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  1. Is it legal for a SC landlord to pass convergent billing fees onto individual lease holders for monthly utilities if not specifically stated in the lease agreement? I'm in a high rise apartment building in a five bedroom unit and each of us are under separate lease agreements, so we are each being charged this fee. If paying via credit card or e-check, the lease does specify that a convenience fee would be applied but it does not specifically mention anything about convergent fees pertaining to utilities. Could the following paragraph give the landlord specific rights to charge this fee? "TENANT is liable for all costs or charges associated with LANDLORD having to provide special services (unless required by law) to TENANT or at TENANT'S request and for all fees or fines as described in Rules and Regulation. Unless required by law, the provision of any special services shall be at LANDLORD's sole and absolute discretion." The above mentioned "Rules and Regulations" do not address any rental fees. Until December 2016, I was not given monthly invoices prior to rent/parking/utilities being due but I did pay rent and parking on time each month and utilities were paid as soon as I was notified of the amount due. I have been withholding the monthly convergent fee for the past couple on months until I had clear information on what it was and why it was being charged. Recently, the landlord replied with this: "We don't charge it, the billing company does so have no lenience on our end to take it off of the bill." I was also told that if it was not received by March 1, then they would not accept my rent check.
  2. Child support order states parents are to split medical bills 50%. Mother has custody. She took child to two out of network providers when in network providers are available in her area and is asking for me to pay 50% of cost when I was not informed of this prior to child receiving services. 1 visit is to a chiropractor and the other is a vision exam. I have Medical, Vision and Dental coverage on my child. If she would have went to a in network chiropractor cost would be 15.00 copay instead of 230.00 total charges. Vision copay for exam is 20.00 total cost of exam she had at out of network office is 180.00. Am I required to pay 50% of these bills when she didn't verify before taking the child to these places if they were in or out of network and she didn't inform me until after the fact?
  3. I currently live in South Carolina. However, I had a secured debt (furniture loan) that was taken out in Ohio. I have regrettably defaulted on this, and am looking to file for bankruptcy relief soon. However, the lawyer I consulted with told me that I couldn't be garnished for consumer debt in South Carolina. However, the company is telling me that since it's secured debt, I can be, and will be, as they (per them) already do so now with people in South Carolina. I'm not sure if this is a scare tactic or what's going on, but I don't have the funds available to get the petition filed yet, so I'm looking for answers as to if I can be garnished or not. Additionally, my bank account, new since I moved here a year ago, gets funds deposited into it from Social Security. Does that protect it at all? I appreciate the help and guidance.
  4. I was injured on my job in South Carolina and was on workers comp, I was put on light duty at several sites and missed quite a bit of work due to my injury, the last place I worked 2 employees falsley accused me of cursing at them and workers comp was denied me because of a false statement saying that I refused the work site, that occured 3 months ago and I have not had a income nor have I been placed on another work site and in addition to that they took my insurance away from me stated that I was on fmla but at the same time I was working. What can I do about this?
  5. I recently purchased a car didn't do my homework, I have only had the car three days but when I checked the KBB the car is a 2012 with a 103,000 KBB says the value of is 10,000 they priced it at 17,000 with finance charges the care came to 20,000 so I am wondering is there something that can do to change this I didn't check KBB until Saturday should I go back and make a formal complaint I voiced my concerns too the salesman by phone on his voicemail he has yet to call me back they financed with wells fargo
  6. I bought a car from a dealer in SC and they are supposed to send the title to my local DMV (in Va.) so I can register the car and then the DMV will send it to the lien holder. It has been over 6 weeks since I bought the car and still no title. I have called many times and every time its a different story. I was even promised that it was sent over night to my house and they said FedEx would deliver it at 3.30PM the next day. Of course nothing came and when I called they said they didn't send it. I love the car and it is everything they said it was and maybe even better. Its a 2008 Corvette that is almost flawless other than the fact that I cant drive it and have already canceled a weekend vacation with my wife and now I'm going to miss the Corvettes for Saint Jude's fund raiser ride to the Hospital. Does anyone have any legal advice for me and is there anything I can do? The dealer is a pretty good size dealer and they were very good to deal with at the time of purchase. Thanks for any help. John L.
