bill helped me get visitation drastically reduced and under safe guidelines so my son never went back to the toxic environment. He was always prepared for my case. He knew how important my child's life was. He was always realistic about what the possible outcomes from court were. My current husband is active duty military and even when my ex tried to use that in court against us Bill fought to prove how it didn't matter. Bill is an amazing attorney can't recommend him enough.
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Posted by Gerome | April 16, 2018
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Great Attorney!
I am active duty military stationed in El Paso, TX who was referred to Bill by the Fatherhood Coalition in Columbia, SC. This was in regards to not being afforded an opportunity to see my son in over a year. Bill went to work immediately to provide some relief. Bill is a methodical thinker who has a calm demeanor when it comes to strategically prosecuting cases. My case was highly contested and there were times where I felt hope was an understatement. Bill reassured me otherwise through our correspondence and phone calls. I am pleased with my choice in hiring Bill as my attorney in my joint child custody/visitation case. I have since been able to reconnect with my son through phone communication and facetime along with taking my son to Disneyworld for Christmas break. Bill fees are reasonable as this is a critical time financially for anyone going through this. He understands, and he is compassionate to your concerns. Tammy his legal assistant is awesome! She keeps me informed of court dates due to traveling long distance so I can properly plan my trip accordingly. Tammy works tirelessly behind to scenes to keep the case moving forward. Bill thanks to all you do and continue to do in regards to prosecuting and settling my case.
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Posted by Stephanie | April 7, 2018
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Exceptional Divorce Attorney
A friend of mine referred me to the Moore Taylor Law Firm at a critical time in my life. I was set up to work with Bill Fortino as my attorney in my divorce. I was scared for my future and the future of my children. Bill truly listened, was very empathetic, thorough, resourceful, and put me at ease. He is the type of attorney that really cares about his clients and goes the extra mile. Bill was quick to respond to my emails, voice messages, and texts. He even made himself available to me on his off hours. Bill is very knowledgeable, well prepared, does his research, and plans for the worst case scenario. Words can't express what it meant to me to have someone like him on my side and truly care about my children and I and not just the bottom line. Bill went the extra mile for me. I couldn't be happier with my outcome and the exceptional way he represented me. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Katherine | April 3, 2018
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Grateful
Bill Fortino came highly recommended to me by a family member who works in the courthouse. Who better to get advice from than someone who sees lots of attorneys daily, and knows which ones are most successful? I'm so thankful for the referral! Bill was honest, up front, and patient. He put me at ease, was available when I needed him, and answered all my questions throughout the process. He told me what he thought would happen, so I knew what to expect. Bill was thorough and well prepared when we went to court- much more than the opposing counsel- and it paid off for me. I actually ended up coming out better than what was anticipated, based on my personal circumstances. I credit that victory to the grace of God, and a good attorney! I've been happy to recommend Bill to others who've needed excellent legal counsel. In addition to his top notch professional services, he's a good guy who truly cares about his clients. I feel blessed to have had Bill Fortino on my side.
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Posted by anonymous | December 16, 2017
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Excellent lawyer
I hired Mr Fortino to get my step-grandchild out of dss and out of foster care. He worked diligently and tirelessly for me. He went up against dss and we won. I know have full permanent custody of my grand-daughter and dss is completely outof it now. I am very happy with his services and will use him for any family matter from here on out
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Posted by Anna | June 23, 2017
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Expectations Exceeded
My very first impression of Mr. Fortino was that he doesn't get excited about too much and he isn't easily intimidated! He was my second attorney in my treacherous child custody case. The opposing party was highly difficult to deal with. Mr. Fortino gave me a sense of relief that his representation was the best decision. His knowledge of law, professionalism and caring nature exceeded my expectations. Mr. Fortino was always honest with me, his pricing was reasonable and he worked hand in hand with me through the entire process. He put endless effort into my case. Mr. Fortino responded in a timely manner to phone calls and emails. If you are looking for an attorney that cares about your case and takes pride in his work, I highly recommend Mr. Fortino. I am very pleased with the outcome. I will continue to work with him as needed.
