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William E. Phillips

Probate Attorney at Anderson, SC

4.8   18 reviews
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State SC
    Acquired 1991
    Good Standing No misconduct found

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About William

Learn William’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    I represent clients in a wide range of Probate Court cases, including guardianships, conservatorships, estate planning and contested estates. I also prepare wills, powers of attorney, health care powers of attorney and living wills.

    33 years

  2. Divorce and separation
    Divorces can be complex cases, depending on whether or not the parties have children, the extent of their assets, the extent of their marital debts and the cause of the parties' separation (adultery, habitual drunkenness, physical cruelty, etc.).

  3. Family
    Family Court cases can range from contested divorces and child custody cases to adoptions, name changes, corrections of birth certificates, child support issues and a variety of other issues within the Family Court's jurisdiction.

    33 years

  4. Criminal defense

I have practiced law in Anderson, South Carolina, and surrounding counties, for more than 20 years. I have handled cases in virtually every type of court in our judicial system. I have represented a wide range of clients, from those charged with murder, to those seeking a divorce, to those needing assistance with estate matters. I have been ruled to be an expert on the South Carolina Probate Code when I testified as a witness in a contested estate in Georgia. I have also represented persons in highly contested divorce cases and complex estate matters. 


William E. Phillips
1100 North Main Street
Anderson, SC, 29621


4.8 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Morgan | June 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend
William E. Phillips has done an outstanding job of representing me in a custody battle. I had to appear in court on a Monday morning and needed an attorney last minute so the night before he agreed to have me come to his office so we could go over everything and he appeared in court the next morning and did an amazing job.
Posted by anonymous | March 29, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent service, excellent experience
Mr. Phillips has changed my family's life. He has represented me in a high conflict custody case involving abuse. During this case he has been extremely empathetic and informative through out the entire process. Upon accepting my complex case, he told me he would do what he could to help the situation and made the most confusing parts of this process very easy to understand. In my opinion, he has changed the trajectory of my life and has allowed me to heal from this situation. I would recommend him to any mother, or persons otherwise, in seeking help in the family courts. Thank you, Mr. Phillips!
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Posted by Amanda | June 30, 2021
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William E. Phillips is an outstanding attorney! He represented me in an Estate, and he was very professional. Mr. Phillips was very upfront, honest, and willing to answer all of my questions about any concern I had. I could not recommend a better guy to work with on this probate case. Thank you William E. Phillips!
Posted by Tomi | January 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Efficient, commutative, experienced attorney!
Hands down the best package I could ever ask for in an attorney. Court itself is never where one yearns to be, but life often flocks us there. William is immensely efficient, well knowledgeable about our laws, communicates flawlessly(and quickly), and keeps your case up to speed-even when the other party delays. William holds himself well in court, he is confident and not cocky; which is important to me as a female. He is well respected by judges and I’m sure his years of experience(and reputation)plays a major part in this. His factual nature makes is less difficult to navigate all of the *whatifisims* that occur during your case, and keeps you focused on the true things that matter; saving you time and money in the long run. William is also respected by other attorneys, and is a great example to them of what one should be, or strive to be in the court of law. I would not hesitate to hire William again. Carole and William are one of my biggest blessings to date!
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Posted by Kristen C. | November 17, 2020
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Best of the best!
Mr. Phillips and his wife are the best of the best in Anderson. Knowledgeable , professional, and always make you feel like your needs and concerns are top priority. I have used them several times along with other family members and we are always quick to recommend their office as a suggestion. If you want an attorney that goes above and beyond William Phillips and his wife Carol are the ones to call!
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Posted by Erika | September 2, 2020
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Mr. Phillips and his Assistant Ms.Carol have been with me step by step in my custody case. I’m very pleased and recommend his Firm if you want To deal with Real People who actually have time for you. Every Text and email got a response and every call got an answer or a call back. They are definitely my Go to People!
Posted by Megan | June 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional and Exceptionally Smart
We first met Mr Phillips last year to get a will created for my husband and I. In December of 2019 We called Mr Phillips after hours on a Friday due to us receiving a call to potentially adopt a newborn. We were very impressed with Mr Phillips, for his willingness to help us after hours to make sure we did things correctly. He and his wife have been a God sent through this journey in adopting our son. Mr Phillips is a expert in many categories of law. If you want a lawyer that is honest and professionally prompt, Mr Phillips is your man! Mr Phillips is compassionate in helping you to get the outcome for what he is hired to do.
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Posted by Hayley | June 8, 2019
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Great Attorney
Mr. Phillips is a very well knowledgeable lawyer when it comes to family court cases. He explained everything well and answered any of our questions that we had regarding my husband adopting my daughter. Everything was done in a timely manner and the process was smooth.