  7. I just found out that my neurologist and his partner at Neurology Associates in Greenville, SC pled guilty to a federal government criminal and civil investigation of using non-fda approved Botox from 2010-2013. Apparently the FDA conducted a search warrant of their records awhile ago (2013) when their practice was linked to ordering large amounts off label Botox from Medical Device King in New York. I've been a patient since early 2008 and have received Botox shots for migraines almost 4 times a year since. My insurance carrier is Cigna who wasn't aware of the plea and still had them listed as preferred providers. Is there any recourse for us patients actually who pay for our insurance and were billed improperly for years? Also, if we're just now starting to find out about the investigation and settlement how do they know there have been no adverse side effects to patients?
  8. I am doing bullet points as much easier. Location: Bluffton, SC Mom met man on internet 2.5 to 3 years ago ( Man moved in after 3 weeks Daughters noticed moms memory was getting worse and worse Talked mom into going to a specialist for dementia/alzheimers Mom went but internet man insisted on going. specialist recommended further testing in Savannah. Internet man talked my mom out of it. Internet man bought new truck with my moms money for 30,000.00 Internet man had my mom attend a Baptist Church - pastor stated they should be married legally to be part of church Internet man talked my mom into marrying him but didn't want him to tell her daughters ( myself and my two sisters) Did not do a prenup per our request - and stated to my mom half of all she has will be his as soon as they get married (per internet mans two daughters who live in CT) They got married He bought a boat for 50,000.00 Internet man only has social security and has been married 3 previoius times. Right after marriage my mom went to her attorney with internet man and changed POA to him along with changing the will and leaving all to him including house Now remember - mom already had some signs of dementia two years ago and he would say nothing was wrong with her. 9 months after marriage - mom going over to neighbors houses - stating she needs to get away from him, he is spending all her money, she sees people in the house that are not there She takes walks in early morning and we have to call dispatch. She stopped taking her BP pills We ended up picking her up and took her right to the hospital (internet man didnt' even know and she was gone longer than 12 hours and he didn't even look for her) Carolinas Health diagnosed her 4 days ago with a UTI, dementia, dehydration, and high blood pressure. taken back home - took all her antibiotics in one day, took 5 blood pressure pills in one day. Next day, out walking at 4:00 a.m. and had to pick her up. Had dispatch come and escort into house to get her meds, clothes, etc. Internet man was not home - left door open. Internet man goes over to neighbor across the street and tells her that he is POA and everything she has is his. He changed all locks on doors and they only have one key and he keeps it. Internet man let my moms drivers license expire. She is held captive HELP! Every day it is as if we are allowing her life to be put in jeopardy. What lawyer should I get. He is neglecting her health, spending all the money my mom had left from my daddy to take care of her in her elderly years. neighbors document.docx
  9. We have rented our house in SC due to moving to California. We are ready to move back to our SC home but would like to break the lease to make their move out date sooner so we can move back. There isn't much in our lease agreement about the landlord breaking the lease- only about if the tenant wants to break the lease. This says they need to give 60 days notice plus 2 months rent as a fee on top of regular rent. We do have a clause that says "termination upon sale of property" says we can terminate the agreement with 60 days written notice. But we did not sell the house we just want to move back. Thanks.
  10. While incarcerated ...pushed down steps and paralyzed....being held in solitary confinement while paralyzed
  11. First, let me take a moment to thank those of you who share your insight and wisdom in educating folks like myself in this forum. It is greatly appreciated. I know that SC is a "debtor friendly," state. Meaning that I know my wages can't be garnished for consumer debt. I'm in the process of getting the money together to file my bankruptcy petition, however, I have some concerns. 1) Can my bank account be garnished for debt? 2) Is the no wage rule in effect even if the company is headquartered outside of South Carolina? 3) If they can garnish my bank account, do they notify me beforehand or do I just get to be surprised? Thank you again.
  12. Recently, my husband and I saw an attorney who told us that if we wish to claim a common law marriage that we have to make some changes to tax filings, etc in order to file a joint bankruptcy petition. However, social security once told us that if he was married they would stop his benefits. At the time we were living in a state that didn't recognize common law, but now we are in a state that does. Before we start making the changes, though, we are trying to find out if social security will then stop the benefits once we claim common law marriage, or if they have a distinct difference between the two in their realm. I know at a state level common law is considered "legal" marriage but what we are worried about is what the rules of social security are. Thanks in advance.
  13. My husband (common law) and I moved to SC 7 1/2 months ago. We've lived as spouses for five years here & Ohio. We've found ourselves giving serious thought to bankruptcy, but want to know if we can do it as a joint petition since we're not legally married or if being common law is enough.
