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Uniform Simultaneous Death Act: Part II

In our first post on this topic, we discussed how to determine whether or not an heir or devisee survived the decedent. This post will explain how survival alters the administration and distribution in an estate. Effective January 1, 2014, … Continue reading

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Proof of Life: Understanding the Uniform Simultaneous Death Act

It’s more common than most people realize to have spouses, relatives or other beneficiaries die at the same time or in close proximity to the decedent. Sometimes this occurs due to a common accident (car, plane, etc.) while other times … Continue reading

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Can My Spouse Disinherit Me?

Many people are surprised to learn that South Carolina law actually prohibits your from disinheriting your spouse absent their consent (i.e. a prenuptial agreement). The rights of the spouse to take from the estate will be determined by whether the … Continue reading

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Am I An Heir? Part I – Share of spouse and children

It’s human nature after the death of someone to be curious as to whether or not you might be an heir to their estate. But, before you quit your day job and rely on living off of an inheritance, you … Continue reading

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