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Directory of legal information and South Carolina court approved forms, with interviews to help you complete them. You can also apply for free legal assistance from its home page.
Learn the Law Online Classrooms
Classrooms offered by SC Legal Services in several subject areas to help you represent yourself in court. Subject areas include Debt Collection Defense, The ABC's of Guardianship, Unemployment Benefits Appeals, Filing for an Order of Protection, and Getting Your Landlord to Make Repairs. The Online Classrooms include instructions, videos, and forms.
S.C. Appleseed: Legal Justice Center
Brochures, manuals, articles, and training information for various legal topics.
S.C. Bar: Public Services
Information on free legal clinics, legal assistance, and publications on various legal topics.
SC Bar: Common Legal Topics
Information and resources (including some videos) on common legal topics including automobile issues; bankruptcy; benefits; children and family law; consumer, credit & business law; criminal law; end of life issues; landlords, tenants & leases; and lawyers, legal assistance and the courts.
Law School for Non-Lawyers Course
Schedule for the S.C. Bar's seven-week Law School for non-lawyers course. The course covers a variety of general legal subjects.
S.C. Judicial Department: Self-Help Resources
Information on South Carolina courts along with links to self-help videos, free legal clinics, court approved forms, and free legal research resources on the web.
Self-Representation Resource Guide: National Center for State Courts
Guide to resources on self-representation, including information on the courts, self-help centers and technology.
U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina: Information on Representing Yourself in a Civil Action
Instructions on how to prepare, file, and serve documents to initiate a civil action in a South Carolina federal court.
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Court Rules & Forms
South Carolina Forms Index: All Courts
This Guide created by the Library allows you to search or browse for South Carolina court forms which are available on the South Carolina Judicial Department website.
Court Forms from the S.C. Judicial Department Website
Access forms for South Carolina courts, including circuit courts (common pleas-civil and general sessions-criminal); municipal and magistrate courts; probate court; and appellate court.
Child Support Modification Packets from SC Courts Website
Packet of instructions and forms for representing yourself in a child support modification (increase or decrease) action. Includes a link to a how-to video @ http://www.modifychildsupportsc.com/.
Filing for an Order of Protection fronm the SC Courts Website
Forms and a link to the SC Legal Services Manual on Filing for an Order of Protection in SC.
Simple Divorce Packets from the SC Courts Website
Complete packet of instructions and forms for representing yourself in a simple divorce action.
Visitation Packet from SC Courts Website
Forms and a link to a how-to video @ http://scvisitation.com/.
LawHelp.org/SC: S.C. Self-Help Automated Forms
From this SC Legal Services website, you can access interviews to help you complete child support modification, simple divorce, order of protection, ID theft, and visitation forms.
Your Guide to Magistrate's Court
Instructions and forms for representing yourself in a SC Magistrate's Court, from the SC Bar Association
SC Judicial Department: Court Rules
Current SC trial, appellate, and evidence rules along with a link for rule changes submitted to the SC General Assembly.
S.C. Federal District Court
Links to federal and local rules and forms. Forms include non-prisoner forms, prisoner forms, and habeas corpus forms.
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals: Rules & Forms
Court rules and forms for the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Supreme Court of the United States: Rules & Guidance
Court Rules and guidance for filing an appeal with the United States Supreme Court.
How to Evaluate Legal Resources on the Web
Legal Services/Find a Lawyer
S.C. Legal Services: Apply for Services
Free civil legal services for low income residents of South Carolina. Eligibility for assistance depends on income and type of legal problem.
LawHelp.org/SC: Find Legal Help
Directory for legal help in South Carolina by service area and by legal issue.
S.C. DSS Child Support Services
Visit this Integrated Child Support Services website to learn how DSS can help you establish paternity and establish and enforce court ordered child support.
SC Bar: Pro Bono Resources
SC lawyers offer their services for free (pro bono) to clients who cannot afford to pay for assistance with legal issues such as family, housing, bankruptcy or probate civil legal matters.
SC Bar: Ask-a-Lawyer
SC volunteer lawyers answer legal questions through televised phone banks and Web chats.
SC's Free Legal Answers
ABA sponsored program that allows qualified clients to post legal questions to their private messaging system where volunteer lawyers answer legal questions for free.
SC VALOR program
The Veteran and Armed Forces Legal Out-Reach (V.A.L.O.R.) program is a collaboration between the SC Attorney General's Office, SC Bar and SC Military Department to coordinate existing legal resources and to help fill-in the gaps for military personnel and veterans who need legal assistance. It offers free legal clinics and connects veterans and members of the military with with free or discounted legal help.
SC Deparment of Consumer Affairs
Resources include Consumer FAQs on topics such as Housing and Dealing with Debt, Wage Garnishment in SC, and a link to file a complaint.
Laws Enforced by the SC Department of Consumer Affairs
Links to the laws the SC Dept. of Consumer Affairs enforces.
Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A)
P&A accepts clients for individual representation based on its annual priorities and case selection criteria.
SC Department on Aging
Legal Assistance for Seniors page. Includes Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney forms.
Center for Heirs Property Preservation: Protect Your Land
One hour free legal consultation if you own heirs property in 18 SC counties.
Legal Services in Criminal Matters
SC Commission on Indigent Defense (SCCID)
This SCCID website includes a Find a Defender link to locate a public defender in your area and an Frequently Asked Questions page to see if you qualify for services.
SC Victim Assistance Network
The SC Victim Assistance Network seeks to "provide support services for victims of crime and to prevent future crimes through advocacy, education, public awareness and technical assistance."
Find a Lawyer (Fees are charged)
S.C. Bar Lawyer Referral Service: Find a Lawyer
The S.C. Bar's Lawyer Referral Service refers individuals to qualified, prescreened lawyers in over 100 areas of law, including personal injury, real estate and landlord-tenant, family law (including divorce, custody, alimony and child support), employment law, (including discrimination, wrongful termination and unpaid wages), criminal defense, and most other areas of law.
FindLaw: Find a Lawyer
Search or browse for lawyers by legal issue or location.
Martindale.com: Search for Lawyers, Law Firms & Organizations
Find lawyers, law firms, and organizations by location and by practice area.
Expungements & Pardons in South Carolina
SC laws relating to the expungement of criminal records include: