Michael J. PolkAttorney
Mike’s practice focuses on probate administration and litigation, estate planning for individuals, and enforcing creditor’s rights in bankruptcy court and state court. Mike has appeared at virtually every level of court in South Carolina, from the Magistrate’s Court to the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Mike has spoken at many seminars over the years for other lawyers and members of the public. He has served as the Richland County Probate Court Liaison for several years, and he has worked for several years on the Probate Code Revision Committee. Mike has been a member of the South Carolina Bar Elder Law Committee and is the former chair of the CLE subcommittee and co-chair of the Elder Law Month Task Force. Mike is also a member of NAELA, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys. Mike is also the author of the blog, www.palmettoprobate.info
Mike has also served an Associate Editor of the South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association newsletter, the Disclosure Statement, and has spoken at numerous seminars on bankruptcy matters.
Born in San Angelo, Texas in 1965, Mike spent parts of his childhood in Edison, New Jersey; Highstown, New Jersey; Macon, Georgia; and Burke, Virginia. A 1983 graduate of Lake Braddock High School in Northern Virginia, Mike attended Virginia Tech on a Navy ROTC scholarship, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. After graduating from Virginia Tech with a degree in management in 1987, Mike attended the Surface Warfare Officer School and Communications Officer School in Newport, Rhode Island. He was then stationed in Charleston, South Carolina aboard the USS Jesse L. Brown, FF-1089, where he served as First Lieutenant and Communications Officer/CMS Custodian. Mike entered the University of South Carolina School of Law after being honorably discharged in 1991. While in Law School, Mike was a Member of the Real Property, Probate, and Trust Journal, winning the Service Award as a third year law student. After passing the Bar Exam in 1994, he practiced law for one year with Kenneth G. Goode and Associates in Winnsboro, South Carolina before joining Belser & Belser.
Mike volunteers with Palmetto Health Hospice, is a director of the South Carolina Red Cross Services Board, and is the secretary of the Columbia Kiwanis Club.
Mike’s wife, Betsy, is also an attorney in Columbia. Mike enjoys practicing aikido, where he has earned his blue belt. However, he spends most of his leisure time trying in vain to keep up with his daughter, Jane.