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About Bench Warrants

If you're a fan of crime shows on television, you've probably heard an actor say something to the effect of, "There's a warrant for his arrest." If you suspect that there's a ...
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Can I Get Fired for Filing a Workers' Comp Claim?

Before workers' compensation laws were enacted, it was very difficult for injured workers to receive compensation after a workplace injury. Often, the injured worker would have to file a lawsuit ...
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What is Proper Courtroom Etiquette?

If you are facing criminal charges in South Carolina, or anywhere else in the United States, you will be expected to show up in court. Like most places, when you go to court there is a proper way to ...
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Will I Be Tried if I'm Arrested for a Crime?

After a person is arrested for a crime, there is a very small window of opportunity in which a trial could be avoided. Not every case has to end in a jury trial, but if you have been arrested, then ...
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Filing for Divorce in South Carolina

Each state has enacted its own divorce laws, so the divorce laws vary from state-to-state. If you live in Columbia, South Carolina, or anywhere else in the state and you are considering filing for ...
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How to Prepare Children for Divorce

Divorce is never an easy decision to make, but it can be made even more difficult when children are involved. No parent wants to face the task of telling their innocent children that their parents are ...
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Filing a Sexual Abuse Lawsuit in Columbia, SC

While society may not talk about sexual violence and abuse as much as say, car accidents and other personal injury cases, it doesn't mean it isn't a big problem in the United States. In fact, ...
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Can I File a Workers' Comp Claim if I'm at Fault?

Before workers' compensation laws were created, when a worker was injured on the job, the worker would have to file a lawsuit against their employer, and they'd have to prove that their ...
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State vs. Federal Crimes, How are They Different?

A lot of people are confused about state vs. federal crimes, so we are going to explain the difference between the two. State laws are created by state legislators, whereas federal laws are ...
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What Rights Does an Unwed Father Have?

In today's society, more children are being born out of wedlock. There are reasons for this trend, for instance, it's easier for women to be economically independent than it was 50 years ago, ...
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Social Media & Divorce: Be Careful What You Post!

In many regards, a divorce is a legal battle between you and your spouse, especially if it is a heated, contested divorce. In any "fight," the last thing you want to do is give information ...
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Burglary is More Than Just a Theft Crime

Burglary is probably one of the most misunderstood legal statutes on the books. Most people assume it is only a theft crime – and, indeed, many government criminal records file it as such ...
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South Carolina's Dog Bite Law

Many Columbia residents will readily admit that they are dog lovers, and understandably so. Man's best friend can offer safety, security, and great companionship. But despite all of the wonderful ...
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Occupational Diseases in Columbia, South Carolina

Each year, American workers become ill after developing an "occupational disease," which is defined by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) as, "any abnormal ...
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Legal Separation or Divorce: Which Is Right for Me?

Have you and your spouse decided to part ways? Depending on the circumstances of your relationship, you may want to consider pursuing a legal separation as either an alternative resolution or as a ...
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Columbia's Pretrial Intervention Program

Were you recently arrested for your first criminal offense in Columbia, South Carolina? If so, you will be interested in learning about the Pretrial Intervention Program (PTI) and what it can do for ...
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Financial Advice for Divorcing Spouses

When people contemplate divorce, their foremost concerns center on child custody and support and finances. As far as finances are concerned, there is a lot of room for error during divorce ...
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South Carolina Workers' Compensation Denials

Considering how much time Americans spend on-the-job, it's no surprise that occupational accidents, injuries and diseases are common in the workplace. As machines began to dominate America's ...
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Should You Hire Your Own Criminal Defense Attorney?

When was the last time you happily depended or settled on a publically provided service? Has there ever been a moment where you wish you were on the bus rather than in your own automobile? Purchasing ...
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How Do I Know I Have a Personal Injury Claim?

In each state, people can be criminally prosecuted for intentionally causing bodily injuries or death to other individuals. In contrast, when a person or business acts in a careless or reckless manner ...
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Establishing Paternity in South Carolina

When a baby is born and the child's parents are married to each other, the mother's husband is automatically assumed to be the child's father. But, if the child is born and the parents are ...
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Advantages of a Plea Bargain

If you are the target of a pre-file investigation (no formal charges have been filed yet), or if you have already been arrested for a crime, you may have imagined that you would have a trial by jury, ...
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Misdemeanor vs. Felony: Know the Differences

When you are not being investigated for or facing criminal charges, the differences between a misdemeanor and a felony are probably pretty low on your priority list. But once you are up against the ...
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FAQs About Workers' Compensation in South Carolina

Under South Carolina's workers' compensation laws, employers shoulder the costs of work-related injuries and occupational illnesses, without regard to a worker's fault. Nationwide, ...
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DUI & DMV Administrative Hearings

After you are arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence ( DUI ), you will probably be thinking about how you need a DUI attorney to protect you in court from a criminal conviction. While ...
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