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Greenville Probate Lawyers

In South Carolina, the probate court is responsible for overseeing the administration of an estate. To begin the probate process, numerous documents and forms must be filed with the probate court when someone dies. The probate process may go on for several months or longer, depending on the estate and whether any disputes arise over its administration. At the De Bruin Law Firm, our probate lawyers are experienced in probate matters and are available to guide clients through estate planning. In addition, our attorneys are skilled in handling probate court matters that may arise, such as disputes between family members....

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Greenville Business Law Attorneys: Choosing an Entity for Your New Business

Starting a new business is exciting and stressful. For many, creating a business is the achievement of a lifelong dream. However, it is no secret that many businesses fail within just a few years of opening. To avoid failure, business owners need to speak with experienced business law attorneys long before opening the doors to their new companies. At the De Bruin Law Firm, our Greenville, South Carolina business attorneys are experienced in assisting clients with all aspects of business law, from entity formation to litigation. Further, our attorneys are experienced business owners, which provides our clients with well-rounded...

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South Carolina Probate Process Part 2

Locating the assets and debts of an estate is one of the largest undertakings in the probate process. It can be quite challenging to track down all of the assets a decedent possessed, and it can be even more challenging to figure out all of the debts that the deceased may have owed. Within 90 days of the executor’s appointment, the inventory and appraisement form must be filed. This form provides a summary of the estate to the court. This form must also be filed with the South Carolina Department of Revenue and Taxation in some cases. To complete the...

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Common Issues With Field Sobriety Tests

Field sobriety tests are used by police officers to evaluate a driver’s level of intoxication. Field sobriety tests are often used in conjunction with a Breathalyzer, which measures the amount of alcohol in one’s breath. Although field sobriety tests are commonly used in all 50 states, they are not always accurate. Officers may mistakenly arrest drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the driver is not actually intoxicated. The horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN) test When an officer asks a driver to complete the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, the officer is studying the driver’s eyes. When...

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How Much Does A DUI Attorney Cost?

An arrest for a DUI is an expensive ordeal. There’s bail to get out of jail, the SR-22 insurance that must be filed for three years, and the cost of taking a South Carolina Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program. There may be other costs that cannot be quantified, like a loss of employment or damage to your reputation. Many individuals arrested for driving under the influence also worry about the expense of a defense attorney. In fact, the majority of Americans—a reported 63 percent—do not have the funds available to cover a $500 emergency. Taking your dog to the emergency vet for swallowing part of his favorite toy, replacing the brakes on your car, and repairing or replacing a broken refrigerator are all examples of $500 emergency expenses. Those without the resources necessary to cover such an expense reported they would have to cut back on other expenses, borrow money from friends or family, or even charge the amount to a credit card to make it through. An arrest for a DUI may set someone back several thousand dollars at minimum. An attorney’s job is to protect a defendant’s legal rights. Even if a defendant was drinking and driving, a defense attorney may be able to negotiate a deal and have the charges reduced. A good defense attorney will also be able to pinpoint if any errors were...

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South Carolina Probate Process Part 1

When an individual dies, typically, at least some of the property that individual owned will be subject to probate. This means that the property must go through a formal probate process to be distributed according to the individual’s will. Even if the individual did not have a will, that individual’s property may still pass through probate. What property is subject to probate? Land, houses, vehicles, antiques, stocks, bonds, and bank accounts are just a few of the types of property that are subject to probate in South Carolina. Unless all of the individual’s property was in a revocable living...

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How Much Does A Real Estate Closing Attorney Cost?

There are a number of expenses involved with buying or selling a piece of property. There’s the new mortgage, taxes, and insurance; the cost of making any necessary repairs to the property to prepare it for sale; realtor fees; and a variety of other expenses. In addition, there are fees involved with the final step of the transaction, which is called the closing. At the closing, the seller conveys ownership of the property to the buyer. Real Estate Closing Settlement Fees A South Carolina real estate closing attorney typically charges a flat fee for conducting the closing. In most...

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The Breathalyzer Test in South Carolina

 In South Carolina, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. If you are stopped for suspected drunk driving, the police officer may use a Breathalyzer to test how much alcohol is in your system. The police officer will ask you to blow into the Breathalyzer for a few seconds. The Breathalyzer will then provide a reading of your blood alcohol content. When a person drinks alcohol, ethanol enters the bloodstream. The more alcohol that is consumed, the higher the concentration of ethanol will be. With each breath, a small amount of alcohol vaporizes and enters the lungs. Of course, once in the lungs, it is released as the person breathes. The Breathalyzer measures the amount of alcohol in one’s breath, which is typically a reliable indicator of the amount of alcohol in one’s bloodstream. The Breathalyzer test is not mandatory You have the right to refuse the Breathalyzer test. In fact, police officers are obligated to tell drivers that they have a choice in whether or not they will take the test. However, deciding to refuse the Breathalyzer test is not without consequence. According to South Carolina law, a refusal results in an automatic six-month suspension of one’s driver’s license. The officer will take your license and you must complete an Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program before you may...

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Registering for and Filing Income Tax Withholding in South Carolina

South Carolina business owners must take several steps to get their businesses off the ground. They must choose a location for their business and they must obtain financing. They must choose a business entity, such as a limited liability company or a partnership, and they must register a business name. And, of course, the business must register for state and local taxes.   Withholding Tax Withholding tax is taken out of wages. The withholding tax goes toward the total annual income tax liability. Employers that hire South Carolina employees must issue a return to the South Carolina Department of...

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