Other Areas of Practice
Smith & Jones Law, LLC focuses on workers’ compensation, auto accidents, and personal injury. However, we do practice in other areas of law to better serve our clients who trust us to help them. We practice in the additional areas of Criminal Defense; Social Security Disability; Simple Wills, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Powers of Attorney; and Uncontested Divorces.
We welcome you to call Smith & Jones Law, LLC no matter what legal matter or questions you may have. We will be glad to speak with you to see if we can help. If you have a matter with which we cannot help, we will try to direct you to someone who can.
If you believe you need the assistance of a lawyer or just want to understand your rights, do not hesitate to contact us.
Whether you are facing your first DUI or have been charged with another criminal offense, Smith & Jones realizes that many good and honest people sometimes find themselves in tough situations. Often, when you learn that you or a loved one are being investigated, or worse, charged with a criminal offense, it can be overwhelming. When faced with criminal charges, you’ll need compassionate and sincere legal representation to ensure your rights and help navigate you through the legal process.
The criminal defense attorneys at Smith & Jones believe that everyone deserves justice. When you or a loved one are facing criminal charges, we are committed to helping you protect your rights and will work to ensure fair treatment in the criminal justice system. The initial consultation is free and confidential.
Simple Wills / Powers of Attorney / Health Care Powers of Attorney
At Smith & Jones, we can help you with various types of wills, powers of attorney and healthcare powers of attorney issues.
Will: A legal document which is used to direct the distribution of property at a person’s death.
Simple Will: A legal document that leaves everything to one person or to a group of people in equal shares.
Power of Attorney: A legal document by which gives another person the power to act in the name of the individual giving the Power of Attorney. The person has the power to sign documents in the name of the individual giving the Power of Attorney and legally binding the person who has given the Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney only works when the person giving it is alive. A General Power of Attorney is not limited in any way as to the power given. However, a Limited Power of Attorney can be given, limiting the power to perform only certain specific acts.
Living Will: A document which controls how someone wishes to be treated if they are close to death or a permanent vegetative state and unable to communicate what they want. A Living Will is legally binding and helps to prevent family fighting over the end of life decisions. In South Carolina, end of life decisions are included in a Health Care Power of Attorney.
Health Care Power of Attorney: A legal document in which a person appoints someone as their agent to be able to make medical decisions if the person is unable to act for themselves. The Health Care Power of Attorney applies whenever the person who gave it is unable to speak permanently or temporarily for themselves. Health Care Power of Attorney can be limited or general in the power given. In South Carolina, end of life decisions are included in a Health Care Power of Attorney.
What is an uncontested divorce? An uncontested divorce is one in which both you and your spouse agree on major issues and where your spouse will not be filing papers disagreeing with any issue.
Major issues that you and your spouse must agree on for an uncontested divorce include property division, alimony, child custody, and child support. Most uncontested divorces are filed upon the basis of one-year separation, which is the only no-fault basis for divorce in South Carolina.
It is important to know that an attorney may only represent one person in a divorce action, and cannot give legal advice to both parties. You also need to be aware that divorces are emotional by nature. When you first begin the divorce process you and your spouse may be in agreement but things can happen that cause conflict and cause the divorce to become a contested matter.
If a divorce becomes contested, the terms and costs of your attorney’s representation will change and, depending on the circumstances, your attorney may need to withdraw from representation.
Do not hesitate to call us if you think you can use our help. Also, please call us if you have questions, concerns or worries regarding any legal matter. A lawyer can answer your questions, explain your rights, put some of your fears to rest, and help you decide if you would benefit from having representation. We will be glad to help you at Smith & Jones Law, LLC, even if it is finding someone to assist you in any matter that we do not handle.