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What is a UCC filing?

The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) governs commercial transactions between a debtor and a secured party. It is not federal law. Instead, it is uniform laws adopted at the state level. S. C. Code of Laws Title 36, Article 9 contains the laws adopted in South Carolina. 

A UCC filing is a security instrument used by lenders. It creates a lien on a borrower’s assets. The collateral may be one item or a group of items. Lenders file UCC Financing Statements (UCC-1) to notify other parties that the lender has a security interest in the property described in the UCC filing. 

Many types of assets can secure a UCC filing. According to our South Carolina corporate lawyers, assets that might be pledged as collateral using a UCC filing include:

  • Inventory
  • Real estate fixtures
  • Letters of credit
  • Accounts receivable
  • Household furnishings
  • Office equipment and fixtures
  • Heavy machines and commercial equipment
  • Operating equipment 
  • Investment securities
  • Vehicles
  • Bank or trade accounts
  • Other tangible assets used or owned by a business

A UCC filing does not impact the operations of a business unless it wants to borrow additional funds. Lenders may not want to “get in line” behind another creditor who holds the first position for secured collateral. 

A UCC statement may create a lien on a specific asset. However, a “blanket UCC” creates a security interest in all of a company’s assets. As a result, a blanket UCC statement could make it much more difficult for a company to obtain additional loans and lines of credit until the UCC is canceled, satisfied, or expires. 

UCC statements are valid for five years. However, filing a UCC-3 statement extends the UCC filing for an additional five years. 

Where Are UCC Statements Filed in South Carolina?

UCC filings may be filed against a business or a person. The Secretary of State’s Office handles UCC filings throughout the state. Filings may be submitted online, by mail, or in person. In addition, the public may search the UCC filings through the Secretary of State’s Office. 

Some UCC statements should be filed with the Secretary of State and the county offices. The county of filing would be the county of residence for the debtor or the county where the secured property is located. 

The types of UCC filings that should be filed with both the state and county offices include:

  • Tax liens
  • Real estate fixtures
  • Mineral rights
  • Timber 

Failing to file your UCC statement with the correct government office could make the UCC unenforceable. 

UCC statements are a “first come, first secured” lien. In other words, the lender who files the first UCC statement holds priority for the secured collateral. Therefore, it is essential to submit a correctly completed UCC statement to the required office as soon as possible after the debt is created.

Contact Our South Carolina Business Attorney for More Information 

You do not need a lawyer to prepare and file a UCC statement. However, seeking legal counsel from an experienced South Carolina Business lawyer can ensure the UCC is prepared and filed correctly. Mistakes could make the UCC filing unenforceable, which limits your options for collecting a bad debt. Get in touch with our office today for a free consultation.

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Are Slip and Fall Injuries Covered by Homeowners Insurance in South Carolina?

Injuries incurred in premises liability cases can be significant. Luckily, most homeowners’ insurance policies cover slip and fall injuries. As a South Carolina slip and fall accidents attorney, I created some basic understanding of how your homeowner’s insurance can cover slip and fall injuries if they were to occur.

Understanding Basic Homeowners Insurance 

Your homeowner’s policy covers four traditional areas:

  • Your home’s physical structure
  • Your personal belongings inside the home
  • Liability protection
  • Coverage for additional living expenses

The primary focus here is liability protection. Most homeowners are unaware of whether a claim or a defense of a claim will be covered should a slip and fall occur on your property.

Common Liability Claims

There are many types of liability claims protected under a homeowners insurance policy. But the most common are:

  • A guest slipping and falling
  • Tree branches fall and cause damage to your neighbor’s property
  • Dog bites

Whether any of the most common liability claims happen, your homeowner’s insurance will provide liability protection and legal defense.

Liability Protection 

Liability is legal protection for you in case of lawsuits for bodily injury or property damage that you or your family members cause to other people. Liability protection also provides no-fault medical coverage for a slip and fall injury. Be aware that the amount of medical coverage is based on your policy limit and will not surpass that. Also, note that it does not pay your own family or pet’s medical bills.  

Legal Defense 

If someone were to slip and fall on your property, your homeowner’s insurance would pay for your legal defense when a liability claim is held against you or damages. For example, if you forget to shovel your driveway because of snow and someone falls and gets injured, your homeowner’s insurance will provide you with an attorney. 