  14. Someone I know was supposed to go to magistrates court today on a criminal charge. The county index says Status: Failure to Comply Disposition: TIA Guilty Bench Trial Does this mean he did now show and was sentenced to 30 days? Not sure what TIA means
  15. I currently have soul custody of my Daughter who is going to be turning 18 in less than two months. Her Father pays 70% of her non reimbursed Medical, He wants me to pay his deductible which is his family deductible before she can have a CT scan. Am I responsible? No I haven't met my $250 I'm responsible for. Also, Does he keep insurance on her until she is the age of 26 or does it stop at 18? It costs him nothing to keep her on it. It will cost me an additional $175 a month to add her on mine. Then The child support, She will be going to College in the Fall can he be required to keep Child support and Insurance on her since she will be a full time student? This is not in our divorce decree, so I know I will have to take him back to court. He also hasn't seen her in 7 years all he has done is pay child support some what and keep insurance on her.
  16. Hi, I am on H1b & recently transferred to another employer. My previous employer has credited my last paycheck due to miscommunication from Payroll department. They reached for taking that amount back. However they requested me to pay entire amount including taxes & they told me that it will reflect in my W2 form this year. I told them I am not eligible to take salary as my new employer paycheck has been started for the period. Please suggest what should I do as I am ready to only pay amount that has been credited to my account & not the taxes for which I am not responsible for. Thanks, Raj Rayala
  17. I have four children with my husband, we were married and resided in NM and I left him in July of 2014 with our four children. I have always been our children's primary caregiver. I moved to SC with my parents when I left with our four children so my children and I have resided in SC for over a year. I want to get a divorce when I can afford it but I currently don't have the money for an attorney. MY question is can I file for custody of our children now, while still being married? Or do I have to do that along with filing for divorce?
  18. I offer a service and a customer has decided that I am not paying enough attention to his project. He has begun sending texts and emails in the middle of the night making demands on what I should do. Last week at 3 AM I received a text telling me that I should expect "round two" and he was ramping up his efforts to make me meet his demands. Since then he has begun posting negative statements on his face book page. Now he is posting negative statements on Craigslist for everyone to see. He is making statements that such as I am a well known "bad egg" in the community. He is listing the name and phone number to the county magistrates office encouraging people to file complaints as well. He is letting it be know in general terms where I live and telling others to help and put me out of business. I understand that if what he says is true but he is making the determination of ther truth on his own. Is there anything I can do about this legally. So far I have not responded in anyway.
  19. My boyfriend just recieved paperwork from a girl who bought him a truck. He had lost his job and couldn't pay the loan she took out for him. He returned the truck, she sold it. and is now harassing him for the amount of the loan, his name was never on the loan. they never had anything in writing but there are emails and txt messages back and forth saying he'll give her money. but that was also before she took the truck back. She filed a suit against him in civil court. sent the paper work to his dad who has the same name as him. and is now sueing him saying he was served. I guess my question is can she do that if his name was never on the loan, she took the truck back and sold it and never had him served ..... this girl is a nightmare
  20. Hubby just filed for emergency divorce and full custody of our children. He was mentally abusive and i wouldn't tell him where i was staying because he would harass me. I found out he filed by repeatedly keeping in touch with the clerk of court. He wants me to miss the hearing so he told them i left and he couldn't contact me. He does have my number. I have called attorneys but i just can't afford any. What can i do to make sure i don't miss that court date if i am not notified?
  21. I work in an Asian restaurant. The owners has known my family for over 25 years, before I was born. They both drink on a daily basis, from 9 am til we close. I also know that the husband partakes in substance abuse. Anyhow, the husband is the one that's always verbally and sometimes physically abusive. He's made derogatory comments about my intelligence, appearance, and work ethics. I'm a great employee! I know for a fact. His wife tells me constantly how well I do. I've documented a lot of these incidents. There was one time when I was talking to my coworker during our lunch break...We all sit together at one table to eat lunch. The owner began yelling at another employee and blaming him for the chefs using the rolled silverware (designated for customers) instead of regular silverware...? I was still talking to my coworker and I guess he was angry that I didn't stop my conversation while he was talking (although he was NOT talking to me). He then grabbed my ipad out of my hands and threw it to the opposite side of the table! There was also another time I ordered some food for myself during lunch. There was no other customers and I told the chef to make it when he had time. The owner grabbed my ticket and told me that they're not going to make my food and that the next time I put in an order, he will "piss in it". He's even physically abused me! He's pushed me, slapped my arm, grab my cigarettes out of my hand and crushed them! I could go on and on...but I won't. I love everything about my job except him! I love my coworkers, my customers, and the money I make. But I don't know how much longer I can take the abuse!! He jokes about how he LOVES to make his employees cry. He's made EVERY server cry. EVERY SINGLE ONE, man or woman. My boss is an A**H*** that drinks all day, does drugs in front of us, and verbally and physically abuses us (even in front of customers)! What can I do about this? If I just quit, it'll still happen to the present/future employees. There's got to be some way to stop him, right?? ALSO: they've both been arrested for DUI's, wife and husband. The wife twice, and she almost injured a senior citizen when she blacked out and rammed into their car.