Posted by Michelle | February 23, 2017
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Excellent Attorney
William Phillips has been my attorney for almost 20 years. Throughout those twenty years, he has represented me during my divorce and separation, handled my Will, been available to answer questions regarding other legal matters, and represents my clients when needed. He is patient, trustworthy, and truthful. He gives a best/worst case scenario to his clients and then gives his professional opinion based on years of experience. I will continue recommend William Phillips to others.
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Posted by Kayla | September 13, 2016
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Excellent experience- highly recommend
Mr. Phillips has handled several legal matters pertaining to my divorce. He is great to work with. He listened to my concerns and answered all of my questions. He offered his opinion as to how I should proceed, as well as letting me know what I could expect. All paperwork and filings were handled in a timely manner. I will absolutely hire Mr. Phillips for any legal needs I may have in the future.
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Posted by April | August 21, 2016
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Excellent attorney
I used Mr. Phillips for my divorce. He was patient and listened to my needs and questions. He also took the time to help me understand the law. I would use him again and I have recommended him to friends.
Posted by Amanda | August 6, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very reassuring advice
Mr. Phillips' answer to my posted question made me feel so much better. I read the reviews that were posted about him, and it would be awesome if I could afford an attorney's services to have on call, because Mr. Phillips' sounds like the attorney I would choose to help me with matters regarding my ex-husband and custody issues. Thank you.
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Posted by Mistie | July 19, 2015
Changed Our Life!
Mr. William Phillips is an exceptionally, knowledgable attorney to work with. He was easy to discuss the details of our case and answered all questions regarding my husband adopting my daughter. The process was very smooth, all of our paperwork was handled in a timely matter, and I would highly recommend Mr. Phillips to anyone needing help with a family court matter.
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Posted by Kelly | April 17, 2015
William Phillips has been my attorney for over 10 years
William E. Phillips attorney at law has been a trusted law firm for my family and I for over ten years. Mr. Phillips is honest and forthcoming. I have referred other people to him over the years because it's very hard to find a good lawyer that can be trusted and is also affordable. If you need a lawyer who knows what their doing William E. Phillips is who you should call.
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Posted by Charles | April 15, 2015
Good Attorney
I worked with Attorney Phillips for over two years on my divorce. He put in several long hours on this venture and was succesful at getting my divorce. He is a hard working knowledgeble attorney and is not scared to commit extra time to a case. I was very satisfied with the results and am proud to know him.
Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2015
Top Notch Lawyer
William Phillips is an excellent lawyer who is extremely knowledgable and experienced in the family court system. He made me feel at ease during my divorce. He always answered my questions in a manner that was timely and made me feel like he cared about me and my case. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2015
William Phillips is extremely knowledgeable of the family court rules, and he is very professional, he answered every question and gave very solid advice during my divorce. I highly recommend his services!
Posted by anonymous | February 24, 2016
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Not Forthcoming About Cost Or Length Of Case
I am currently being represented in a pretty complex divorce by Mr. Phillips he will make you promises he can't keep like you will get the house, my ex would be financially responsible for helping me, my ex would pay for my retainer/fees, and made it seem like it would only be a short time until my divorce is final. None of which he made happen!
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Response from William Phillips February 25, 2016
If this is an actual client, then none of the post is accurate, other than the fact that it may involve a pending divorce. Promises are never made to a client in a case. The possible outcomes in a case are always provided to a client, but no assertions concerning the final result of a case can be, or should be, given to a client. Assuming this was posted by an actual client, then that client must have failed to grasp the nature of the case and the difficulty of the case. If this client, assuming it is a client, has any concerns, then another attorney may be better suited to represent that person's interests in the case. Yet, no client has advised my office of any questions or concerns regarding the issues set forth in the post.
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AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Associate attorney
  • Allen Law Firm
  • 1992 - 2001


  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • 1990


  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • 1991 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 2012


  • South Carolina Jurisprudence
  • Coroners
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
Endorse William
Unknown Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer and would recommended services to any client."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Phillips is an exceptional attorney to work with. He continuously monitors current case law and is well informed about the most recent decisions affecting family court. Mr. Phillips is also pleasant to work with and cordial to his fellow attorneys."
Family Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An insightful contributor here at Avvo, Mr. Phillips has been endorsed by adversaries which is a high compliment for any lawyer and indicates, to me, that he has earned the respect of his peers. I endorse Mr. Phillips."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Mr. Phillips."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Such a wonderful spirit and is truly dedicated to clients."
Probate Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
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