Don’t Wait to Contact

Homeowner’s insurance policies are already too hard to understand and navigate. If you are ever unsure whether your policy covers slip and fall claims, we can provide you with a free review of your policy. Our South Carolina personal injury attorneys are here to help and provide you with a defense. Get in touch with our office today for a free consultation.

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How to Proceed if my Business is Being Sued for Business Malpractice

Malpractice claims can be devastating for a business. Claims of malpractice allege that a professional failed to execute their duty of care to a client. It calls into question your business ethics, judgment, and qualifications. Business malpractice lawsuits can also create substantial liability for your business. When you receive a lawsuit alleging business malpractice, the first call you should make is to a South Carolina business attorney.

What Should You Do When Your Business Is Sued for Business Malpractice?

Take the complaint and the allegations of business malpractice seriously. You need to act immediately to protect your business and minimize any damage to your company. The steps you should take when being sued for business malpractice include:

Contact Your Business Attorney Immediately

Call your lawyers to let them know you received a lawsuit alleging business malpractice. They will need a copy of the lawsuit to begin reviewing the allegations, investigating the claims, and gathering information to file an answer to the lawsuit before the filing deadline expires for a response.

Notify Your Malpractice Insurance Carrier

Notify your malpractice insurance carrier and forward a copy of the complaint to the insurance company. If you have insurance coverage for the allegations made in the complaint, your insurance provider should hire an attorney to represent your company by defending the lawsuit. If so, you might not need to hire a business attorney. However, if there is a chance that the malpractice insurance does not cover the allegations or you could be personally liable for damages, it is best to consult legal counsel.

Do Not Contact the Plaintiff or Try to Represent Yourself

The plaintiff has a lawyer. You should not try to contact the plaintiff directly. In fact, you should not contact the lawyer for the plaintiff. Let your attorneys handle all communications and responses to the allegations in the complaint. Also, do not try to represent yourself or your company in a business malpractice lawsuit. Regardless of your knowledge or experience, representing your business in a legal matter is never wise.

Gather Evidence and Information 

Begin gathering evidence and information relevant to the allegations in the lawsuit. Make copies of contracts, agreements, and other documents. Create a witness list for your attorney, including a short narrative explaining each witness’s information related to the lawsuit. Preserve all records related to the case, including emails, text messages, and paper documents. If specific employees have information relevant to the case, instruct them to preserve all information and not to discuss the case with anyone.

Refer All Questions About the Case to Your Lawyer

If anyone inquires about the case, refer them to your attorney. Do not even state “not comment.” Just provide them with your lawyer’s name and contact number. You should not discuss the lawsuit with anyone other than your lawyer.

Contact Our South Carolina Business Attorney for More Information

Allegations of business malpractice can be costly and damaging to your company’s reputation. Contact our office to discuss your situation with an experienced South Carolina business attorney.

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Common Injuries Sustained in Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are very common. Roughly one-third of the traffic accidents in 2019 involved a rear-end collision. Insurance companies try to minimize the injuries and damages caused by rear-end crashes. They refer to rear-end accidents as “fender benders.” However, rear-end collisions can cause traumatic injuries. Our South Carolina personal injury attorney works with insurance companies to recover full compensation for our victims of rear-end car accidents. 

Neck Injuries and Whiplash Caused by Rear-End Collisions

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries caused by rear-end car accidents. Whiplash is a strain or sprain of the neck that occurs when the head is forcefully “whipped” back and forth. When a vehicle is rear-ended, it causes the occupant’s head to whip back and forth forcefully.

Generally, people recover from whiplash in a few weeks with rest and minimal medical treatment. However, some cases of whiplash can cause chronic pain, limited range of motion, and long-term complications. 

A doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medications, and antidepressants. In some cases, the neck injury may be more severe and require muscle relaxants and a cervical collar. Physical therapy and cervical traction may also be prescribed in some cases. 

Other Injuries Sustained in Rear-End Collisions

In addition to neck injuries, occupants in a rear-end accident can sustain injuries including:

  • Back and spinal injuries
  • Bone fractures and broken bones
  • Wrist, arm, and hand injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures
  • Facial injuries
  • Seatbelt syndrome
  • Internal organ injuries 

The sudden force from a vehicle hitting the rear of your vehicle causes your body to jerk forward. Depending on the severity of the crash, you could hit the steering wheel, dashboard, or window. The airbag and seatbelt may cushion some of the impact from the crash, but the impact can still injure your face, head, and torso. 

