Deirdre W. Edmonds was born in Aiken County, South Carolina. She attended the University of South Carolina and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. She attained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1987. Deirdre was licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina on November 23, 1987.Deirdre began her legal career at the law firm of Bellamy, Rutenberg, Copeland, Epps, Gravely, & Bowers, P.A. in Myrtle Beach, SC. During her ten years with the Bellamy Law Firm, she focused primarily on estate planning, probate, corporate, tax, business, and elder law. Deirdre practiced with the law firm of Kathryn Cook DeAngelo from 1997 until 2001, where she continued to concentrate in the areas of estate and disability planning, elder law and probate. Deirdre was elected Probate Judge for Horry County in November 2002, and was re-elected in November 2006 and November 2010. She served as Horry County's Probate Judge until January 2015.Deirdre has been licensed to practice law in SC for more than thirty years. She is a member of the South Carolina Bar, and a member of the section on Probate, Estate Planning and Trust and the Elder Law Committee. She is a member of the Horry County Bar Association. She is a former member of the , and the National College of Probate Judges and the S.C. Association of Probate Judges. Deirdre is also a member of the Grand Strand Area Estate Planning Council, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the Carolinas Chapter of NAELA and the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association. Deirdre previously served as President of the S.C. Association of Probate Judges and on the Probate Judges Advisory Committee at the request of the Chief Justice of the S.C. Supreme Court, the Hon. Jean Toal. Deirdre and her husband have been married for over 28 years and they have three daughters, twins, Jessie and Katherine, and their youngest, Aubrey.