After spending my first eleven years in public service as the Dorchester County... more
After spending my first eleven years in public service as the Dorchester County Probate Judge, I decided to join my partner and open a local law firm to assist others in navigating their way through the judicial system. Despite the economic downturn, our firm has grown and prides itself on customer service and making our clients feel comfortable, even while dealing with uncomfortable legal issu... view profile
I have practiced primarily in the areas of estate planning, tax, probate and real... more
I have practiced primarily in the areas of estate planning, tax, probate and real estate since I was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 2007. I graduated, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2006, and I completed the Graduate Law Program in Estate Planning at the University of Miami in 2009. During my time in practice I have assisted clients by drafting wills an... view profile
James E. Reeves, P.A. was established in April of 2001 by James E. (Jimmy) Reeves... more
James E. Reeves, P.A. was established in April of 2001 by James E. (Jimmy) Reeves after he had worked with the law firm of Barnwell Whaley Patterson Helms, LLC since 1993. Weserve clients throughout South Carolina, with most of our work in Dorchester, Berkeley, Charleston and Colleton counties. The firm provides a wide range of legal services regarding both transactional and litigation issues.
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.