Probate Lawyer in Landrum, SC

About The CDH Law Firm Difference

As seasoned probate lawyers in South Carolina, we understand that Estate Administration often involves sensitive family dynamics as much as it does the legal minutia involved in probate law. After all, a person's estate not only affects their generation but the generations that follow.

But when your loved one passes, their assets must be managed and distributed correctly. When mismanaged, disputes often arise between parties like the Beneficiaries, Trustees, Heirs, or Executors of a Will. Even when everything is managed the right way, arguments and misunderstandings can still occur, and even evolve into bitter legal battles necessitating probate litigation.

It stands to reason, then, that you should hire a probate lawyer in Landrum, SC to help. But the truth is, many attorneys don't have vast experience with probate and trust work. If they do, they aren't usually seasoned trial attorneys. That's what separates probate attorneys at CHSA Law, LLC from others - we have the ability to help plan your Estate and litigate estate disputes if they arise.

We are keenly familiar with local probate judges, courtroom staff members, and the related procedures involved with South Carolina probate law. Our intimate knowledge and experience help us successfully navigate the probate process to complete our client's cases quickly and efficiently.

But that's just one aspect that sets CDH apart from other firms. Understanding the importance of personalized attention, we also make an intentional decision to limit our law firm's overall caseload. This allows us to better focus on individual clients, many of whom remain with us for generations. We do not pass off cases to paralegals or junior associates but rather prioritize the attorney-client relationship. We value compassion and integrity, and our practice reflects those values.

Moreover, trust is one of the most important aspects of the attorney-client relationship. We work to create an open, friendly environment in which you can feel comfortable. After years of experience, we boast the skill and experience necessary to earn that trust - and that's a priceless commodity when it comes to probate cases in South Carolina.

Understanding The Probate Process in South Carolina

When a loved one passes away, it's natural to go through a time of emotional adjustment. However, it's crucial for the family of the loved one to face the financial realities of their estate. That reality includes the probate process, which involves distributing assets and settling the estate. A probate attorney in Landrum, SC is often recommended to assist during this time. This process isn't just recommended - it's often a legal responsibility in South Carolina.

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Steps to the Probate Process in South Carolina

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Delivery of Will Upon Death: During probate, the first step involves having a will delivered to an Estate Administrator or to the probate court. The deadline to accomplish this task is 30 days.

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A Personal Representative is Assigned: This individual is often named in a Will and should be appointed officially by the court.

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A Notice is Sent to Intestate Heirs: If these heirs feel that they should inherit, they have a right to challenge this step.

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The Estate is Inventoried and Appraised: This process must occur within 90 days of opening an estate. In some estates with valuables like jewelry, art, and property, professional appraisers may be needed.

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Settling Accounts: During this step, the estate must pay any applicable taxes, ongoing expenses, or outstanding debts. Should the estate not have enough money to pay these debts, creditors must be paid according to South Carolina code.

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Distributions: If there is money in the estate after debts are paid, those funds are given to heirs of the estate, according to the Will or the State.

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Discharge: As soon as any claims are paid, the personal representative of the estate will file documents to close the estate. To make this official, the court will issue a Certificate of Discharge.

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Avoiding Probate in South Carolina

Though most estates in South Carolina must go through probate, it is possible to avoid. This happens when a decedent's assets are placed in a Living Trust prior to their death. In this scenario, beneficiaries must be designated in order to inherit the estate. Suppose there are funds that have been promised to beneficiaries via life insurance policies or bank accounts with "payable upon death" designations. In that case, those funds do not have to go through probate.

Assets subject to probate in South Carolina include:

  • Interest in an LLC, Partnership, or Corporation
  • Real Estate Held as a Tenant in Common
  • Property Held in Only the Deceased's Name
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Assets that are not subject to probate in South Carolina include:

  • Assets Placed in a Trust
  • Assets Which Are Already Tied to a Beneficiary
  • Pension Plan Assets
  • Insurance Policies with Beneficiaries
  • Beneficiaries of Retirement Funds
  • Real Estate or Property with Right of Survivorship
  • Real Estate or Property with Joint Tenancy
  • Accounts That Are Transferable or Payable Upon Death
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Avoiding Probate: Yes or No?

Though it's not always possible, some families go out of their way to avoid the probate process in South Carolina. Doing so can help save money in the long run and also expedite the distribution of funds to heirs. By avoiding probate, you're also keeping personal matters private.

