Author: Samantha Nicholson Larkins

South Carolina Probate  After a loved one passes, you may be asking yourself several questions about the Probate process.   Am I required to go through the Probate Court in order to distribute the Decedent’s estate? Yes.  Regardless of whether a person did or did not have a will,...

In initial consults, one of the most pressing questions clients have is whether their case is “an alimony case.” When determining whether to award alimony, the family court looks to thirteen statutory factors, as follows:  (1) the duration of the marriage together with the ages of...

The COVID19 pandemic turned our world upside down. People face new anxieties concerning health, family, and economics. Unfortunately, we also face a new crop of sales or fundraising gimmicks maximizing our fears.  The sales tactics for DIY (“Do-it-Yourself”) wills walk a fine line between timely and...

In these unprecedented times, we are all worried about our health, family, jobs, businesses, and communities. You may personally be working from home while overseeing your children’s education. You may be temporarily laid off from work. You may be working, but also worried about social...

We often meet with potential clients who are currently living in a “trial” separation. During a trial separation, the couple lives apart although they have not filed for divorce or a decree of separate maintenance and support (known as a “legal” separation). Some couples separate...

Hyde Law Firm, P.A. is thrilled to celebrate National Adoption Awareness Month during the month of November. Our state faces an urgent need for adoptive families for children in foster care. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week and in 1995,...

On July 24, 2019, the South Carolina Supreme Court abolished the future recognition of common law marriage. Common law marriage was the legal framework that legitimized couples holding themselves out as married. Previously, common law marriage could be established where the parties: Were at least 16...