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Author: Law Office of Gem McDowell, P.A

Doing Good While Making Money: Benefit Corporations in South Carolina

You’ve heard of C-corps and S-corps, but what about B Corps? B Corp is short for benefit corporation, a type of for-profit business entity that is regulated by state law....

Can Your HOA Foreclose on Your Home for Non-Payment of Dues?

Losing your home in a foreclosure because you missed a $250 HOA payment – can that actually happen? Is it even legal? Yes and yes. This exact situation happened to...

What Makes a “Grossly Inadequate” Sales Price: The Debt Method vs. the Equity Method

In South Carolina, a judicial sale of a property can be set aside if the sales price is “inadequate.” Either the sales price must be “inadequate” and also involve fraud,...

How A South Carolina Couple Missed an HOA Payment and Lost Their Home

Imagine this situation: You miss an HOA payment. Then you receive some legal documents in the mail, put them in a drawer, and forget about them. When the HOA sends...

What Is HEMS and What Does it Mean for Trustees?

HEMS is an acronym that stands for Health, Education, Maintenance, and Support. It’s commonly used in trusts as a way to guide and restrict the kinds of distributions that a...

Sharing the Cost of Liability: What is Contribution?

Let’s say there’s an accident that leaves a person injured. The injured party sues the party at fault – the tortfeasor – who ends up paying damages. The injured party...

Protecting Land for the Common Good: The Public Trust Doctrine in South Carolina

“The underlying premise of the Public Trust Doctrine is that some things are considered too important to society to be owned by one person.” This is what the South Carolina...

Knowing Your Property Rights: Easements and Trespassing

We’ve talked about easements before, when a party has limited legal rights to land owned by someone else. Examples of common easements include an individual’s right to enter someone’s property...

Is Your Company’s Website ADA Compliant? And Does It Need to Be?

If you own a brick-and-mortar business that serves the public and has an associated website or app, read this blog, as it pertains to you directly. Most people are familiar...

What is a Title Search and Why is It Important?

If you’ve ever bought a piece of real estate in South Carolina, then you probably remember that one of the items on the to-do list before closing was a title...
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