Smith discusses collaborative divorce on WRHI talk show

Morton & Gettys partner Michael Smith was on WRHI’s “Straight Talk” recently to discuss collaborative divorce, a new approach to family law that he’s helping bring to the Rock Hill community. This exciting new concept involves a team of professionals working to help guide parties toward mutually agreeable solutions, rather than engaging in conflict and […]

Posted on December 5th, 2016


Morton & Gettys honored in Best Law Firms in America

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Morton & Gettys is being included in the just-released 2017 Best Law Firms in America for its work in Trusts & Estate Law. Morton & Gettys is listed among Tier 2 law firms in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area, an area that includes Rock Hill. In 2016, a mere 16 total […]

Posted on November 17th, 2016


Collaborative divorce could be a better way

The term “collaborative divorce” at first seems like an oxymoron. How can people who are ending a relationship work together? How can the concept of collaboration, which typically involves creation, come into play when a marriage is breaking up? At Morton & Gettys, we are excited about this concept. Family law attorney Michael Smith has […]

Posted on November 11th, 2016

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Writing your own will is not such a good idea

Joseph L. Raad, Attorney At Law A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client – unknown This often-heard saying is never more true than when it comes to writing a Will.  A lawyer, specifically one who specializes in estate planning, is necessary to make sure this important document is properly […]

Posted on November 11th, 2016

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Join us in YorkCountySCGives on GivingTuesday 2016

Morton & Gettys is proud to again be a sponsor of #YorkCountySCGives, the local initiative that’s part of the international #GivingTuesday movement. The annual initiative takes place this year on Nov. 29  – that’s the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when many people traditionally begin holiday shopping. The GivingTuesday movement asks people to […]

Posted on November 11th, 2016


Commercial lease transaction? Tenant, beware!

By Joshua B. Vann Commercial leases present particular headaches to potential tenants in South Carolina.  There is often a great disparity between potential landlord and potential tenant in bargaining power and in knowledge regarding what is and what is not customary. To further complicate matters, inexperienced tenants in commercial leases often are unaware that they […]

Posted on November 11th, 2016

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Palmetto Focus: A conversation about the consequences of Act 388

On Nov. 15 at Winthrop University, our own Elizabeth Smith Owen will moderate a discussion of the consequences of a major change in South Carolina’s tax law. Ten years ago, the South Carolina General Assembly passed Act 388, which shifted the burden of paying for public school operations from homeowners to businesses and onto an […]

Posted on November 4th, 2016

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Raad included in 2017 Best Lawyers in America

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Joseph L. Raad, a senior counsel with Morton & Gettys, is profiled in the just-released 2017 Best Lawyers in America for his work in Trusts & Estates Law. A state-certified specialist in South Carolina Estate Planning and Probate Law, Raad has been included in six consecutive editions of Best Lawyers. […]

Posted on August 18th, 2016

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Lancaster County considering wholesale changes to development ordinance

By Dan Ballou Property owners in Lancaster County should be aware that the County is in the final stages of a wholesale rewrite of the Uniform Development Ordinance, or UDO, that establishes zoning and development regulations for all real property  in the unincorporated areas of Lancaster County.  In June 2015, the County approved a moratorium […]

Posted on July 11th, 2016

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South Carolina separation or divorce: What NOT to do

By Elizabeth Smith Owen When family law litigation is ongoing or being anticipated, tension runs high and too often emotions, rather than intellect, control the actions of litigants.  An experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney can bring a sense of professional clarity to an emotionally difficult time.  Therefore, it is incredibly important to seek the […]

Posted on June 3rd, 2016

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New hires: What to know before you pay

By Melissa G. Cassell Growing up, summertime was primetime for making money – whether in between school years or looking for your first real job. Now, all grown up, you find yourself on the hiring side of the table and you wonder how to negotiate employee compensation. If hiring for a temporary position, you may […]

Posted on June 1st, 2016

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Safeguard your estate planning documents

