Practice Areas

Real Estate

Real Estate

Real estate law can be complicated and time-consuming; Fields & McLaurin is here to help you navigate through the ins and outs of property law. Whether you are buying or selling a home, in a real estate law dispute, or contemplating a real estate transaction, we can explain your rights to you and help you every step of the way.

 

Elder Law

Elder Law

We like to deal “holistically” with our clients in talking about long-term planning for health care, long-term care, and financial viability, family dynamics, health care and long-term care decisions, personal values, and personal preferences. We are experienced in handling a diverse range of issues affecting seniors including:

  • Medicaid planning
  • Wills and trusts
  • Durable and health care powers of attorney
  • Probate and probate litigation
  • Guardianships or conservatorships

 

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

If you’ve been injured by the negligent acts of others or the use of a defective product, we can help you be financially compensated for the harm you’ve suffered. Our goal with personal injury cases is to make our client “whole” again—as much as that can be accomplished through monetary awards. Each case is unique and each client receives the personalized attention he or she deserves. We focus on getting you the compensation you deserve in the following areas:

Auto Accidents

Determining your rights after an auto accident can be a complicated and intimidating process. We understand the financial burdens, lost wages, pain and suffering and other strains a serious accident can put on you and your family. We work to recover damages for lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent impairment, scars, and compensation for future health and financial consequences of the accident.

Workers’ Compensation

If you’ve been injured on the job, we will help you every step of the way in navigating the system, determining and protecting your rights and getting the compensation you deserve to protect your family’s financial welfare.

Slip and Fall

Businesses and property owners have a duty to provide a safe and secure environment. Slip and fall injuries due to inadequate lighting, uneven sidewalks or faulty stairs or handrails, can be very serious, particularly for older adults. We can help you hold at-fault businesses or property owners liable for your damages, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and disability.

 

DUI/Criminal Defense

DUI/Criminal Defense

Criminal law is distinctive for the uniquely serious potential consequences or sanctions for failure to abide by its rules. We will ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout the legal process in the following matters:

DUI

Don’t let one mistake ruin your life. While the consequences of a DUI can be long-lasting, we can help you effectively handle your situation and minimize the damage to your life and your future.

Whether you have been arrested for drunk driving, driving while under the influence of drugs, boating while intoxicated, or having an open container of alcohol in your vehicle, our knowledge of South Carolina DUI laws and experience in handling these types of cases can work to your advantage.

Minor Possession (MIP)

If not handled appropriately, a conviction for minor in possession could jeopardize scholarships, college applications, employment and much more. In addition, if convicted, your license can be suspended for an entire year. If you have been issued a citation for minor in possession/underage drinking, don’t just pay the fine. Talk with us first.

Traffic Violations

It’s important to take every traffic violation seriously; the consequences of traffic violation convictions can be quite bad. We work with speeding tickets, reckless/careless driving, driving under suspension and hit and run and can advise you of your legal rights and represent you in court. Avoid a suspended or revoked driver’s license, a driver responsibility assessment, fines, increased insurance premiums, jail time or a criminal record.

 

Business Law

Business Law

It takes plenty of hard work and commitment to start and run your business. You should expect – and receive- the same amount of effort and dedication from your attorney. You need an experienced professional to help you choose the right type of entity based on your needs and the short and long term goals of your business. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of personal service and informed advocacy in protecting your business. We can guide you and your business on the following:

Limited Liability Corporation (LLC)

In an LLC, owners have limited personal liability for the debts and actions of LLC, similar to a corporation. The benefits of pass-through taxation and flexibility, much like a partnership, make LLCs an attractive business structure.

S-Corporation (S-Corp)

Many small businesses choose to form an S-Corp because of its pass-thru taxation benefits, payroll tax benefits, and reliability as a traditional business entity.

C-Corporation (C-Corp)

The primary reason to form a C-Corp is to reduce the liability of the owners and board members of the corporation from a lawsuit by another party.

Professional Company (PC) or Professional Association (PC)

A professional corporation (PC) or professional association (PA) is a C-Corp, S-Corp or LLC organized to provide professional services in industries that require a state license in order to practice.

Business Litigation

Whether you are getting ready to launch a new business or looking for help with an existing company, get the guidance you need to navigate the legal waters that surround your business. Often, when these types of business disputes arise, the parties are unable to resolve them through negotiation or arbitration proceedings. In these cases, business litigation can be used as a way to resolve the disputes.

Examples of such claims include but are not limited to: breach of contract, fraud, tortious interference with contract, breach of fiduciary duty, infringement of intellectual property rights, and unfair trade practices.

 

Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability (SSI & SSDI)

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program pays monthly benefits to you and certain family members if you have worked long enough to earn sufficient work credits and paid Social sufficient Security taxes.

Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration denies around 70% of all initial Social Security Disability claims. However, we can help increase the chances of your claim being approved by the Social Security Administration and get the maximum benefits you are due.

If your case goes to a judicial hearing, we make sure you are well represented in court and do all we can to give you the best chance possible of obtaining a favorable outcome.

That denial marks the beginning of an arduous appeals process that is time-consuming, emotionally draining, and frequently, financially devastating. Even though benefits are often ultimately rewarded, claimants feel betrayed by the system, stripped of their dignity, and robbed of what is rightfully theirs.

Our attorneys will be with you every step of the way, and we’ll use all of our resources to make sure that you receive the best possible outcome.

 

Family Law

Family Law

If family conflicts have reached the point where legal action is necessary, Fields & McLaurin, Attorneys at Law, LLC can help.  Family law and domestic disputes are very delicate, and can have long-lasting effects on you and your loved ones.

We understand and will help you navigate the legal process.  We pride ourselves on making our clients feel at ease and offering the support they deserve.  We will do everything in our power to make the process as quick, and as painless as possible.  You’re going through a difficult time, so we make ourselves accessible and approachable throughout the duration of your case.

Fields & McLaurin, Attorneys at Law, LLC offers the following family law legal services:

Divorce

Alimony

Child Custody and Visitation

Child Support

Child Support Modification

Prenuptial Agreements

GAL services

DIVORCE:  We can help you obtain a fair and equitable distribution of your marital assets, including but not limited to division of the marital home, child custody rights, and child support payments.

ALIMONY:  Divorce can often place both parties in financial crisis.  We will protect your rights to ensure that your standard of living is preserved both during the process and in the future.

CHILD CUSTODY & VISITATION:  We will protect your parental rights and make sure that your child or children are raised in a fit and supportive home.

CHILD SUPPORT:  You deserve an equitable amount of financial support to ensure that your child or children are raised in a healthy and happy home.

CHILD SUPPORT MODIFICATION AND ENFORCEMENT:  Child Support remains the same pursuant the court order unless and until the court modifies the order.  If either the custodial or non-custodial parent experiences a change in financial circumstances, our office can help you through the process of appropriately modifying the court order accordingly.

PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS:  Expect the unexpected and protect your rights before saying “I do.”  Our office can help you understand when and why a prenuptial agreement is appropriate.