Probate

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 [...]

What Can Cause Delays in the Probate Process in South Carolina?

As an estate and probate attorney in Summerville, South Carolina, I work with families who have lost a loved one and their estate must go through probate court. Contrary to popular belief, dying without a Will does not mean the State of South Carolina is going to take your property, but it can cause difficulty [...]

What Happens if I Die Without a Will in South Carolina?

As a probate attorney in Summerville, South Carolina, I know the importance of a will. Without a will, you will be considered "intestate” when you pass away, which means dying without a valid will or assets not effectively distributed by your will. In this article, I will explain the purpose of intestate succession in South Carolina [...]

Estate Executor Reimbursement, Compensation & Fees in South Carolina

As an estate and probate attorney in Summerville, South Carolina, I tell my clients that being an executor does not have to cost you anything, and in fact, you can often get paid for your services. This blog discusses whether an executor of a will or estate can get reimbursed costs, whether they can get [...]

What Are Probate and Non-Probate Assets in South Carolina?

As a probate attorney in Summerville, South Carolina, I get asked questions about what assets are subject to probate. Probate is a general term for the entire process of administration of estates of the deceased, including those without wills, with court supervision. The first step in the process is proving a will is valid and [...]