By Joseph L. Raad All too frequently, clients call this law firm asking for a copy of their Will or other estate planning document because they cannot locate the original. My first response is to tell them that if they cannot find the original document, they really don’t have a Will. This is because in […]

Posted on June 1st, 2016

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Beating the competition: The art of crafting non-compete agreements

By Dan Ballou ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – In today’s business world, the value of a company is often defined as much by information and relationships as by the actual products or services provided.  At the same time, employees are more transient than ever before, and employers need to know that when (not if) change […]

Posted on May 18th, 2016

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South Carolina Responsible Father Registry helps dads protect rights

By Michael B. Smith Men who want to make sure their parental rights are protected have an easy way to do that in the Palmetto State. It is called the South Carolina Responsible Father Registry, and it is free and convenient to use. The registry is open to any man who has fathered a child […]

Posted on May 3rd, 2016

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Morton serving on York County Free Clinic Advisory Council

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – James Morton, one of the founding partners of Morton & Gettys, has been appointed to the serve on the York County Free Clinic Advisory Council. The facility, located in Rock Hill, is the only non-profit medical clinic in York County. It operates without government subsidies, serving uninsured low-income adults ages […]

Posted on April 28th, 2016

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DIY Corporate Law: Great expectations turn into unexpected consequences

By Melissa G. Cassell Many of us are reared to save money by rolling up our sleeves and putting in sweat equity, but sometimes we really should call a professional. Just as we would not tackle a bathroom addition in our home without professional help, a business owner or entrepreneur should not tackle the formation […]

Posted on March 31st, 2016

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South Carolina DUI videotaping law protects the rights of those accused

By James Morton Law enforcement officers are bound by the laws that spell out how they must conduct DUI investigations. Those laws are designed to protect the rights of the accused and to provide the best information should the case go to trial. In South Carolina, the requirements include videotaping DUI investigations and arrests. It’s […]

Posted on March 21st, 2016

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Even prescription medication can trigger a DUI charge

By James Morton At Morton & Gettys, we frequently represent clients who are facing DUI charges where the officer alleges their driving was impaired by drugs instead of alcohol. Quite often in these cases the driver’s breath sample registers less than a 0.08 alcohol level. Despite being below the legal blood alcohol content limit in […]

Posted on March 14th, 2016

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Drunk driving field sobriety tests explained

By James Morton You have seen it in the movies and on television shows: Someone is pulled over, and the police officer asks him to stand on one leg and recite the alphabet. What is the purpose of this strange-looking exercise? It is part of the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) series administered roadside to […]

Posted on March 7th, 2016

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Owen joins York County Community Foundation Board of Trustees

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Elizabeth Smith Owen, a partner at Morton & Gettys, is the newest member of the York County Community Foundation Board of Trustees. The foundation was established in 1988 with a goal of increasing the charitable resources available in the community. What began 28 years ago with one, $10,000 grant has […]

Posted on February 16th, 2016

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Kimbrell, Savage promoted to Senior Paralegal

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Morton & Gettys has promoted Jill Kimbrell and Courtney Savage to the position of senior paralegal. Both earned the title by virtue of their number of years’ experience, their levels of skill and professionalism and their educational backgrounds. Kimbrell, a graduate of Winthrop University, started at Morton & Gettys in […]

Posted on February 9th, 2016


Owen updates principals on legal issues

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Morton & Gettys partner Elizabeth Smith Owen provided a group of school principals with a legal update as part of an on-going professional development and networking program for education leaders associated with the Olde English Consortium. Owen’s presentation was part of a series of monthly meetings sponsored by the Olde […]

Posted on February 2nd, 2016

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Vann honored with Acquisitions International 2015 Legal Award

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Acquisitions International, a global magazine that prides itself as being “The Voice of Corporate Finance,” has honored Morton & Gettys partner Joshua B. Vann with a 2015 Legal Award. In order to earn inclusion in the annual publication, attorneys must be nominated by a client or peer. The magazine’s more […]

Posted on January 5th, 2016

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