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Third Edition of The Bellamy Law Firm Newsletter

Check out our third edition of the BLF Newsletter!

Kara J. Keith now licensed to practice in North Carolina

The Bellamy Law Firm Kara J. Keith, an associate attorney in The Bellamy Law Firm's Real Estate Department, recently passed the North Carolina Bar exam. As a result, Kara is now licensed to practice law in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Please join us in congratulating Kara for this great accomplishment!  

David J. Gundling joins The Bellamy Law Firm

The Bellamy Law Firm is pleased to announce that attorney David J. Gundling has joined its practice. Gundling's former firm, The Gundling Law Firm, will now operate as a new branch of the The Bellamy Law Firm in Pawleys Island. With the strong continued ties to the community that The Gundling Law Firm has established, The Bellamy Law Firm now brings over 50 years of expertise to the Pawleys Island area - providing preeminent representation in over a dozen legal practice areas across…

Lauren Brearley Benton joins The Bellamy Law Firm

The Bellamy Law Firm is pleased to announce that Lauren Brearley Benton has joined the Firm as our newest associate attorney. Lauren's practice will focus on real estate and transactional matters. As a native South Carolinian whose legal career began in the Fifth and Eleventh Judicial Circuits, she is passionate about the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand communities and strives to serve the people of this area by ensuring her clients receive the care, expertise, and attention they do…

Hayes Stanton Elected Shareholder

  The Bellamy Law Firm is proud to announce that Hayes K. Stanton has been elected Shareholder in the firm. Hayes Stanton's practice focuses on domestic/family law and general civil litigation, including personal injury and contract disputes, as well as criminal defense, including DUI and traffic offenses. Hayes is also certified to act as a guardian ad litem in contested custody disputes throughout the State of South Carolina as well as being certified as a South Carolina Family Court…

News Release

The Bellamy Law Firm Sponsors the 12th Annual Bag Ladies Luncheon MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – October 31, 2016 – The Bellamy Law Firm is the official bag sponsor of the 12th Annual Bag Ladies Luncheon.

The Bellamy Law Firm will be Closed on Friday, October 7, 2016

The Bellamy Law Firm will be Closed on Friday, October 7, 2016
The Bellamy Law Firm will be closed for business tomorrow so that our employees can make preparations in advance of Hurricane Matthew's arrival. We will be re-opening on Monday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope that everyone stays safe during the storm!

The Bellamy Law Firm

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Please join us in supporting and celebrating the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum at their Whiskey & Jazz Benefit. This promises to be an amazing event!

George Redman Receives Certification as South Carolina Circuit Court Mediator

George Redman Receives Certification as South Carolina Circuit Court Mediator
  The Bellamy Law Firm is pleased to announce that George Redman, a shareholder in the firm’s litigation department, has recently earned certification as a South Carolina Circuit Court Mediator. Mediation is an important component of the legal process and is mandatory in both Circuit and Family Court cases. It is often a useful tool, used in a variety of cases, presenting litigants with a unique opportunity to help clients resolve their differences before a case goes to trial. Well…

The Bellamy Law Firm Endowed Scholarship established at CCU

The Bellamy Law Firm Endowed Scholarship established at CCU
The Bellamy Law Firm Endowed Scholarship has been established at Coastal Carolina University. The gift supports the Coastal’s I’M IN endowment campaign, which has a goal of increasing the University’s endowment $20 million by 2020. Preference will be given to new, continuing or transfer students who graduated from an Horry County high school. To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and a letter of recommendation from a high school or college faculty…

Second Edition of The Bellamy Law Firm Newsletter

Check out our second edition of the BLF newsletter!  

The Bellamy Law Firm Has A Facebook!

The Bellamy Law Firm Has A Facebook!
The Bellamy Law Firm has an official Facebook page. Please check it out at www.facebook.com/TheBellamyLawFirm.

