When a person passes away, Probate Law is involved in settling the deceased person’s affairs: final debts, legal title to the property, the dispensation of details of the will and personal requests about items or property the deceased person may want to share with heirs. The person named as the executor of the estate will be the key contact during the Probate process.

The Executor’s primary role is to protect and conserve the assets for the beneficiaries of the estate. He or she will distribute the assets to the heirs. In the event the deceased person dies intestate, that is, without leaving a will, someone–usually a family member—must petition the court to be named as executor in order to finalize the dispensation of property, debts and assets of the deceased. The will must be probated in the county where the deceased person lived.

The Probate process is an extremely involved and time-consuming process.

The executor has an enormous amount of responsibility and conflicts can often arise with other family members or heirs.

Let the Talley Law Firm handle the administration of your loved one’s final affairs, so you can focus on adjusting to the loss. We also offer the added benefit of being the ones to address unpleasant issues that may arise with family members and heirs, taking you off the hook.

Without a lawyer, the Executor is responsible for:

  • Asking the Court that the will be admitted for probate and that he or she be appointed as the Executor of the estate.
  • Gathering together the original will (if there is one) and the death certificate, along with names and contact information of all blood relatives or other heirs.
  • Collecting a complete list of all the assets to ensure they’ve been accounted for,  and are adequately safeguarded.
  • Ascertaining and disposing of all creditor claims before beneficiaries receive any payments;  otherwise, the Executor may be held personally liable if debts are not resolved.
  • Making decisions regarding liquidating or selling assets,7 and determining the appropriate course of action.
  • Filing taxes on behalf of the deceased person, including final income tax returns, and income and death tax returns for the deceased person’s estate.
  • Providing the Court with a report of all activity involving the deceased person’s estate, both income and expenses. This includes an accounting of proceeds when assets are sold, settlements of debts, and any dispensation to beneficiaries. The Court will have to approve the accounting provided by the Executor.

Probate can be a year-long process or even longer if the estate is complicated, or substantial money and assets are involved. Uncooperative family members and other beneficiaries can also delay the process.

Many dangerous pitfalls can trip up someone trying to negotiate the Probate process alone.

Hiring a competent Probate Attorney will relieve the Executor of the time-consuming and often frustrating Probate process.  Turn to the Probate attorneys at Talley Law Firm for help.


Civil Litigation involves legal disputes that are not criminal in nature, and guilt does not have to be proven beyond the shadow of a doubt as it does in criminal cases. However, convincing evidence on one side or the other can decide the outcome of a civil case. Landlord/tenant disputes, marital conflicts, and contract disputes are several examples of cases that fall under the Civil Litigation category.


  • Class action lawsuits
  • Environmental Law
  • Construction
  • Libel/Slander
  • Defamation
  • Family Law
  • Education Law
  • Employment & Labor
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Real Estate Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust
  • Personal Injury

If you’ve been charged with a crime, Talley Law Firm can provide immediate, aggressive representation to protect your rights. Certain deadlines approach very soon after your arrest, so it is critical to get an attorney to represent you as soon as you are arrested or charged. We know every circumstance is different, and we are here to listen.

Whether you’ve been falsely accused of a crime, or are guilty and need a second chance, you have the right to solid legal representation. Whether the charge is a misdemeanor or more serious, the Criminal Defense attorneys at Talley Law Firm can review your case and guide you through this frightening situation.

As the old saying goes, what you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.  We’ll advise you on how to avoid saying the wrong things and making your situation worse. Sometimes we can help you avoid actually getting arrested in the first place. But time is critical, so don’t wait.


We represent people charged with a wide variety of crimes:

  • Murder
  • Sexual Assault
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Rape and Statutory Rape
  • Burglary/Theft/Robbery
  • Fraud
  • Forgery
  • Drug charges
  • DUI
  • Public Intoxication
  • Drunk/ Disorderly Conduct
  • Computer crimes
  • White Collar crimes
  • Traffic crimes

Divorce is one of the hardest things a person can go through in life. It’s a huge decision and can be made even more difficult if your spouse is the one who is seeking a divorce. Talley Law Firm’s divorce lawyers have the experience to guide you through Divorce Litigation.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Alimony
  • Property division
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support (and expenses not covered by insurance)

Our divorce lawyers address many complicated issues such as separation, divorce and mediation, alimony and spousal support, division of property, assets and debt, child custody, child support, modification of prior child support orders, visitation rights, termination of parental rights, adoptions (both private and through the Department of Social Services), guardian ad litem situations, paternity issues, and name change actions.

The state of South Carolina recognizes no-fault divorce. 

You and your spouse must have been separated for more than one year to obtain a no-fault divorce in South Carolina. However, during the separation, our attorneys can start an action for a Decree of Separate Maintenance to ensure household obligations are met.

The state also allows for a fault-based divorce, which is based on one party’s actions, should those actions lead to the breakdown of the marriage.

You’ll certainly want your divorce to be as civil as possible. But remember… It’s still a divorce. If your spouse tells you to trust him/her, do yourself a favor and be sure you have excellent legal counsel.

