Jump To Navigation

Georgetown South Carolina Law Blog

Content-Image

Your contentious family may set you up for probate litigation

Throughout your life, you may have dreaded any family gathering. For whatever reason, it just seemed as if you, your siblings, your parents or even stepparents could simply not get along. Animosity and the desire for conflict seemed to surround every topic and linger around every corner.

Now that one of your parents has passed away, you may find yourself feeling a great deal of emotions. You may have gotten along with this parent fairly well during his or her life, and as a result, you were named executor in the will. Of course, since you know your family's propensity for conflict, you may already be steeling yourself for the conflicts that may arise during the probate process.

After an accident, do you know what to do to protect yourself?

A car accident can be overwhelming, confusing and lead to substantial financial losses for the victim and his or her South Carolina family. If your accident was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another person, you could have grounds for a civil claim against the liable party or parties. As an accident victim, you would be wise to know what to do after an accident to protect your interests.

The steps you take in the days and weeks after an accident can have a direct impact on your recovery and the success of your civil claim. Fortunately, there are simple things you can do to build a strong case. These things can help preserve important evidence and give yourself a better chance of successfully obtaining the financial compensation you deserve. 

What you don't know about workers' compensation may hurt you

You shouldn't have to file a lawsuit against your employer just because you suffered an injury at work. For this reason, like other states, South Carolina law allows you to receive certain benefits, such as paid medical and medical-related care, and a portion of the income you lose while you recover from your injuries.

You receive these benefits through your employer's workers' compensation insurance regardless of fault. As long as you were on the clock and performing your work duties at the time, you should receive certain benefits for suffering a work-related injury. You may already know that part, but you may need other information in order to relieve any stress or trepidation you may feel if you do suffer an injury.

Conflict could arise if a person dies intestate

Probate can be a complicated process even under the best of circumstances. When a person dies without having created a will or other estate planning documents, it can take more time and effort to properly close the estate. Additionally, rather than having the ability to work with the instructions left behind by a loved one, you would need to follow South Carolina state laws in regard to succession and property distribution.

Some people may choose not to create a will because they think it will allow their surviving family to avoid probate proceedings. However, that idea is a misconception. You and other family members will still need to go through the necessary legal proceedings.

How can a personal injury lawyer help me?

Following an accident, you may have many questions about what to do next, what your rights are and how to effectively pursue those rights. People who seem to have your best interests in mind may approach you, including insurance adjusters and attorneys for the person responsible for your accident. Will you know what to say to them? Will you know how to judge whether their offers are fair and sufficient?

Accidents and injuries happen every day, and you may think that yours is something you can handle on your own. However, just as you rely on a medical professional to guide you in the steps of your physical recovery, you will certainly benefit from the trained and experienced guidance of a legal advocate for any issues where your rights are on the line.

James Brown’s contested will and estate

The estate of South Carolina native son and “Godfather of Soul” James Brown has been in a legal quagmire for more than 11 years. Since his death on Christmas Day 2006, Brown’s estate has not been settled due to a slew of lawsuits and constant bickering among his surviving children, grandchildren and widow.

Although Brown had a will with a bulk of the estate going toward a trust to distribute scholarships for children in South Carolina and Georgia, members of his family wanted it overturned. They claimed that Brown’s drug problems prevented him from making good decisions about his estate.

Drunk driving has serious consequences for college students

If you’ve had one too many alcoholic beverages, it’s never a good thing to get behind the wheel and drive a car. This goes for everyone, but if you’re a college student, a driving under the influence (DUI) charge may have additional serious consequences on your future.

A DUI may ruin what you perceived as an ideal college life of living in the dorm, going to classes, attending on-campus activities and hanging out with your friends. College years are often the first time students are away from home, and on their own. Young adulthood includes a bit of experimentation such as drinking alcohol.

Do You Have A Case?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close