What if I die without a Will in South Carolina?

IMG_3187 South Carolina law will determine who receives your assets if you die without a valid Last Will and Testament.  Dying without a will is called “intestacy”, and each state has its own intestacy law.  There are lots of variations in Read More

RIP A.J. Chavis III

A.J. Chavis III Audrey “A.J.” Chavis III, you died too young. We will never forget you. Rest in God’s arms.    June 2014     Karen Hindson  Read More

THE POWER OF “I CHOOSE”

Boys at Play      I choose to LEARN.      I choose to be COURAGEOUS.      I choose to TAKE THE HIGH ROAD.      I choose to BELIEVE.      I choose to be KIND.      I choose to be HAPPY.      I choose Read More

LOVE MY LAWYER

Luke We really appreciate client feedback, whether it’s “love my lawyer” or a client with suggestions for improvement.   We want to be the best lawyers we can be.  Fortunately, most of our client reviews are very positive.  Here’s a sampling of notes from current and former clients: Read More

WHAT IS A QDRO?

Bluebirds of happiness   Retirement plan benefits are frequently divided between husband and wife as part of divorce. The court order dividing a retirement plan is called a Qualified Domestic Relations Order or QDRO for short (QDRO is pronounced “quad-row”). There are two Read More

ESTATE TAX PORTABILITY

Window of opportunity The IRS has opened a temporary window to apply for retroactive estate tax portability of the unused exemption amount for decedents who died in 2011, 2012, or 2013.  IRS Revenue Procedure 2014-18 issued in late January provides a window for Read More

ESTATE TAXES AND IRAs

Karen S. Hindson Here are some tips about estate taxes and IRAs. If your estate is large enough to be subject to estate taxes, you need to know that a traditional IRA is subject to estate tax on the IRA value prior to Read More

CHILD OVER AGE 14 RIGHT NOT TO VISIT NONCUSTODIAL PARENT

Karen S. Hindson A Georgia child over age 14 has the right to select the parent with whom he or she desires to live (O.C.G.A. Section 19-9-3(a)(5)), although the judge can overrule the child’s selection if the judge finds the child’s choice not Read More

JOINT CUSTODY DEFINITION AND WHO DECIDES CUSTODY

Karen S. Hindson We answer lots of questions about “joint custody” versus “sole custody” and what the terms actually mean.   Georgia law provides a joint custody definition to guide us. O.C.G.A. § 19-9-6 includes the following definitions regarding joint custody: “Joint custody” Read More

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS | Gifts of the Season | January

New Year Family law is a tough business for New Year’s resolutions.   But once a year we take stock and resolve to do better — and to be better — lawyers, parents, spouses, human beings.  This is the gift of the Read More

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