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  1. I am the tenant. Our former landlord is suing us for rent because we vacated the commercial property a few months before the end of the lease. We had given 2 months notice after attempting to get him to resolve a nuisance he caused, which he refused, and paid up until the last day we were there. We left due to a classic constructive eviction which I am going to counter sue him. While gathering the evidence online last night, I came across an online post where the new tenant in our old space announced they were moving in. This was 9 days after we vacated. We have dated photos showing the space was being renovated the following week. We are being sued for rent for that month and the month following. How in the world are we being sued, besides the fact that the landlord thinks we may be unaware that he had re-leased the space and renovations had started? In South Carolina, are there any kind of additional damages we can sue for because of his intentional attempt not only to get us to leave but now his attempt to double dip and collect rent from us while he was renovating the unit for his next tenant?
  2. Building was never permitted. No inspections. Lease states that building is up to code and safe. It is not. Is the lease valid if it’s fraudulent ?
  3. I have been married for 20 years but I have been living separately from my husband for about 1 1/2 years. I recently found out that I am pregnant by another man and would like to proceed with a divorce ASAP! What do I need to do besides retain an attorney? My current husband and I do have 1 child together and I don’t feel like custody will be an issue on either side bc she is 13 y/o and we presently share custody and expenses w/o any sort of formal agreement and there are currently NO problems or issues. I don’t want my husband to be responsible for this child that I am pregnant with in any way but from what research I’ve done, in SC this child is basically considered his until proven otherwise! What do I need to do 1st to get the ball rolling bc this pregnancy will soon become obvious to all involved!
  4. Our house is the lowest house on the street. Our crazy neighbor just sued us for several thousand dollars because some day rain water may damage his property. When it rains, the excess water flows down from his property to the side of our house, where it then goes out to the street or back yard. His gutters point right at the side of our house. Our gutters go into longer pipes that point to the front drain and back yard so our water keeps moving. In our backyard, we dug a small brook that carries water out towards the woods where there is a natural spring. I guess he is thinking that some day during torrential rains that enough of his rain water will pool against the side of our house and flow back uphill onto his property again and flood his basement. He wants us to do something else on our property to handle his rain water. I suggested calmly that he should take care of the rain water on his property, like also digging a small brook, because we didn't have a problem. We called the county and they laughed because our property is lower than his. We told a police officer friend and he suggested we sue him for harassment. I have photos of the neighbor trespassing on our property. He is a constant complainer, control freak, hates animals and threatened us a couple of weeks ago that he would get rid of our dogs just like he got rid of the neighbor's dog. We are careful around him because other neighbors have told us that he actually shot 2-3 animals years ago. Our dogs rarely go out, his recent complaints were actually about a stray pack of dogs, not ours, and we have photos of that as well. I have to file our answer. On the one hand, I just want to deal with the bogus water complaint and be done with it. He has no damages, nothing has happened, and I don't think a property owner can tell another property owner that they have to something about rain. However, we really want him to leave us alone. We are wondering if we should countersue for harassment and ask the judge to issue a no trespass order. I'd really like a tall privacy fence on our property line because he can see over our retaining wall and we are all uncomfortable in our backyard. We just put in a new furnace/ac unit and are worried he could damage it out of retaliation for losing this case as well. Thanks for any insights on how we can/should answer this complaint.
  5. In 2017 a friend of my brothers had some financial problems, and asked my brother if he would give him $2,000.00 for his truck. My brother paid his friend cash for the truck and the friend signed the title over. My brother decided NOT to sign the Title, nor to get it registered, incase his friend resolved his issues and wanted to buy the truck back later. After a few months, when my brother saw that his friend wasn't going to want it back, he told our mom that she could have the truck, and he would sign it over to her and get it registered and tagged for her when he got around to it. Sadly, my brother had a heart attack and died last June, and he had never gotten around to taking care of the paperwork on the truck. He didn't have a Will, so all of his possessions went to his only child, his daughter. She knew he intended to give the truck to our mom, her grandmother, so she respected those wishes. Apparently, the man who sold my brother the truck has also passed away in the intervening time. So, now my mom has the truck, and the title, that has been signed by the previous owner over to my brother, but who never signed the title himself, and never paid the taxes or registered the vehicle. How does my mom get this vehicle registered in her name so she can get tags and use this truck legally?
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. https://www.justice.gov/usao-sc/pr/greenville-medical-practice-receives-probationary-sentence-and-agrees-pay-300000-united 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?
  12. I am doing bullet points as much easier. Location: Bluffton, SC Mom met man on internet 2.5 to 3 years ago (seniorpeoplemeet.com) 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
  13. 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.
  14. While incarcerated ...pushed down steps and paralyzed....being held in solitary confinement while paralyzed
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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?
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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?
  25. 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.
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