I am a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. I am a Certified... more
I am a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Probate Law. I am a Certified Public Accountant and prior Associate Probate Judge for Richland County Probate Court. I have been practicing law for over 19 years and concentrate my practice in estate planning and probate law.
My practice is about increasing the QUALITY OF LIFE of my clients. I have a client... more
My practice is about increasing the QUALITY OF LIFE of my clients. I have a client centered focus, not an attorney centered focus. If I can help you, I will. If I can't I will be honest and up front and then get you to the right professional that can make a difference.
Mitchell C. Paynereceived his Masters in Accounting from the University of South... more
Mitchell C. Paynereceived his Masters in Accounting from the University of South Carolinas Moore School of Business, and his Law Degree from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law. Mr. Payne has been representing South Carolina families for 25 years, concentrating his practice in the fields of Elder Law, Medicaid Eligibility, Veterans Benefits,Long Term Care Planning, Disability Law, Nu... view profile
Erin A. Cook is the owner of Estate Planning of SC, LLC. Prior to starting her own... more
Erin A. Cook is the owner of Estate Planning of SC, LLC. Prior to starting her own firm in 2008, Erin spent 7 years as an associate with two highly respected firms in Columbia, South Carolina. Her practice concentrates on both taxable and nontaxable estate planning; probate and trust administration and prenuptial agreements. Erin received her B.A. in English from Winthrop University, h... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.