Real Estate

Should You Hire a Lawyer for Your South Carolina Residential Real Estate Closing?

You’re buying a house in South Carolina. You have an agent, you’ve picked out your new home, and all that is left is to get through the closing process. Of course, this can be easier said than done. While many home purchases go off without a hitch, homebuyers do occasionally run into issues. An attorney [...]

2020-05-04T15:24:53+00:00April 1st, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|Tags: , |

What Terms Should You Negotiate in Your South Carolina Commercial Real Estate Lease?

Whether you are starting, expanding, or relocating your business in Summerville, one of the first steps you need to take from a legal perspective is to negotiate the terms of your lease. Commercial leases tend to be lengthy and complex (often unnecessarily so), and they are almost universally heavily one-sided in favor of the property [...]

2020-04-27T16:07:45+00:00February 1st, 2020|Categories: Real Estate|Tags: |

How Do You Clear Title to Heir’s Property in South Carolina?

Heir’s property (or “heir property”) is a unique concept that can create unique challenges for property owners and prospective buyers. As explained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): “Heir property refers to land that has been passed down informally from generation-to-generation. In most cases, it involves landowners who died without a will. Heirs’ property [...]

2020-03-02T12:35:12+00:00September 1st, 2019|Categories: Real Estate|Tags: |

Co-Owning Real Estate in South Carolina: Should You Choose Tenancy in Common or Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship?

When two people intend to jointly own a piece of real estate, they have two primary options for doing so: (i) they can hold the property as “tenants in common;” or, (ii) they can hold the property as “joint tenants with rights of survivorship.” While these terms may sound archaic and overly-complicated (and, to a [...]

2020-05-04T15:21:48+00:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Real Estate|

What is a Suit to Quiet Title in South Carolina?

When someone sells you a piece of property, you expect them to actually own the land they are selling. But, while this is usually the case, there are a number of circumstances that may lead to a person unknowingly or unintentionally selling a piece of real estate that they do not legally own.

2019-08-27T18:13:57+00:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Real Estate|

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 [...]

2020-05-26T14:02:16+00:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate|

A Primer on Title to Real Estate in South Carolina

Owning real estate in South Carolina comes with privileges and responsibilities. For many people, it comes with questions as well. For example, many people have questions about what it means to hold “title” to a piece of real property. How is titled property different from non-titled property? What is title insurance? Do you need it? [...]

2020-06-10T13:45:30+00:00February 1st, 2019|Categories: Real Estate|

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 [...]

2019-09-11T12:38:28+00:00January 1st, 2019|Categories: Business Law, Probate, Real Estate|

Protecting Your Property from Adverse Possession in South Carolina

If you’re like most people, your home is your most valuable asset. It’s an excellent investment that not only gives you a comfortable place to live but also can potentially make some money in the future. For that reason, it’s important to protect it at all costs. Being aware of the dangers of trespassers is [...]

2018-11-26T17:43:23+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Real Estate|Tags: , |

What Is an Easement in South Carolina?

Imagine that you’ve found the perfect starter home on a charming plot of land. You’ve acquired the property, you’re starting to unpack, and you’re looking forward to doing some nesting in your new house. Then, you see one of your neighbors driving across your property on the way to run errands. A little frustrating, right? [...]