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Linda Christine Hayes

Family Attorney at Greenville, SC

4.6   23 reviews
  • Licensed for 30 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1993
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Linda

Learn Linda’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Family
    95%

    31 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Wills and living wills
    5%

    31 years, 500 cases

SKILLED AND AGGRESSIVE REPRESENTATION IN GREENVILLE, ANDERSON, SPARTANBURG, LAURENS AND PICKENS

Linda Hayes is an experienced Greenville family lawyer who has written and lectured on complex family law, child custody, and divorce litigation matters. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1993 and has presented at conferences focusing on divorce issues and advanced family law. She serves families in Greenville, Pickens, Anderson, Spartanburg, and Laurens. Linda is a member of the Family Law Division of South Carolina Bar, where she lends her decades of experience in divorce and separation cases. In addition to her divorce services, she also regularly practices in powers of attorney and wills and estate planning for individuals looking to plan their family’s futures.

My interests include travel, cooking, fishing, reading.  I also enjoy gardening (more so the flowers and veggies, not so much the weeding!)   I enjoy writing materials for and speaking at family law NBI seminars throughout the state as it helps me to learn more and keep up to date with the ever-changing laws.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2018,2017,2016
Top Contributor
2018 2017 2016
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
2016

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Location

Hayes Law Firm Upstate Attorneys, LLC

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2016
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledge, Dependable and HONEST
Atty Hates is highly knowledgeable. She went over and above of what I expected an attorney to do. She communicated everything clearly and not in just "lawyer lingo" I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Posted by Laurie | April 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Family Law Attorney
Ms. Hayes represented me in a few cases over the years and assisted my mother with getting her affairs in order prior to her death in 2003. She showed us understanding, compassion and empathy. She displayed up to date knowledge of the law letting me know of recent changes and what it meant in relation to my case(s). Should I find the need for her services in the future, I would not hesitate to contact her office. I have recommended her to several friends and will continue to do so. I was very satisfied with her and her office staff, as was my mother. Top Notch in my book!
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Posted by Lesley Pingley | August 11, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
DON'T ROLL THE DICE ON YOUR CHILD
As a working, single mother, I filed for child support through DSS. I didn't think I needed an attorney because it was pretty cut and dry that I was taking care of my child and the father was not. My child had lived with me all of her life and I had done everything for her. I expected to be given a fair award for child support. On the child support hearing court day, my child's father whined, cried and complained about how he couldn't work and why he couldn't work. The family court judge fell for his sob story and awarded me a child support amount DEVIATED WELL BELOW the South Carolina child support guidelines. Unfortunately, I went before an incompetent, nasty, trashy, judge that discriminated against me because I was receiving DSS benefits. ( what this judge failed to realize is that if my child's father was financially supporting his child then I wouldn't have to fill in the gaps with DSS benefits...@#!!@@!!) And that's when the judge ordered my child's father to only pay me $200 a month in child support. The family court judge even told me that I didn't have to work!! I paid a pretty penny to get the court transcript but I have it to prove what the judge said. As a working, single mother who has sacrificed EVERYTHING for my child: DO NOT WALK INTO FAMILY COURT WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY!!! AND DO NOT WALK INTO FAMILY COURT WITH JUST ANY ATTORNEY!!!!!!! DSS AND FAMILY COURT ARE ON THE SAME SIDE. If you are receiving DSS benefits you will be looked down upon in the the eyes of family court!!! I hired Hayes Law Firm, Linda Hayes was my attorney. I got full custody of my daughter and child support increased to $750 a month. Linda is very experienced in the courtroom and knows exactly what cards to play and when to play them and that's what matters. The Family Court judges can't see what you're going through and they can't feel what you're going through. Linda has her way of bringing that into the light in the courtroom. Don't trust Family Court to give you a fair outcome. The judge I initially had, was very easily manipulated and profoundly ignorant. The latter judge proved to be more intelligent, classy and dignified. YOU DONT KNOW WHAT JUDGE YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE!!! READ THAT AGAIN!! When it comes to your child or children, when it comes to your family, don't roll the dice and think everything's going to be okay if you walk into Family Court without an attorney. Even worse, if you walk into family court with the wrong attorney. Most of the time, the judge was speaking to my child's father and he was convincing the judge to feel sorry for him. And the judge was stupid enough to fall for it!!! Do not walk into Greenville County Family Court without an attorney. Now I have peace of mind. Now I know I have full custody of my child. My child will be safe, in good care, and raised correctly by my side. AND THAT'S THE ICING ON THE CAKE!!!!
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Posted by Bonnie | August 8, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Divorce attorney
Linda has been my attorney for my divorce and alimony court cases. She has always been efficient, aggressive and proven results . I will always reach for her for any & all my family court needs .
Posted by Larraine | June 18, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Cannot recommend highly enough.
We have had the good fortune to use Ms. Hayes for a few issues and she just was such a blessing when we needed it most. You usually don't need a lawyer when everything in your life is going great. When you need one, you hope and pray to find someone knowledgeable, aggressive on your behalf, but also someone who understands what you are going through and makes you feel she has your back. Linda Hayes is all that and more.
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Posted by Michelle | April 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Impressed
While I began my search for a divorce lawyer I read all the reviews for multiple lawyers. I read a review about the Hayes Law Firm saying she was not friendly. I immediately called her. I didn’t need to find a lawyer that would be my friend but a lawyer that would get it done for me and she did!! She worked hard for me and didn’t put up with my ex’s bullying. She is great!! The office staff is marvelous, always ready to help and answer any questions you might have. No divorce experience is pleasant but they sure did make it better. Highly recommend them.
