Video documents Mayor Gettys’ vision of a Rock Hill for All, and progress toward achieving it

So much of politics has been unpleasant in 2020, but we have something to be proud of here at home. Our mayor, John Gettys, has worked to pull the community together and build a Rock Hill for All. He, and the rest of us, have made a lot of progress toward that goal. Watch this […]

Posted on November 18th, 2020

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Morton & Gettys sponsors York County Gives Volunteer of the Year Award

It’s time to step up and nominate your choice for the York County Gives Volunteer of the Year Award. Your deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 10. Morton & Gettys is sponsoring the award. The firm has been involved since the program’s inception as Rock Hill Gives, before it was rebranded to pull in the entire county. […]

Posted on November 6th, 2020


Best Law Firms rates Morton & Gettys in Tier 1 for real estate law in 2021 edition

ROCK HILL, S.C. – In the 2021 edition of Best Law Firms, Morton & Gettys has again been recognized as a Tier-1 firm in Real Estate Law in the Rock Hill area. This is the firm’s fifth consecutive year in the listing by the Best Lawyers in America® publication, which recognizes the top practices in […]

Posted on November 5th, 2020


Dan Ballou becomes chairman of Rock Hill Entrepreneurship Committee

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Dan Ballou, a partner with Morton & Gettys law firm, is the new chairman of the Entrepreneurship Committee of the Rock Hill Economic Development Corporation (RHEDC) board. The RHEDC is a non-profit organization committed to representing the business, educational, and community interests of the city. Its principal objective is to benefit […]

Posted on September 14th, 2020

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Worrell joins commercial real estate team at Morton & Gettys

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – An experienced attorney who’s licensed in both North Carolina and South Carolina, Ashley N. Worrell has joined Morton & Gettys as an associate. She’ll focus her practice on commercial real estate and corporate law. She joins a commercial real estate team that includes two other attorneys licensed in multiple states, […]

Posted on August 21st, 2020

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‘Best Lawyers in America’ recognizes four at Morton & Gettys in 2021 edition

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Three Morton & Gettys attorneys have again been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®. In the publication’s 2021 edition in Rock Hill, John Gettys and Joshua Vann are being honored in the area of Real Estate Law, while Joe Raad is recognized in Trusts and Estates. Also, Melissa Cassell of […]

Posted on August 20th, 2020

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Plaintiffs lawyers’ association names M&G partner Richards McCrae as president

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The South Carolina Association of Justice, the state’s largest association of plaintiff lawyers, is now led by Morton & Gettys partner Richards McCrae. He became president of the association following the SCAJ business meeting on Aug. 6. SCAJ, with nearly 1,500 members, is dedicated to promoting an open and fair justice […]

Posted on August 14th, 2020

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Morton & Gettys law firm acquires Metrolina Business Services

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The law firm Morton & Gettys, LLC, has acquired Metrolina Business Services, Inc., a professional registered agent company. Metrolina serves as a registered agent for more than 60 companies doing business in South Carolina. State law requires that companies operating within the state register with the S.C. Secretary of State and […]

Posted on June 25th, 2020

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Nate Pierce is new president of York County Bar Association

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Nate Pierce, an attorney with Morton & Gettys, is the new president of the York County Bar Association. He became president of the local bar on May 19. “We’ve always been impressed with Nate’s talents and abilities,” Morton & Gettys co-founder John Gettys said. “His election as Bar president, particularly at […]

Posted on May 29th, 2020

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Bev Carroll concludes term as SC Bar president

Morton & Gettys attorney Bev Carroll is closing out a successful year of leadership of the South Carolina Bar on Thursday, when her term as president of the 16,000-member organization concludes. The firm is proud of Bev’s deep commitment to serving the legal profession and proud of all that she’s accomplished. “Few have answered the […]

Posted on May 18th, 2020

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SBA guidance On Good Faith Certification of Need under PPP loans

By Melissa Cassell Attorney at Law On April 23, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued additional guidance to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section, which can be found at https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Frequently-Asked-Questions.pdf. When the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus Act (CARES Act) was passed last month, it waived the requirement that a borrower could not get […]

Posted on April 27th, 2020

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Two Morton & Gettys attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers for 2020

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Bev Carroll and Elizabeth Smith Owen have been recognized for their professional excellence by Super Lawyers® for 2020. Bev has been named a Super Lawyer in the area of employment and labor law in the Rock Hill area, while Elizabeth has again been named a Rising Star for 2020 in the […]

Posted on April 27th, 2020

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COVID-19 resources

Posted on April 6th, 2020


Mechanic’s liens and COVID-19

In the current climate, with COVID-19 sending a shockwave of uncertainty through the economy, people and companies are rethinking capital expenditures and prioritizing their debts and other obligations. The construction industry may start to see a slow down in new projects, and experience trouble collecting on past accounts. You may be inclined to offer an extension on payment of an amount owed out of a gesture of goodwill. However, it is important to remember that your right to secure payment under the mechanic’s lien statute is time sensitive and will be waived if not pursued in a timely manner.

Posted on April 3rd, 2020

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) tax credits and SBA loans

Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) authorized two separate SBA loan programs and a tax credit for employers, which are all explained in further detail below.

Posted on April 2nd, 2020

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Stimulus payments and tax relief under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

On Friday, March 27th, 2020 President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT). This act allocates approximately $2.2 trillion toward mitigating the negative economic, health, and safety impacts of the pandemic.

Posted on April 2nd, 2020

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Divorce in the time of coronavirus: COVID-19 FAQs

The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed everyone’s normal in a short amount of time. For people involved in active family court litigation, or who are operating under an existing family court order, these changes raise many questions. Here, we try to answer some of the most common.

Posted on April 2nd, 2020

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Domestic violence cases amid COVID-19

By James MortonAttorney at Law Marriage and cohabiting can be challenging in the best of times.  Home-schooling, joblessness or working from home and other COVID-19 restrictions significantly increase anxiety and stress.  In times like these, the risk of a physical altercation is escalated. S.C. Code of Laws Section 16-25-20 states: (A) It is unlawful to: […]

Posted on April 1st, 2020

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Two employment provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As a part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by the President on March 18, 2020, there are two provisions that deal with leave from employment; the “Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act,” which amends the Family Medical Leave Act and the second, the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.” Learn more about them.

Posted on March 23rd, 2020

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Our rules for meeting with clients during the COVID-19 pandemic

At Morton & Gettys, we’re having to do what everyone else is doing during this health crisis – adjust to a new reality every day, as we all learn more about the threat posed by COVID-19. For the time being, we will have face-to-face meetings with clients only in situations that require witnessed signatures. When […]

Posted on March 20th, 2020


Our response to COVID-19

We are here to serve you through this health crisis. With courts across South Carolina either cutting back on operations or closing altogether, you may wonder whether your own urgent legal matters will be put on hold as well. At Morton & Gettys, we stand ready to serve you through this crisis, and will help […]

Posted on March 19th, 2020


Dan Ballou becomes a partner

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Attorney Daniel J. Ballou has been promoted to partner at Morton & Gettys, as of Jan. 1. Also named partner was Melissa Cassell. “To have such a good lawyer, and friend, join our firm a few years ago to establish and build a civil litigation practice has made a world of […]

Posted on January 6th, 2020

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Melissa Cassell promoted to partner

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Attorney Melissa Cassell has been promoted to partner at Morton & Gettys, as of Jan. 1. Also named as partner was Dan Ballou. “Melissa started with our firm as a law clerk while attending USC School of Law,” said John Gettys, a founding partner of the firm. “It was obvious to […]

Posted on January 6th, 2020

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