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December 31, 2013

December 20, 2013

Welcome to the South Carolina Bar's E-Blast! 
December 31, 2013

E-Blast highlights upcoming activities, legal information and links to the Bar's website at Click here for the most recent CLE Edition, which highlights upcoming CLE opportunities.

Did you know?
Your annual
S.C. Bar Convention is the only event where you can earn an entire year’s worth of required CLE credit hours! This year features 26 outstanding CLE seminars; with the March 1 compliance deadline right around the corner, how can you afford to pass up such a great opportunity? Pre-registration ends Monday, Jan. 6. Take a minute to check out the Convention sponsor spotlight:

Application period now open for remaining Rule 608 civil contracts
Attorneys interested in contracting with the S.C. Commission on Indigent Defense to provide representation for indigent clients in civil matters (TPR, Abuse and Neglect, PCR and SVP cases) are invited to submit an application for consideration. This notice only applies to civil contracts in designated counties identified on the
SCCID website. The link for the application and other important information about the contract program is located on the front page of All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Feb. 1, 2014, to be considered. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to SCCID.

New CLE publication releases
S.C. Taxation and Economic Tax Incentives, Third Edition provides in-depth coverage of: every major S.C. tax area; economic tax incentives; practice before the S.C. Department of Revenue; corporate and individual income tax; license tax on corporations; tax credits; S.C. withholding tax rules; recent changes in the income tax area; and Act 388, which contains rules on transfers that cause reassessment and revaluation of property.

In 2013, the S.C. General Assembly considered bills relating to identity theft as a result of the 2012 S.C. Department of Revenue security breach. A bill relating to investigations of identity theft by local law enforcement was passed, and additional appropriations allowed for the creation of an identity theft unit. Learn about these additions and changes in 
S.C. Consumer Protection Code, 2013 Cumulative Supplement

Attorney sought
The family of Jerry N. Yarborough of 1038 Webber St. in Manning (formerly 3 The Roost Dr., Manning) is attempting to locate Mr. Yarborough’s will. Mr. Yarborough passed away Oct. 28, 2013. He informed the family he made a will and updated it after one of his children passed away in 2005. If you are the attorney who drafted that will, please contact Gary W. Yarborough, 1536 Sullivan Dr., Manning, SC 29102, (803) 460-2742 or

PMAP Tech Tip
Most attacks on law office computers and devices are preventable if lawyers and staff follow a number of common sense rules. Since many computer exploits are launched from e-mails or during web browsing, education about what not to do is critical. Begin your education with some basic advice on
cyber security, then read about some of the biggest malware security threats faced in 2013 and pay close attention to these steps you need to take to protect yourself. PMAP is the Practice Management Assistance Program; call (803) 799-6653, ext. 183 or e-mail

A simplified home office deduction
If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct certain expenses. The new, simplified home office deduction is now available for homeowners and renters.
Read this article to learn more about claiming your home office on this year's taxes.

Chief Judges for administrative purposes of summary courts
By order of December 20 the judges of the magisterial courts
listed here will be designated as Chief Judge or Associate Chief Judge for administrative purposes of the summary courts in the counties in which they hold office.

Member resignations
By orders of December 27 the Court has accepted the resignations from the Bar of James C. Dimitri, Stewart Michael Kahn, Coleman M. Legerton, William Burton Pettus and Douglas R. Wright.

In memoriam
The Hon. Marion Hardy Kinon, 84, of Dillon died December 19. His obituary can be found here.

Firm announcements
Evans Taylor Barnette and Pope D. Johnson III announce the closing of Johnson and Barnette, LLP. Mr. Johnson continues to practice law as Pope D. Johnson III, Attorney at Law located at 1230 Richland St., Columbia 29201, (803) 799-9791, and Mr. Barnette will retire from private practice Dec. 31.

Finkel Law Firm, LLC announces that Anthony J. Charles has joined the Columbia office as an associate located at 1201 Main St., Ste. 1800, 29201. (803) 765-2935.

Harrison, White, Smith and Coggins, PC announces that Michael Quinn Gault has joined the firm located at 178 W. Main St., Spartanburg 29306. (864) 585-5100.

Hills & Hills, PC announces its relocation to 
5001 N. Kings Hwy., Ste. 210, Myrtle Beach 29577. (843) 626-2600.

The Law Office of Timothy M. Ammons announces its relocation to 312 W. Main St., Dillon 29536, (843) 774-2308 and that Laurel C. Ammons has joined the firm as an associate.

McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, PA announces that Kevin R. Horton has joined the Columbia office as an associate located at 1807 Hampton St., 29201. (855) 227-4098.

Morton and Gettys, Attorneys at Law
announces that Melissa Gurney Cassell has joined the firm as an associate located at 334 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill 29730. (803) 366-3388.

Pope Zeigler, LLC announces that C.D. Rhodes has joined the firm as an associate located at 1411 Gervais St., Ste. 300, Columbia 29201. (803) 354-4900.

January 3
South Carolina Lawyer Editorial Board Meeting, Conference Center

January 8
Professional Liability Committee Meeting, Conference Call

January 9
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Competition, Columbia College

January 10
Animal Law Committee Meeting, Conference Call
Elder Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building

January 17
Ethics Advisory Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Lawyers in Transition Task Force Meeting, Conference Call

January 23
Board of Governors Meeting, The Sanctuary (Kiawah Island)
House of Delegates Meeting, The Sanctuary (Kiawah Island)

January 31
Children's Law Committee Meeting, Bar Building
Law Related Education Committee Meeting, Bar Buildling

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