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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Quarterly CEO Breakfast allows for community discussion.

A special thanks goes out to everyone who attended the Chamber's quarterly CEO Breakfast this morning, sponsored by Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A. It's always fantastic to be able to get a group of the area's business, government and community leaders around one table to discuss what's taking place in our community, where current projects are headed and how we can all work together for the betterment of Florence.



Thursday, June 18, 2015

What if Your Employer Has No Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

In most states, employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover workplace injuries sustained by their employees. Workers’ compensation insurance is a “no fault” system which allows every employee to receive benefits for a job-related injury, regardless of who caused the accident or illness, though intentional, self-inflicted injuries may be excluded from workers' compensation benefits. The system balances the needs of workers, who are entitled to receive prompt medical treatment for their injuries, with the needs of employers who can conduct their business operations free from the fear of being sued by an injured employee. Workers’ compensation programs can provide claimants with medical benefits and, provided certain requirements are met, temporary compensation payments until the employee is able to return to work. In certain situations, claimants may also receive permanent benefits such as job retraining or supportive medical care.

But what happens if you get hurt and your employer doesn’t have the required workers’ compensation insurance?

Regardless of whether your employer participates in a workers’ compensation insurance program, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately, to ensure you receive proper treatment and to document your injuries. Typically, an injured worker's only legal option for recovering compensation from the employer is to file a workers’ compensation claim. There are a few exceptions, however, such as when an employer intentionally causes the workplace injury, or when an employer fails to carry the required workers’ compensation insurance.

If you are injured and your employer does not participate in a workers’ compensation insurance program, there may be coverage available to you through a government fund for injured workers whose employers do not have the mandated workers’ compensation insurance. If you find yourself in this situation, check with your state’s Labor Department to find out what programs may be available in your area, and to report your employer’s non-compliance with the workers’ compensation laws.

Injured employees whose employers do not carry valid workers’ compensation coverage also have the option of filing a civil lawsuit against the uninsured employer to recover compensation for their damages. Through the civil court system, uninsured employers may have to pay substantially more in damages to cover the injured employee’s losses including medical bills, future lost earnings, and pain and suffering. In most jurisdictions, workers' compensation insurance programs limit the injured employee’s recovery by disallowing claims for “pain and suffering” or punitive damages which would be allowed in a civil lawsuit. Civil cases also differ from claims made through no-fault workers’ compensation programs in that certain legal principles may apply, such as “contributory negligence,” which can limit an employee’s recovery based on percentage of fault.

In most jurisdictions, employers who fail to carry workers’ compensation insurance are not only liable to their injured workers, but also face penalties for violating the law.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jack Muench joins Shark Chamber panel of judges

Jack Muench , attorney with Willcox, Buyck & Williams was recently added to the panel of judges for the 2nd Annual Shark Chamber BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION in collaboration with the North Dargan Innovation Center & the FMU Center for Entrepreneurship.

If you are an Entrepreneur with a bright idea, here is the chance to pitch it in the Shark Chamber! Develop and pitch your business to the community and business leaders from Florence.
This event is limited to 15 contestants 

  • The finalists of the competition will present in front of a panel of judges compiled of local business leaders and an audience of their peers.
  • Business pitches and ideas must be submitted at www.flochamber.com/sharkchamber.
  • Participants can include a new idea, recently started business, or small business.
  • Fill out the application for Shark Chamber on the Florence Chamber website.

The winner receives a business-boosting prize package including advertising, marketing, and in-kind services valued at over $10,000 to be used to help grow your company in Florence County!

The event will take place Friday, June 19th at the FMU Performing Arts Center at 5:30 PM.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Attorneys File Final Briefs In Charleston Cruise Terminal Appeals

Can agencies regulate business licenses?

In 2012 the South Carolina State Department of Health and Environmental Control issued a permit to allow the State Ports Authority to renovate a waterfront warehouse in Charleston.  The State Ports Authority filed the permit to add more pilings in the water and turn the warehouse into a cruise ship terminal for passengers.  The Ports Authority proposed the $35 million dollar terminal after Carnival Cruise Lines decided to permanently base a passenger cruise liner in Charleston.  Opponents to the renovations filed arguments stating the new terminal will increase pollution while decreasing property values and the quality of life in the area.

In early 2014, an Administrative Law Judge upheld the permit on the basis that opponents lacked standing to appeal the original decision.  The Administrative Law Judge ruled the opponents, consisting of neighborhood preservation and conservation groups did not state “specific, admissible facts to support their allegations and statements.”  The groups appealed the Administrative Law Judge’s Ruling to the state Court of Appeals.  Opponents have suggested a different site for the terminal, which is further away from the Historic District.  The State Ports Authority said the proposed alternate site is not large enough for a passenger terminal and will be needed to support freight shipments for a proposed business expansion.  