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Posted by Emma | December 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best around
Hayes Attorneys are the best around. They are a small firm who delivers big firm results. Their care, attention to detail and their fight for you attitude is something you won't find any where else. Thank you for taking care of me and my family.
Posted by anonymous | December 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Does what she says that she will do!!!
Linda and her team worked long and hard to decipher medical records and doctors’ notes in order to resolve my case amicably and fairly. If you need an attorney who can cut through the “red tape,” give the Hayes Law Firm a call!!!
Posted by Brian | March 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thankful Client
I wanted to take a minute and give a review for my Attorney Linda Hayes. As some of you know when you find yourself in the middle of a divorce it can be a roller coaster ride of emotions and uncertainty. My situation was very sudden and though Linda’s schedule was very busy she took the time to meet with me and listened to my needs and concerns. She explained to me what I should expect in the next few weeks and helped me put my emotions aside to make the best decisions for my case. I couldn’t ask for a more professional attorney and staff that she has supporting her. The whole team went above and beyond to represent me and my future. I highly recommend her and have already to represent others. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome of my case. Thanks again to the Linda Hayes Law Firm and her team for all the support.
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Posted by Heather | March 7, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Caring and Knowledgeable
Linda was my saving grace through my divorce! I'm very young and had no idea someone who claimed they love me would want to hurt me so bad. I got Linda on my side and she turned the tables. I'm no longer hurting or struggling. Don't be niave and think "he would never do that" trust me, he will and when he tries, you want Linda by your side.
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Posted by Michael | June 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
From a VERY happy customer, after this VERY strong, VERY aggressive, and MOST caring attorney I could have asked for!!!
I am completely pleased with the outcome linda has achieved for me and my little boy, mine was no easy case! The other party was very sneaky!! Even so they couldn't get around Linda!! She is very aggressive and definitely knows how to keep the ball rolling, and is also very experienced!! It's crazy because when I was young like 9, can remember waiting in the parking lot of the court house while she won custody for Uncle, I am 29 now she has been doing this a long time. I never thought I would need an attorney, but I am so glad I chose her she is so experienced and an is such a great person!!! A few things that stand out for me are the how good she keeps things moving, her reputation speaks for itself. One of my favorite moments was when the other party presented evidence of my temper, Linda instantly had it thrown out because there was no dates or times.. and she was sooooo fast!!! It was truly amazing and if she hadn't done that we would have been in a tough spot!!! I am very impressed, and happy with the outcome of my case!! I am very satisfied and she is worth every penny. I highly recommend this attorney. Also I try not to go to far into details of my case out of privacy, but my life is now perfect and I am better off than I ever thought possible because of this attorney and her experience, and actions!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Straight to the point and knowledgeable
I went to Linda with absolutely no idea how to go about starting my Divorce process she handled it so quick and made it so easy. My divorce was finalized a month after I went to her and I was thinking it was going to be a long dreadful process. Thank you Linda! I highly recommend Linda Hayes!
Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great
Linda Hayes gave me light when I had none. She is very understanding and straight forward. Explains everything you dont understand and works with you no matter what. She gives me hope for my case. I so pleased with my choice of hiring her. Would recommend!
Posted by Anjenette Norris Milligan | August 17, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable
My father died and Had issues with probate. Mrs. Hayes was recommended to me by a friend that had used her. Through the turmoil and tears, Linda guided me through the paperwork and helped me meet all deadlines. She was available every time I contacted her with questions and was very knowledgeable about the process. I highly recommend her to anyone needing an estate lawyer.
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Posted by Jeff | May 5, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Counselor Extraordinaire
Linda was great. She was able to guide me through a legal morass that consumed me for weeks. She is thorough, she asks good questions, and always kept my welfare and goals in mind. I highly recommend her.
Posted by Stellah | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer In Town
I was recommended to Linda by a friend of mine who is also a lawyer. I have been so happy to have her as my lawyer. She definitely lives up to her reputation in the community. Despite other reviews on here, I have heard nothing but good things about her. I have told a few people that she is my lawyer, and the ones that knew of her said that she was very good at what she does, and spoke highly of her. The staff is friendly, and she is too.
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Posted by Bonnie | April 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bonnie
Linda Hayes represented me in my divorce in 2015- she was very caring, supportive and agressive. Her knowledge of the law provided me with comfort and ultimately a fair divorce. I would highly recommend her !
Posted by Shane | April 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best divorce and custody lawyer in Greenville
Linda was great. Her expertise was proven when she handled my divorce. She paved the way for me to gain custody of my two small children which were still in diapers at the time. That certainly wasn't the norm in custody cases at the time.
Posted by Tammy | April 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great service!!!!
I have used her several times already and she is wonderful!! Goes above and beyond!! I will use her again any time needed!! Wonderful service and always quick response time!!
Posted by R.J. | April 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easy to work with
Ms. Hayes prepared some documents (will, etc.) for me. Everything was taken care of with a sufficient sense of urgency. She explained legal matters to me that I was unfamiliar with and she was attentive in listening to my particular needs regarding these documents. I feel a lot better knowing that I have a will and the accompanying documents should anything ever happen to me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.0 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney/owner
  • Linda C. Hayes, Attorney at Law
  • 1993 - Present

