Click on a subpage below for information and resources on common legal topics.

(Temas legales comunes en español)

Automobile Issues

Consumer rights in auto repossessions Updated 8/2014
Automobile warranties Updated 9/2014 (Video)
Lemon Laws Updated 8/2014
Dealing with automobile dealerships Updated 9/2014 (Video)
Extended automobile warranties Updated 9/2014 (Video)


Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Chapter 12 Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Consumers' rights in business bankruptcy


South Carolina property tax for senior citizens
Social Security(Video)
Your rights under the SC Workers' Compensation Act
Unemployment compensation

Children (see also Family, below)

Adoption Updated 3/2016
Autism Updated 12/2017
Bullying Resources Updated 12/2017
Child Abuse and Neglect Updated 2/2016
Child Immigration Law Updated 2/2018
Children with Disabilities Updated 2/2018
Daniel's Law: Information for Safe Havens Updated 3/2020
Drivers Licenses Updated 12/2017
Early Childhood Care Updated 2/2016
Guardian ad Litem Updated 2/2016
Homeless Students Updated 2/2016
K-12 Education Updated 3/2018
Kinship Care in South Carolina Updated 2/2018
Name Changes for Children Updated 3/2016
Social Media Updated 2/2016
Truancy Updated 2/2018
What is Foster Care? Updated 2/2018
Who is a "Child?" Updated 12/2017

Common Client Questions

My lawyer will not respond to my letters or my phone calls. What should I do?
I fired my lawyer and the lawyer won't give my file back. What should I do?
My lawyer wants to settle, I don't. Can my lawyer withdraw if I don't settle?
Can you tell me if there have been complaints against my lawyer?
My accident happened a long time ago. Can I still bring a claim for damages?

Consumer, Credit and Business Law

Incorporating a business
Setting up an unincorporated business
Credit cards and charge accounts Updated 8/2014 (Video)
Equal Credit Opportunity Act Updated 8/2014
Consumers' right to cancel door-to-door sales contracts Updated 9/2014 (Video)
Buying and selling real estate
Life insurance Updated 8/2014
South Carolina Bad Check Law Updated 9/2014

For additional information on consumer issues or to file a consumer complaint against a business, contact the S.C. Department of Consumer Affairs.

Criminal Law

Magistrates and municipal rights of defendants
Juvenile Justice Updated 2/2016
Your Rights Upon Arrest

End of Life Issues

Advance Care Planning
Why you need a will
Taxes at death Updated 9/2014 (Video)

Family Law(Video)

Divorce Updated 9/2014
Legal Separation Updated 2/2020
Property rights in divorce Updated 9/2014
Child Custody Updated 2/2016
Child Support Updated 2/2018
Visitation after divorce or separation
Domestic violence
Grandparent Rights Updated 12/2014 (Video)
LGBT Children or Parents Updated 12/2017

Landlords, Tenants and Leases

Leases Updated 9/2014 (Video)
Rights and duties of tenants
Rights and duties of landlords
Magistrates landlord-tenant court

Lawyers, Legal Assistance and the Courts

Expungement and Pardons FAQ
Choosing a Lawyer
Attorney fees
Filing a grievance against an attorney
Legal aid services in South Carolina
Public defender services in South Carolina
Voting Rights Act
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Conflict Resolution
South Carolina municipal courts
Finding the appropriate magistrate
Magistrates Small Claims Court
Circuit Courts

Need a Lawyer?

Call the SC Bar Lawyer Referral Service at 803-799-7100 for a free referral.