Resources re: Guardianship in South Carolina

I was reminded earlier today that many people don’t know where to turn for resources about guardianship in South Carolina. Cue Frequently Asked Questions in Probate Court.

In September 2013, the South Carolina Supreme Court posted three Frequently Asked Questions to the Self-Help Resources page on its website, http://www.sccourts.org/selfHelp/index.cfm:

(1)    Alternatives to Guardianship – http://www.sccourts.org/selfHelp/FAQsAlternativesToGuardianshipSC.pdf

(2)    From a Potential Caregiver or Potential Guardian – http://www.sccourts.org/selfHelp/FAQsFromACaregiver.pdf

(3)    From a Ward – http://www.sccourts.org/selfHelp/FAQsFromAWard.pdf

(4)    NOTE: There are also videos about both Guardianship and Conservatorship in South Carolina. While they  were produced a few years back, the law is still good.

These should be helpful. Additionally, a few other relevant links are listed below:

~rfw

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Have Questions about South Carolina Courts? Now there are ANSWERS!

Throughout 2008 and 2009, the South Carolina Access to Justice Commission partnered with the South Carolina Courts and Clerks of Court to develop a list of Frequently Asked Questions in Circuit and Family Courts. Clerks of Court worked with their peers to identify their top 10 questions. Once the questions were identified, the work group developed model answers so that people entering the court system would be able to find responses to their most common requests.

The result? FAQs with Model Answers for General Questions, Circuit Court and Family Court.

Whether you’re a Self-Represented Litigant or a new attorney, we hope this information will help you navigate the SC Courts.

-RFW

Answering FAQs: It’s Harder than You Think!

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The SC Access to Justice Commission has been working with the Clerk of Court Work Group to develop answers to Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs. These FAQs have taken considerably more time to complete than I had originally thought.

Why?

Because the Clerks, Court Administration and the Commission want to make certain that the information we provide to the public is

  1. accurate,
  2. complete, and
  3. helpful.

In order to assure accuracy, we have reviewed the South Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure (SCRCP), the South Carolina Code as well as information provided by other states. Additionally, to ensure that the information is complete, we have researched case law and publications, such as “Service of Process in South Carolina” by John S. Nichols and published by the SC Bar.

One other factor that is extremely important to the Clerks, Court Administration and the Commission is that the information is provided in an easy-to-read format and that it is easily understandable. In other words, we want them to be written in PLAIN LANGUAGE.

This week the Commission is submitting the Questions and Answers to the Circuit Court and Family Court Advisory Committees where they will provide another level of scrutiny to ensure that the answers are accurate, complete and helpful.

When the FAQs with their model answers are complete, they will be available online. Be stay tuned for updates.

We’re looking forward to sharing the FAQs and answers with you!

-RFW