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Category: Wills

Should Your Estate Go Through Probate? Why or Why Not?

Oct 9, 2017
Last time we cleared up confusion around probate in South Carolina and looked at what probate is and isn’t. If there’s one thing people do know about probate, it’s that...

Clearing Up Confusion About Probate in South Carolina

Aug 16, 2017
For some people, “probate” is a dirty word. Much of this attitude comes from not understanding the process, so let’s clear up the confusion. What Probate Is and What Probate...

Avoid the Pitfalls of Estate Planning in “Brady Bunch Marriages”

Sep 30, 2016
“Brady Bunch marriages” – in which spouses bring their kids from prior relationships into the new marriage – pose a number of potential problems when it comes to estate planning....

The Unintended Consequences of Bad Estate Planning

Apr 20, 2015
We always advise people to get estate planning done. If you don’t decide what will happen to your assets upon your death, the state will decide for you.   But...

What Happens if You Die in South Carolina Without a Will?

Mar 8, 2015
You may be wondering what happens if you die in South Carolina without a will. If that happens, your surviving spouse will get 50% of your estate, and your children...

The 5 Essential Estate Planning Documents

Feb 20, 2015
When you come to the Law Office of Gem McDowell to work on your estate plan, we discuss five documents together: a will, a trust, a living will, a healthcare...

Should I Use LegalZoom to Create My Will?

Feb 9, 2015
Should you trust your estate planning documents to DIY legal sites like LegalZoom? Short answer: Probably not. Every person is different. Every family situation is different. And if you have...
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