It is normal to feel aches and pains after a rear-end accident. Do not ignore those pains and aches. It is always best to seek medical attention after a car accident. Some injuries may be masked by the shock and release of adrenaline after a car crash. 

Some injuries could worsen over time, especially if you do not receive prompt medical treatment. Delays in medical care could also cause problems with a personal injury claim.

Damages Available for a Rear-End Accident Claim 

South Carolina is an at-fault insurance state. All drivers are required to have minimum amounts of bodily injury liability insurance. If the other driver caused your accident, you could file a claim seeking compensation for you:

  • Medical bills and expenses
  • Therapy costs
  • Loss of income and benefits
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Diminished earning capacity
  • Emotional suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Decreased quality of life

The amount of your claim depends on the severity of your injuries and other facts of the case. The insurance company may downplay your injuries or claim that a case of whiplash is not severe enough to require medical care or loss of income. An accident lawyer can review your case and advise you of your legal options to recover money for your injuries and damages. 

Contact Our South Carolina Personal Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation 

Rear-end collisions can cause severe injuries. You deserve fair compensation for all damages. Call our law office today to schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced South Carolina personal injury attorney.

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Impacts an ERISA Lien Can Have on Your Personal Injury Settlement

If you settled your personal injury claim or lawsuit, you might think that you get to walk away with the settlement check, but the truth is that you might have to pay other parties some of that money. For example, if there is an ERISA health insurance lien on your personal injury case, you will have to address that claim and possibly pay the lienholder part of your settlement proceeds.

ERISA liens are complicated and not something you would want to ignore or try to tackle on your own. A South Carolina personal injury attorney can evaluate your situation and offer guidance about whether the lien is valid. Let’s talk about the impacts an ERISA lien can have on your personal injury settlement.

An Overview of ERISA and ERISA Health Liens

ERISA is the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Most people think of their employer-sponsored retirement plans when they hear the name ERISA, but this federal legislation can also apply to health plans some people have through their work. Not all health insurance plans people have through their employers have the potential for ERISA health liens.

If your employer offers self-funded health care coverage, the employer sets up a trust account from which it pays the medical bills of its employees directly to the health care providers. Self-funded health care plans are not the same as group health insurance plans. If your place of work participates in a group health insurance plan, you pay a portion of the premium, and your employer pays the rest of the premium to an insurance company like UnitedHealth Group or Humana. 

On the other hand, if your employer has a self-funded health care plan, it might fall under the rules of ERISA. If an ERISA health care plan paid the medical bills that were a part of your personal injury case, ERISA might require you to pay back the employer out of your settlement.

How to Challenge an ERISA Health Lien on Your Settlement

There are several factors that are relevant to whether ERISA will require you to pay back your health care plan out of your personal injury settlement. If your health care plan does not fall under the ERISA rules, your employer cannot use ERISA to force you to give them some of your settlement proceeds. 

These challenges are sophisticated legal strategies that you do not want to take on as a DIY project. With so much at stake, you will want to work with a personal injury attorney to see if you can challenge the ERISA lien.

If your employer’s health plan is not self-funded, you might not have to reimburse them for those medical bills. Also, the rules could be different if you work for the government or a large employer. 

Even if you have to pay back some of the medical costs, we might be able to limit the amount of the reimbursement by things like attorney’s fees and the fact that your settlement might include damages for other things, not just medical bills.

A South Carolina personal injury attorney can fight for you to keep as much of your personal injury settlement as possible if your case has an ERISA lien. Contact our office today for legal assistance.

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Is Non-Performance Permitted? The Impact of Coronavirus on Contracts

Life as we knew it came to a screeching halt in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Even in previous global events like World War I and World War II, the events did not impact the health and economy of every nation worldwide at the same time. People were able to go to work in many cities without disruption, and supply chain issues were generally regional and temporary.

Thanks to COVID, many businesses had to shut their doors for weeks or months on end due to governmental orders. Business owners did not know when they could do their trade again, or what restrictions they would face. You might have been unable to get the essential materials you needed to perform your contracts or have enough workers to get the job done. A South Carolina business attorney can help you navigate the consequences of those events and answer the question, Is non-performance permitted? The impact of coronavirus on Contracts.

