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WHAT ARE NON-PROBATE ASSETS?

Assets that are not required to go through probate are commonly referred to as “non-probate assets.” This term causes significant confusion amongst our clients and readers. This term simply refers to any assets which transfer automatically at the time of … Continue reading

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Dealing with the DMV

Let’s face it, no one looks forward to dealing with the Department of Motor Vehicles. This can be even more stressful when coupled with the loss of a loved one. We frequently receive questions on transferring title to vehicles (this … Continue reading

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Joint Bank Accounts In Probate Court

Well-intentioned family members often add a loved one to their bank accounts. There are a variety of reasons this may occur: shared expenses, planning for final expenses, long-term care concerns, or a potential for future incapacity. In many of these … Continue reading

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Can I Sell The Property?

Personal Representatives or heirs are often anxious to sell the real property due to the expense of holding the property if it’s vacant. Here’s what you need to know before signing a listing agreement or liquidating that real estate. If … Continue reading

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Joint Tenancy and Your Children – Estate Planning Nightmares

While my firm does plenty of estate planning, my role in the firm is to handle the “litigated cases.” This means that I step in when things have gone wrong – sometimes horribly wrong – after someone passes away. Over … Continue reading

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Joint Tenancy and Spouses: Understanding SC Law

In South Carolina, you have the right to title assets (this includes real property, bank accounts, car titles and more) in several ways. Today’s post will not detail ALL of the various ways we can hold title, but will discuss … Continue reading

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What is a Small Estate?

In South Carolina, opening a small estate is a convenient alternative to opening a full estate.  It’s a quick and cheap option available to some depending on the value of the decedent’s property that needs to be transferred.  The small … Continue reading

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