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Charleston, SC — July 18, 2018
Partition law. What’s that?!
When 2 or more people own real estate together and 1 wants to sell but the other doesn’t a partition lawsuit is the answer. A partition lawsuit also applies if the co-owners cannot agree on a fair ownership percentage. The South Carolina court system will make these decisions in a court order to determine the rights of the parties, whether to have a public or private sale and sort through the disputes concerning land.
We have a Partition statute that has changed in the past few years. It’s a complex area of real estate law to apply a process for handling land issues that has existed for hundreds of years. People have always had land disputes. It’s not technology. It’s about fairness, known as equity. Sometimes people just can’t work out their legal problems involving land. We can help you with that.
We have recently concluded a successful partition case involving a house in Mt. Pleasant. The case went to trial. The judge ordered the property to be sold. While our client wanted to resolve the issues without a lawsuit or a trial, it was the only way to go. We are pleased to offer these services to our clients drawing upon experience in the court system, real estate, family law and probate law. Each case is different and the facts of each situation determine the outcome.
New Year. New Technology. Improved Client Service
Charleston, SC — January 24, 2018
Keeping up with technology changes in the legal field is daunting! We recently started using a scheduling robot assistant for setting up meetings. While some people like the ease of it, others have laughed with me at the goofiness. Artificial intelligence is always improving so we hope Andrew keeps getting better.
We’re keeping Andrew for now to give improved client service. The more efficient we are the less your legal expenses are! That’s also our goal. To provide client value for services rendered.
We have also changed billing systems. The old system was cumbersome for us. We hope to the transition will be smooth for our clients in the coming months. The new system should be easier for our clients because it includes a client portal for secure document uploads. Many of our clients send us their financial information. We want to be secure and safe with all client data – especially financials.
Please know that we are always trying to be efficient and responsive to our client needs. Some of these software programs and cloud applications have a stiff learning curve, but we hope in the end to provide better client service for all!
Here’s to a warm Spring! Susan
Susan M. Gaddy - USC Law Class of 1992 Reunion
September 15, 2017. Columbia, SC
L to R: 5th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Paulette Edwards, Columbia attorney Kelli Seabrook, Mt. Pleasant attorney Susan Gaddy, Washington, DC attorney Bill Clyburn.
L to R: 5th Circuit Deputy Solicitor Paulette Edwards, Columbia Judge Rosalyn Frierson-Smith, Roy Smith, Mt. Pleasant attorney Susan Gaddy
SC 10 Top Fasting Growing States
Mt Pleasant fastest growing city on Atlantic coast
December 20, 2016. Charleston, SC
South Carolina’s population was the 10th-fastest growing in the nation over the past year and will likely top 5 million in 2017, statistics released by the Census Bureau Tuesday show.
SouthCarolinaHomes Interviews Susan Gaddy
Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.
"I founded The Gaddy Law Firm, LLC in 1999 and opened the Mt. Pleasant office in 2011. The Mt. Pleasant office focuses on real estate issues, especially foreclosure defense (helping borrowers) and loss mitigation (short sales and loan modifications). We have handled all aspects of real estate litigation and closings since 1999."
What are some of the services your company provides?
The Gaddy Law Firm, LLC furnishes legal services throughout the Low Country that focus on real estate legal issues- active court cases are the primary focus. I am from Greenville and opened my first law office there.
Susan M. Gaddy Selected for Furman Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Initiative
Daniel Island, SC - September 8, 2016, Susan M. Gaddy of The Gaddy Law Firm, LLC has been selected as an “emerged leader” to participate in the 11th Lowcountry class of the Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI).
“We are excited to welcome these accomplished people into DLI. The relationships they will form and tools they will gain over the course of the DLI program will support their progress as passionate and influential leaders in the state,” said Dr. Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.
Gaddy said, “They received over 700 nominations for 45 spots in this year’s class. I’m honored to be chosen and look forward to learning more on solving issues facing South Carolina!”
Ms. Gaddy, a long-time resident of Daniel Island, owns The Gaddy Law Firm, LLC in Mt. Pleasant. Her law firm has assisted many Daniel Island residents with legal issues such as the purchase and sale of small businesses, civil mediation, and representing customers against banks – especially involving real estate and mortgages.
“DLI is unique among South Carolina’s leadership programs. In addition to the opportunity to develop new relationships and take part in positive action in their communities, participants gain deep knowledge of how to effectively manage and lead increasingly diverse workers, clients and constituents,” said Juan Johnson, facilitator of the program, retired from Coca Cola in Atlanta. As part of the program, leaders also work in cross-sector groups to respond to real issues and opportunities in their communities through capstone service projects.
