NEWSLETTER / August 2020
|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.
UPCOMING WEBINAR SCHEDULE
Level up Law is a series of free legal webinars on a variety of topics. SCLS attorneys answer some of your most commonly asked questions about work, unemployment, housing, elder law, scams and more. Join SCLS for one of our next installations in the Level Up Law Series by clicking the links below to register.
The number of chapter 7 and chapter 13 applications have slowed since the pandemic invaded our lives in March. However, those clients that were awaiting hearings and those that have filed since March 2020 are benefiting from the Operating Orders and other changes that occurred in the Bankruptcy Court as Judges addressed safety and the economic hardship of Debtors.
CLIENT REMAINS IN HOME
Like all good probate stories, we find ourselves with a sibling rivalry magnified times ten as the battle for property begins. The Court approved the sale of the heirs property through a certified real estate agent chosen by client, but after a few weeks, it is learned that the property had been sold to “the mother” and a closing was scheduled for the next week at which the client was to vacate the home.
It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost over. In August, most schools in South Carolina will start the process of enrolling students for the new school year. School enrollment can be difficult for many low-income parents and caretakers of children. From SNAP benefits to school enrollment, there a several things to review when starting the school year.
PUTTING YOUR AFFAIRS
Given the current pandemic, everyone is trying to make sure that they stay healthy. You may be wearing a mask or being careful when you leave the house. But have you thought about making sure your loved ones know your wishes about your medical care? You can communicate your desired treatment by signing certain advance directives.
SCLS’ PARALEGAL GOES TO
Kirsten Doe a Clemson graduate, began her career as a domestic violence paralegal in the intake office of SCLS. SCLS Executive Director, Andrea Loney pressured Kirsten into taking another step in her professional career, that of representing domestic violence victims. She is off to USC law school with an SCLS bookbag, lots of pens and even more will wishes from the team at SCLS. We will continue to encourage our valuable paralegals to take that next step.
During this time of pandemic, Elliott Tait, one of our attorneys, reflects on and shares how his legal representation, advocacy and education fits into the vital mission of SCLS to help insure access to justice for low-income South Carolinians.