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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.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

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

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.

Conflict Resolution

Lawline FAQ: Wherever there are people, sooner or later there is conflict. But conflict - in the home, at school and even in the streets - does not have to be solved by fighting. There are better ways to deal with the problem.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pro Bono Resources

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

Rights and Duties of Tenants

Lawline FAQ: This information outlines the general rights and duties of the tenant in leasing of a home or apartment under the South Carolina Landlord-Tenant Act. You will need to consult a lawyer for specific problems, and there are some exceptions to the general rules that simply cannot be covered in this brief information.

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.

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.

Working with Your Lawyer

Tips on choosing the right lawyer for you. The South Carolina Bar knows it can be hard to find the right kind of lawyer to help you with your legal matters. This brochure can help you with your search. PDF document (may load slowly).

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.

Rights and Duties of Tenants

Lawline FAQ: This information outlines the general rights and duties of the tenant in leasing of a home or apartment under the South Carolina Landlord-Tenant Act. You will need to consult a lawyer for specific problems, and there are some exceptions to the general rules that simply cannot be covered in this brief information.

Working with Your Lawyer

Tips on choosing the right lawyer for you. The South Carolina Bar knows it can be hard to find the right kind of lawyer to help you with your legal matters. This brochure can help you with your search. PDF document (may load slowly).

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