How to Determine Your Rights and Duties Under a Contract

There is no automatic result if you or another party could not perform under a contract during the COVID-19 pandemic. General principles of South Carolina will guide the interpretation of each party’s contractual rights and obligations, but you have to read each contract carefully and analyze its terms. You might have defenses if the contract contains certain terms, but have to look to other legal principles under common law if your agreement is silent on those items.

Force Majeure

If both parties to a contract wanted to perform their obligations but could not, through no fault of their own, because an “act of God” interfered, that is a “force majeure” situation. To qualify as a “force majeure,” the event must be:

  • Out of the control of the parties to the contract. Neither of you caused or contributed to the problem. The COVID-19 pandemic was not the fault of business owners in South Carolina.
  • Significant. An event like the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the economy for months, unlike a thunderstorm that might cause a brief interference with normal activity.

You will need to read the contract and see if the document contains a force majeure provision. Usually, a force majeure provision allows temporary delays in performance but does not cancel the contract or the obligations under the contract. The terms of the contract will control.

Impossibility

If the COVID-19 pandemic made it impossible for you to perform your duties under the contract, the doctrine of impossibility might be a successful defense for non-performance. For example, you had a contract to manufacture and supply 10,000 units of plumbing parts a month to a hardware store. 

The government forced you to close your manufacturing facility during the mandated lockdown, making it impossible for you to manufacture the parts required by the contract. No matter how much you wanted to keep working and making the parts, you could not do so. 

Frustration of Purpose

If an event happened that was not anticipated when you entered into the contract, and that occurrence substantially frustrated you from performing your duties under the contract, you might argue the frustration of purpose defense for your non-performance. An example of this defense is if you experienced repeated supply chain problems in getting the materials you needed to perform your contractual duties or could not maintain a sufficient workforce to get the job done due to the pandemic.

The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has not yet ended, and the business community is struggling to resolve the consequences of contractual non-performance. A South Carolina business attorney can help you address these issues. For legal help contact our office today, we offer a free consultation.

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Resolving LLC Member Disputes in South Carolina

Like any other type of business structure, a limited liability company (LLC) can face internal disputes among its members. It is important to know your options when there is conflict within an LLC. The long-term health and viability of the business depend on being able to resolve disagreements.

A South Carolina business attorney can provide guidance when resolving LLC member disputes in South Carolina and help you take steps to avoid disputes in the future. 

Resolving LLC Member Disputes

Often, there is no actual dispute; rather, there is a misunderstanding. One member might have misinterpreted what another member did or believed rumors without verifying the facts. The first step in resolving disputes among members of an LLC is to sit down with all the involved parties and identify the issue in dispute. This simple stuff step could save everyone a great deal of grief and prevent the situation from escalating.

Another common scenario is that an LLC member did something out of ignorance rather than malice. Very few people actually read the contracts they sign. An LLC member might not realize that the LLC operating agreement prohibits certain conduct. Explaining the rights and duties of LLC members might help the offending member to realize what they did was wrong, and give them an opportunity to correct their actions.

If those two approaches are not effective, you might try to resolve the conflict through alternative dispute resolution, like mediation or arbitration. You will want to check the LLC operating agreement for the rules about dispute resolution. One of the worst things to do is immediately file a lawsuit. Litigation is adversarial and confrontational, and will likely damage if not destroy business relationships. 

Sources of Conflict Among Members of an LLC

If the LLC has a managing member, the other members might suspect that the managing member overstepped their authority, improperly appropriated assets of the company, received an unfair amount of compensation, or breached their fiduciary duty in some other manner. The same accusations could be leveled by one member against another member. 

Also, perceived or actual conflicts of interest can lead to disputes between members of an LLC. For example, a member might enter into a contract for the LLC to purchase materials from another company without disclosing that member’s financial interest in that supply company.

Preventing Future LLC Member Conflicts

Make sure that the LLC operating agreement covers all essential issues, so that all members know their rights and obligations. An LLC member should not have to guess about whether conduct is allowed or prohibited.

Hold a meeting of the LLC members to discuss any gaps you discovered in the operating agreement. Get their input on the terms they would like to have in the contract. With the permission of the LLC, draft an amended operating agreement and have all members sign the document. Hold a meeting with all members to discuss the terms of the operating agreement and make sure they understand what is expected of them. 

