Elizabeth Smith Owen chooses newly formed York School District One Education Foundation to receive Morton & Gettys’ October gift

Elizabeth Smith Owen had a vision to create an education foundation in her hometown to serve the York community and the York School District 1, the district she grew up in and graduated from. With the help and shared vision of district and community leaders the York School District One Education Foundation, a 501©(3) nonprofit […]

Posted on October 13th, 2021

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Richards McCrae picks Children’s Attention Home to receive Morton & Gettys September gift

The past year has been tough on everyone, but it’s been particularly difficult for the young people the Children’’ Attention Home in Rock Hill cares for. So many of them have limited contact with family to begin with, says Executive Director Emily Parrish. With the pandemic, they were also cut off from school, sports, church […]

Posted on September 10th, 2021

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South Carolina Lawyers Weekly honors John Gettys as Lawyer of the Year

ROCK HILL, S.C. – South Carolina Lawyers Weekly has named John Gettys as Lawyer of the Year for 2021. The co-founder of Morton & Gettys law firm received the recognition at the annual S.C. Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Awards event in Charleston on Friday, Aug. 20. He was one of 27 S.C. attorneys being […]

Posted on September 1st, 2021

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‘Best Lawyers’ names four at Morton & Gettys to 2022 edition for Rock Hill, and two are chosen as Ones to Watch

ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Best Lawyers in America® recognized a total of six Morton & Gettys attorneys in the publication’s 2022 edition. Here are the four on the Best Lawyers list, with the practice areas in which they were recognized: Beverly A. Carroll – Employment Law-Management; Litigation-Labor and Employment John P. Gettys Jr. – […]

Posted on August 25th, 2021

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Michael Smith chooses Rock Hill Symphony to receive latest Morton & Gettys anniversary gift

Organized in 2017, the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra is now about to embark on its third season – which would have been the fourth season, except for COVID. This is an exciting moment as this fully professional orchestra, made up of some of the finest players from throughout the region, gets ready to safely return […]

Posted on August 16th, 2021

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Morton & Gettys helps Safe Passage help victims of violence and abuse

Safe Passage helps people who are most in need of it. It provides supportive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in York, Chester, Lancaster and Union counties. And in July, Morton & Gettys is stepping up to help Safe Passage do that. The law firm is donating $2,000. This is […]

Posted on July 13th, 2021

Morton & Gettys gives $2,000 to help build the new VFW Post 3746, urges others to do likewise

Gray-Corkerell VFW Post 3746 was formed in 1938 by 17 local veterans of the First World War who were barred from joining the existing, all-white post because they were black. When younger African-American veterans came home from their own global conflict in 1945, they joined the post, and promised the founders they would keep the […]

Posted on June 11th, 2021

EEOC opens data collection

After delays due to the COVID pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission opened 2019 and 2020 data collection on May 8. The deadline to complete this is July 19. All companies with 100 or more employees or federal contractors with 50 or more employees who meet certain criteria are required to submit demographic workforce data. […]

Posted on June 1st, 2021

New paid leave tax credit for COVID vaccine

A new tax credit will reimburse small businesses and non-profits that provide paid sick leave for employees to receive the COVID vaccine. The credit, available to companies with fewer than 500 employees, will offset up to $511 a day in paid sick leave costs between April 1 and Sept. 30. An IRS Fact Sheet explains […]

Posted on June 1st, 2021

South Carolina COVID-19 Liability Immunity Act becomes law

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed the COVID-19 Liability Immunity Act into law. It protects for- and non-profit businesses from legal actions stemming from COVID exposure. Business groups supported the bill, which offers immunity to companies and other groups that follow federal and state health guidelines. Several other states have passed similar legislation, which […]

Posted on June 1st, 2021

The May donation of $2,000 goes to NAMI Piedmont Tri-County

Morton & Gettys law firm is donating $2,000 to NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, which helps families affected by mental health disorders in York, Chester and Lancaster counties. This is the fourth monthly gift the firm has provided to a community organization in celebration of Morton & Gettys’ 20th anniversary. Attorneys and staff will select ten organizations […]

Posted on May 10th, 2021

Bev Carroll again named by Super Lawyers in 2021

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Morton & Gettys is proud to announce that our own Bev Carroll has again been recognized for her professional excellence by Super Lawyers® for 2021. This is her second year to receive the honor. Bev is one of the most respected attorneys in the Rock Hill area and across the state, […]

Posted on May 6th, 2021

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A trustee must do exactly what the trust says to do

Morton & Gettys is discussing the facts of this case with the permission of the client. By Dan Ballou Partner, Morton & Gettys If you are a trustee, you must do what the trust says you must do. That’s a simple and straightforward principle courts in South Carolina have now strongly affirmed in the case […]

Posted on April 22nd, 2021

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Morton & Gettys donates $2,000 to Early Learning Partnership of York County