In addition to the state suit, the site is also subject to a federal suit based on a permit filed by the Army Corps of Engineers.  The Army Corps filed a federal permit in 2013.  A judge ruled the Army Corps failed to consider the impact of the terminal on the Historic District.  The Army Corps agreed to expand its review to consider the impact of both the pilings in the water and the Historic District. 

A business typically has to file for permits when expanding or renovating existing building.  The process for filing, investigating, and getting a permit is extensive and involves many different legal considerations.  If your business is involved in litigation surrounding a regulatory permit filing or considering the process to expand your facility, contact the experienced business and corporate law attorneys at the Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A.  The attorneys at Willcox, Buyck & Williams have been in business for over 120 years and have offices in Florence (843) 536-8050 and Myrtle Beach (843) 461-3020.  

Monday, June 8, 2015

Lumber Liquidators CEO Abruptly Quits

Is a business responsible for the actions of its chief officers?

The CEO of Lumber Liquidators, Robert Lynch, abruptly resigned last week after three years on the job amidst a Justice Department investigation.  Lynch also served as the company’s president and director.

The company recently announced the Justice Department is seeking criminal charges against it after an investigation over flooring products it imported from China.  The laminate flooring reportedly contained a high level of formaldehyde.  The company recently suspended sale of its entire laminate flooring inventory made in China pending a review of its sourcing compliance program by a board committee.  

After discovering the chemical issue in the laminate flooring, Lumber Liquidators sent out free air testing kits for consumers who installed the flooring.  More than 97% of those customers who used the kits reported the level of formaldehyde concentration in the air was within the World Health Organization Guidelines.  The company also stopped buying Chinese laminate flooring and is purchasing the product from Europe and North America.  In the wake of Lynch’s departure, the company stated that its founder, Thomas Sullivan would take over as CEO until a replacement is found.  Lumber Liquidators refused to comment on the resignation.

Certain officers and board members of companies have a fiduciary duty to the company’s shareholders.  This means the officer is required in some situations to disclose particular information and knowledge to shareholders.  It is important for companies to have clear policies for its fiduciaries for disclosing information and to research the officers’ and board members past employment and potential conflicts of interest to avoid potential lawsuits.           

If you own a business, avoid a lawsuit for the actions of an officer by contacting an attorney to review business policies and disclosure requirements.  The law firm of Willcox, Buyck & Williams has been in business for over 120 years and its business and corporate law attorneys have extensive experience in preparing corporate papers, managing fiduciary requirements, and representing clients in business disputes.  They have offices in Florence (843) 536-8050 and Myrtle Beach (843) 461-3020.  Contact them today for a consultation.   

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Willcox Buyck & Williams Receives Partnership Award

Full Story here : http://www.florencenewsjournal.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=2&ArticleID=13564

The Florence Regional Arts Alliance hosted a reception during which several community members received recognition for their contributions to the arts community.

The Business & Arts Partnership Award Recipient went to Willcox, Buyck, & Williams, P.A. This award recognizes a Florence County business for its vital commitment to the arts as evidence by operational and/or project support provided on a substantial and ongoing basis. Willcox, Buyck & Williams, P.A. championed by Reynolds Williams changed the landscape of Florence in 2015 through its organization and support of the “Play Me I’m Yours Project.” Through the establishment of the Willcox, Buyck & Williams Foundation, this partnership built bridges throughout the community and brought people together through music and art. 


Thursday, May 21, 2015

Reasons To Review Your Current Will

6 Events Which May Require a Change in Your Estate Plan

Creating a Will is not a one-time event. You should review your will periodically, to ensure it is up to date, and make necessary changes if your personal situation, or that of your executor or beneficiaries, has changed. There are a number of life-changing events that require your Will to be revised...

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Leadership Florence Downtown Gala

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Leadership Florence Downtown Gala


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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Law Firm older than Florence

FLORENCE, S.C. –Willcox, Buyck & Williams, a Florence law firm, is celebrating an anniversary older than Florence itself. When it became a firm, Florence was still part of Darlington County. The firm will celebrate 120 years this year.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Administrative Professionals's Day at SIMT

Administrative Professionals' Day Luncheon at SIMT with a Play Me I'm Yours, Florence piano! Thank you to all of our professionals for doing such a great job!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Stellar Award 2015 for Youth Project of the Year

Kendra Smith, an 18-year South Florence High School student, has won the Stellar Award 2015 for Youth Project of the Year for her own song Deep Down, produced by Florence’s Divine Records. Willcox, Buyck & Williams is proud to have sponsored Kendra’s trip to Las Vegas as a nominee, and to be the first to welcome her home in triumph.

Previous winners of Stellar Awards include Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. The Stellar Award celebrates gospel music’s best and will be broadcast April 5 on TVOne.

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