Education

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • George Mason University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Associations

  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • 1992 - 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • University of South Carolina
  • 1989

Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish
  • Enforcement and Post Trial Modifications
  • 2015
  • Divorce Litigation from Start to Finish
  • Temporary Motions Practice and Settlement Strategies
  • 2015
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Death and Divorce
  • 2015
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Navigating Complex Asset Cases
  • 2015
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Special Issues in Military Divorce
  • 2015
  • Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law
  • Thorny Custody Issues
  • 2014
  • Advanced Issues in Family and Divorce Law
  • Advanced Discovery and Evidence in Divorce
  • 2014
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Advanced Child and Spousal Support Issues
  • 2012
  • Advanced Family Law
  • Navigating Complex Asset Cases
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Linda
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She's well respected in the field."
Family Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. You can expect Linda Hayes to be accessible, caring, and well prepared for your Family Court issue. She will make you feel cared for during a difficult time."
Family Attorney | Aug 02
Relationship: Friend
"Linda is a great attorney who knows her stuff in family court. She has many years of experience dealing with families in crisis and the legal difficulties it creates. She does it all with great charm and empathy."
Family Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Hayes is a very effective advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Linda is a professional and experienced attorney in Family Law matters."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is diligent in her case work and results oriented."
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Greenville Family Lawyer Linda Christine Hayes
Linda Christine Hayes
Family Attorney
Greenville, SC
Licensed for 30 years