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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An end to common law marriage in South Carolina

By Lynelle D. Morgan Attorney at Law ROCK HILL, S.C. – Going forward, South Carolina couples who want to enter into a valid marriage in South Carolina must have a license. There will be no new common-law marriages in South Carolina, the state Supreme Court has ruled. The Supreme Court’s July 24, 2019, decision officially […]

Posted on August 2nd, 2019

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Lance Johnson joins Morton & Gettys as an associate

ROCK HILL, SC – An experienced real estate attorney who focuses his practice on commercial development, Lance Johnson, has joined Morton & Gettys as an associate. His practice also will include education law. At Morton & Gettys, he’ll assist developers and lenders involved in a range of commercial and mixed-use real estate projects. He’s ready […]

Posted on July 19th, 2019

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Morton & Gettys welcomes Bev Carroll

Beverly A. Carroll, a certified employment law specialist and president of the South Carolina Bar, has joined Morton & Gettys. Read Bev’s complete profile here. Her legal practice focuses on serving a variety of business needs, including compliance, licensing, employee disputes and complex litigation. She also advises businesses on operations, planning and mergers. During decades […]

Posted on July 1st, 2019

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What to do if you’re in front of a police camera

By James Morton Attorney at Law One feature of modern life that takes a lot of getting used to is that wherever you go, there’s likely a camera on you. It’s hard to know how to act – especially when the person behind the camera is a police officer. Whether it’s with a dashcam or […]

Posted on May 21st, 2019

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How can you tell that your spouse may be cheating?

By Elizabeth Smith Owen Attorney at Law It’s the one thing you don’t want to find out – that your spouse is cheating. At the same time, if your life is about to be turned upside-down, you might prefer to have some warning. About a third of the time, infidelity leads to divorce. But even […]

Posted on April 3rd, 2019

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Morton & Gettys welcomes Riddle as an associate

Davis C. Riddle has joined Morton & Gettys in Rock Hill, South Carolina as an associate. A licensed attorney who also holds a master’s in business administration, he will focus his practice on commercial leasing and real estate development as well as on business and corporate law. Riddle simultaneously earned a juris doctor and MBA […]

Posted on March 25th, 2019

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Elizabeth Smith Owen honored with Leadership in Law Award by SC Lawyers Weekly

South Carolina Lawyers Weekly has honored Elizabeth Smith Owen, a partner with Morton & Gettys law firm in Rock Hill, with its Leadership in Law Award. The annual honor recognizes attorneys who go above and beyond in serving the profession and the community. The selection process begins with a nomination from a fellow attorney. An […]

Posted on March 12th, 2019

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Morton & Gettys again honored in Best Law Firms in America

Morton & Gettys’ work in the practice area of trust and estates is being recognized again in Best Law Firms in America, the third consecutive year the Rock Hill law firm has been honored. The national directory, a joint project of Best Lawyers in America and U.S. News and World Report, lists Morton & Gettys […]

Posted on November 1st, 2018

Gettys, Vann, Raad included in 2019 Best Lawyers in America

The 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America includes three attorneys from Morton & Gettys: John Gettys and Joshua Vann earned recognition in real estate law, while Joe Raad won honors in trusts and estates. Raad is appearing in Best Lawyers in America for the fifth time. Gettys and Vann are included for the second […]

Posted on August 13th, 2018

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Summer Hunger Challenge brings in more than 2,200 pounds of food

On Tuesday, July 31, Morton & Gettys teamed up with Pilgrims’ Inn of Rock Hill for the Summer Hunger Challenge, and it was a great success. “You all were AWESOME yesterday!” said Jennifer Gullatt of Pilgrims’ Inn on Wednesday. “The total for the food drive is 2,229.8 pounds! This is unbelievable!” Morton & Gettys works […]

Posted on August 7th, 2018

Owens becomes firm’s chief operating officer

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Robin Owens,  the long-time administrator with Morton & Gettys, has been named the firm’s first chief operating officer. “When Robin came to us in 2002, we were a small two-person firm,” firm co-founder John Gettys said. “Slowly, we have grown to a practice of more than a dozen attorneys and […]

Posted on July 19th, 2018

Smith certified as a circuit court arbitrator

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Morton & Gettys partner Michael Smith now is a certified as a South Carolina Family Law Arbitrator. Smith is also a South Carolina Family Law Mediator and trained in collaborative divorce. He and fellow partner John Gettys, a certified circuit court mediator, form the firm’s Alternative Dispute Resolution team, which […]

Posted on May 30th, 2018

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Join us at the movies

Morton & Gettys is presenting Free Movies at Fountain Park, starting in Rock Hill on June 8. Bring a chair or a blanket and eat out under the stars – this will be a fun night for the entire family! Rec in a Box will begin at 7:30, and a featured food truck will be […]

Posted on May 25th, 2018

New tax law doubles estate and gift tax exemption

By Joseph L. Raad Attorney at Law The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which became effective Jan. 1, doubled the estate and gift tax exemption. This means fewer estates will even be subject to an estate or gift tax, and those that are taxed will pay less. For 2018, the exemption amount […]

Posted on May 24th, 2018

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Cassell serving as president of York County Bar Association

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Morton & Gettys attorney Melissa Cassell is the York County Bar Association’s new president. She was elected this month to a one-year term. Cassell has served on the Bar’s Executive Committee for the past three years, including as vice president for the past year. Cassell, who joined Morton & Gettys […]

Posted on March 20th, 2018

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Morgan joins family law team at Morton & Gettys

Rock Hill, SC – A passionate and committed advocate for children, Lynelle Morgan is the newest member of the family law team at Morton & Gettys. She has joined the firm as an associate. Morgan’s practice will include a wide range of family law matters, including separation, divorce, child custody, alimony, child support, equitable distribution […]

Posted on February 6th, 2018

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Elizabeth Smith Owen named to next Liberty Fellows class

Elizabeth Smith Owen, a partner with Morton & Gettys law firm in Rock Hill, S.C., is one of 21 leaders from across the state who have been chosen for Liberty Fellowship’s 14th class. They will be joining the broader network of 290 Liberty Fellows working collaboratively as an engine of change for South Carolina. “Adding […]

Posted on January 9th, 2018

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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 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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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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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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