Category Archives: Elder Law and Estate Planning

Pet Trusts

Q.        I’ve been told I have a terminal condition and want to make arrangements for my pets.  What can you tell me about pet trusts in South Carolina?   A.        With all the tail-wagging-welcomes, purring and petting, companionship, play, love, protection and related health benefits pets provide to their owners is it any surprise we want to...
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How does a Personal Property Memorandum work?

A Personal Property Memorandum is a separate writing in either your own hand or one typed and signed by the testator and two disinterested witnesses that addresses distribution of various items of tangible personal property and names the recipient of the gift upon the testator’s death.  The document must exist at the time of the...
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Personal Representative Duties

As the personal representative what kind of things do I need to think about before I settle my friend’s estate? Estates vary widely, but basically you have to focus on three areas – taxes and administrative expenses, final bills of the decedent and distributions. Very few estates have to pay federal or South Carolina estate taxes as...
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