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How Do I Determine an Heir in South Carolina?

As a real estate and probate attorney, located in Summerville, South Carolina, I often explain the process of determining heirs in our state. The simple answer is leaving a last will and testament. However, should someone die without a will, determining heirs can be daunting. In this article, I will explain heir-at-law, collateral heirs, heir's [...]

2018-06-12T16:00:16+00:00May 12th, 2018|Categories: Probate|

Why Should I Sign a Living Will in South Carolina?

What would you do if someone you loved had been in a severe accident and was now on life support? Would it take more courage to keep them alive or to pull the plug? Who in your family would get to decide? What if it were you who was critically injured and now on life [...]

2018-05-29T16:47:47+00:00April 29th, 2018|Categories: Living Will|Tags: , , |

What Are Common Estate Planning Mistakes in South Carolina?

As a probate and real estate attorney, located in Summerville, South Carolina, I meet people who have made serious mistakes when setting up their estate plan. There are some things that are tailor-made for Do-It-Yourself projects, however, estate planning should not be one of them. While it may be tempting to save a little money [...]

2018-05-24T13:43:32+00:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning|

What are the Types of Will Bequests in South Carolina?

As a probate attorney located in Summerville, South Carolina, I often deal with will bequests. Will bequests are gifts made through a last will and testament or a living trust. It is essential that bequests are made in your will to ensure your personal property is distributed as intended. In this article, I will define a will bequest and [...]

2018-05-24T13:46:08+00:00February 25th, 2018|Categories: Probate|

What is the Difference Between Warranty and Quitclaim Deeds in South Carolina?

As a probate and real estate attorney, located in Summerville, South Carolina, I am often asked to explain the difference between and warranty and quitclaim deeds. Buying a home or other real estate is exciting, but it comes with a seemingly endless maze of paperwork. One of the most important documents in the process is the [...]

2018-05-24T13:45:05+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Categories: Real Estate|

What is a Charging Order in South Carolina?

As an attorney located in Summerville, South Carolina, I am often asked to explain a charging order. Law Dictionaries have included a “charging order” definition since 1904.  The advent of Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) has increased the need to understand charging orders. Keep in mind that the law governing LLCs is still evolving. In this article, [...]

What Are the Reasons Why a Real Estate Title Could Be Defective and Unmarketable in South Carolina?

As a probate and estate attorney, located in Summerville, South Carolina, I am often asked how and why real estate titles could be defective. Your home may be new to you, but every property has a history. Title problems can turn a home that you bought for $250,000 into one that’s worth $1. A thorough [...]

What is a Legal Description and Why is it Important in South Carolina?

As a real estate attorney located in Summerville, South Carolina, I am often asked about real estate legal descriptions and their importance. In this article, I will define a legal description, where the legal description can be located, the most common types of writing legal descriptions and how legal descriptions differ from other forms of description [...]

What are Common Probate Words and Terms in South Carolina?

As a probate attorney, located in Summerville, South Carolina, I know that understanding probate words and terms is not easy for non-legal professionals (and even for some legal professionals). Most forms are written in legalese, making the process frustrating. In this article, I will review common probate terms that will help you navigate the probate process [...]

What Are Advanced Health Care Directives in South Carolina?

As a Probate Attorney located in Summerville, South Carolina, I am often asked about advanced directives and how it will affect them. This is a fundamental document that needs to be executed during your life to ensure that you receive the kind of health care you want if you are ever incapacitated. Having an advance directive [...]