Woodside Story: Myrtle Beach in the Gilded Age

Woodside Story: Myrtle Beach in the Gilded Age
By Benjamin A. Baroody Since World War II, Myrtle Beach has been transformed from a sleepy, coastal Carolina getaway town into a national tourist destination and real estate hub. Has it been worth the transformation?     By the late 1800s, the Burroughs & Collins Company of Conway had purchased most of the property in what is now Myrtle Beach and used the land primarily for turpentine and timber. But F.G. Burroughs had a vision to turn the coastal area into a vacation destination.…

Understanding TRID: The New CFPB Regulations

Understanding TRID: The New CFPB Regulations
By Kara Keith On October 3, 2015, the real estate industry faces a substantial change in federal mortgage disclosure requirements. The Bellamy Law Firm understands that the purchase and sale of residential real estate can be one of the most important personal transactions of a lifetime, so we have been closely following information regarding the new Consumer Financial Bureau (“CFPB”) and the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule (“TRID”). Please enjoy our first newsletter where we…

The Bellamy Law Firm Sponsors “Before I Die” Exhibit

The Bellamy Law Firm Sponsors “Before I Die” Exhibit
The Bellamy Law Firm is sponsoring the Before I Die exhibit at the Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.  After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled the sentence, " Before I die I want to ______." Within a day of the wall's completion, it was covered in colorful chalk dreams as neighbors stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than 500…

What You Need to Know About Writing a Will

What You Need to Know About Writing a Will
A will is one of the most important documents in a person's life. While it may be hard to sit down and write out the details of what will become of your property after you are gone, it must still be done. The first thing you need to know when creating a will is why it is important to have a will. The laws regarding wills vary from state to state. In South Carolina, if the deceased person leaves no will, the property of the deceased will be distributed according to South Carolina law…

What is Eminent Domain? A Lawyer’s Eminent Domain Definition

What is Eminent Domain? A Lawyer’s Eminent Domain Definition
Eminent Domain refers to the right that the state, or someone authorized by the state, has to take private property for public use. There are four elements to Eminent Domain that are crucial: that it is private property, that it was taken in some way, that it was taken for a public use, and that there was just compensation for that taking. Property does not just refer to land but also may refer to water, air or even partial property, which could be if the value of a property has been…

The Bellamy Law Firm voted the Best Law Firm in Myrtle Beach

The Bellamy Law Firm voted the Best Law Firm in Myrtle Beach
The Bellamy Law Firm has been voted by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald the Best Law Firm in Myrtle Beach.

Understanding Eminent Domain

Understanding Eminent Domain
The founder of the Bellamy Law Firm, Howell V. "Skeets" Bellamy, Jr., and his partner, Robert S. Shelton, have represented many South Carolina property owners in the defense of eminent domain or condemnation actions filed against them by the government. When the South Carolina Department of Transportation ("SCDOT"), for instance, takes private property to build highways, the attorneys who represent the government have access to the engineering staff and legal staff at the SCDOT…

Phillip Albergotti Becomes Specialist in Taxation Law

Phillip Albergotti Becomes Specialist in Taxation Law
Phillip Albergotti has been named a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law, a distinction awarded by the Supreme Court of South Carolina. To become a certified specialist, the attorney must practice more than five years on a full-time basis while devoting more than 50% of his/her legal practice in the area of taxation. Additionally, the attorney must pass an oral interview/examination and upon successful completion thereof, must pass a written examination administered by a Committee…

The Bellamy Law Firm Adds Two New Attorneys

The Bellamy Law Firm Adds Two New Attorneys
The Bellamy Law Firm, one of the oldest and most respected Myrtle Beach law firms, has expanded both its real estate and litigation practices with the addition of two associate attorneys.  Kara Keith joins the firm as an associate attorney in real estate, and Holly Lusk joins the firm as an associate attorney in litigation.  

Overview of 2014-2015 Horry County Property Tax Reassessment

Overview of 2014-2015 Horry County Property Tax Reassessment
The Horry County Assessor's office is currently conducting mass appraisals of all real property in Horry County to determine a new fair market value for property tax purposes. All property owners will receive their annual tax notices by October of 2014, which will reveal the new assessed property values. The assessed value is required to reflect the poperty's fair market values of December 31, 2013, exactly five years after the last county-wide property reassessment, which valued…

Protecting Loved Ones from Undue Influence:  Elder Law Tips

Protecting Loved Ones from Undue Influence:  Elder Law Tips
By: Benjamin A. Baroody The retirement-aged population carries with it far more wealth than their children and grandchildren’s generations. As this population increases along the South Carolina and North Carolina coasts, families must be cognizant of the potential pitfalls of poor estate planning or, worse yet, no estate plan. The recession experienced over the course of the last five years has only increased the financial pressure placed upon young and middle-aged families and, with…

