Lea Schultz Law Firm

Lea/Schultz Law


Wilmington NC’s most experienced and recognized law firm practicing family and civil law.


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James Lea

36 Years of Legal Experience


When important matters are at stake, experience matters. James W. Lea III has more than 36 years of experience practicing law in the Wilmington, NC area.

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Trial Attorneys in Wilmington NC

“Of course you look for a reasonable solution that benefits your client, but if not, you do not want paper lawyers litigating your case.”

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Counsel From Some of Wilmington NC's Brightest Legal Minds

When getting wise counsel matters, look no further than The Lea/Schultz Law Firm.

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Divorce Mediation

Divorce, even in the best of situations, means making tough choices about how to handle shared property. Divorce mediation can be a valuable part of the process of resolving things amicably and creating a resolution for every one moving forward.

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High Asset & Complex Divorces

High-asset and complex divorces can dramatically change your standard of living if you don’t protect what’s yours. Hire the right team to be sure you get everything you’re entitled to.

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Child Custody and Visitation

Don’t miss a moment of the important stuff. Let us protect your rights as a parent in child custody and visitation arrangements.

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Business Litigation Issues?

You’ve worked hard to build your business and now you’re having some legal issues. We can help.

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Family Law

With more than 30 years of Family Law experience. Nobody is more qualified to represent your interests.

Business Litigation

Business doesn’t always go smoothly. Sometimes you have to protect your interests. We’ll gladly take it to court if it comes to that.

Estates & Planning

Secure your estate and make sure you’re prepared for the future.

Authoritative, Credible, Tenacious Lawyers in Wilmington NC

The Lea/Schultz Law Firm, P.C., are a group of highly skilled professionals who have the ability to successfully assist our clients with a variety of domestic and family law issues, including high-asset and complex divorces and those involving alimony, child support, child custody and visitation issues. Our firm also handles other forms of civil litigation, including debtor-creditor issues, contract disputes, and estate planning.

Lea Schultz Law Firm

Our litigation practice is led by founder James W. Lea, who has more than 36 years of experience, 20 of which have been dedicated to domestic matters. Mr. Lea works in tandem with attorney Ryan Schultz and Paige Inman, who are experienced in family law and business litigation. Our Wilmington divorce attorneys will meet with you to fully understand your situation, carefully explain the process and advise on the best way to successfully resolve your legal issues.

If you are dealing with a complex divorce, civil litigation, or estate planning, establishing a good relationship with your lawyer is vital to the outcome of your case. We understand the importance of attorney-client relationships, so we keep our caseloads small and only choose to work with clients with whom we feel a rapport.

Our skills and experience allow us to serve the needs of the client and custom craft a solution that is right for your specific situation. We are equally confident in the courtroom and at the negotiation table. With an extensive background in civil litigation and domestic law, our lawyers know how to effectively try a case when and if the need arises.

Mr. Lea has previously served as President of the New Hanover County Bar Association, Chairman of the Democratic Party for New Hanover County, and has served on the Board of Trustees for Cape Fear Community College. Mr. Lea is also the past President of the Residents of Old Wilmington, was the Chairman of fundraising for the YMCA and has served on the Board of Directors for the Opera Theatre Company, and on the Board of Directors for the Historic Wilmington Foundation. Mr. Lea also has created and continues to sponsor a scholarship each year at Cape Fear Community College.

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Meet Our Firm’s Attorneys

Attorneys James W. Lea, Paige Inman, and Ryan Schultz make a great team. Mr. Lea’s 36 years working in Family Law and Civil Litigation matters, Mr. Schultz’s experience in corporate investigations, and Ms. Inman’s skillful appeals work makes for a powerful team that can help you keep what’s yours.

James W. Lea

Ryan Schultz

Paige Inman

If you have a family law, civil litigation, or have estate and planning needs, we can help. Contact us today.

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