DSS Cases / Litigation


If you have been reported to the Department of Social Services (DSS), it is important to do your best to stay calm. These scenarios can play out in a variety of ways, but one of the best things you can do for yourself, and your family, is to reach out to an experienced family attorney in Beaufort County. Being charged with child abuse and/or neglect can jeopardize your entire life, including your relationships, housing, and career, so don’t try to handle this all on your own. Find a qualified and tenacious lawyer to assist you.


The potential of having your children taken away from you is enough to make any parent panic, but with a good attorney, you can rest well knowing that you have a fighting chance to keep your family together. At Fender Law Firm, our family-owned practice spans back three generations, and we pride ourselves on protecting people like you, and keeping loved ones close. In a DSS case, there are several potential angles for defense, and we’ll go the extra mile to demonstrate your competence as a parent. And if you believe that your children were taken from you by error, we can litigate on your behalf, so you can be reunited once again.


Proudly serving the Beaufort community for three generations

We bring over 25 years of experience to your case and will work patiently and tirelessly to bring you peace of mind.

Our roots run deep and date back to the Dowling & Dowling firm founded in 1941. Attorney Addison Fender continued his family's legacy in 2010 when he and his wife Tracy, one of the county's most experienced paralegals, opened Fender Law Firm. Guided by the practice's long standing values of compassion, honesty and fairness, our highly skilled team offers family legal services in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, including Beaufort County, Jasper County, Colleton County, Hampton County, and Allendale County. Beaufort, Blufton, Hilton Head and surrounding areas.

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If you find yourself in need of Family Law representation, don’t wait another day to reach out and set up a consultation. Put the experienced team at Fender Law Firm on your side to help reach your goals. Call 843-379-4888 right now, or fill out the form below.