If your LLC experiences conflicts among its members, you could seek the guidance of a South Carolina business attorney. Get in touch with our office today for a consultation.

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Hit-and-Run Accidents in South Carolina – What You Need to Know

If you got hurt in a hit-and-run accident in South Carolina, you probably have many questions. Frequently, the driver who fled the scene illegally will turn himself in or get caught within a few days or weeks of the collision. At the time of the crash, however, you have no way of knowing if they will ever catch the driver.

A South Carolina personal injury attorney can advocate on your behalf and help you navigate this tricky situation. Not knowing what to do can make the situation more stressful for you, so here is a guide to hit-and-run accidents in South Carolina – what you need to know. 

You Can Increase the Odds of the Hit-and-Run Driver Getting Caught

Try to notice as many details as possible about the other vehicle, and share this information with law enforcement and your personal injury attorney. Sometimes, the tiniest detail, like a bumper sticker, is the item that leads to the capture of the hit-and-run driver.

If you can do so safely at the scene of the accident, make a note of the color of the car as well as the make and model. If you can remember even part of the license plate number, that could help the police. Also, notice the direction the car drove from the scene. If you call 911 immediately and share that information with them, they might catch the hit-and-run driver before the driver hides the vehicle.

You or another person in your car could try to use your cell phone to capture a photograph or brief video of the car as it speeds away. The police might be able to enlarge and enhance the images to retrieve more information that could be useful to them.

Additional Sources of Evidence

Look around at the scene of the hit-and-run accident for anyone who might have witnessed the collision itself or seen the car shortly before or after the crash. You will want to get the names and contact information of these people and provide that to law enforcement. Talking to those people while you are still at the scene could give you information that could help catch the driver. People often forget details with the passage of time, so you want to talk with them right away.

It is essential to note the precise time that the crash happened, to make it easier to track down security camera footage in the neighborhood. Also, you will want to make a note of the exact location of the collision. Often, video doorbell cameras and security cameras at residences and businesses within a few blocks of the crash capture valuable footage that helps to identify the hit-and-run driver. Red light cameras at intersections can also be useful.

Your Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage on Your Automobile Policy

If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage on your automobile policy, that insurance can help to pay for your losses from a hit-and-run collision if they do not find the driver who left the scene of the accident. Sometimes, people flee from a crash site because they do not have car insurance. Even if found, the at-fault driver might not have coverage that can cover your losses. In that situation, your uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage can still help you.

People often have questions about what happens if it takes a while for the police to capture the hit-and-run driver. For example, if you already had to pay your deductible and your uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage paid for some of your damages, what happens when they later find the hit-and-run driver? In that situation, you should get reimbursed for your deductible and the hit-and-run driver’s automobile insurance company should reimburse your insurance company for the money they paid.

Hit and run accidents are challenging, complicated events. A South Carolina personal injury attorney could talk to you and represent you in your personal injury claim. Contact our office today for legal help, we offer a free consultation.

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What Should I Do Following an Electric Vehicle Accident?

Electric and hybrid electric vehicles are growing in number. Therefore, you have a better chance of being involved in a traffic accident with an electric vehicle. Additionally, these vehicles pose significant risks to pedestrians and bicyclists because of the low noise levels emitted from these vehicles.  

An electric vehicle accident can cause traumatic injuries. If another party caused the crash, you could recover compensation for your damages. First, however, you must prove fault and liability. Our South Carolina car accident lawyer assists victims in fighting for the money they deserve.

Steps to Take After an Electric Vehicle Accident 

The steps you take after an accident involving an electric vehicle significantly impact the outcome of your personal injury case. Important steps to take include:

Report the Car Accident to the Police

Drivers involved in a car crash are required to stop at the accident scene. Call 911 to report the accident and request assistance. The emergency operator dispatches a police officer and emergency medical services.

Do not admit fault for the cause of the car accident. Saying you are sorry could be misinterpreted as admitting fault. Instead, tell the police officer what happened without embellishing or accepting responsibility for the cause of the collision.

Document the Accident Scene 

If it is safe to do so, take pictures and make a video of the accident scene. Try to capture the location of the vehicles, vehicle damage, skid marks, road signs, and the surrounding area. Ask eyewitnesses for their names and contact information. 