Because every person has different estate and probate complexities, it's hard to say whether avoiding probate is good or bad. Whether or not you should avoid probate depends on your unique situation. As a general rule, it's always best to consult with a probate lawyer in Landrum, SC, for honest feedback and probate assistance.

Typically, having a Living Trust or a Will in place will make transferring assets easier. A little prep ahead of time will make a world of difference when your loved one passes away. After all, nobody is ever prepared for a relative or family friend's death, but a compassionate, trustworthy probate attorney can make the process easier.

FAQsSouth Carolina Probate FAQs

For many families, "Probate" is a dirty term that involves heartbreak and headaches. And while the probate process in South Carolina can be complex and stressful, having answers to some of the most common probate questions can help put your mind at ease.

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My family member recently passed away, and we're considering their estate. How long will the probate process take?

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The time it takes an estate to go through probate in South Carolina varies depending on a number of questions, including:

  • Does the deceased have a valid will?
  • Is the Estate complex or large?
  • Is the Will contested?
  • Have any lawsuits been filed?
  • Is the personal representative of the estate efficient?

When conditions are good, a small or simple estate usually takes about a year to close. More complicated estates may take longer.


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My loved one mentioned opening a Trust to protect my assets. What is a Trust, and what Trusts should I consider?

A.

As is the case with most probate decisions, opening a Trust should be based on your unique situation and guidance from your probate attorney in Landrum, SC. With that said, a Trust is meant to hold property for your loved one's benefit. When a Trust is created, assets are transferred into the said Trust and managed accordingly. Though there is a common misconception that Trusts are reserved for the wealthy, just about any family can benefit from opening a Trust.

The most common types of Trusts used in probate include:

  • Living Trust: These trusts are opened and controlled by you while you're still living. When you pass away, the assets in the trust are distributed to the beneficiaries you choose. Typically, these trusts do not go through the probate process.
  • Testamentary Trust: These trusts are usually established after you pass away and are included in your will. These trusts must go through the probate process in South Carolina, though they allow for the distribution of property within a certain time frame.
  • Special Needs Trust: This type of trust gives financial support to your loved one if they are disabled.

When conditions are good, a small or simple estate usually takes about a year to close. More complicated estates may take longer.


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What happens when somebody dies without a will in South Carolina?

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When a person passes away without a Will in South Carolina, the state decides who gets their decedent's assets. This is also called passing intestate. When this happens, usually only spouses, blood relatives, or registered domestic partners can inherit property according to intestate succession laws.

Relatives who receive the probate property of the deceased are usually chosen in the following order:

  • Living Spouse
  • Children or Grandchildren
  • Parents
  • Brothers or Sisters
  • Grandparents
  • Uncles and Aunts
  • Extended Family

If you're in need of a veteran probate lawyer in South Carolina, look no further than CDH Law Firm. With years of experience in Estate Administration and probate cases, our team is ready to serve you with excellence and protect your interests. Have additional questions? We're here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about Estate Administration in South Carolina.

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Planning your estate is the first step to take if you want to protect your family, your assets, your well-being, and the fruits of your hard work.

At CHSA Law, LLC, our team of experienced probate lawyers in Landrum, SC, can help you navigate the entire Estate Administration process. Through creative legal strategies and a clear understanding of your goals and desires, we work together to make your asset and estate visions a reality. It's never too early to get your estate in order. In fact, estate planning is important for everyone, whether you're single or married, young or old, with or without children. If you're ready to protect your assets and be prepared for probate, contact CHSA Law, LLC, today.

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Upstate chef makes second appearance on cooking competition show

Landrum restaurant chef and co-owner is now a two-time Food Network competitor Infinite Scroll Enabled GET LOCAL BREAKING NEWS ALERTSThe latest breaking updates, delivered straight to your email inbox.Your Email AddressPrivacy Notice LANDRUM, S.C. —An Upstate chef is now a two-time Food Network competitor.Sarah McClure, chef and co-owner of ...

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An Upstate chef is now a two-time Food Network competitor.

Sarah McClure, chef and co-owner of Southside Smokehouse in Landrum, recently competed on the popular competition show "Guy’s Grocery Games" for the second time.

In 2020, McClure’s first episode aired. She came in second place with a shrimp and grits dish.

The latest episode, which aired last week, was a "redemption" episode and featured other chefs who didn’t take home the title the first time around.

McClure says even though she didn’t end up in the final two this time, she is always proud to represent the Upstate.

