Legal Nuggets- Wrongful Death Although death is inevitable, many deaths come sooner than they should. A “wrongful death” is one that results from negligence, carelessness, incompetence, malpractice, avoidable-accident, neglect, assault and battery, recklessness, and other malfeasances by third-parties. I have handled many types of wrongful death cases over my twenty-plus years of practicing law. If…

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Legal Nuggets- Wills and Living Trusts Many people contact me about setting-up a Living Trust, instead of a “Last Will and Testament”. I generally recommend the use of a Will, not a Living Trust, but there are exceptions to every rule. One of the big differences between a Trust and a Will is that before…

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Why Do You Need to Call a Lawyer? For the same reason you call: -the exterminator, he can spray strong poison without contaminating himself or you, just as a lawyer can say or write strong words against the other side without hurting you in the process; -the dentist, he can pull out that painful, infected…

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Legal Nuggets- Why Do I Need an Attorney on My Injury Claim? The people insurance companies use to investigate and settle claims are called “adjusters.” Insurance adjusters know more about personal injury claims than you do. They may not be as intelligent as you or have as high an IQ as you, but they have…

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Legal Nuggets- Underinsurance In S. C., in the context of automobile accidents and insurance, “underinsurance” is the term usually used for a type of coverage that: Is optional; Requires the payment of a separate, additional premium; Can be purchased in amounts up to the amount of Liability coverage you are carrying; Is intended to supplement…

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Legal Nuggets- Divorce: Contested or Uncontested Many people are confused about the meaning of an “uncontested divorce.” This confusion stems from the fact that divorce cases encompass many, many issues. For example, in a divorce the parties divide ownership of all marital assets and establish custody and visitation for all their children. Other issues may…

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Legal Nuggets- True Costs of a Lawsuit Legal Fees- Your attorney will have to work much harder if you file a lawsuit. If you are paying on an hourly basis this will cost you directly. If you are on a contingency fee basis, the attorney will be much less willing to compromise his or her…

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Legal Nuggets- Statutes of Limitations “STATUTES OF LIMITATION” “Statutes of limitation are time limits-limits on the life of the legal right to bring a lawsuit. Their purpose is to prevent the bringing of a lawsuit so long after the occurrence that it would be difficult for the person sued to defend themselves. It also promotes…

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Legal Nuggets- Should I Settle My Legal Case In deciding whether to settle, you first have to identify your options. Your options for concluding or ending your legal case are usually these: Settle with the “other side.” Go to trial and get a decision from the court. Drop the case. Sometimes you may have the…

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Legal Nuggets- Moving to a New Disaster Evidence is increasing that undertaking a “do it yourself” move can be hazardous to your health. I’m not referring to the risk of hurting your back lifting heavy furniture. I am talking about getting injured or killed in a automobile/truck/trailer collision. In the last decade there have been…

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