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Facts about the probate process

Probate can be a confusing process to someone who's experiencing it for the first time in South Carolina, and many people feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the whole thing. The good news is that the probate process isn't always complicated. What is probate? Probate...

Who needs a will and who doesn’t?

Many people in South Carolina haven't written a will yet, but most people should. It doesn't matter how old you are, and in many cases, it doesn't matter how many assets you have. If you're even asking the question, then you probably need a will. Are you married?...

What is a durable power of attorney?

Estate planning for South Carolina residents often focuses on what happens to a person’s property and assets when they die. However, there is a difficult period of time that some families go through where a loved one is still alive but incapacitated due to injury or...

Business owners need an estate plan

An estate plan is important for a parent, business owner, or anyone with assets and sentimental property they want to pass on to their family or friends after they die. Business owners should also have a plan which addresses issues such as business continuity. Estate...

What is a “will contest”?

When most South Carolinians sign their will, they assume that its words will be given the meaning that was intended when the will was signed. While almost 100% of wills signed in South Carolina pass through probate without challenge, the validity of a few wills is...

What needs to be included to ensure a will is valid

A will is important for estate planners to distribute their property and assets and can also leave a legacy and care and provide for their family members. Estate planners preparing their will should be familiar with what should they need to do to ensure their will is...

The advantages of a living trust

When most people think of estate planning, a will is the first thing that comes to mind. Although wills are useful, they are one of many different kinds of estate planning tools. A will may be suitable for some people, but others may require a different means of...