Melody J. E. Breeden

Melody J. E. Breeden

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Melody Breeden focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning and probate law.

Melody has been certified by the South Carolina Supreme Court as a Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law and currently serves on the Estate Planning and Probate Law Specialization Advisory Board. Melody takes a genuine interest in each client and provides superior legal service individualized for each client’s needs.

Melody handles both simple and complex estate planning and probate matters ranging from Simple Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and Health Care Powers of Attorney to Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts. Melody understands that each situation is unique. Melody also handles Special Needs Trusts, Conservatorships, and Guardianships. From creditors and beneficiaries of estates to fiduciaries of trusts and estates, Melody’s experience and expertise allows her to completely handle estates of all sizes. She has experience protecting the interests of surviving spouses’. Melody is also certified as a mediator to assist in resolving disputes outside of the courtroom. Melody also assists families plan for the succession of their family businesses.

As a Myrtle Beach native, Melody has developed many long term relationships with her clients, and she is an active member in her community. She has been elected to membership in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a national invitation–only organization recognizing attorneys with exceptional skill and expertise in trust and estate matters. Until its recent merger with EdVenture Children’s Museum, Melody served as the President of the Children’s Museum of South Carolina

  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2001
  • College of Charleston, Bachelor of Arts, 1998, magna cum laude
  • South Carolina Bar, 2001
  • North Carolina State Bar, 2004

Professional or Industry Involvement

  • Elder Law Committee of SC Bar
  • American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • Probate, Estate Planning & Trust Section Council, Chairperson (2018)
  • Estate Planning and Probate Specialization Advisory Board
  • SC House of Delegates (Member)
  • Horry County Bar Association
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys

Community or Pro Bono Involvement

  • Coastal Planned Giving Advisory Council for Coastal Carolina University (Chair 2018)
  • Children’s Museum of South Carolina (past President)
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™-AV®
  • Certified Circuit Court Mediator by the SC Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification - 2012
  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law in South Carolina since 2009