2017

Blog Posts in 2017

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False Accusation of Sexual Assault: What Do I Do?

If you or a loved one has been charged with a sexual assault crime in South Carolina that you did not commit, it can be a frightening and stressful experience. While we assume the legal system ...
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3 Things You Didn't Know About White Collar Crimes

Whether they appear in movies, television shows, and popular culture, white-collar crime has been glamorized in a variety of mediums. However, these offenses are punished harshly both at the state and ...
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How to Overcome Bias in Your Motorcycle Accident Case

At Masella Law Firm, P.A. , our Columbia personal injury attorney understands that motorcyclists are not bad, reckless people. In our firm's experience, the majority of motorcyclists are more ...
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How Workers' Comp Affects Disability Benefits

Were you recently injured in a workplace accident in Columbia, South Carolina or are you suffering from an occupational disease? If so, you may be wondering, "Can I apply for both workers' ...
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FAQs About Criminal Cases in South Carolina

Are you facing criminal charges for the first time in Columbia or anywhere else in South Carolina? If "yes," you probably have a lot of questions about how the state handles criminal cases ...
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How Truck Driver Fatigue is Contributing to More Accidents

When it comes to truck accidents in the United States, the most common cause of these crashes is driver error. Furthermore, one of the leading factors associated with accidents involving driver error ...
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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Deciding on Divorce

More than half of all marriages in the country end in divorce, which is a discouragingly high rate. Before you decide to become part of this statistic, you might want to take some time to ask yourself ...
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Are Inheritances Divided in Divorce?

Under South Carolina law, if you're married, both you and your spouse jointly own everything that either of you acquires or earns during the course of your marriage. However, some assets obtained ...
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Online Dating Profiles Can Be Used as Evidence in Divorce

Whether you are married, separated, or going through a divorce, it is wise to fill out your online dating profiles as accurately as possible. When it comes to divorce proceedings, online dating ...
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Should I Sign a Prenuptial Agreement?

Prenuptial agreements are a touchy subject amongst couples who are preparing to tie the knot. Many often assume that prenuptial agreements mean you expect a marriage to fail, but this is far from the ...
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Child-Related Accidents Increase in the Summer

If you're a parent, summer probably has a slightly different meaning to you. Depending on the age of your children, it can mean trips to the park, lazy days by the pool, popsicles, sunblock, and ...
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Do I Have to Pay Alimony if My Spouse Works?

In the face of divorce, most people begin to worry about finances, and reasonably so. If your marriage has broken down, you may be worried about alimony, child support, and let us not forget – ...
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How Divorce Affects Men & Women in Different Ways

While we are all aware divorce can have a negative effect on everyone involved, many studies over the years have concluded that men and women are affected differently. The dissolution of a marriage is ...
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Amputations in Workplace Accidents

According to the Center for Orthotic & Prosthetic Care, "Each year, the majority of new amputations occur due to complications of the vascular system (of or pertaining to the blood vessels), ...
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Child Custody Tips for Fathers

As a father in the middle of divorce, you may be concerned about your standing in your child's life. Child custody is difficult to fight for when you feel like everyone is against you simply ...
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Gray Divorce: Tips for Older Couples

No matter the age of the couple, divorce is never easy. It can be incredibly difficult to start over at a later age in life, however, because you probably didn't expect to have your world change ...
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Tips for Summer Vacation & Child Custody Plans

Child custody can be complicated, but it becomes ever so complex in the event of summer and vacation time. During this time of year, your child is likely off from school and is therefore going to have ...
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How Are Federal Crimes Different?

If you aren't 100% sure of the difference between state and federal crimes, join the club! A lot of people don't know the difference, but we assure you, they are not the same. Essentially, the ...
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Beware of the Medical Authorization Release

When you are injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, you will be dealing with the at-fault party's insurance carrier. As a part of the claims process, the insurance company will send you ...
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Can Unemployment Be Taken for Child Support?

In South Carolina and the rest of the country, parents are obligated to financially support their children, even if they were never married. Usually, child support is ordered in a paternity action, a ...
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Is Your Spouse Hiding Assets? Here Are the Signs

During a divorce, you and your spouse may be very upset about the ending of your marriage. Very few divorces end amicably, which leads to many couples reacting with spite or bitterness. Some people ...
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Common Child Custody Issues Parents Face during Divorce

Child custody is one of the most highly contested issues parents face during divorce, simply because each parent feels he or she knows what's best for the child in question. This highly emotional ...
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Will My Columbia, SC Workers' Comp Claim Be Denied?

Were you recently injured on the job in Columbia, South Carolina? Or, have you been diagnosed with an occupational disease? Either way, you may be wondering, "Will my workers' compensation ...
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Identity Theft Charges in Columbia, SC

According to the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, "Identity theft is the nation's fastest growing crime." Effective December 31, 2008, South Carolina identity theft victims ...
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How to Choose the Right Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Case

If you've been accused of a criminal offense, no matter how minor or severe it is in nature, you'll want legal help on your side. Who you choose to represent you at this time is critical, as ...
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