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Estate Planning Is Not Just For the Elderly

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Many young people in South Carolina make the mistake of assuming that they have many years ahead before they will need to worry about estate planning. Others think that they don’t need to bother with such cautionary measures if they don’t have many assets or a lot of wealth. The reality is that every adult […]

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Can You Protect Your Pet in Your South Carolina Estate Plan?

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When people are tackling their estate planning, they often don’t think about their pets in the process. However, if you are an animal lover, there’s a good chance that you’ve got at least one pet who relies on your for their daily care. What happens to that pet when you pass away? If you haven’t […]

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Seven Key Tips for Your Last Will and Testament

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Drafting a Last Will and Testament is not something most people look forward to in life. It requires contemplation on what will be done after you have left this earth. Nevertheless, it must be done to protect your assets and your loved ones.  If you pass on without a valid last will and testament (i.e. […]

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Tips on How to Avoid Probate in South Carolina

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Probate is the legal process by which a deceased individual’s estate is settled. The probate process involves multiple steps to ensure the decedent’s wishes are carried out and the title of property passes to the intended heirs. It requires filing multiple documents with a court and having the court approve the distribution of assets. This […]

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Making Sense of Probate in South Carolina

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The best way to make sense of the concept of probate in South Carolina is to see it as the process of establishing whom should inherit assets under court supervision. If there is a will, then there should be an appointed individual to execute the will, nominated within that will. This person is called the […]

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What You Need to Know About Small Estates in SC

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Many people don’t realize that things work differently with small estates – that is, those which are valued below the “small estates” limit ($25,000) – in South Carolina. In fact, if the estate qualifies as a small estate, then you can completely avoid the formal probate court proceeding that is typically involved in estate matters […]

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How to Deal With Inherited Real Property

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It’s nearly always true that real property has an emotional value that is almost as great as, or even exceeds, the economic value, and this is especially true with inherited real estate. In fact, the emotional/financial equation is often out of balance. Many older homes require work, and heirs may be uncertain as to how […]

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South Carolina Joins The Throng

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After they had debated the measure for more than a year, lawmakers in the Palmetto State adopted the Uniform Power of Attorney Act.   At one time, nearly all states used the UPOAA. But as originally designed, the measure had some gaps which state legislatures essentially took it upon themselves to fill in. Now, twenty […]

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Should You Avoid Probate Or Embrace It?

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Probate is not always something to be avoided at all costs. In some cases, the court-supervised process of distributing assets can even be a good thing. If the testator (person who makes a will) anticipates a dispute between heirs, it may be good to have a judge already involved in the process. Similarly, judicial supervision […]

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Digital Assets in a Material World

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Perhaps the most challenging part of a personal representative’s job is gathering all the decedent’s documents related to property ownership, from deeds and notes to account numbers and obscure title documents. The task is even more vexing when the assets are completely intangible, and a few recent high-profile examples highlight this dilemma.   10 years […]

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