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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that lawyers who make mistakes in drafting wills resulting in people being deprived of inheritances can now be held accountable.
According to published reports, the justices ruled this week that beneficiaries in estate planning cases can now sue attorneys over errors in wills that deprive them of or reduce their inheritances.
Previously state malpractice laws had limited law suits against lawyers to be brought only by their clients. But in the case of a will, the client who has the document drawn up has died before a mistake may be discovered.
The justices said they wanted to fix a loophole in the state's malpractice laws.
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