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The difference between a simple and complex will

Most people view the estate planning process as extremely complicated. Between trusts, wills and health proxies, it seems like developing a plan may never end. However, crafting a will doesn’t always have to be complicated.

There are many situations when a person only needs a “simple will” to cover their estate after they pass away. But when do you use a simple will over a traditional will?

Are Parking Lot Accidents in SC No-Fault?

Are parking lot accidents in SC no- fault?

It's something I've heard most of my life, but it is not true. If a driver is negligent in a parking lot they are responsible for any damage that they cause, just as they would be responsible if they were driving on a highway.

Although most people think of auto accidents as collisions that happen on the highway or at intersections, it shouldn't be any surprise that many auto accidents happen in parking lots, and most of those happen within a few miles of a person's home.

Below, we'll take a look at parking lot accidents in SC, how to avoid them, and who is at fault.

Can a Parent Put Conditions on a Grandparent's Visits with Their Grandchild?

Can a parent put conditions on a grandparent's visits with their grandchild?

There are limited situations when a grandparent can try to force visitation with their grandchild or try to take custody of their grandchild in SC. What if the parent is offering to allow visitation but the parent places conditions on the visitation like insisting that the visits are supervised?

Does the grandparent have to do what the parent says, or can they ask the family court to intervene?

What is Workers' Compensation in SC?

Many people have a general understanding that workers' compensation provides benefits for on-the-job injuries. But, unless you have been through this process before, you may be asking, "What is workers' compensation?"

Why do we have workers' compensation laws in SC? Is it just to take care of SC workers or is it to protect the employers?

When can you file a workers' compensation claim and what types of injuries does it cover? How much are the benefits? What are your rights under SC's workers' compensation laws?

Although we'll discuss these questions below, your first step after reporting an on-the-job injury is to consult with an experienced Myrtle Beach workers' comp lawyer who will review your case, answer your questions, and help you to get the compensation that you deserve...

What is Roll Call in Horry County SC?

If you've been arrested and charged with a crime in the Myrtle Beach area, you are going to have a lot of questions about what happens next. Like, what is roll call?

You may have pressing questions that you want answered immediately, like:

  • How do I post bond?
  • Am I going to prison? And,
  • Can my attorney get my case dismissed?

But then, as we investigate, negotiate, and prepare for trial, there is the reality that most criminal cases take months or even years to resolve. As your case is pending, there will be court appearances, roll calls, and other "procedural" events that can have serious consequences.

For example, if you miss a "roll call" date and were not excused by the solicitor's office, the court will issue a bench warrant for your arrest...

New Years Auto Accidents in Myrtle Beach, SC

2019 is here!

Everyone on the Axelrod team would like to wish you happy holidays and a wonderful new year.

New years and the holiday season can be a dangerous time in Myrtle Beach - every year, auto accidents cut short what should have been a happy time celebrating with family.

If you are driving in the Myrtle Beach area over the holidays, or if you are out and about on New Year's Eve, be careful. Plan ahead, stay alert, drive defensively, and do not drink and drive...

Accidents happen, and often there is nothing that we could do to avoid it. If you are hurt because of another driver's carelessness during the holidays or New Year's Eve in Myrtle Beach, call a SC auto accident attorney on the Axelrod team immediately to find out what you need to do to get full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Can DSS Take My Children Away Because I Use Marijuana?

Can DSS take my children away because I use marijuana? The short answer is yes... although, like most legal questions, it depends...

As a practical matter, DSS will not ordinarily come to your house with a police officer and remove your children from your home because someone has told them that you smoke marijuana.

On the other hand, they can remove a child for drug use - and will, if the drug use is causing harm to the children. Use of heroin, cocaine, or other "hard" drugs will often result in situations where a child is placed in danger. DSS may get involved, and law enforcement may take your children into emergency protective custody.

Marijuana use is more likely to arise as a secondary concern - once DSS has gotten involved, you may be subjected to drug tests. Failed drug tests, even for a "not-quite-legal" drug like marijuana, can result in removal of the children, loss of custody of the children, or even termination of parental rights.

Be aware that, while many younger people now accept marijuana use as normal and do not consider it harmful, slightly older and more conservative judges sitting on the bench in the family court may wholeheartedly disagree...

How does the 'pain and suffering multiplier' work?

You're driving home from work, minding your own affairs, and you get into a car accident. After weeks of physical recovery, you still are disfigured and suffer from chronic pain. How is it possible to put a dollar amount for compensation for such pain and suffering?

Insurance companies use a "pain and suffering multiplier" to help them determine proper compensation.

Talk to family members about your estate

Estate planning is an awkward step that almost every adult takes. We don’t like to think about life after we pass, but it’s a future we need to plan for. Many aspects of estate planning involves family and how your estate disperses amongst your beneficiaries.

A smart move to take is to talk to different family members or your spouse about your estate plan. What are your final wishes? Or who will get your prized family heirloom once you’re gone? All these questions and more in a simple conversation with your beneficiaries.

Does Workers' Compensation Cover Occupational Diseases in SC?

Most people understand that workers' compensation will pay for on-the-job injuries caused by accidents, but what about disease? Does workers' compensation cover occupational diseases in SC?

Occupational illnesses are covered by workers' comp in SC - long-term exposure to harmful chemicals and other substances can cause temporary or permanent disability and can shorten your life expectancy. Who should be responsible for that if not your employer?

The disease must meet the definition of an occupational disease, however - most ordinary illnesses are not covered by workers' comp in SC. You will have to prove through medical evidence that you have an illness that was caused by your employment and that it was not caused by another source...

What do you need to know to get workers' compensation for an occupational disease in SC?

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