September 2019 Newsletter

NEWSLETTER / September 2019

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.

Achieve The Dream

I have made mistakes in the past. A lot. Despite my mistakes, I have been able to find a path to success. Despite my mistakes, I was able to get assistance along the way. However, there are many in our society who are denied assistance because of their past mistakes.

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Living Without a Birth Certificate

Obtaining a delayed birth certificate is often a very challenging process. Without a birth certificate, you cannot get an identification card (i.d.) or drivers’ license. Without an i.d. or driver’s license, you cannot get a birth certificate. So begins the frustrating process of trying to obtain a delayed birth certificate.

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Everyone Needs a Will

Do you care who gets your property when you die?  Do you care who gets your money when you die? Do you care who is appointed as the guardian of your minor children when you die?  If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you need a Will. Less than fifty percent of American have one.

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In Farmworkers’ Shoes

This summer we have had two students working with our Migrant Unit as part of the Student Action with Farmworkers Internship. They each wrote some thoughts about their experience while helping seasonal farmworkers throughout the state. In the last edition, we shared with you some thoughts from Cerina. This month, we have Victor sharing his experience.

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Temporary Hearing in Family Court

Last month, we discussed the purposes of a temporary hearing in Family Court, which may include asking the Judge for temporary decisions about children, property, debt, or support. Now, we will discuss which forms and documents will be used in the temporary hearing.

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To commemorate this year’s Constitution Day, SCLS dedicated our annual Legal Forum to addressing the legal barriers that justice-involved individuals face when reentering society. Whether it is a criminal record, a suspended driver’s license, or debt that was incurred during the judicial process – these are all obstacles that can get in the way of getting public benefits, housing, job or financial stability. There are options! Watch this video to learn how you can get your life back on track.

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Farmworkers Rights (H-2B)

  • Representing migrant and seasonal workers in employment matters related to violations of farmworker protections and minimum wage laws
  • Helping workers who are victims of discrimination and violent crimes
  • Obtaining safe and sanitary housing for workers
  • Educating workers about their rights and getting the minimum protection they are entitled to under law

Probate and Heirs’ Property

  • Drafting and executing Wills to preserve family wealth and assets in low-income families
  • Probating estates to maintain clear title to family home
  • Clearing title to homes to protect the American dream of homeownership
  • Safeguarding access to home repair grants, reduced tax rates, and FEMA assistance