Social Security and Disability Benefits

Social Security and Disability Benefits
By Kiersten Gordon Karen Towson[1] was a thirty-nine year old working mother with two young children when a workplace accident changed her life forever. She worked as an occupational therapist, and one day at work a patient ran over her foot twice with a motorized wheelchair. What began as a simple foot contusion quickly and undeniably progressed to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome II. After physical therapy, medications, nerve blocks, and other conservative treatments failed, Karen…

Bellamy Law Firm Wins Community Service Award

On Tuesday October 9, 2012 the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announced its 2012 Annual Meeting Award Recipients. The Bellamy Law Firm was honored to tie for the Community Service Award. This humbling honor reflects the great effort the partners and staff members of the Bellamy Law Firm family exert to benefit the Myrtle Beach area community each year. Congratulations for a job well-done!

The Bellamy Law Firm Plants a Tree in Memory of John K. Rutenberg

The Bellamy Law Firm, a Myrtle Beach law firm, has planted an oak tree to commemorate and celebrate the life of John K. Rutenberg.

Bellamy Law Firm Continues Its Tradition of Community Involvement

Bellamy Law Firm Continues Its Tradition of Community Involvement
The Bellamy Law Firm has for many years supported service organizations throughout coastal South Carolina and North Carolina. In fact, many of the members and employees of the firm are personally involved in community events and charitable groups. In furtherance of this tradition, the Bellamy Law Firm has been fortunate enough so far in 2012 to sponsor: the Brunswick County Homebuilders' Association Golf Tournament; the South Carolina ETV Endowment's presentation of Antiques Roadshow…

Zoning Change Paves Way For Boardwalk Pier Development

Zoning Change Paves Way For Boardwalk Pier Development
Final adoption of an amended Planned Unit Development zoning designation on July 27, 2010, has completed the rezoning process for the exciting new 2nd Avenue Pier development in Myrtle Beach. The project includes a two story restaurant and bar offering expansive ocean views opening onto the existing pier as the first phase. Construction on this phase is complete, including a portion of the new Myrtle Beach Boardwalk passing under the structure. The development promises to serve as an…

Rob Shelton Appointed to Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series Advisory Council

Rob Shelton Appointed to Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series Advisory Council
Bellamy Law Firm shareholder Rob Shelton has been appointed by Coastal Carolina University President David DeCenzo to the Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series Advisory Council. Members of the Council are responsible for the selection of speakers and active participation in the associated hospitality and events.  The Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series was established in 1983 with an endowment fund created as a memorial to William A. Kimbel and L. Maud Kimbel. The purpose of the series…

The Highwayman Cometh

The Highwayman Cometh
By: Robert S. Shelton As the road projects funded by the one-cent sales tax approved by Horry County voters in November 2006 begin to take shape, many area property owners have begun receiving letters from or on behalf of the South Carolina Department of Transportation. It is critical to take these letters seriously, as the next step often involves taking private property to build or modify roads. Still, many property owners are unaware of their rights and others simply do not know…

Ben Baroody and Phillip Albergotti Admitted to the North Carolina Bar

Ben Baroody and Phillip Albergotti Admitted to the North Carolina Bar
The Bellamy Law Firm congratulates Ben Baroody and Phillip Albergotti on the occasion of their admission the the North Carolina Bar on May 10, 2010. Ben is a member of the Litigation Team in the firm's Myrtle Beach location and represents clients in all aspects of business, commercial and employment litigation. Ben also advises many such clients in employment/risk management issues to prevent litigation. Ben will now also handle these matters in Brunswick County, North Carolina through…

2010 Community Law Week

PRESS RELEASE From: Benjamin A. Baroody, Esq. 15th Circuit Judicial District Representative (Horry and Georgetown Counties) The South Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Date: April 23, 2010 Re: 2010 Community Law Week May 3-7 marks the annual Community Law Week across the country and in South Carolina. During this week, the South Carolina Bar Association is hosting various events across the state to inform South Carolinians about the legal system, the legal profession,…

Bellamy Law Firm

Bellamy Law Firm
We welcome you to Bellamy, Rutenberg, Copeland, Epps, Gravely & Bowers, P.A., and its ongoing commitment to offer the best legal services available in our communities in both our South and North Carolina locations. The philosophy of The Bellamy Law Firm is to seek to represent the highest standards of professional and ethical behavior. Members of the firm, associates, and employees are encouraged to earn the esteem of clients and the respect of the members of the legal profession and to…