A Family Run Business Forging Service from Experience
Woody DuRant was born and raised in Murrells Inlet, SC. He attended St. James High School, then Clemson University, and has a law degree from the Charleston School of Law. Market Common Law begins in Woody DuRant.
After graduating, he returned to Myrtle Beach and started working at his father’s practice— The Law Offices of N. David DuRant, located on Glenns Bay Road, in Surfside Beach.
“We are a general practice law firm. We do a lot of real estate closings, both residential and commercial, and we represent HOA’s,” Woody says. “We also do probate work— wills, trusts, power of attorney, as well as litigation.”
“The Market Common is very new,” Woody tells me, “and there’s a lot of people moving to the area. There’s not a lot of commercial services provided for the people who live there, at least in the realm of law.
“We want the community to know that we’ve been doing this for 30 years, and we’re right down the road, less than 10 minutes away. We’re an established, local law firm. Since our roots are here, we know the customs and the culture of this place, and that means we can better serve you.”
“I’ve been down here since I was born, in 1988,” he continues. “I’m not going anywhere. My dad has been here since the mid 80’s. He’s not going anywhere either. We are a family practice, with a family atmosphere, and a local, community spirit.” Woody first became interested in law when he was in elementary school and an attorney came to his school and conducted a mock trial.
“Once I decided to go into law, I knew I’d go into practice with my dad,” he says. “I grew up here— I’ve always loved this area and enjoyed living here. I always wanted to come back.”
“I also enjoy helping people,” he continues. “A lot of times people come to see us when they’re at their last straw. They need help, and we show them, ‘we’re with you.’ Maybe someone comes because her husband has passed away and she’s trying to probate the will. And someone in the family objects to the will. She’s grieving— handling the will isn’t something she wants to be doing, so she turns it over to us.”
DuRant offers free consultations. They will give you advice if they take your case, or recommendations about where to go from there, if they aren’t.
“I like to see clients leave satisfied,” Woody tells me. “That’s always good to see. And you don’t get the same things everyday. That variety— it keeps you on your toes. You have to constantly be a student ready to tackle something new every day.”
Woody’s father, David, graduated from law school in 1983. He began practicing at a firm in Manning, SC, until he opened his own firm in Myrtle Beach. James Purvis, who works with family and criminal law, has been part of the DuRant firm for 10 years. Woody completes their small team of three.
“Our office has a casual atmosphere; we’re not going to make you nervous, with books all over the walls,” Woody tells me with a wink and a smile. “But we are laid back, relaxed, and easy to talk to.”
DuRant Law Firm
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