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Don't fear becoming the administrator of an estate: Learn more

Probate is a word that some people fear because it means that a person they love has passed away and the estate has to be dealt with. Keep in mind that it is an honor to be the administrator of an estate. It means that the person you love trusts you to carry out their wishes, even though they're not there to make sure you do.

If you are not from South Carolina, then it's important that you contact an attorney within the state to learn more about the probate process. During probate, you may need to fulfill several duties including:

  • Paying bills
  • Selling assets
  • Distributing assets to beneficiaries or heirs
  • Dealing with will contests
  • Paying taxes
  • Taking an inventory of assets
  • Working with the court and/or beneficiaries

Parents still get distracted with kids in the car

You have certainly seen those "Baby on Board" signs that people put on their cars. The implication is that other people should drive more safely around the car because they know that there is a child inside, and they don't want to injure the child.

That makes you think that parents, when driving with kids in the car, would set a perfect example as flawless, safe drivers. Unfortunately, that's not true.

Employers who won't file injury claims are breaking the law

If your employer is refusing to help you file a claim for workers' compensation, you may feel that you are in a no-win situation. If you keep pressing for the claim, you worry that you could lose your job in the future. If you don't keep pressing for the claim, you'll suffer the financial consequences.

There is a time limit for you to file your claim, known as the statute of limitations. If you go over this time without asserting your right to a claim, you will lose your right to file. Some employers may delay filing your claim in hopes that you will drop your claim or return to work prematurely, which saves them money.

What happens when a third party causes your workplace injury?

A workplace injury can be devastating. You may wonder when you can return to work, what your recovery period will look like and how you will make ends meet in the meantime. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is a great start to recovering the benefits you need. However, when a third party outside of your employer contributed to or caused your injuries, do you have other options?

South Carolina law requires employers to provide workers with access to workers’ compensation benefits in the event of a serious injury in the workplace. Receiving workers’ comp benefits makes you ineligible to sue your employer. You can, however, pursue a third-party injury claim after another party contributed to your injuries.

Auto accident results in 4 victims receiving medical treatment

It's always sad when a traffic accident involves children who suffer serious injuries like in the following case. No one wants to see children get hurt, and it can lead to devastation for everyone involved in the crash.

This auto accident that took place in Daniel Island, South Carolina, sent four people to the hospital. According to the officials in Charleston, the accident happened on SC-41 at the intersection of Halfway Creek Road when a van traveling west on Halfway Creek did not stop for a stop sign. It was then hit by an SUV that was heading north on SC-41.

Distracted driving causes more severe collisions, study claims

An auto accident takes most people by surprise. They go out in the morning believing that they're going to go about their day in the usual way, but they're blindsided when they're struck by another vehicle.

There are many causes of motor vehicle accidents, with distractions being one of the most common. Distractions are caused by many things ranging from eating behind the wheel or texting to talking to passengers.

Becoming an executor? Here's what to know

During probate, your loved one's will is reviewed to decide if it's authentic and valid. This process can be time intensive, but it is a necessary step in guaranteeing that your loved one's last wishes are known and carried out.

When a person dies without a will, they are known as dying intestate. An intestate estate can also be assigned if the will presented to the court is found to be invalid for some reason. If your loved one's estate is found to be an intestate estate, the probate court will appoint an administrator to oversee the estate and to pay off outstanding debts from the estate's assets.

Getting a criminal defense attorney: What you need to know

If you have committed a crime or are accused of committing a crime, you need to get an attorney right away. Your attorney is an important part of your defense. They help you prepare for court and work with you to get you the best deals, plea agreements or help.

There are several reasons why you need a criminal defense attorney. These include the fact that your attorney can:

  • Talk to you about all possible defensive options
  • Talk to you about what you should expect if you're convicted
  • Inform you on what to expect during trial
  • Talk about the charges and what they mean
  • Fight for fair plea bargains and let you know when they're right for you

What is the purpose of probate?

Probate is a process during which certain debts of a decedent are settled. Property held in the decedent's name is also transferred to beneficiaries during this process.

Probate court has a few jobs that you should know about. It has to:

  • Prove the validity of a will
  • Total the assets in and out of the estate
  • Pay estate taxes and debts
  • Distribute assets to heirs or beneficiaries
  • Identify heirs and beneficiaries
  • Choose an estate administrator or representative

1 dead, several injured in Charleston crash

If you're traveling out of the area for vacation or to see friends, the last thing you'd expect is to be involved in a life-ending accident. Unfortunately for a man from Illinois, that's what happened when he went for a visit to South Carolina.

The news reports that the man died after being involved in a collision with another vehicle at around 2:15 a.m. near Charleston's waterfront. At the time, a 2016 Mazda had been passing through the intersection of Meeting and Columbus streets when a 2004 pickup went through a red light and hit the Mazda on its passenger side. This caused the vehicle to go on to slam into a building located at the corner of the intersection.

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