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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 [...]

2018-03-29T23:40:03+00:00 March 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 [...]

2018-03-05T12:49:08+00:00 February 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 [...]

2018-02-14T17:14:15+00:00 January 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 [...]

2017-11-02T13:28:03+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Categories: Probate|Tags: , , |

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 [...]

What Should I Consider Before Purchasing a Timeshare in South Carolina?

As a real estate attorney, located in Summerville, South Carolina, I have counseled clients on purchasing timeshares in South Carolina and even those facing a timeshare foreclosure. There are important questions that require answers before purchasing a timeshare. In this article, I will discuss canceling a timeshare contract, refunds and foreclosure procedures in South Carolina. Can [...]

What is an Easement in South Carolina?

As a real estate attorney in Summerville, South Carolina, I am often asked by clients to explain easements and the laws surrounding them. In this article, I will define easement, explain the difference between servient and dominant estates, how to create an easement and the difference between expressed and implied easements. What is an Easement [...]