Six Tips for Surviving Valentine’s Weekend

The days surrounding Valentine’s Day may be difficult for anyone separated from his or her spouse or those who are actually in litigation in the Family Court.  It is common to feel nostalgic, sad, lonely or even depressed.  So, if you are feeling this… Read Full Article »

Have you been diagnosed with cancer after exposure to Roundup Weed Killer?

Multiple jury verdicts have been returned in California against Monsanto Company with regard to the weed killer Roundup Ready. Plaintiffs have claimed that the weed killer causes cancer. One jury concluded that Monsanto’s weed killer caused Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in one… Read Full Article »

Does your hospital owe you a duty to ensure that practicing doctors maintain adequate malpractice insurance coverage? Maybe not…

Recently, the South Carolina Court of Appeals decided an appeal involving the question of whether a hospital owes a duty to its patients to ensure that a doctor practicing at the hospital maintains malpractice insurance coverage.  In McCord v. Laurens… Read Full Article »

man texts while drives

Yes! It’s against the law to text and drive.

Most people realize that texting while driving is dangerous and can lead to car wrecks that would not happen if drivers kept their eyes on the road. Many drivers, however, do not realize that it is against the law to even check your messages while driving or that doing so can expose a violator to criminal fines and additional civil liability when involved in a wreck. Continue reading

It’s never too late.

At our firm’s recent Christmas breakfast the Spartanburg community came together to celebrate 2019, raise money for charity and acknowledge a wonderful group of young people, one of whom is struggling with a difficult illness and two others who are… Read Full Article »

Let earth receive her King

The story of A Christmas Carol teaches us all a valuable lesson…and unfortunately it’s a lesson that most of us have forgotten. As we celebrate the greatest gift of all let us be more like Jesus. Continue reading

So this is Christmas – and what have you done?

Well, if you are like me, you may have reduced your news intake to just skimming the headlines.  Or, perhaps you’ve taken to avoiding the news—fake or real—altogether. Between the violence and the politics (or are they one and the… Read Full Article »

Can an ex-spouse inherit an estate?

What happens when you are separated but you have not gotten divorced and your spouse dies?

Despite some people’s beliefs, simply living separate and apart from your spouse for some extended period does not divorce you from your spouse. You must have a final divorce decree (or annulment) that has been signed by the Judge and filed in the Clerk of Court’s Office to terminate your marital status for purposes of determining marital rights. Continue reading

Be Thankful and Be Prepared

As we approach Thanksgiving, we should all take some time to be thankful for the many blessings of life. For me, this is a time of reflection and gratitude but it can also be a reminder to be prepared for potential unexpected events in life. Continue reading

What’s in a name? And what if you want to change it?

There are many reasons people want to change their names or the names of their children in South Carolina. Some may want to change their names after a divorce, while others may want to do so for religious reasons or simply because they dislike their current name. Continue reading