“I’m obviously super proud to represent Landrum and South Carolina and just the South in general. Southern cooking is really having a moment right now, but I think a lot of times it’s still very pigeon-holed,” she said. “People outside of the South tend to think it’s gotta be a certain way– it’s gotta be unhealthy. It’s gotta be fried. It’s gotta be greasy or, you know, they have these very old school interpretations of southern food. So, showing people that even someone who is not classically trained, someone who is from a small family restaurant, someone who is from a small town, can compete on a national stage with people from all over the country.”

McClure says she is not the first chef from Landrum to appear on the show.

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She says Chef Shawne Shell, who has worked at the Hare & Hound in Landrum, competed on the show several years ago, as well.

“I think it’s pretty cool that a really small town like Landrum that you may not really think of has two people that have been on a Food Network show,” she said.

McClure says since appearing on the show, she has received several frequently asked questions from fans and foodies alike.

“The biggest thing that people always ask me is, they’re like, ‘Is it really that much of a surprise? Did you really not know what you were going to get beforehand? Is it really only 30 minutes?’ And the answer to that is 100% yes. It is—really, really, truly,” she said. “And like, when you see them messing with the time clock–like in our episode, they were distracting us and counting down before we actually started running through the store- that is for real. That really took away like two minutes of our shopping time.”

In fact, in the latest episode, McClure was so pressed for time, she didn’t even get a chance to taste her dish. But, she says she was so excited to cook with the unique ingredients that she special-ordered them when she arrived back in South Carolina and prepared the same dish right here in the Upstate.

“We actually have this dish on the menu at the smokehouse right now. You can try the dish that I cooked on Food Network,” she said. “And I got it on [the menu] for the first time last night. A couple of my bar regulars said it was fabulous, so hopefully, if you guys come and check it out, you’ll agree.”

According to Southside Smokehouse’s Facebook page, the dish is “petite lamb chops, fiddlehead ferns shoots, morel mushrooms and Merguez sausage over ricotta whipped sweet potato and a ricotta mint cream sauce.”

If you missed McClure’s first episode of "Guy’s Grocery Games," you can watch it online.

McClure says the most recent episode is not posted online yet, but you can watch it again on the Food Network on Wednesday, June 28, at 8 p.m. ET and Thursday, June 29, at 3 a.m. ET.

Landrum's Biazzo Deli offers New York-style deli, tribute to owner's Italian heritage

Italian food and hospitality come naturally to Brian Frascino, a gift from his Sicilian grandmother and his Italian American upbringing in New York.His new Landrum deli is a tribute to this heritage, incorporating his grandmother's maiden name of Biazzo as well as traditional and family recipes to offer customers an authentic Italian delicatessen experience.Biazzo Deli opened last October in the former Mocha’s Mug location on Rutherford Street. Frascino said the storefront was the next evolution of his busi...

Italian food and hospitality come naturally to Brian Frascino, a gift from his Sicilian grandmother and his Italian American upbringing in New York.

His new Landrum deli is a tribute to this heritage, incorporating his grandmother's maiden name of Biazzo as well as traditional and family recipes to offer customers an authentic Italian delicatessen experience.

Biazzo Deli opened last October in the former Mocha’s Mug location on Rutherford Street. Frascino said the storefront was the next evolution of his business. He previously ran Fam Pizza, a Greenville-based pizza food truck.

“We were in here and talking to Denis (Friederich, co-owner of Mocha’s Mug), and I was going to approach him because the place was so large, just to see if he ever wanted to sublet or something like that and then found out he was leaving to his new location," Frascino said of coming to Landrum. "It just kind of organically happened, it wasn't planned or anything. I was hoping to look in this area anyway, and it just kind of worked out.”

Biazzo Deli offers a variety of meats and salads that customers can purchase to take home and a variety of sandwiches that can be eaten in the restaurant or taken to go. Most sandwiches range between $11-13.

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Italian imports — and made-in-house lasagna and meatballs — are the standard at Biazzo Deli.

"We have a full menu of sandwiches, subs, and flat press paninis with Italian meats we've imported or very high-end domestic meats. So it's just like top-of-the-line, really good cold cuts from Italy," Frascino said. "We have a take-and-bake freezer (and) we do lasagnas and frozen meatballs that people can come in and grab on the go, and then we also do fresh stuff in the deli case like salads."

Olives, artichoke hearts, cheeses, and meats like prosciutto, coppa, salami, and pancetta are sold by the pound from their deli case. His Grandmother Biazzo's meatballs are sold fresh or frozen alongside his mother's family's red sauce. Nearby shelves are filled with dry goods imported from Italy.