Participants reflecting South Carolina’s demographics and representing the corporate, nonprofit, education, faith-based and government sectors are chosen by nomination and application. “The frames of reference and skills that DLI graduates share provide a remarkable platform for working together to help South Carolina compete in the 21st century,” Gordon said.
Local Attorney Aims to Break Down Racial Barriers
CHARLESTON, SC — October 14, 2015, Charleston’s Petigru Inn of Court chapter hosted a panel discussion on ways to improve diversity within the legal profession.
In the wake of the tragic mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, panel moderator Susan Gaddy of The Gaddy Law Firm was inspired by a conversation among the congregation at the church she attends.
“As we talked about effecting change in our community, I was struck by the comments of a lawyer who stood up and said in his 22 years practicing law in Charleston, he knew of only two African American business lawyers,” says Gaddy. “I realized many talented lawyers in the black community choose to leave Charleston because of lack of opportunity — and it’s up to us to do something.”
Along with the Petigru chapter president Jay Ward, panelists Senator Marlon Kimpson, Member, Motley Rice; Mark Fava, Chief Counsel Boeing, South Carolina Site; and Mavis Huger, Of Counsel, Counts & Huger, LLC., discussed ways to break down racial barriers within the legal community.
“Our goal in making ‘The Business Case for Diversity’ is to create awareness about successful techniques and proven practices from other cities, and look at ways to implement them in Charleston,” says Gaddy.
According to a 2014 study by the National Association for Law Placement, fewer than 2% of law firm partners are African American. Black women are “even more uncommon as partners in law firms,” says Gaddy. “We have to create opportunities for cross-racial relationships — and tonight is just the start.”
A business litigator with a background in securities and chapter 11 creditors’ litigation, Susan Gaddy played a leading role as a Special Counsel to the Bankruptcy Trustee in the largest chapter 11 bankruptcy case in the history of South Carolina. Her commitment to professional development of lawyers started with her creation of an outreach teaching program to young lawyers in post-apartheid South Africa. She currently represents commercial and individual borrowers with claims against banks and mortgage servicers in the aftermath of the financial crisis.
State Senator Marlon Kimpson has dedicated much of his life to fighting for those who have been wronged by corporations and organizations that put profits over people. As a partner with Motley Rice LLC, Kimpson has represented a variety of clients in civil litigation including asbestos workers, personal injury and wrongful death victims, families devastated by air crash accidents, and pension funds in securities litigation. In addition to his law practice, Kimpson was elected to the South Carolina State Senate in the general election on October 1, 2013 securing 80% of the vote.
Mark C. Fava was named chief counsel for Boeing's South Carolina site in May 2010, working as part of the leadership team in managing all legal matters related to the site. He is admitted to practice in South Carolina, Georgia, and Washington, D.C. Serving on active duty in the United States Navy from 1985 to 1991 as a Naval Flight Officer, Fava recently retired as a Captain from the Navy Reserve with 30 years of service.
Mavis Huger is a corporate attorney with 15 years of in-house and law firm experience. Huger is currently Of Counsel at Counts & Huger, LLC, where her practice focuses on general corporate work including business transactions, corporate finance and corporate governance. Huger also serves as outside General Counsel for businesses and is an advisor to start-ups at The Harbor Entrepreneur Center. She serves on the Steering Committee of the African American Leadership Council of Trident United Way and holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
The James L. Petigru Chapter of the American Inns of Court is comprised of judges, lawyers and law students from the Ninth Judicial Circuit and meets in Charleston during the school year. Membership in the Petigru Inn is limited to sixty-five individuals and twelve law students.
Charleston Mayor Inauguration
“I was honored that Charleston's new Mayor John Tecklenburg asked me to participate in the Inauguration." Susan Gaddy
St. Michael’s Church
On June 17, 2015 Charleston experienced a tragedy (Emmanuel AME shootings) that has affected our city, state and country. I'm proud of the St. Michael’s Church response. On August 2, 2015, St. Michael’s hosted The Rev. Dr. John Gillison, retired Presiding Elder AME Church. Here is an article about that Sunday.
SC Women Lawyers Association Gala
Chief Justice Jean H. Toal with Susan Gaddy at SC Women Lawyers Association Gala
American Bar Association President William Hubbard, Susan Gaddy, and Ambassador Phil Lader at ABA meeting
2015 USC Law Alumni Oyster Roast
Susan Gaddy with Dean Phil Lacy at the 2015 USC Law Alumni Oyster Roast. 19 degrees in Charleston!
Susan is past president of the USC School of Law Alumni Association Board.
South Carolina Women Lawyers Association - Sarah Fowler on Gratitude as part of Resilience Series