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Margaret A. Collins

Divorce and separation Attorney at Columbia, SC

5.0   21 reviews

also known as Palmetto State Law Group, LLC

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1997
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Margaret

Learn Margaret’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    Divorce, custody and visitation disputes, alimony, support, high asset, visitation, adoptions, modifications.

    27 years, 300 cases

  2. Family

  3. Business
    Small and medium business advice; business formation and governance; partnership, member and shareholder agreements

    26 years, 70 cases

  4. General practice
    Information technology, procurement, computer law, confidentiality agreements, general contracts, commercial and residential real estate, general civil litigation

    20 years, 20 cases

  5. Real estate
    Commercial and residential real estate

    9 years


Mission statement:

The mission of Collins Law Office is to advise individuals and small or medium businesses with high caliber legal services in a forum characterized by flexibility, assertive representation and personal service. We leverage all available technologies and a modern business model to ensure value and affordability. Margaret "Meg" Collins has been licensed since 1997 and has experience in many areas of practice with a strong emphasis on B2B, local government and technology firm representation.


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Client's Choice 2015
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Palmetto State Law Group, LLC
2241 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC, 29210


5.0 / 5.0
  21 customer reviews
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Posted by Steven | September 8, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Best outcome
She listens to your concerns and help you anyway she can. I have even gotten a response back to a question after hours. Over a holiday she even helped to ensure I was taken care of.
Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy, professional, expert divorce lawyer
I've been working with Meg for about a year on a complicated divorce involving mental health and visitation concerns. At every step, she has proven to be extremely knowledgeable about the law and willing to take the time to explain anything I have had questions about. I have felt completely comfortable taking her legal advice even in moments when it did not align with what I necessarily wanted to do, because I knew without a doubt that she was considering what was in my best interest when making suggestions for how to handle various things. In other words, there has not been a single moment when I have doubted her knowledge of the law or her instincts for the appropriate steps to take in my specific case. Furthermore, I have really appreciated that she has never set unrealistic expectations for the outcome of my case, and has managed to find a balance between being both kind and no-nonsense, which I think is difficult for many people to accomplish. This is a lawyer that you can trust to help you.
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Posted by Matt | May 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I couldn't be more satisfied with the services provided by Mrs. Collins and her team. Responsive, professional, knowledgeable, and effective. If you are looking for 5-star legal services, you found the right representation in Mrs. Collins.
Posted by Marcus | February 5, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best of the Best
She was professional and effiecent I was so happy with her performance- she made the deferance in the case
Posted by Annabelle | December 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Attorney
Meg graciously stepped in as Co-Counsel on my family law matter, and helped me during a challenging time during the litigation. She was extremely thorough, reviewing all of the documents and timeline that I submitted to her. She even came back with a list of questions, which we discussed afterwards. She was extremely knowledgeable and, by all accounts, very experienced in family law, including all of the rules and requirements for local practices. I was very impressed. Moreover, she was very fair in her billing, and very honest. I would hire her again, if ever needed. and recommend her wholeheartedly.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Meg is a fantastic attorney. She guided me through a very difficult divorce that was very stressful. Her professional advice was excellent and her personal touch is unmatched by any attorney I have encountered. Her office staff is responsive and professional as well. I would highly recommend her and several of my friends and colleagues have used her with outstanding success. I wholeheartedly thank her as well as my four children as well.
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Posted by Hearn Properties | August 16, 2015
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Lenley Farmer, VP @ Hearn Properties (HARES, LLC)
I have had the privilege of working with Meg Collins, Attorney at Law on many occasions over the past 5 years. I am a real estate professional and "closing" is my favorite part of the business! Meg & her staff are professional, knowledgeable and just a delight to work with!
Posted by Ricky | August 12, 2015
She's good!
She is very good; I just didn't realize the cost involved in getting a divorce I guess. But at the end of the day she did a great job for me and I will refer her to all of my friends. Rick Montgomery
Posted by Craig | August 12, 2015
Great attorney! Amazingly knowledgable! Extremely recommend! Passionate advocate!
Mrs. Collins is very amicable, personable and has a great rapport with the court as well as a strong professional network with other attorneys. This is advantageous if you are dealing with the practical ex’es who want to push forward like adults. But, she is also a firm, committed and passionate advocate when you are dealing with a case like mine. She is a pit bull when confronting non-reasonable people. Mrs. Collins is and has been a dedicated counsel and friend. She listens to my complaints and guides me in the right direction to handle those unrealistic demands from my ex.
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Posted by Lauren P.Simmons | August 9, 2015
Divorce & Separation
Mrs. Collins handled my case and did an excellent job for my children and me. Her knowledge of the of the law and her aggressiveness achieved the best results possible. Her professionalism was exemplary. I would recommend Mrs. Collins to anyone looking for a divorce attorney.
