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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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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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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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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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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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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A living trust can ease financial planning and estate concerns

By Joseph L. Raad Family problems!  Tax problems!  The living trust may be helpful in solv­ing them all.  And you don’t have to be a multi‑millionaire to take advantage of the living trust’s problem solving capacity. The reason for the living trust’s effectiveness in solving problems is twofold.  The living trust is a distinct legal […]

Posted on November 9th, 2015

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Raad listed in 2016 Best Lawyers in America

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Morton & Gettys senior counsel Joseph L. Raad is included in the 2016 Best Lawyers in America, a publication widely regarded as one of the country’s leading directories of legal professionals. Raad is listed in the just-released edition in the practice area of Trust and Estates, the fifth consecutive year […]

Posted on August 18th, 2015

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