Mediation, Arbitration or Trial?

This article, written by Andrea Murad and published on entrepreneur.com, offers a great Cliff’s-Notes-style explanation of various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) options, including Mediation, Arbitration & Trial: Mediation A structured and non-confrontational process that allows parties an opportunity to create an agreement that works for them and their family. Arbitration A proceeding in which a dispute is resolved […]

Alimony; It’s Tax Deductible

The one thing people usually hate paying more than taxes is alimony, but did you know these payments are often times tax deductible? What is Alimony? According to the IRS, Alimony is a payment to or for a spouse or former spouse under a divorce or separation instrument. It does not include voluntary payments that are not […]

Reality TV Divorce Provides a Valuable Lesson

Celebrity divorces always pique our curiosity but, under the gossip and scandal, there actually lies a valuable custody lesson in Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel’s divorce saga.  Sharing Custody in Divorce Despite allegations of fraud regarding the trust used to purchase the couple’s NYC condo, a contested alimony provision in their prenup, and a separation […]

SPLITTING-UP: Equitable Division of Marital Assets and Debts

Part of almost any divorce is dividing the Marital Estate. In South Carolina, the law requires “equitable division.” This includes identification, valuation, and fair division of the Marital Estate. What’s fair is largely in the discretion of the judge, which is one reason negotiating a settlement may be in your best interest. In South Carolina, […]

Snooping and Spying Spouses

It’s a horrible feeling when you “know” in your gut that your spouse is cheating, but if you’re not careful snooping may land you in a great deal of legal trouble. A 2012 Wall Street Journal article reports several instances of spouses who were convicted of stalking, harassment, invasion of privacy, and violations of the […]

How do I choose the right attorney? And, how much will it cost?

Last week, Laura Moore, who is a dear friend and colleague, shared an article titled “What Do You Say When Prospects Ask How Much You Charge.” Although, the article was targeted at Trust and Estate attorneys, the message resonates with anyone uneasy about the expense of legal representation or how to choose the right attorney. […]

Accidents Hurt: What Should You Do After You’ve Been in One?

In the moments after a car accident you will undoubtedly be shaken. The most important thing to do is to make sure you are ok. You may have suffered anything from broken bones or internal injuries, to sprains and strains, even concussions and other less obvious injuries. Injuries from automobile accidents can be caused directly […]

Protecting the Best Interests of an Incapacitated Adult – When, Where, What, Who, Why, and How

WHAT:  A Guardian is appointed to manage the personal and medical care of an incapacitated person (“ward”).  Whereas, a Conservator is appointed to manage the ward’s finances.  A Guardian is responsible for ensuring the ward has a clean, safe, comfortable, and appropriate home and for making sure the ward receives appropriate medical and health care.  Guardians […]

“Auto Accidents and the Law” – A Pamphlet and Information Form Every Driver Should Keep in the Glovebox

As a public service, the South Carolina Bar published a handy pamphlet to assist drivers involved in automobile accidents. It includes a brief form drivers should complete at the scene of the accident (or as soon as possible after receiving medical treatment). We suggest every driver in South Carolina keep a copy of this pamphlet […]

Be Warned: Facebook, Text Messages, E-mail, etc. Are All Fair Game

In the legal world it’s called Electronic Discovery (E-Discovery), in the “real world” it’s called spying or even “cyber-stalking” but regardless of the label, your cyber-presence can be used against you in court.  There are numerous examples of Facebook, text messages, e-mail, etc. being used as evidence of adultery, poor parenting, to refute an alibi, […]