2013

Blog Posts in 2013

New Study Finds South Carolina Has Fifth Highest Violent Crime Rate in the Nation

Violent crime has been falling in recent years in South Carolina, but it remains higher here than in most other states in the country, according to a new study. The analysis by 24/7 Wall St found ...
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Study Ranks South Carolina Drivers as Second Worst in the Country

If you are fearful about the drivers on the highways of South Carolina, you have a good reason to be, a new study suggests. The study by carinsurancecomparison.com drew on figures from the National ...
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Legal Battle Between Adoptive Parents and Father of Girl Illustrates Complexity of Adoption

Adoption can be a contentious area involving different courts across the country, as was recently illustrated by a long running case in which a South Carolina couple's legal fight to adopt a young ...
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Government Targets Drunk Drivers and Those Not Wearing Seat Belts Through New Auto Technology

If you are ejected from a car, you are more likely to sustain fatal injuries. Earlier this month a man from Greenwood, SC was killed in a single-vehicle crash. The Index-Journal reported on how ...
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Will Obamacare Lead to a Flood of Divorces Because It Pays to be Single?

As experienced South Carolina family law attorneys, we have seen a lot of reasons for divorce over more than two decades. However, the reason why a young, recently married couple from Brooklyn in New ...
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Federal Agency Targets Dangerous Practices by Teen Drivers

Although the roads of South Carolina, like the rest of the US, have become safer over the last two decades, the number of fatal accidents remains unacceptably high for teen drivers. At the end of last ...
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Same Sex Adoptions Are Not Prohibited But Can be a Challenge in South Carolina

Gay marriage bans have faced legal challenges across the country. Earlier this month, a federal judge said the fate of Michigan's ban on gay marriage will be decided next February, disappointing ...
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Two Inmates Die in the Space of Six Weeks in Jail in Rock Hill

A South Carolina sheriff says he has "the utmost confidence" that his detention officers are handling prisoners properly after the death of a second inmate in custody in the space of six ...
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Jogger is Killed After Being Hit by Mirror of Passing Vehicle in Richland County

Pedestrians and cyclists are among the most vulnerable of road users. Even a slight impact by a car or another vehicle can prove deadly to them as was illustrated in a recent tragic accident in ...
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Financial Tips for Your Divorce

Don't be fooled by what you hear. There are things that you can do to help your divorce run smoother. For starters, you want to know where you stand financially. Obtain a free credit report so ...
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Improving Economy is Linked to a Rise in Divorces

Earlier this year, unemployment rates in South Carolina dropped to their lowest rates since October of 2008, amid numerous signs that the state is emerging from recession. But the steady improvement ...
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Texting & Driving Accidents

Driver distraction is a leading cause of car accidents and leads to countless fatalities and injuries every year. A driver can take their eyes off of the road for a second and in this short amount of ...
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Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim

When you are injured or you suffer an illness, the employer should be notified of it as soon as possible. If medical attention is necessary, that should also be sought immediately and you do not need ...
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Should You Plead or Go to Trial in your Criminal Case?

When it comes to criminal defense, having a hardworking and knowledgeable attorney on your side can be invaluable. Your future may be contingent on your lawyer's capability to argue your side of a ...
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Identity Theft Crimes

Identity theft is one form of fraud where an individual's personal information is stolen and used for various reasons. It is most often for financial gain, and may be through using current bank ...
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Officer Receives Honor After Suffering Severe Head Trauma in On-Duty Accident

A state highway patrol trooper, H.J., received the Department of Public Safety Purple Heart Award recently after recovering from a serious injury that occurred when he was responding to a ...
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The Burden of Proof

In a legal matter, one of the things that will need to be addressed is the burden of proof that exists. What is the burden of proof? This is the legal obligation that is placed on one of the parties ...
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Common Errors During the Divorce Process

Divorces can be a stressful time, and with a lot on the line and increased emotions, it can be easy to let your worries get the best of you. There are a number of mistakes that can be made at this ...
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Why Would the Court Modify an Order?

When a divorce is finalized, there are a number of important terms that may be set. For a couple that can come together and work through this process on peaceful terms, they may be able to decide most ...
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