The South Carolina Bar Association offers free legal clinics at various locations throughout the state. In Horry County, you`ll find a regular clinic at the North Myrtle Beach Library. Check the bar`s clinic schedule or library event schedule for more information on specific clinics. There are several ways to start your search for free and inexpensive legal aid. First, consider contacting South Carolina Legal Services. It is a fairly large organization, and it is the local leader in supporting low-income clients. Second, you can always turn to the South Carolina Bar, the organization of lawyers that works to advance the profession while seeking justice. In addition, the Public Defender is an excellent resource for low-income individuals who have been charged with committing a crime. Read on for more information and tips. A client was facing the loss of his home due to a mortgage foreclosure caused by a tax error at the county assessor`s office. Thanks to legal assistance, the error has been corrected, the mortgage has been updated and the monthly payments are now at the right amount so that the client can maintain his own home. Under Title III-B of the Seniors Act, the South Carolina Department of Aging funds the provision of legal aid through the various regional aging agencies throughout the state.
Legal assistance means legal advice and representation. In South Carolina, this assistance must be provided by an attorney. Last year, regional organizations on aging spent approximately $330,000 to fund legal services for HC`s most vulnerable population. Our service provider handled 1,160 legal files in eleven (11) priority areas. The success of the program is not measured in dollars, but by the impact we have on people`s lives every day. Examples of the positive impact of this program can be found below. The South Carolina Department of Aging has long-standing partnerships with the SC Bar and SC Bar Pro Bono Program, the Access to Justice Commission, SC Legal Services, and other agencies (governmental or otherwise) that can provide legal representation to the target audience. A long-term care insurance policy denied coverage to a person, alleging that the person had exhausted their benefits. Legal Assistance concluded that the wording of the policy was inconsistent and included a provision that total benefits were 2190 days (six years), while other articles indicated three years.
After receiving a letter of claim and various legal actions, the company negotiated a settlement and the client agreed to another year of coverage. SCLS is a “statewide law firm” that provides legal assistance to low-income residents of South Carolina. It is the best-known organization that provides free and low-cost services in the state. The organization only assists in non-criminal cases. SCLS staff typically work in cases of discrimination, tax law, immigration, domestic violence, education law, and public services. Many services are available in Spanish. They also have a national admissions office that you can call toll-free: (888) 346-5592. The Department is actively engaged in establishing partnerships with entities that can provide legal assistance in accordance with the principles of law and regulation set forth in the Older Americans Act, the Legal Services Corporation Act and regulations made pursuant to those Acts. If you are a service provider seeking training or legal services, please contact us at 1-800-868-9095. The SC Bar is instrumental in providing volunteer advocates in various parts of the state for education, voluntary clinics, and “Ask A Lawyer” programs that target the elderly population or are suitable for caregivers.
Please contact them at (803) 799-6653 to find out how you can get involved in ensuring seniors get the legal services they need free of charge. An older person who was the victim of domestic violence by her husband obtained a 90-day injunction from the family court and was ordered by the family court to file a divorce or separation action for additional protection. Using the Title III-B legal program, the legal provider filed a complaint with the family court for the older person before the protection order expired within 90 days. With this assistance, the client was protected from further violence and was given full use and ownership of the marital home and a transportation vehicle. Non-criminal legal services for individuals who cannot afford a private lawyer are provided by SC Legal Services. Some of the types of legal services that may be available include: evictions, bankruptcies, health issues, education, mortgage foreclosures, Social Security disability, employment issues, some limited divorce and custody issues, food stamps, and social issues. Legal Services programs do not deal with criminal matters; If you have questions about criminal law, see Public Defence Services. The South Carolina Bar Association has other resources that can help residents with their legal problems. For example, the bar offers free publications that are available on the Internet and can be saved and printed from your computer.
The Law Society is also transferring its telephone banking activities under the Ask a Lawyer program. At some point, members of the public can call the television station to speak to a lawyer. Visit the website for more details. Income, family size and special financial needs are taken into account in determining whether a person is eligible for legal aid. Legal services are free for eligible low-income individuals, but clients are required to pay court fees where possible. This information has been created to give you general information about the law. It is not legal advice on a particular issue. If you have any questions about the law, you should consult a lawyer.
If you don`t know a lawyer, you can call the South Carolina Bar Lawyer Referral Service weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The number is 799-7100 in Richland or Lexington counties and 1-800-868-2284 in other parts of the state. Everyone in South Carolina knows that Myrtle Beach is the place to go if you`re looking for a good time on the coast. And when they get here, most people know they have to look for the boardwalk, Myrtle Waves, or one of the many other local attractions. When you`re surrounded by such a potential for pleasure, it`s easy to forget that we can get into trouble sometimes. FindLaw presents this guide to MB`s free and affordable legal services designed to help you through unexpected difficult times. This helpful resource, created by the South Carolina Bar`s Division of Public Services and the Elders Law Committee, is a guide to laws and programs that affect older adults. See the full printable manual (updated 2019).
A client should be released from a nursing home because their agent kept the client`s money under their power of attorney instead of paying the nursing home bill. With the help of the Title III-B legal program, the power of attorney document was revoked and the client`s annuity company sent the retirement cheque to the nursing home. The nursing home allowed the client to remain in the facility even without a refund of the outstanding balance. A client with a disability received support after receiving an intention from the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to recover $81,375.76 from her late mother`s estate.