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What You Need to Do If You Are Arrested on a DUI Charge

According to South Carolina law, a DUI is defined as driving impaired while under the influence of alcohol, chemical substances, or controlled substances. If you are charged with a DUI in South Carolina, you face serious consequences immediately and in the future. This is why it is so important to follow certain steps that will defend your rights after your arrest.

Potential Consequences of a DUI Charge

Not only do you risk the loss of your driving privileges, vehicle impoundment, large fines, and incarceration, but if convicted you also face higher insurance rates, ignition interlock requirements, and lost educational and employment opportunities. If you cause property damage, serious bodily injury, or death as a result of your DUI, the consequences become even more severe. South Carolina law also specifies that DUI punishments intensify with each conviction, so if this is not your first DUI offense, representation by an experienced attorney is even more essential. Continue reading “What You Need to Do If You Are Arrested on a DUI Charge”

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces: What You Need to Know

Divorce in never easy, but understanding the divorce laws in South Carolina can help you navigate your way with a bit less stress. Before anything else, you must determine whether your divorce will qualify as a contested or uncontested divorce. Your choice will determine how your divorce is handled. Here are the most important points you should understand when considering contested and uncontested divorce.

Uncontested Divorce: The Simplest Version of a Difficult Situation

An uncontested divorce is also called a “simple divorce.” Both spouses must agree to the divorce and state that the marriage is irretrievably broken. Spouses in an uncontested divorce must agree on the amount and length of alimony and child support, the division of assets and debts, handling of the marital home, child custody, and much more. Continue reading “Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces: What You Need to Know”

What to Do if You are Injured at Work

If you have been injured at work, you may find that your injuries are having a profound impact on your overall life and wellbeing. Workplace injuries can encompass everything from broken bones and concussions to anxiety and joint pain. Depending on the exact situation surrounding your workplace injury or illness, it’s very possible that you can qualify for workers’ compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

What is Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a law that helps replace income and medical expenses that occur as a result of workplace injury and illness. Employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance that covers an employee’s workers’ compensation coverage, and in return the employee refrains from taking any legal action against his employer in response to his injury. This makes workers’ compensation a “no fault” system. Continue reading “What to Do if You are Injured at Work”

Motorcycle Accidents: What You Need to Know

Riding a motorcycle is never safe, but it is significantly more dangerous in certain places. Unfortunately, South Carolina has been named as one of the nation’s most dangerous states for motorcycle riders. Unaccommodating roads, distracted motorists, and high accident rates put motorcyclists at a higher risk of being in an accident in the Palmetto State.

If you have the misfortune of being involved in a motorcycle crash, it is essential that you understand the implications of your accident and take strategic actions after the incident in order to give yourself the most comprehensive legal protections.

Immediately After the Crash Continue reading “Motorcycle Accidents: What You Need to Know”

Why A Business Plan Is Important & What It Should Contain

Are you planning on starting your own business in Myrtle Beach, Surfside, Murrells Inlet, or somewhere else on the Grand Strand in 2018? To start a business, you will need startup money and operating capital. The way to accomplish that is to seek a loan. To do this, you will need to establish a written Business Plan. A well thought out business plan is essential for several reasons. One of them is for the ability to get a loan and attract potential investors, another is for feasibility, and yet another is to help you navigate your way so you can stay on track and not get lost!

Your first section will be your Executive Summary, which, even though it appears first, this section will be written last. This section needs to summarize the key elements, or outline of your business plan.

The next section will be an overview of the Industry. This will include industry trends, an estimation of industry sales, who the leaders are in the industry already, and where your business plans to rank among them.

The Market Analysis section will identify your target market, and break down things like geographics, demographics, what the needs of the target market are and how they are currently being met. A good understanding of your target market will solidify the fact that you are making educated assumptions about their future purchasing habits.

The Competitive Analysis portion identifies your competition and what sets you apart. Here you talk about any advantages they have and potential barriers. Here is where you prove you have what it takes to compete in the industry.

Your Marketing Plan reveals your marketing strategy for your selling tactics and how you will influence potential buyers to buy your service or product.

Your Management Plan is the next step. This identifies your internal and external management, as well as your legal structure.

In your last step, the Financial Plan, you will provide the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement(or a cash flow projection, in the case of a new business). The lender will want to see a description of your funding requirements, your detailed financial statements, and a financial statement analysis; in order to make a decision.

Instead of trying to write a business plan on your own, you have a much better chance of success when you involve a professional! Let the team at The Law Offices of N. David DuRant and Associates become part of the legal structure for your new business! We promise you’ll be glad you did!