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  • Avoiding Living Trust Scams: A Quick Guide for Advocates

    Dishonest living trust salespeople prey on seniors' fears that after their deaths, their life savings and assets will be stolen by the government or by predatory probate attorneys. These salespeople use high-pressure tactics and deceptive claims to coerce vulnerable seniors into buying a product that many of them don't need. Seniors are bombarded with advertisements, phone calls, and pitches from door-to-door salespeople insisting that living trusts work best for everyone. This may be true for some. For others, buying a living trust is simply a waste of limited resources. Content Detail

    By:
    National Consumer Law Center
  • Charity Navigator - Your Guide to Intelligent Giving

    Charity Navigator works to guide intelligent giving. We help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing information on over thirty-two hundred charities and by evaluating the financial health of each of these charities. We ensure our evaluations are widely used by making them easy to understand and freely available to the public. By guiding intelligent giving, we aim to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace, in which givers and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome our nation's most persistent challenges. Content Detail

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    Charity Navigator
  • Lawyer Referral Service Online

    The Lawyer Referral Service Online provides a list of attorneys by county that participate in the Bar's LRS program. To find an attorney simply click the county in which you live and look for one that practices in the area of law concerning your question. Content Detail

    By:
    South Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Probate Courts by County

    Interactive map. Click on your area to learn about your Probate Judges. Content Detail

    By:
    South Carolina Court Administration, SC Judicial Department
  • Tips for Seniors on Living Trusts

    Many seniors worry about what will happen to their property after they pass away. This is a very important decision. Unfortunately, it can also be very confusing. One of the most critical choices you will face is whether to get a living trust, will, or both. There are many unscrupulous companies that will try to convince you that a living trust is the best way to go. This may be true for some. But for many, a living trust will simply be a waste of precious resources. This fact sheet will give you basic information about living trusts and wills, and describes some of the most common scams. Content Detail

    By:
    National Consumer Law Center