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  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Lawline FAQ: ADR provides alternatives to lawsuits and trials. The three primary methods of ADR include negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Free Legal Clinics

    The South Carolina Bar sponsors free legal clinics around the state. Most involve a 30-45 minute lecture followed by either a question and answer or five minute one-on-one session with an attorney. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Legal Aid Services in South Carolina

    Lawline FAQ: Legal Services in non-criminal matters for people who cannot afford a private lawyer are provided by the South Carolina Centers for Equal Justice. Legal Services programs do not handle criminal law cases. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Resources

    Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Bar's Pro Bono Program. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Unauthorized Practice of Law

    Except where a person is representing his or her own cause, practicing law without a license is strictly prohibited by state law. The biggest problem in determining whether someone is engaged in the unauthorized practice of law is determining whether his or her conduct is actually the “practice of law.” It is up to the South Carolina Supreme Court to decide whether someone is engaged in the practice of law. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • When You Need a Lawyer

    Almost everything we do—from making a purchase, to driving a car, to interacting with others—is affected by the law in some way. But clearly we don’t need a lawyer for all of these everyday interactions. When do you need a lawyer? When can (or should) you handle a matter on your own? This web site helps you answer these basic questions. Content Detail

    By:
    American Bar Association
  • Finding the Appropriate Magistrate

    Lawline FAQ: Finding the appropriate magistrate will depend upon the nature of your problem or claim. The laws of South Carolina require that a small claim, or virtually every other claim of a civil nature, be filed in the county where the defendant lives. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Juvenile Criminal Courts

    Lawline FAQ: In South Carolina, if a child under the age of seventeen is accused of committing a crime, usually he will be tried as a juvenile in family court. In the case of certain serious crimes, specific legal steps can be taken to have the minor declared an adult for the purposes of prosecution. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Magistrates and Municipal Rights of Defendants

    Lawline FAQ: If you have been arrested by a police officer and ordered to appear in either a Municipal Court or Magistrate's Court or have been issued a Summons for a traffic offense or other minor offense to appear in a Magistrate's Court or Municipal Court, you should appear at the time stated on the Summons or arrest warrant. If you fail to appear in Court at that time, you will be tried in your absence and probably will be found guilty. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Magistrates Landlord/Tenant Court

    Lawline FAQ: A magistrate may sit as a judge of a landlord-tenant court. This discussion will concentrate on rental agreements for a personal residence such as an apartment or single family home as opposed to rental of a business. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Magistrates Small Claims Court

    Lawline FAQ: The magistrate court in many instances functions as a Small Claims Court. In order for this court to have jurisdiction, your claim cannot exceed $7,500.00, except in disputes between landlords and tenants. Employees of the magistrate court will help you file your claim in writing and will explain to you how your case will proceed through trial. You are not required to hire an attorney unless you so desire. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Your Guide to the Magistrates Court

    Prepared by the Bar's Young Lawyers Division, the free guide offers answers to frequently asked questions; legal definitions; court rules; and forms. PDF document (may load slowly). Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • A long time has passed since my accident. Can I still bring a claim for damages?

    Lawline FAQ: There is a time limit to file a lawsuit. This is called a statute of limitations which imposes a time limit to sue in certain cases. These statutes vary depending on the type of claim involved. You may wish to contact a lawyer to advise you regarding how such statutes affect your claim. To find a lawyer, you can call the South Carolina Bar Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-868-2284 or 803-799-7100. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association
  • Auto Accidents and the Law

    Because accidents happen to even the best of drivers, everyone should be prepared to do the right things immediately afterward. Many legal troubles arising from accidents could be avoided if the persons involved knew what they should do. Content Detail

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    South Carolina Bar Association