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After law school, I clerked for the South Carolina Supreme Court.  I was particularly interested in the substantive law of divorce proceedings. I maintain that interest, and I am actively involved in trials, mediations, and appeals.  I have also devoted a substantial part of my practice to probate and estate work, to include drafting wills and trusts, handling probate estates, and representing parties in estate litigation. 


Contact info

Burts Turner & Rhodes

260 N. Church St.
Spartanburg, SC, 29306

Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 35%
  2. Probate: 15%
  3. Alimony: 15%
  4. Mediation: 10%
  5. Other: 25%
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Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Stephen Lee Denton

    I have personally known Richard for over 20 years. He is a professional but more importantly, he is a gentleman. Richard is always prepared and a zealous advocate for his clients. I have learned much from Richard over the years from simply observing him in and out of the courtroom. I have great respect for him and I suggest most lawyers in our community would feel the same. He has tremendous skills in several practice areas such as probate and appellate practice and I always feel confident when I call him for advice and refer cases to him and his firm.


    Stephen Denton Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ruth L. Cate

    I endorse this lawyer. Richard is an exceedingly qualified, well respected attorney in this area. He does work of the highest caliber and is truly concerned with his client's well-being. He is a worthy adversary while maintaining the highest ethical caliber.


    Ruth Cate Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


SCGood Standing197407/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Family Court Mediation CertificationSouth Carolina Bar2012
Rotarian of the YearDowntown Rotary Club2009
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney - Senior PartnerBurts Turner & Rhodes1975 - Present
Law Clerk to the late Chief Justice Bruce LittlejohnSouth Carolina Supreme Court1974 - 1975
Association namePosition nameDuration
Cancer AssociationBoard Member; President2008 - Present
Downtown Rotary ClubBoard Member; Past President1987 - Present
South Carolina BarMember1974 - Present
Spartanburg County Bar AssociationMember1974 - Present
United WayBoard Member2009 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Doe v. Queen, 347 S.C. 4, 552 S.E. 2d 761 (2001)For father
Grant v. Grant Textiles, 372 S.C. 196, 641 S.E.2d 869 (2007)For Employee
Michael Scott B. v. Melissa M., 378 S.C. 452, 663 S.E.2d 58 (2008)For Mother
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawN/AN/A1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
South Carolina Family CourtQualified Domestic Relations Orders2014
Pro Bono ProgramProbate Issues in South Carolina2011
Pro Bono ProgramWills, Trusts, and Probate in South Carolina2006