Posted by Coulter | August 7, 2015
Smart, strategic and very professional
I've used Ms. Collins on several occasions. She is smart, strategic and very professional. I know a lot of attorneys, but there are none who are this smart and caring about her clients. I have recommended her dozens of times to my friends, family, and clients, not a single one has been disappointed. In fact, they have all come back and said, "That attorney you referred me to? She is the best attorney I've ever worked with"
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Posted by Randy | August 6, 2015
Best legal counsel in the business!
Ms. Collins gathered what was needed for my case and presented it in a concise and forthright manner to quickly resolve my case. Others said my case could take years, Ms. Collins resolved my case in months. She is a caring and conscientious lawyer who I know I will always be able to count on when needed.
Posted by Greg | August 5, 2015
The best in the caring and responsive. A rare combo...
I'm not much of a wordsmith and you probably don't want a lengthy diatribe of how awesome Meg Collins is, so I will keep this short and sweet. Hiring a family attorney usually means you are going through trying times; you need someone on your side who really knows what they are doing. That's Margaret Collins. Plus, bonus...she is very responsive and caring (super easy to deal with...a rarity). Thanks for all your help, Meg...
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Posted by MS | August 5, 2015
Incredibly thorough
Meg has represented me in a number of business issues. She has worked tirelessly to make sure the outcomes were to my advantage. Her counsel was right on target and her excellent preparation of me for a long deposition made a tremendous difference. I would highly recommend her!
Posted by Carlton | August 5, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Real Estate Valuation Issues
Ms. Collins is a delight to work with. Very professional and helpful. Assistance when you need it and not afraid to ask probing questions to make sure she has all of the information.
Posted by Janet | August 5, 2015
A genius in legal matters, 100% dedicated to her client
Ms. Collins has successfully represented my family on numerous occasions. She can find the tiniest detail that will make a big difference in achieving an important outcome. And if she thinks that I would be wasting my money or time, she will not hesitate to discourage me and/or my family. She has such honor, integrity, and honesty, that she will not try to burn through my money on a doubtful cause. I give Ms. Collins my unequivocal and highest recommendation. My family and I will be using Ms. Collins long into the future.
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Posted by Kyle | August 5, 2015
Family Law
Ms. Collins helped my family navigate through a very tough time dealing with child custody. She was very fast and efficient in getting our case to court and resolved in our favor. She kept us updated and "in the know" as to what was happening during every phase.
Posted by Carolyn | August 5, 2015
Real Estate and Personal Estate Services
We used Meg's legal services when we refinanced our house. The closing was flawless and painless - a wonderful experience! We also hired her to prepare our Wills and she brought out issues for our estate planning that we had not thought about before, helping us protect our assets not just for each other but also for our kids and grandkids down the road. I would definitely recommend Meg and her legal team for any legal transactions you might need.
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Posted by Michael | August 5, 2015
Best Lawyer I've ever used
I've know Meg for over 15 years and have had occasions to use her services. She is honest and committed to her clients. I would not want anyone else on my side when having to deal with a legal situation. She is intelligent, savvy and well versed in her field. I can not recommend her enough as a tough nosed lawyer.
Posted by Stephen | August 5, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best Lawyer I Know!!!
Competitive, smart, knowledgeable, efficient and reasonably price. I would definitely recommend her to all my friends. She does good work and really cares about your case.
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AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Palmetto State Law Group, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Senior/Managing Attorney
  • Collins & Burkett Law Firm, LLC
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Founding Attorney
  • Collins Law Office, PLLC
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • West Columbia, South Carolina
  • 1998 - 2007
  • Law Partner
  • Setzler & Scott, P.A.
  • 1997 - 2009
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  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1997
  • University of South Carolina Honors College
  • B.A.
  • 1993

Sample of Legal Cases

  • T.S.I. vs. Budget and Control Board
  • Favorably settled


  • South Carolina Procurement Review Board
  • Gubernatorial Appointee
  • 2012 - Present
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Lexington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • South Carolina Bar, Technology Committee
  • Board Member
  • 2001 - 2001
  • Richland County CASA
  • Volunteer Attorney of the Year Nominee
  • 1995 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Board Member
  • S.C. Bar Technology Committee
  • 2001
  • Member
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • S.C. Real Estate School Agent Continuing Education
  • CFPB - Change the Way You Look at Closing Statements
  • 2015
  • Senior Health and Wellness Fair
  • Estate Planning and Conservatorships for the Elderly
  • 2014
  • End of Life Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Cool Tips for Hot Lawyers
  • Technology in the Courtroom
  • 2000
  • Cool Tips for Hot Domestic Lawyers
  • Emergency Hearings for Domestic Abuse
  • 1999
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Unknown Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Ms. Collins' thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. She has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Real estate Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"It has been my pleasure to work on a matter in opposition to Margaret. I found her to be ethical, professional and a strong advocate for the interests of her client."
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