  22. my x and I were married for 17 years, we have two children. We divorced due to abuse, adultery, and abandonment. our older son is 19 younger one is 10, which I have full custody. I was a stay at home mom for entire marriage, he owns his masters. feb. 2015 he was "terminated" from his job. The court "temporarily suspended alimony and reduced c.s. 780.00. He was required to submit his "job searching" to court every 30 days. One month after suspended in court, he gained employment, however the court did not reinstate the support. The court did not take into consideration he received $50,000 severance after losing his job either. My son and I have struggled, as I had a foot operation and been under medical care since June. We finally went to court on July 21, the judge did not sign off on final order until Sept. 1 2015, 4 months with no support!!! The order read "after the filling of this order x should pay x wife on 1st of each month alimony and on 15th c.s. (both reduced) Even though each attorney received papers no later than 9/4/15. X has failed to pay anything!!!!! He refuses to pay his 70% uninsured medical, for our son, which we have been in court for before!, he refuses to pay alimony and c.s. now it has been 6 months with no income, I have borrowed, and sold everything I own and from everyone, I am in a cast and facing yet another operation on my ankle, same foot thing, His attorney just filed a Motion to reduce c.s. and alimony stating the judge took into consideration x current wifes daughters income??????? which is CRAZY No mention of "current wife, nor any previous kids" were ever mentioned. Then stated I said on the stand, "that I hid monies" This is a lie as well. I never said that, I do not have money. We acquired his bank statements and even after he was terminated, he admitted to purchasing a Porshe, and spending over 40,000 in gambling. The judge said in final order "he was not a creditable witness, and evasive" I do not understand how he gets away with this stuff. I am under a lease, and does not expire until March 2016, my credit is already torn, that would make it worse, but I don't know how to make it. My attorney is not charging me anything now, thank God, but we keep filling motions, contempt's, going to court, and having orders, yet he gets away with abusing me through the court and his attorney lies, with no proof, no transcript of the hearing, just randomly states lies.
  23. My dad is trying to adopt my daughter. He resides in NC, my daughter is in SC and he can not find an attorney to take his case. Why is this and who can help him?
  24. Lexington, south Carolina. My husband and I have been separated over a year, married over 3 years. We have a 20- month old daughter who lives with me. He is engaged and lives with his grandparents and My daughter and I live with my boyfriend, who is also the father to my unborn son. Anyways, for the past 6 or so months me and her father have been trying to work out custody and child support on our own, no luck. He was supposed to be getting her every other weekend and giving me 20$ a week for her, that's all I asked. Well for the first 4 or so weeks it was going good, then he started making excuses as to why he couldn't come get her on her weekends and that he couldn't give me any money for her because he lost his job. This has been about a month and a half. I haven't bothered him about him getting her or the money. He doesn't call or ask about her. Yesterday, he texted me saying he wanted her and threatened to bring the law. I don't want my child around him as of right now, until we go to court, I have proof that he doesn't take care of her when he did have her on weekends.. What do I need to do and how do I go about doing it? I'm looking at divorce and temporary custody with supervised visits until he can show me that he can be a stable parent for my child, as I am for her.
  25. I have a home the South Carolina, Horry County. I own the I own the Mobile Home and it is paid off. The house is unfeasible to move it's bricked in and has stone pouches. I was told by the owner of the land I could rent the house out but after posting the house for rent he has now told me today I'm not allowed rent it. I have never signed anything that says I'm unable to rent my property out but the rental is month to month. I was told if I do rent it out he would give notice a force me to move the house which would destroy it. I have invested thousands of dollars upgrading the house before renting it. I am abiding by all park rules to this point but don't know what to do.