Morton & Gettys is pleased to announce the latest local recipient of a gift in celebration of our 20th anniversary as a law firm. We’re giving $2,000 to the Early Learning Partnership of York County as our April beneficiary. This month’s recipient was chosen by a group of attorneys from the firm including Bev Carroll, […]

Posted on April 13th, 2021

Bev Carroll receives ATHENA Leadership Award for 2020

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Bev Carroll has received the ATHENA Leadership Award for 2020 through the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award is sponsored locally by Founders Federal Credit Union. ATHENA International is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to building a global pipeline of female leaders to create a balance in leadership worldwide. […]

Posted on March 24th, 2021

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Local Boy Scouts receive $2,000 donation from Morton & Gettys

Morton & Gettys has given $2,000 to the Palmetto Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the second such gift to a community organization in celebration of the firm’s 20 anniversary.  The firm plans to give $20,000 in 2021 by giving ten $2,000 gifts to local non-profits. Partner Josh Vann, an Eagle Scout who remains […]

Posted on March 11th, 2021

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Joe Neal joins M&G Personal Injury Group

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Joe Neal, an associate at Morton & Gettys since 2019, is expanding his practice and joining the M&G Personal Injury Group. He, along with firm partner and veteran personal injury attorney Richards McCrae, can represent clients in a wide variety of cases. This includes workplace injuries, medical malpractice, dog bites, […]

Posted on March 5th, 2021

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Morton & Gettys welcomes attorney Heath Myers

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Heath Myers, a Rock Hill native and graduate of the University of South Carolina, has joined Morton & Gettys as an associate. He joins certified estate planning specialist Joe Raad and firm co-founder John Gettys on the Morton & Gettys probate administration and litigation team. The attorneys in the practice […]

Posted on February 15th, 2021

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Morton & Gettys gives $2,000 to support free clinic

Morton & Gettys co-founder Jim Morton and York County Free Clinic executive director Kathy Grier York County Free Clinic has received a $2,000 donation from Morton & Gettys, making it the first recipient of 10 such gifts in celebration of the firm’s 20 anniversary. Founding Partner Jim Morton made the selection. Other attorneys and staff […]

Posted on February 11th, 2021

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Celebrating 20 years

This year, Morton & Gettys is celebrating 20 years of practicing law here in the community it loves.

Posted on February 4th, 2021

Happy New Year! Watch our special holiday message.

The past year has been like no other in our lifetimes. But now, all our attention is toward the future, because 2021 is an important year for Morton & Gettys. It’s our 20th anniversary as a firm, and we have big plans.

Posted on January 5th, 2021

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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Public radio examines 1990 murder case

In 2014, Morton & Gettys co-founder Jim Morton had a chance to set things right. A former prosecutor, he stood beside Doug O’Neal during a parole hearing and told the board that he believed O’Neal wasn’t guilty of the crime for which Morton had argued for conviction. At the end of that hearing, O’Neal was freed from prison. South Carolina […]

Posted on December 9th, 2019

Neal is now our newest associate

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – A familiar face is stepping into a new role. Joe’Terrious Neal, who joined Morton & Gettys in August as he awaited results of the Bar exam, is now an associate. His practice focuses on civil litigation. Neal earned his juris doctor from the University of South Carolina. He honed his […]

Posted on November 19th, 2019

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Best Law Firms in America names Morton & Gettys in top tier for 2020

ROCK HILL, S.C. – In the 2020 edition of Best Law Firms, Morton & Gettys has been recognized as a top-tier firm in real estate law in the Rock Hill area. The U.S. News–Best Lawyers® publication recognizes the top practices in the nation. This is the firm’s fourth consecutive year in the listing. Morton & […]

Posted on November 5th, 2019

Daylight Savings Time Means Employers May Have to Pay for an Extra Hour

By MELISSA CASSELL Attorney at Law ROCK HILL, S.C. –  For most people, the end of Daylight Savings Time in the wee hours of Sunday, Nov. 3, means little more than an extra hour’s sleep and making sure all the clocks are set back. But for employers with third-shift employees, it may require putting extra […]

Posted on October 28th, 2019

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Super Lawyers names Elizabeth Smith Owen as a Rising Star in SC

ROCK HILL, SC – Elizabeth Smith Owen has been named by Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for 2019 in the area of Family Law in South Carolina. A partner with Morton & Gettys law firm in Rock Hill, Elizabeth is an experienced divorce lawyer who represents clients in cases involving such issues as child […]

Posted on August 29th, 2019

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Gettys, Vann and Raad named to 2020 edition of ‘Best Lawyers’

ROCK HILL, S.C. – Three Morton & Gettys attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers in America. The publication honors John Gettys and Joshua Vann in the area of real estate law, while Joe Raad is recognized in trusts and estates. The 2020 edition marks the sixth time Raad has received the recognition, while Gettys […]

Posted on August 19th, 2019

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