Self-representation in Magistrate’s Court

By Nate Pierce, Attorney At Law Have you been served with a lawsuit that’s in a South Carolina Magistrate’s Court? Don’t worry, it’s not just you. We field calls every day from people who have just had someone knock on their door and hand them papers. It’s a scary situation. Very few people are prepared […]

Posted on November 17th, 2017

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The basics of prenuptial agreements

By Elizabeth Smith Owen, Attorney At Law Prenuptial agreements, often called antenuptial or premarital agreements, are contracts between prospective spouses made before marriage. The content of prenuptial agreements can vary, but they generally define prospective spouses’ non-marital and marital property, as well as include provisions for division of property and spousal support in the event […]

Posted on November 17th, 2017

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Will the Palmetto State Way spread to D.C.?

By Melissa Cassell, Attorney At Law The head of South Carolina’s Department of Employment and Workforce may soon run the Wage and Hour Division at the Federal Labor Department in D.C. The terms “workforce” and “labor” may seem synonymous, but a quick reflection on policies, statutes and history tells us South Carolina deliberately left “labor” […]

Posted on November 17th, 2017

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Making your final wishes known

By Joe Raad, Attorney At Law The Health Care Power of Attorney and the Living Will (technically called the “Declaration of Desire for a Natural Death”) have been a part of South Carolina law for more than 25 years. Both are generally termed “Advanced Directives.” The term “Living Will” can be misleading. The document has […]

Posted on November 17th, 2017

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Morton & Gettys welcomes Close as an associate

ROCK HILL, SC – Morton & Gettys is welcoming Claude Close as our newest associate. A familiar face to our clients who officially joined as an attorney today, he plans to concentrate his legal practice on real estate and commercial law. A 2017 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, Claude served […]

Posted on November 14th, 2017

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Morton & Gettys honored in 2018 Best Law Firms in America

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Morton & Gettys is being included in the just-released 2018 Best Law Firms in America in the practice area of Trusts & Estates Law. Morton & Gettys is listed among Tier 2 law firms in the Rock Hill area. It’s the second year in a row the firm has been […]

Posted on November 3rd, 2017

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John Gettys: Mayor-elect of Rock Hill!

Our own John Gettys is now the mayor-elect of Rock Hill, SC! In an election held on Halloween, John – a partner in this law firm — was elected to become the city’s first new mayor in two decades. And we couldn’t be prouder. With 36 of 39 precincts reported, Gettys had won with 53 percent […]

Posted on November 1st, 2017


Morton & Gettys welcomes Rock Hill native Pierce as an associate

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Morton & Gettys’ newest associate is Nate Pierce, a Rock Hill native who’s returning to his hometown to practice law after a year-long judicial clerkship. He plans to focus his practice on civil litigation. Pierce graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2016. During his three […]

Posted on August 28th, 2017

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Gettys, Vann, Raad included in 2018 Best Lawyers in America

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – The just-released edition of Best Lawyers in America honors three Morton & Gettys attorneys: John Gettys and Joshua Vann in real estate law and Joe Raad in trusts and estates. Raad is appearing in Best Lawyers in America for the fifth time. Gettys and Vann are making their debuts in […]

Posted on August 15th, 2017

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Mechanic’s lien law in South Carolina

A mechanic’s lien is a legal way for contractors, subcontractors or suppliers to collect money owed to them for projects of all sizes – anything from a simple home renovation to a multi-million-dollar development. Repairs to a building and well-digging also are covered. In South Carolina, they’re created by S.C. Code Ann. § 29-5-10, and […]

Posted on June 15th, 2017

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Tax classes for companies: How should I structure my business?

By Melissa G. Cassell The first question any entrepreneur faces is what type of business to create and what legal entity to use. The answer typically determines which forms to file and what taxation the company will have (at least initially). Here is a summary of the options: Sole Proprietorship – default taxation for single-owner […]

Posted on May 19th, 2017

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A sobering decision: South Carolina Supreme Court ruling changes liquor license limits

By Dan Ballou South Carolina historically has limited the number of liquor licenses a retailer could own to three.  A recent court ruling, though, will dramatically change the regulatory landscape in which liquor retailers operate, if the ruling stands. The three-store rule had been justified by the broadly defined “police” power of the General Assembly […]

Posted on May 4th, 2017

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Affinity Health Center breaks ground on new facility in Tech Park

ROCK HILL, SC – Affinity Health Center has broken ground for a 30,000-square-foot facility in Tech Park that will become its new main site when it opens next year. Affinity’s four satellite sites are expected to remain open to continue serving the entire York County. Affinity, formerly known as Catawba Care, is a community health […]

Posted on May 3rd, 2017

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Smith discusses collaborative law on WRHI talk show

Morton & Gettys partner Michael Smith was a guest on WRHI’s “Close Up” recently to talk about collaborative divorce, an innovative approach to family law he’s working to bring to the Rock Hill community. Collaborative divorce involves a team of professionals working to help guide parties toward solutions, rather than engaging in costly litigation. The […]

Posted on April 28th, 2017

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John Gettys announces run for mayor of Rock Hill

John Gettys, a co-founder of Morton & Gettys, has announced his intention to run for mayor of Rock Hill, S.C. Gettys announced on Wednesday, March 29, that he would file in August for the nonpartisan October election for the office. The previous day, it had been announced that longtime Mayor Doug Echols would not run […]

Posted on March 29th, 2017

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John Gettys selected for Furman’s Riley Institute program

John Gettys, a partner with Morton & Gettys, Attorneys at Law, is one of 44 leaders selected to participate in the 10th Midlands class of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative this spring. The DLI program trains participants to understand their diversity and inclusion “blind spots” and how to suspend assumptions. They come […]

Posted on February 14th, 2017

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