Our Family Practice Has Served Beaufort SC For Three Generations

As a third-generation Beaufort attorney, I am proud to call the Lowcountry of South Carolina my home. At the Fender Law Firm, my wife Tracy and I are keeping alive the Fender/Dowling tradition of providing honest and effective legal services to our clients.

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Prompt Professional Results From Our Family To Yours

Fender Law Firm is a family owned and operated practice. We are dedicated to giving you the experience and attention that you deserve. We focus primarily on Family Law including Separation, Divorce, Custody, Visitation, Child Support, Adoptions and more.

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Addison Fender represented me in a most intelligent and proactive manner. He was there every step of the way, and fully explained all aspects throughout the entire process of my successful case.

—B. Cummings


At The Fender Law Firm we understand that when someone is in need of legal services, it is generally at a difficult time in their lives.  There are questions that need answers…


When it comes to the law, you need to feel absolutely confident in your representation. Money, family, your future and even your life can be on the line. In times like these, only the very best will do. Learn about our Services and how we can help you…  


Click or call 843-379-4888 to find out how Fender Law Firm can help in your unique situation. We are the premier legal counsel in South Carolina and we look forward to learning more about your case and providing you with the representation you deserve.  

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At The Fender Law Firm we understand that when someone is in need of legal services, it is generally at a difficult time in their lives.  There are questions that need answers, confusion that needs clarification and actions that often need to be taken immediately.  At the Fender Law Firm, we promise that you will be treated with respect and your unique situation taken seriously.

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Fender/Dowling Law Firms Beaufort SC

As a third-generation #BeaufortSC law firm, we are proud to call the Lowcountry our home. At Fender Law Firm, my wife Tracy and I are keeping alive the Fender/Dowling tradition. Enjoy a brief history given by Jane and Sherwood Fender.

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Mediation | Beaufort, SC

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that allows litigants to reach an agreement to their issues in an informal setting, through the help of a neutral third-party, known as a mediator.

In South Carolina, mediation is commonly used to resolve legal disputes, including Family Court issues. In many South Carolina Counties, parties are required to attempt to resolve their disputes through the mediation process prior to requesting a final hearing.

Mediators are generally experienced attorneys who have received additional training focused on mediation. As neutrals, mediators are ethically prohibited from offering legal advice to the parties. The cost of the mediation process varies and is generally split by the parties.

During mediation, the parties and their respective attorneys gather together to try and figure out a solution to the various issues of the case. Depending on the mediator’s preference, the parties can either meet in the same room or the mediator can go back and forth between separate rooms. In most family law cases tensions are such that separate rooms are preferred.

Mediation | Beaufort, SC

Ultimately it is up to the parties as to whether or not an agreement is reached. The mediator is only there to facilitate the negotiations and perhaps offer perspectives based on their experiences. No one can be forced into reaching an agreement during a mediation and everything shared during the mediation is prohibited from being introduced later at a trial.

Mediation is generally the litigants one and only chance to have a say-so in the ultimate resolution of their issues and thus their futures. The parties generally are encouraged to compromise on the issues that they may have some flexibility on. During mediation, creative solutions are often explored outside of what a Court may order after a costly trial.

At the Fender Law Firm, we have skillfully represented many clients during the mediation process. In our experience, mediation is a valuable tool in helping our client reach their goals.

Strange Laws

Many laws that were created back in the day were regarding violations relevant to the time. As we’ve progressed into modern day, many of these laws still remain “on the books”, even if they seem obsolete.

Strange Laws

Enjoy some of the strange SC laws:

  • Horses may not be kept in bathtubs.
  • It is illegal to change your clothes at a gas station without permission of the owner.
  • A permit must be obtained to fire a missle.
  • It is unlawful for any person to sleep on the beach between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and sunrise.
  • It is perfectly legal to beat your wife on the court house steps on Sundays.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to operate a pinball machine.
  • It’s an offense to inadvertently kill someone while trying to commit suicide.
  • Musical instruments may not be sold on Sunday.

Enjoy some of the other strange U.S. laws:

  • If someone in Mohave County, AZ, is caught stealing soap, they must wash themselves with it until the soap is gone.
  • If two trains meet at a crossing in Kansas, “both shall come to a full stop and neither shall start up again until the other has gone”.
  • By law, only the first four firemen to arrive at a fire will be paid in Zeigler, Illinois.
  • Ohio made buying ice cream on Sundays illegal, so local vendors put fruit on top to make it different and resulted in the modern day ice cream sundae.
  • In Paulding, Ohio, policemen are allowed to bite a dog if they think it will keep it calm.
  • It is illegal to throw a banana peel onto the street in in Waco, Texas, because a horse could slip.
  • Bingo games may not last longer than five hours in North Carolina.
  • You can be fined for harassing Bigfoot in the state of Washington.

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Beaufort Elementary | Career Day

On Friday April 3rd, we had the honor and pleasure of being asked to participate in Beaufort Elementary School’s Career Day. We were met by a highly enthusiastic group of 4th and 5th graders with who we thoroughly enjoyed spending our afternoon. The students asked some truly thought provoking questions and we can tell you that the future is a bright one for this group.

Fender Law Firm Career Day Beaufort SC

Big thanks to Beaufort Elementary School for having us, and we are already looking forward to the chance to participate again next year.

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