Seek Medical Treatment for Injuries

Saying you are “fine” or “okay” could hurt your personal injury claim. It is better to say that you will see your doctor regarding any injuries caused by the accident. 

Seeing a doctor as soon as possible is best. The insurance company could use delays in medical care to deny the claim. The insurance adjuster may argue that you would have sought medical care immediately following the accident if the crash had caused injuries. 

Notify Your Insurance Company 

Report the accident to your insurance company. However, be cautious when answering questions about the cause of the crash. It is not wise to agree to provide a written or recorded statement for your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company without discussing your case with an accident attorney. 

The statements you make could be used to blame you for the cause of the accident. The result could cost you thousands of dollars in lost compensation. 

Document Your Damages

Take pictures of your injuries as you recover from the electric vehicle accident. Keep copies of all bills, invoices, and receipts for expenses related to the car crash or your injuries. It can also help your case to keep a journal detailing your pain and suffering, activities you cannot perform, and other details about your recovery. 

Seek Legal Advice 

An electric car accident lawyer reviews your case to determine fault and liability. An attorney can protect you from aggressive claims adjusters and unfair insurance tactics. Your attorney understands how to value damages to maximize the amount of your recovery.

The insurance company has a team of highly trained, experienced professionals protecting its best interest. They work to reduce the money the company must pay you for your claim. You need a legal team that works to protect your best interests. 

Contact Our South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation 

Your time to file a claim after an electric vehicle accident is limited by the South Carolina statute of limitations. Seeking legal advice as soon as possible after a car crash can improve your chances of recovery and avoid missing filing deadlines. 

Call now for a free consultation with one of our South Carolina car accident lawyers.

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5 Myths That Cause Businesses to Fail

You formed your business to succeed. Your goal is to grow your company and expand your business to increase revenue. However, listening to unfounded business myths could cause your business to fail. Instead, work with a South Carolina business lawyer to ensure your company is on track to meet your goals for growth and success.

Five Business Myths That Could Keep Your Business from Succeeding

A business owner may receive a lot of advice when starting a new company. You may receive advice about how to grow or expand your company. Some of that advice is grounded in harmful myths that could hurt your business. Five common business myths to watch out for include:

  1. Being a Business Owner Gives Me More Time for Myself

Starting a business is hard work. You may find that you work harder for yourself than you worked for any employer. Even when you are not working, you are likely thinking about work. Be prepared to invest a lot of your time getting your business off the ground. However, do not expect your hours to decrease in the first few years. Choose something you are passionate about so that you do not burn out as you build your business. 

  1. Marketing is Not Worth the Cost

Marketing is a necessity. Investing in an online marketing strategy is crucial for new businesses. More consumers locate companies online. Furthermore, consumers search for companies that offer services virtually. Your company cannot effectively compete with other companies if you rely solely on networking and word-of-mouth to attract new customers. 

  1. Entrepreneurs Should Always Trust Their Instincts

There is nothing wrong with following your instincts. However, successful business owners seek professional advice about matters they do not fully understand how to navigate. Successful business owners understand they need guidance in matters related to taxes, advertising, bookkeeping, regulations, contracts, and employee relations. Failing to seek advice from professionals can result in massive headaches for your company. In some cases, it could result in costly and time-consuming “fixes.” 

  1. You Can Get Contracts and Document Free Online

Yes, you can find business documents, contracts, and other forms online free of charge. However, many of these “free” business forms are created by non-lawyers. Even the business forms created by lawyers may not comply with South Carolina laws. It is best to have a business lawyer in South Carolina draft your company’s contracts and business forms. Your attorney ensures that your business forms comply with all state laws and contain language protecting your company from liability. 

  1. You Do Not Need a Business Lawyer to Incorporate Your Business 

Again, you can find the forms to incorporate your company online. However, deciding on the business structure for your company is one of the most important steps you take when you create a new business. Your business structure impacts taxes, ownership, revenues, and liability. A business lawyer advises you of the pros and cons of each business structure. Based on your needs and goals, an attorney recommends the best structure for your company and handles all matters to establish your legal business entity. 

Contact Our South Carolina Business Lawyer for More Information

Having the correct information and sound legal advice is crucial to operate a successful business. If you have questions regarding business matters, contact our South Carolina business lawyer. We handle all matters related to your business, including business formation, litigation, and contracts.