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Guide to Preparing an Affidavit

An affidavit is a written statement, which has been notarized. In court cases, witness statements in the form of affidavits can greatly support claims. If you have been asked to provide an affidavit, ...
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The Role of Intentional Torts in Personal Injury Cases

If you've been injured due to the deliberate actions of another person, you may have heard the term " intentional torts " used. This term refers to an important factor in personal injury ...
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How Long Will a Juvenile Offense Stay on My Record?

Teenagers, minors, and young adults often don't comprehend the consequences of their criminal actions. The criminal justice system that juveniles face when accused of a crime is not the same as ...
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Can I Sue for a Drunk Driving Accident?

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or a combination of both is illegal in South Carolina and all 50 states. If someone drives under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, and even ...
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How to Appeal a Denied Workers' Compensation Claim

There are many different reasons for a workers' compensation claim being denied, such as: The claim was not filed on time The injury was not reported on time The filer didn't receive medical ...
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Consequences of Not Paying Child Support in SC

Are you a parent who is seeking a divorce ? Or, are you already divorced or split with your children’s other parent? Either way, you are going to be dealing with child support – it’s ...
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Fake ID Laws in South Carolina

Fake ID offenses might not seem like a big deal, but they can actually result in some pretty severe consequences. If you are a college student and happen to have a scholarship, you risk losing them ...
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Wintertime Slip & Fall Accidents: Who's Responsible?

Falls are one of the most common injuries that occurs in the United States, making up about 8.9 million emergency room visits every year, according to the National Safety Council. During wintertime, ...
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How to Combat Parental Alienation

After a high-conflict divorce, what is known as parental alienation (PA) may occur, in which one parent turns a child against the other parent. The parent who does the alienating is referred to as the ...
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Are Military Divorces Handled Differently?

Unlike civilians, those who serve our country go through unique and complex issues when going through a divorce. If you're in a military family, and divorce is looming, familiarizing yourself with ...
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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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