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2017
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Bill Fortino
Bill Fortino came highly recommended to me with good reason. His calm nature helped me in a stress filled divorce case. Bill responded in a timely manner, listened patiently, stuck to the facts of the case, defended me when necessary, and communicated clearly. I am so thankful to have been represented by Bill Fortino and now it is my pleasure to highly recommend him to others.
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Posted by Neelu | June 19, 2017
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Very Proficient and Outstanding Child Custody Attorney
For the last one and a half years, I have had the pleasure of having Mr. Fortino as my attorney. He is a true advocate to represent you legally in the court. During my treacherous plight through Family Court in California and South Carolina, I had to fight for custody, after a divorce, for my son. Fortunately, I won the case in California for partial custody and a judgment was rendered. Ultimately, I moved to South Carolina and what appeared to be a simple transfer case transformed into a complex legal finagle. Various attorneys attempted to sort through the legalities of my case; however, when Attorney Bill Fortino agreed to represent me through my legal case, it was apparent that his professionalism and dedication would lend itself positive results for me. Not only was he very diligent and persistent, he continuously kept me informed on my case and dedicated many endless hours to ensuring positive results. Mr. Fortino exceeded my expectations by winning a judgement to include several things, other attorneys had told me were far fetched. If you are looking for an attorney who will fight endlessly for you and not charge an astronomical fee, I highly recommend Attorney Fortino.
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Posted by Larry | October 3, 2016
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Good person / attorney
Mr. Fortino is an outstanding attorney. He walked me through every possible outcome. He genuinely cares for his clients. Divorce is hard on anyone and he knows this. He's not you're stereotypical attorney. Regardless, of how the other side paints you, he believes and defends you. I have three children and two are of age (emancipated.) I trust him enough to have retained him again to see me through the child support reduction process. He's very thorough and diligent. I'm so glad I found him. I would highly recommend Mr. Fortino to anyone. In fact I have. Good man Honest man Faithful attorney
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Posted by Todd | February 4, 2016
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Ethical and hard working
I went in to this divorce hoping for an ethical and fair lawyer to do what was right for my Ex-wife and me. Bill proved that his ethics were way above what I expected. He worked and returned calls at all times. He was very honest and supportive of my efforts to be fair. All I have ever heard is how terrible and evil divorce attorneys are. In his case, this is NOT true! He tried to do all he could to ensure the Ex was treated fairly. Towards the end things go very tense with the demands and Bill started playing hard when I was unsure what the right response should be. If it weren't for his advocating on my behalf so well, I am sure I would be in a terrible situation. He provided moral support as well. Reminding me when I was down, that I was doing the right thing. Pushing back when I don't have the heart to defend myself. I strongly advise all of my friends to seek his counsel when it is needed. Superior all around!
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Posted by Ashleigh | February 3, 2016
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Superb Family Law Attorney
Mr. Fortino handled my divorce, custody and child support issues. He was very professional throughout my entire case and was always available to me whenever I needed him. He was thorough in explaining the different procedures and aspects of my case, as well as compassionate with my scenario. He is a caring man that treats his clients with respect and courtesy. I have told many people what a great lawyer he is and will continue to do so as long as he is in business.
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Posted by Nathan | October 30, 2013
Great attoney, poor firm
Bill is most likely a good attorney... that is when his firm Hasn't worked him to death.... Forgetfulness.... loss of case direction, and repetition is what a client will experience when this occurs. Too bad we are billed for it..... I let this firm go and retained an attorney that at least had a sense of direction and did not allow the client to be side railed by the opposing counsel. Overall very disappointing on all accounts....
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  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • 2009

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West Columbia Criminal defense Lawyer William Benito Fortino
William Benito Fortino
Criminal defense Attorney
West Columbia, SC
Licensed for 14 years