In South Carolina, if you own real property at your death (which is not passing under a joint tenants deed or similar deed), then state law requires that your estate be probated in the Probate Court in the county of your residence. If you do not have a will, then your property will be distributed according to the intestacy laws of the State of South Carolina.
Why Do I Need a Will?
Therefore, at McKinney Sullivan we believe that everyone who owns real property should have a will (also referred to as a Last Will and Testament). If you have property or children, a properly drafted and executed will is the document that legally determines how your property is distributed to your heirs and others.
What is a Will?
A will is your expression of how you wish to distribute your property, including to family, children, others and charities. If you have children under the age of 18 (minor children), your may also name in your will a guardian or guardians to have custody of your children. Your will may also name a trustee and create a trust to provide for the financial well being for your children.
When Should I Have My Will Drafted?
We have found that an ideal time to revise or draw up a will is in conjunction with the closing process. That’s why at McKinney-Sullivan, we also assist our clients with other estate documents, including Living Wills, Health Care Powers of Attorney, and other Powers of Attorney, in addition to our real estate law practice.
Also ask us about Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, and Desire for a Natural Death (Living Will).
Work With the Experienced Attorneys at McKinney-Sullivan
At McKinney-Sullivan, we work closely with our clients to understand their unique financial and family situations so their Will or other documents truly reflect their individual circumstances. Call us today at 864.242.6724 or contact us online.