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It's the first tax season since the Supreme Court's watershed decision in Obergefell v. Hodges affirming a constitutional right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Here are 5 things married same-sex couples need to know before filing their taxes, courtesy of our friends at Lambda Legal:

http://www.lambdalegal.org/blog/20160308_five-things-married-same-sex-couples-need-to-know-before-filing-their-taxes
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Can a potential employer in South Carolina refuse to hire me because of my sexual orientation or gender identity? Can my current employer fire me or deny me a promotion on the basis of my sexual orientation or gender identity?

To find answers to these and many other questions about non-discrimination policies affecting the LGBT community in South Carolina, check out the South Carolina Equality's "Know Your Rights" fact sheet.
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FAQ, Real Estate Edition - Ways To Hold Title In South Carolina

Most people assume that if you own property, you own property, and that’s the end of it.  However, when more than one person owns that property, South Carolina law provides for several different ways to hold title.  Three methods are covered below, and this article should be considered a brief overview of the differences between the three. As in all legal situations, many factors go into deciding what’s right for you, so please ask questions and share information with your lawyer before choosing one option.  Also, don’t be fooled by the word “tenant” in these descriptions – although we typically think of a tenant only in a rental situation, the legal definition includes owners as well as renters.

(1) Tenants In Common.  This is the most common way for multiple people to own property – “John Doe and Jane Roe.”  In this situation, each person owns an undivided interest in the property.  This interest is usually 50/50 (or equally shared if more than two), but it doesn’t have to be.  Tenancy In Common can be divided among the owners in any percentages the owners may choose.  If you own property as a Tenant In Common, you can sell or transfer your interest in the property to someone else, without the consent of the other co-owners.  When one of the owners dies, that person’s interest in the property passes through his or her estate, and will ultimately be owned by the deceased person’s heirs or devisees.

(2) Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship.  This is an increasingly common way to hold title, especially among married couples or other family members.  As with Tenants In Common, Joint Tenants own the property in undivided shares, and may transfer their interests to others.  However, any transfer to a third party will sever the Joint Tenancy and convert the ownership to Tenants In Common.  The benefit to holding title as Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship is this: when one of the owners dies, that person’s interest does NOT pass through his or her estate, but instead automatically transfers to the surviving owner(s).  Many married couples and families use this as part of their estate planning. 

(3) Tenants In Common with Rights of Survivorship.  As you might think, this is basically a combination of the previous two methods of holding title.  However, there is one important difference.  In this situation, one owner may NOT transfer his or her ownership interest to a third party without the consent of the other co-owner(s).  In other words, if you change your mind about your ownership interest, or even if you get divorced from your spouse, the way title is held cannot be changed without the participation and consent of all owners.  There is a potential advantage to holding title in this way, although South Carolina courts have not yet ruled on this issue.  In other states that recognize this estate, creditors cannot reach the property to satisfy debts of only one owner, but can only reach the property to satisfy joint debts of all owners.  The Right of Survivorship aspect of this ownership also means that upon the death of one owner, that owner’s interest vests automatically, without going through probate, in the surviving owner(s).  Therefore, if South Carolina ultimately limits creditors’ rights in this setting, holding title as Tenants In Common with Rights of Survivorship could become an important asset protection tool, as well as an estate planning tactic.
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What's The Deal With Free Consultations, and Can I Have One?

We are frequently asked to offer a free consultation to prospective clients.  It is our firm’s policy not to do so, for two important reasons:

1) Our Time Is Our Money.  As lawyers, we don’t sell a product.  We offer professional services, which means the only time we earn fees is when we are working on a case or a transaction.  An hour and a half spent meeting with a prospective client who may or may not hire us (or whom we may or may not be able to help) is an hour and a half “lost” to our existing clients and cases.  We balance this intake/output puzzle by offering consultations at a rate much lower than our usual hourly fees. Think about it this way: your doctor doesn’t offer a free consultation - why should your lawyer?

2) Conflicts Of Interest.  We are governed by strict ethical rules, the strictest of which governs conflicts of interest.  Under our rules, if we consult with a prospective client, we are prohibited from representing anyone else involved in that matter.  A person could, theoretically, go around town and consult with 5-10 lawyers to prevent the other side from being able to hire any of those lawyers (this actually happens in divorce cases with some frequency). 

We hope you understand why we’ve developed this policy over the years.  In exchange for a small investment we require for a consultation, we aim to deliver a great return, based on our experience and diligence.
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We are thrilled to announce the addition of Sarah Brown to our legal team!  She's an Alabama native and has practiced law in South Carolina since 2011.  Sarah's practice will focus on Estate Planning, Special Needs Law, Family Law, and LGBT issues.
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Open House! This Sunday 2 to 4pm
102 Fairview Avenue Greenville SC 29601 $619,000
This charming 3 bedroom, 3.5 bath home in the Alta Vista area has an inviting covered front porch and wonderful renovations have been made including an architecturally renovated 2 story den. Master on main floor and with the master bath being a must see! Take a tour this Sunday! see more here: http://bit.ly/1dkGWaG ‪#‎wilsonassociates‬ ‪#‎justverygoodrealestate‬ ‪#‎yeahthatgreenville‬ ‪#‎openhouse‬ ‪#‎altavista‬
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New Listing! 415 Townes Street, Greenville SC 29601 $675,000
Gorgeous Arts and Crafts bungalow! This 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home is completely renovated and ready to move in. Walk to downtown or take the trolley! Fantastic wrap-around porch greets you and serves as a perfect outdoor entertaining area. Fabulous living room with coffered ceilings, fireplace with built-ins, original hardwoods, and a multitude of windows graciously opens to the formal dining room making for a perfect open floor plan.
see more here: http://bit.ly/1bDAo5I #wilsonassociates #justverygoodrealestate #yeahthatgreenville
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SC is abuzz with talk about Uber coming to the state – several of us have used this big-city car service and enjoyed the experience, but there are legal nuances to be considered.  +J.J. Andrighetti posted this blog on our website about the Uber news, analyzing the legal position of both Uber and the State of South Carolina.  It’s particularly interesting from an insurance regulatory perspective (if such a thing can be said to be interesting), and we’d encourage all small business owners to read this blog.  Also, to all our criminal clients out there: DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, UBER IS A BETTER OPTION!
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Went to a great show at the TD Stage outdoor theater at the Peace Center last night.  JJ Grey and Mofro brought the party - Greenville is such a fun town!  #greenville #livemusic #mofro  
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