June 2020 Newsletter

 

NEWSLETTER / June 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.
SCLS is proud to present a new free webinar series. Join us as our attorneys present information and answer questions about some of the most common legal issues.

Past Episodes:

Upcoming Episodes:

FIGHTING THE ABUSIVE LANDLORD

Confused and afraid, Bethany Strout initially sought our services for an eviction notice she had received. While resolving the eviction situation, she was also served with another lawsuit from her landlord, a collection matter for unpaid rent and court costs. The second case severely upset and stressed Bethany because her landlord was seeking a total of $3,370.00.

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AVOIDING COVID-19 RELATED FORECLOSURE

South Carolina allows for multiple charges to be expunged from a person’s criminal record, depending on the convictions. While the law is standard as to what can be expunged, the application process can differ based on the county where the conviction occurred.  We have put together a small checklist of considerations and documents to prepare during this time that will be useful in any county.

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THE NEW NORMAL AT THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

April has been designated as the National Child Abuse Prevention month in the United States since 1983.  However, the Coronavirus has raised new concerns about child abuse.  Schools have been closed since mid-March. Many parents have been laid off or are working from home.  The added stress for parents is more likely to lead to reactions toward children that may be abusive.

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NAME CHANGES

South Carolina allows for multiple charges to be expunged from a person’s criminal record, depending on the convictions. While the law is standard as to what can be expunged, the application process can differ based on the county where the conviction occurred.  We have put together a small checklist of considerations and documents to prepare during this time that will be useful in any county.

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WORK DISCRIMINATION CASE

April has been designated as the National Child Abuse Prevention month in the United States since 1983.  However, the Coronavirus has raised new concerns about child abuse.  Schools have been closed since mid-March. Many parents have been laid off or are working from home.  The added stress for parents is more likely to lead to reactions toward children that may be abusive.

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CLAUDE A. TAYLOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

On June 25, 2020, Eddie McDonnell was honored with the Claude A. Taylor Distinguished Service Award from the Spartanburg County Bar Association. Eddie retired from South Carolina Legal Services at the end of last year, after decades of service to the low-income South Carolinians. The honor was presented in recognition of Eddie’s years of service to the community. His South Carolina Legal Services family came to support Eddie on this special occasion.

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