Probate

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 [...]

2019-05-15T23:05:51+00:00May 15th, 2019|Categories: Probate|

What Do You Need to Know About Special Referees in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, certain types of circuit court cases are not decided by a judge. Instead, these cases are referred to a master-in-equity, who “is entitled to all the benefits and subject to all the requirements of the South Carolina Bar and the rules of the Supreme Court in the same respect as circuit court [...]

2019-04-07T17:21:06+00:00April 7th, 2019|Categories: Business Law, Probate|

Testate vs. Intestate Estates: Why You Need a Will in South Carolina

While there are numerous reasons to prepare an estate plan, one of the simplest and most-important reasons is to make sure that you do not leave behind an “intestate estate.” To die intestate means to die without a will; and, if this happens, your estate will be administered not according to your final wishes, but [...]

2019-04-07T16:50:34+00:00March 29th, 2019|Categories: Probate|

What You Need to Know About Special Referees in South Carolina

In South Carolina, certain types of circuit court cases are not decided by a judge. Instead, these cases are referred to a master-in-equity, who “is entitled to all the benefits and subject to all the requirements of the South Carolina Bar and the rules of the Supreme Court in the same respect as circuit court [...]

2019-02-15T03:06:26+00:00January 22nd, 2019|Categories: Business Law, 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 [...]

2018-10-16T20:33:39+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Estate Planning, Probate|Tags: , |

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|

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 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 [...]

What are Basic Requirements for a Valid Last Will and Testament in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, a Last Will and Testament is an essential legal document that should be drafted as soon as possible. Without a Will, your heirs and beneficiaries will have to wade through the probate process and it could take months, even years, depending on the circumstances. In this article, I will explain the legal requirements for a [...]

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