Every now and again, I need a reminder to share information.
Earlier today, I received a request from someone desperately trying to find out where to find help for an expungement. And, the resource is below:
- Your Guide to Expungement in South Carolina (updated in November 2013). This fabulous, free resource was pulled together by the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families. It can be found online at http://www.scfathersandfamilies.com/public/files/docs/Nov2013UpdatedGuide.pdf. It basically walks folks through expungement (Step 4) while letting them know whether expungement is a possibility (Step 3) and, if so, which one to go for.
If you want additional information on expungement and pardons, below are also some helpful links:
To find legal help or a lawyer:
To find more information on the legal system in South Carolina
To get a copy of your criminal record
- South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Records Department, Post Office Box 21398, Columbia, SC 29221, 803-896-1443, www.sled.sc.gov
To find more information on expungement, pardons, or other issues relating to fatherhood
- The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 111, Columbia, SC 29204, 803-227-8800, www.scfathersandfamilies.com
Sometimes all it takes is a little knowledge. Hope this helps.
The South Carolina Bar Public Services Division and the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging recently collaborated together with members of the South Carolina Bar Elder Law Committee to update the SOUTH CAROLINA SENIOR CITIZENS’ HANDBOOK: A Guide to Laws and Programs Affecting Senior Citizens. This project was funded by a grant from the Administration on Aging.
This is a FREE resource and is now available online at http://www.scbar.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=QL4xW3AqA8Q%3d&tabid=204.
The print versions should start arriving in local South Carolina libraries soon.
This is a great resource for SC Seniors and/or their caregivers; it covers topics related to:
And an entire portion is devoted to a Community Resource Directory.
Even if you’re not yet a Senior or caregiver, you may want to look into some of these sections. The information is really helpful and easily accessible. Plus, it’s never too early to start planning.
Are YOU a Homeowner who is Facing Foreclosure Due to:
Reduction in Self-Employment Income,
Death of Spouse,
Catastrophic Medical Expenses, or
If so, there may be help for you via SC HELP, see SC HELP Flyer.
Monthly Payment Assistance:
- makes monthly payments while you are seeking employment and a return to self-sustainability
Direct Loan Assistance:
- pays up to $20,000 on past due mortgage to bring it current
Property disposition assistance:
- provides $5,000 to help transition families from homeownership to rental housing if:
1. Application with SC HELP completed FIRST
2. Permission for short-sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure granted
3. Money distributed AFTER execution of deeds completed
South Carolina has been awarded, $295,431,000 in funding from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Hardest Hit Funds to prevent mortgage foreclosure.
SC Housing Corp., a non-profit Division of the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority is administering the Program, known in SC as the South Carolina Homeownership and Employment Lending Program or SC HELP.
South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) is one of the housing processing agencies for SC HELP. SCLS assists homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure gather and submit the required documents to be approved for mortgage assistance through SC HELP.
The list of documents can be found here – SC HELP Required Documents List
There are no income requirements for SC HELP and all services are free to the homeowner.
SC HELP will not pay any more than $20,000 on the arrearages.
SC HELP may approve payment of the $20,000 but the actual payment will not be made until SC HELP has verification that the homeowner can pay the balance of the arrearages or that it has been forgiven by the lender or it has been placed at the end of the mortgage.
The requirements for the property disposition assistance program should be carefully reviewed.
NOTE: A homeowner is not eligible for this program if the property has already been sold at foreclosure.
Homeowners may call South Carolina Legal Services toll-free at 1-888-257-1988 Or 1-855-HELP-4 SC
Homeowners may also submit an application at www.SCMORTGAGEHELP.com
For more detailed information about SC HELP, please see Information Flyer
For more information about SC Legal Services, please see SCLS General Brochure
I’m very proud to don this logo on the SC Access to Justice blog. For the past three years, the American Bar Association has hosted this powerful, national event highlighting the importance of pro bono legal services around the United States.
In South Carolina, we’re proud to highlight some of the work in our own backyard. Throughout the remainder of Celebrate Pro Bono 2011, you’ll be able to learn how South Carolina law students and practicing attorneys interpret pro bono legal services and put it into action.
Many thanks to the American Bar, probono.net and the thousands of attorneys and law students who are celebrating pro bono this week!
In case you missed it elsewhere, LSC President Sandman discusses pro bono and its importance to legal services programs.
He also discusses the limitations of legal services organizations and the great value of law firm and corporate pro bono participation. Well worth watching!
Tip of the hat to Cheryl Zalenski at the ABA Center for Pro Bono who tweeted this. Thanks for the heads-up.
Law School for Non-Lawyers
It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time and not just for kids!
The program is a 7-week Law School for Non-Lawyers course covering a variety of general legal subjects. The registration fee is $45 which includes course materials.
Covered topics include:
- Overview of State Courts
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Family Law
- Juvenile Justice
- Child Protection Hearings
- Wills, Estates and Probate Law
- Health Care and Elder Law
- Bankruptcy Law
- Consumer Law and Debt Collection
- Real Estate and Landlord/Tenant Law
- Employment Law
- South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law
- Criminal Law
The following courses are currently scheduled:
Trident Technical College
Offered every Tuesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
September 14, 2010 through October 26, 2010
7000 Rivers Avenue, N. Charleston
Building 910, Room 123
To register, call 843-574-6152 or visit www.tridenttech.edu
HURRY, Registration ends September 7th
Horry/Georgetown Technical College
Every Monday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Beginning September 20, 2010 through November 1, 2010
743 Hemlock Dr., Myrtle Beach
Building 200, Room 136
To register, call 843-477-2020 or 843-349-5363 or visit www.hgtc.edu
HURRY, Registration ends September 14th
For any other questions or concerns you have, please contact Debbie Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-395-3425, ext. 158.
The Law School for Non-Lawyers is made possible through an IOLTA grant from the SC Bar Foundation
If you guessed that South Carolina has seen a marked increase in foreclosures and requests for food have markedly increased, you win!
According to the Columbia Regional Business Report (CRBR):
South Carolina’s foreclosure rate from July to August 2009 was up 1.94%, reported national real estate tracking company RealtyTrac.com. That number is more than 78% higher than it was one year ago.
According to Harvest Hope:
In the first quarter of 2009, Harvest Hope experienced a 142% increase in the number of families needing assistance.
Earlier today I attended a fundraiser luncheon for Harvest Hope. It made me focus on how the problems faced by so many living in poverty are faces of our neighbors, our friends, our loved ones.
The “featured” speaker at the luncheon was someone who had been working – two jobs. Two good, solid jobs. Then she got ill. Which started the medical bills and absence from work. Which caused her to lose her jobs. Both jobs. The bills kept coming. When it came to paying bills, she used her money for medical bills and medication. Then she lost her home. She stopped eating so much. That made her sicker. Then she found Harvest Hope.
She was able to eat.
The doctors are still trying to figure out what is “wrong” with her. In the meantime, she can eat. Without Harvest Hope and the necessary nutrition it provides, she would be even more sick.
While these societal problems may not be legal, I guarantee that the Legal Aid Telephone Intake Service (LATIS) has been referring people to Harvest Hope.
And once people have nutrition and can think about something other than an empty belly, then they may call LATIS for assistance with a problem with their Landlord. Or maybe for help with their Medicaid benefits. Or help with a way to escape their abusive spouse.