“There's a little education probably that we're working on, with some of the meats and stuff like that. We’re trying to let everybody taste stuff when they come in if they aren't familiar with the coppa, or a certain type of prosciutto, or some of our cheeses. We definitely interact with customers a lot,” Frascino said.

Some of Biazzo's most popular items include the Nonno, an 8-inch hero with two types of prosciutto, coppa, salami, mortadella, provolone, roasted peppers and arugula, and the Amore panini filled with prosciutto, coppa, roasted peppers, fresh basil, and mozzarella topped with a balsamic glaze.

Vegetarian options include their Caprese sub, fried eggplant caprese salad and their Bella Burger, which sandwiches heirloom tomatoes, basil, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, and fontina between two roasted portabella mushroom caps.

When and where to visit Biazzo Deli

Biazzo Deli is located at 212 E. Rutherford St. in Landrum. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Samantha Swann covers food and restaurants in Spartanburg County. She is a University of South Carolina Upstate and Greenville Technical College alumna. Contact her with your burning restaurant questions, recipes, and new dinner specials at sswann@shj.com or on Instagram at @sameatsspartanburg. Can't get enough food news? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for foodies, Spartanburg Eats.

Landrum football hires Brent Bridges as next Cardinals football coach

Landrum has hired Broome offensive coordinator and former Chesnee coach Brent Bridges as its next football coach. Bridges, a former Broome quarterback, has spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, most recently serving as its lead offensive play-caller under coach Lynn Fleming.“I am excited to welcome coach Bridges to the Landrum High School family,” said Landrum principal Kegan Flynn. “He has a track record of success and experience with other programs, as well as a passion for hel...

Landrum has hired Broome offensive coordinator and former Chesnee coach Brent Bridges as its next football coach. Bridges, a former Broome quarterback, has spent the past 11 seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, most recently serving as its lead offensive play-caller under coach Lynn Fleming.

“I am excited to welcome coach Bridges to the Landrum High School family,” said Landrum principal Kegan Flynn. “He has a track record of success and experience with other programs, as well as a passion for helping student athletes become leaders and learners.”

"I've had opportunities, and I've turned down other head coaching jobs, because it just didn't feel right. Broome was home for me and I was very comfortable there. ... Being honest with you, I felt like Landrum was a great fit for me, and I'm a great fit for Landrum. Through this whole process there's just been something there that felt right about it, and I'm very excited," Bridges said.

At Chesnee, Bridges had a 40-29 record in his six seasons in charge of Eagles football from 2006-11, before stepping down.

In 2022, Bridges led an explosive offense at Broome that racked up 3,976 total yards and 46 touchdowns in 11 games.

His spread system was run-heavy this past season, with first-year starting quarterback Kamajay Brackett-Brannon and freshman running back Jaylen McGill combining to become one of the most athletic backfields in the area as they rushed for 2,012 total yards and 31 rushing touchdowns.

This attack helped Broome reach the playoffs and fight for a Region 3-AAA championship, falling short in the last regular-season game against Chapman.

Though Broome was more run-heavy this season — 343 rushes vs. 196 passes — the Centurions' offense hasn't been afraid to sling it in recent years. In 2021, with now-North Greenville quarterback Dylan Ramirez, the offense threw the ball 366 times.

At Landrum, under former coach Jason Farmer, the Cardinals ran an option-run style offense for the past nine seasons, so a switch to the spread under Bridges will be a massive shift for the Cardinal, but not one he's unfamiliar with.

"I had the same transition when coach (Jet) Turner left Broome, and I took over the offense there. He ran the option-style, wing-T offense, and we just went full blown into what we do," Bridges said. "We're going to be wide open, we're going to be fast paced and we're going to get after it and try to put points on the board."

With the return of star running backs Colton Link and Braden Mashtare − who combined to rush for 2,081 yards and 27 touchdowns − Bridges will have the opportunity to hit the ground running with his new look offense.

Carbon Frames Made in the U.S.: Time Bicycles Announces New Production Facility in South Carolina

Time Bicycles is synonymous with fast and stylish. They’ve also been historically European-made, but soon, that’s changing.On Thursday the bike brand announced that they recently acquired a 140,000 square-foot factory in Landrum, South Carolina, and will begin manufacturing their carbon fiber bikes there by 20...

Time Bicycles is synonymous with fast and stylish. They’ve also been historically European-made, but soon, that’s changing.

