April 2018 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER / April 2018

South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) is a non-profit law firm. We provide free legal services in a wide variety of civil (non-criminal) legal matters to eligible low income residents of South Carolina. Our mission is to provide legal services to protect the rights and represent the interests of low income South Carolinians.

SC Bar Members Go To Washington

Each year, the American Bar Association Day brings to Washington, DC representatives from state and local bar associations to advocate for their most pressing priorities. The South Carolina Bar has been making the trip for at least ten years. For nearly as long, George B. Cauthen has been a part of the delegation, making the case for South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS). A partner with Nelson Mullins law firm and a Member of the SCLS Board of Directors, George has been a stalwart ally of SCLS and free civil legal aid in South Carolina. We talked to George about his most recent trip to the capital.

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Sexual Harassment In Rental Housing

This month, the U.S. Department of Justice launched an initiative to combat sexual harassment in housing. This announcement has brought new focus to an old problem and reminds us that the price of housing is not just measured in dollars for some. Rather, the cost of a home may include having to endure unwanted sexual advances or engage in unwanted sexual conduct. Often, the perpetrator is a landlord, property manager, maintenance worker, or real estate agent. Sexual harassment in housing usually falls into two categories, just like it does in the workplace.

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Elder Abuse In Spotlight

As Baby Boomers continue to age into their 70s and up, the number of Americans under guardianship and at risk for financial exploitation will continue to rise. An American Bar Association study conducted in 2017 found that a significant number of adults languish under this sort of protection when they no longer need it, or never did. As this vulnerable population continues to grow, certain steps can be taken to prevent such abuse. Read More

Power of Attorney

Executing a Power of Attorney can have a great impact on your life. For many people, these advance life planning documents are confusing and intimidating. In order to reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation, extra care must be afforded when creating advance care planning documents. Here are some concerns that you should consider and address with your lawyer before executing a Power of Attorney. Read More

Spring Migrant Unit Happenings

Our Migrant Unit works hard year-round to ensure that all migrant and seasonal workers know their rights and have access to necessaries. Spring season, however, is the busiest time of the year.

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