Charleston Business Law

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There are several laws in Charleston that affect local businesses. If your company operates in Charleston, it must be aware of these laws and ensure compliance with them. Often, obtaining leases and busines permits must be completed first before you may open for business. Structuring your business in Charleston also poses unique considerations.

Business Transactions in Charleston

A business must be aware of local business laws in Charleston in order to contract with individuals and local companies. Contracts provide a business with reliability in its transactions as well as serving to avoid possible business disputes in the future. However, contracts should be drafted with sensitivity to local Charleston and South Carolina law. There are specific requisites of a valid business contract in Charleston, and if they are not met, the document may be found to have no effect. Also, the field of contracts carries its own unique language, which can be difficult to interpret. Parties to contracts also occasionally breach their contractual duties. In Charleston, breaches of contract are often settled in the local court.

Business Structure in Charleston

For a business starting in Charleston, there are a some available business structures that you will want to know about. Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Corporations and LLC's are among the options. Each of these business structures has its own advantages and disadvantages in Charleston, and deciding which structure is right for your business can be difficult. Local law must also be followed in dissolving a business. Lawyers in Charleston can help you in this process.

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Life in Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina is an important port city located in Charleston County. It is nicknamed the "Holy City" due to the large number of churches that mark the city's skyline. As a port city, trade is central to the city, as a number of ships and boats launch regularly from Charleston.

Charleston is unique among cities that showcase a Southern culture. In general, Charleston's community culture is a rich blend of French, English, West African, and southern American elements. Particularly, the "Charleston dialect" is a rare dialect featuring distinct phrases and is not comparable to other dialects in the Southern U.S.

Charleston, South Carolina draws many visitors every year when it holds its annual Spoleto Festival USA. The Spoleto Festival is an art festival lasting 17 days and featuring more than 100 performances by artists practicing in different disciplines. The event is an internationally recognized festival and is considered to be the premier performing arts festival of the U.S. Other notable Charleston attractions include live music at the Music Farm, and the Citadel a famous military college. Many Charleston lawyers studied at Charleston School of Law.

Lawyers in Charleston, South Carolina are available to assist persons who may have differing legal needs. Charleston is the first city in the United States to institute a "Livability Court", which is a municipal court that focuses on legal cases involving housing, animal control, tourism, traffic, the environment, waste, and compliance with city zoning codes.

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