On Thursday the bike brand announced that they recently acquired a 140,000 square-foot factory in Landrum, South Carolina, and will begin manufacturing their carbon fiber bikes there by 2024.

Big Plans for a Little Town

Time’s production will be the largest carbon fiber bicycle manufacturing facility in the U.S., and it will be a big change for such a small town.

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Landrum, population 2,540, sits just south of the state line, and 30 miles north of Spartanburg, home of BMW’s U.S. manufacturing plant.

According to Bicycle Retailer, Time CEO Tony Karklins said, “We expect this will lead to other projects, and potentially big projects, so we're putting it in an environment where it can grow rapidly.”

South Carolina Department of Commerce reports that renovations will begin as early as April, and the $6.5 million investment will bring 105 jobs to the area. South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster said in a statement, “It's always exciting when a renowned company such as Time Bicycles decides to invest in our state.”

Jon Castro, a local member of the Landrum cycling community, told Bicycling that Time made a wise choice. “I live about a mile from [where the Time factory will be]. We’re in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so excellent bike riding here—road, gravel, and mountain biking.” Castro also told us that there’s a sophisticated manufacturing labor force in the area, and that Time would fit right in.

Founded on Technology

Time Bicycles was born in 1987, and they’ve always been dedicated to precision and peak technology. Their carbon fiber technology utilizes two processes, Braided Carbon Structure and Resin Transfer Molding. The technology allows for both strong and light frames. It’s rare to find such technology used in a bike brand—it’s found more often in aerospace and elite motorsport industries.

Time chose the South Carolina location because of its reputation as a technology driven area. Bicycle Retailer reports, Time will work with Krauss Maffei—a BMW machinery and tech vendor—and S.C. Fraunhofer.

“The three of us are entering into some pretty interesting collaborations on how to advance and further introduce resin transfer molding into the bike industry,” Karklins told Bicycling. “There is so much aerospace and automotive high-tech manufacturing going on in that state that it's amazing.”

“We chose upstate South Carolina because of the technology that already exists there,” Karklins continued. “Clemson University's research in resin transfer molding, and aerospace technology in the same area. There's an infrastructure in place for exactly what Time Bicycles does in Europe.” Karklins added, “Besides also being a wonderful cycling culture, and a very good business economy.”

A Tiny Town In South Carolina, Landrum Is An Amazing Place To Go Antiquing

Looking for antique stores in South Carolina? There are plenty scattered all over the state, but there’s one small town in the Palmetto State that has an unusual amount of antique stores. Even more alluring is the fact that they’re all in such close proximity to one another! You may want to rent a moving van before you head to this town in the Upstate, because if you’re a treasure hunter at heart, you may need it. Take ...

Looking for antique stores in South Carolina? There are plenty scattered all over the state, but there’s one small town in the Palmetto State that has an unusual amount of antique stores. Even more alluring is the fact that they’re all in such close proximity to one another! You may want to rent a moving van before you head to this town in the Upstate, because if you’re a treasure hunter at heart, you may need it. Take a look at all the goodness there is to find in all the antique stores in Landrum, SC. If you’re an antique enthusiast, you’ll love how many small-town antique shops this place has!

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What are the best antique stores in South Carolina?

There are so many great places to buy antiques in South Carolina. Trinkets & Treasurer, located in Walterboro, is one of the best. You’ll find all kinds of unique treasures here. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind gift or something special for your home, you’ll never leave empty handed. For more shopping fun, visit Little Mountain Unlimited. This eclectic shop is one of the best vintage stores in South Carolina. Explore 25,000 square feet of amazing finds. This antique mall has over 70 dealers and 150 booths. You could really spend all day here!

What are the best small towns in South Carolina?

York is one of the most charming small towns in South Carolina. You’ll love strolling through their historic main street and visiting the unique shops. Bring your family and make it a day trip! This will soon become one of your favorite places to visit in the whole state. If you enjoyed this small town, you should also pay a visit to Bluffton. This delightful city is as beautiful as it is exciting. They’re known for their historic homes and vibrant arts community.

What are the best day trips in South Carolina?

There are so many great places to visit in South Carolina. Camden is a must-see. This old town was founded in 1712, and there are a number of fascinating historic sites to explore. When you go, be sure to visit the Kershaw-Cornwallis House and the Camden Clock Tower. You’ll want to soak up every last bit of history here. For some scenic views, visit Goodale State Park. There’s something for everyone in this lovely South Carolina town.

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