FAQs: General

Should I hire a lawyer to defend against my DUI charge?

Like tickets for speeding, first offense DUI charges are issued on a blue traffic ticket and tried in county or municipal courts.  However, DUI charges are much more serious than a speeding ticket and should not be taken lightly.  The penalties for a DUI are severe and have long lasting consequences.  The fines are steep and a conviction will result in increased insurance premiums.   A DUI conviction cannot be expunged and will stay on your criminal record forever.  This can make it difficult to find employment. 

Additionally, the evidence in DUI cases is complex.  There are many potential weaknesses in every DUI case that should be analyzed and evaluated.  Hiring a DUI lawyer familiar with DUI law and the types of evidence involved can greatly increase your chances of having your charge dismissed or reduced to much less serious offense.  Please give us a call to discuss your DUI charge and all of your possible options.


Do I need an attorney to help with an estate in the Probate Court?

If you are a Personal Representative of someone’s estate, you are not required to hire a lawyer to help you probate the estate.  However, you have many duties as a Personal Representative, and an attorney can make sure you have fulfilled each one.  For example, creditors must be paid in a certain order according to their status.  Improperly paying creditors can result in liability to the Personal Representative and a loss to the estate.  Also, there is usually real estate that must be deeded to heirs or sold.  It is strongly recommended by the Probate Court that you have a lawyer draft any deeds so that they are done properly.

Our Charleston Probate Attorneys can help you distribute assets quickly and correctly, properly pay debts, transfer ownership in real estate, and calculate an appropriate Personal Representative fee if you should desire one.  We assist with Probate cases in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester Counties.  Please give us a call today so that we may answer any questions you may have concerning your loved one’s estate and the Probate Court.

Our Charleston Will and Estate Planning Lawyers can create effective estate planning documents for you, making sure your estate is distributed exactly as you desire and making the South Carolina probate process easy on your loved ones. 

If I have been injured in a car, motorcycle or truck accident, why should I hire a lawyer?

If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident due to the fault of another driver, you likely have a claim against that driver’s insurance company.  Insurance companies have claims adjusters and attorneys working for them that are there to protect the insurance company’s interests, not yours.  Hiring an auto accident attorney to negotiate with the insurance company can help you get the compensation you deserve.  Insurance companies will try to settle with you for as little as possible before you consult with an attorney.  Before agreeing to anything the insurance company offers, contact the Charleston Car Accident Lawyers at Anderson & Schuster, Attorneys at Law, LLC so that we can evaluate your case.  Our Auto Accident Attorneys represent those injured in car, truck and motorcycle accidents in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, LadsonGoose Creek, Hanahan, Awendaw, McClellanville James Island, West Ashley, Moncks Corner, John's Island, Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island and across South Carolina.