Talley Law Firm includes attorneys who focus on divorce. They’ll walk you through every option, answer any questions, represent you well, and truly care that you get the best service and outcome possible.

 In a Divorce, protecting yourself and your family is the top priority. 

Divorce can be very hard on children. While you may have a contentious relationship with your soon-to-be ex, you want your children to weather your divorce with as little upheaval as possible.

Talley Law Firm respects the situation your children are in and works hard to minimize their trauma. If your children are young, you will probably be seeing your ex frequently. During the divorce process, we work to keep things civil so that afterward, maintaining a civil relationship with your ex may be possible.

If you’ve been injured on the job or by the carelessness of another person, business or organization, you may have a valid personal injury lawsuit that will force the party who caused your injury to pay for your care and expenses. A personal injury lawsuit is initiated by a Personal Injury lawyer on behalf of a person who’s been hurt to secure compensation for medical care, pain and suffering, and possibly follow-up expenses associated with the injury. In severe cases, the injured person may need expenses for medical costs that will last a lifetime.

Common Types of Injuries

  • Neck, head and spinal cord injuries
  • Brain damage
  • Broken bones
  • Abrasions
  • Internal injuries
  • Burns
  • Puncture wounds

Common Personal Injury Cases

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • On The Job Injury (Workers Comp)


At Talley Law firm, the most common causes of personal injury situations we see are car accidents and motorcycle accidents. We also represent people who have been hurt in public parks, slipped or fell, experienced pedestrian accidents, boating or water accidents, dog bites, bad drugs, defective product accidents and more.


Whether it’s you or a family member who’s been hurt, many challenges may lie ahead. You may need to relearn the simplest things in life… walking, talking and eating, for example.  There may be physical therapy and days, weeks or even months off work during your recovery. Everyday tasks and activities may suddenly be beyond your capabilities—temporarily, or forever.

Let us help.  Our Spartanburg personal injury lawyers provide compassionate representation along with decades of expertise and courtroom success. So let the Talley Firm help you with your Personal Injury case and settlement. Whether your case is large or small, it’s as important to us as it is to you.

Starting a new business can be exciting, but you need to take action to protect your personal assets and ensure all legal requirements are handled properly. Talley Law Firm can put your new business on a firm foundation, assist you with current business issues, or dissolve an old business. We have handled numerous business issues from startup to closings and everything in between.


Contract Negotiations including :

  • Employment
  • Non-Disclosure
  • Non-Compete Agreements
  • Business Litigation
  • Breach of Contract Litigation
  • Drafting/Reviewing Corporate Documents (such as articles of incorporation, by-laws and operating agreements)

Corporate Work including:

  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Wage Payment
  • Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Wrongful Termination
  • On The Job Injuries,
  • Workers’ Compensation Retaliation Claims

Compensation and Benefits

  • Employee Lawsuits – discipline and discharge
  • Collection actions and nonpayment

Talley Law Firm offers expertise with all types of real estate transactions – whether you are the buyer, the seller, or the investor. We can assist you with the following:

Residential / Commercial

We represent commercial and residential buyers and sellers, as well as developers, landlords and tenants. Our superb paralegals and support staff complete title research and closing documents, so our attorneys can focus on the critical legal strategies and processes involved in your care. If you’re buying from a private seller or are privately financing a sale, let our attorneys help make the process clean and streamlined. We implement lawsuits to quiet title for property purchased at a tax sale and also handle foreclosures.

Contracts & Document Review

Talley Law Firm will draft contracts and provide manpower to complete the detailed documentation and reporting that goes into most real estate transactions. We generate both lease and purchase agreements; prepare, review and edit closing and loan documents, and handle commercial real estate transactions, lawsuits to quiet title for property purchased at a tax sale, foreclosures and more.

Construction/Boundary Issues

From small privately-owned companies to large publicly held organizations, we represent a wide range of clients on both sides of the construction table. General contractors, subcontractors, lenders, developers and suppliers are typical of our client range.

Agreements for Parties Litigation

Our real estate attorneys will draft commercial and residential agreements to cover even the most complicated transactions. From purchase and lease to financing agreements, our experts will make your transaction as easy and smooth as possible.

Quiet Title Actions

The long-term economic impact of title work cannot be understated. Our experienced paralegals and support team members thoroughly research every title to ensure your transaction goes smoothly and your title remains clear for the years to come. In the case of Suits to Quiet Title to Property, homeowners may experience a range of issues with title to the property.   Whether there has been a mistake in the recording of the title, there has been no record made of an existing title in the real property chain of title, or the situation involves a real property dispute between two or more parties, we’ll review your issue and help clear up the problem.

Tax Sales Actions

Sound legal representation in tax sale purchases, tax deed and tax lien sales, as well as contests – is critical to avoiding unseen potholes. State tax assessments can conceivably tie up your property for years, adversely affect your credit, and even result in garnishment of wages.


Whether you’ve received a notice that your home is going into foreclosure, or you need to have a foreclosure instituted on a property you own, our expert real estate attorneys will assist you in resolving this unpleasant situation. There are many facets to the process of foreclosure. In addition to real estate law, experience in the areas of bankruptcy and tax law, as well as estate planning are critical to securing the best outcome possible for your situation.