Estate Planning and Estate Administration Considerations Related to COVID-19 in South Carolina

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted all South Carolinians in a variety of different ways. From working overtime caring for sick patients to facing financial struggles due to layoffs and furloughs, and from homeschooling children to caring for aging loved ones, all South Carolina residents are facing unexpected – and often extremely difficult – [...]

10 Reasons to Update Your Estate Plan in 2020 if You Live in South Carolina

It’s time to ring in the New Year, and while that means looking ahead to 2020, it also means reflecting on the events that transpired in 2019. From an estate planning perspective, there are several events that can necessitate changes to your existing plan. The start of the New Year is a good time to [...]

2020-12-26T15:41:50+00:00January 1st, 2020|Categories: Estate Planning|Tags: |

What are the Rights and Obligations of Trustees in South Carolina?

When a person leaves behind a trust as part of his or her estate plan, the person who is responsible for managing the trust is referred to as the “trustee.” While the person who creates the trust (referred to as a “settlor” or “grantor”) establishes the terms of the trust and the scope of the [...]

2020-12-26T15:41:50+00:00December 1st, 2019|Categories: Estate Planning|Tags: |

Estate Planning in South Carolina: Do You Need a Living Will and a Health Care Power of Attorney?

When preparing your estate plan, it is important to give due consideration to the health care planning aspects involved. While most people focus on making decisions regarding the distribution of their assets after death, planning for incapacity and establishing guidelines for end-of-life care are equally important. These steps can provide much-needed peace of mind for [...]

2020-12-26T15:41:50+00:00August 1st, 2019|Categories: Estate Planning, Living Will|

What Authority and Duties Do Personal Representatives Have in South Carolina?

When a person dies in South Carolina, someone must take responsibility for managing his or her final affairs. That person is the deceased’s “personal representative.” A personal representative may be designated in the deceased’s will; or, if no designation has been made, then a personal representative will need to be appointed at the start of [...]

2020-12-26T15:41:50+00:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate|

Why You Should Draft a Will in South Carolina

As an estate planning attorney in Summerville, SC, I know that planning for when you’re gone is a scary but necessary action to take. Plenty of people wait until the last moment to think about what will happen to their belongings when they’re gone. That, however, is not an awesome idea. Considering that you don’t [...]

2020-12-26T15:42:18+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning, Probate|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 [...]

2020-12-26T15:42:19+00:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning|
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