Myrtle Beach Thank You from The Lovely Law Firm

Myrtle Beach Thank You from The Lovely Law Firm


Hello everyone. We’re back live for another edition of the
Carolina Justice Report here on Facebook Live, sponsored by South Carolina Law TV and The
Lovely Law Firm. I’m here again with my wife and partner, Miss
Amy Lawrence- Hey guys. And hey. So we’re here hoping you guys are getting
some value here out of these Facebook Live videos that we do. Leave us a comment below if you got any topics
you want to talk about or anything we want to answer here and we’ll definitely get back
to you. But you know, the holidays are coming up. We just want to talk during this episode. Not give you any hard, boring, legal topics
like we’ve been doing the last few months. But you know, Amy, kind of take it away and
we’ll start talking now. It’s 10 years at Lovely Law Firm coming up. We’ve been doing this for a decade now here
in Myrtle Beach and look forward to keep it growing and keep doing what we’ve been doing
around this Myrtle Beach area. When I think back when we got started, I love
to tell the story of how we got started and when I came out of law school, I had a job
and I was really lucky that I got a job because the majority of my friends didn’t get a job. And you were a year behind me in law school
and I didn’t really know anybody, but I got a job and I worked for somebody for a year
and then we started our own firm when you when you got licensed and got sworn in and
we hung our shingle in a little tiny office. And I was trying to think, that office couldn’t
have been more than what, Eight by, I don’t know, eight by eight eight
by 10. Yeah. Yeah. We were in a little office and we shared a
desk and we had a chair on each side of it and we would work. And then when I would meet with clients, I’d
sit on one side and you’d leave and walk around the block. And then vice versa, if you met with a client,
I would leave. And our goal was always the same. We just want to do a really good job for people
and help in the lowest parts of their lives. Whether it was a criminal offense or an injury
or whatever it was, we just want to do right by people. And I think we’ve been able to hold true to
that over the last 10 years. And sometimes it was hard, sometimes we could
have made a quick decision to make a quick buck that may have not been in the best interest
or the right thing. And we didn’t do that. And we always kind of held fast to our principles
in wanting to do the right thing and it’s worked out for us. And the good Lord’s blessed us. When we started out, we were doing criminal
cases exclusively probably for the first, four or five months. So then we got the motorcycle wreck case from
there we knew, “Hey, this is what we want to do. We want to do personal injury. We want to do criminal defense.” And we kept growing those practices. But a year or so later we started doing worker’s
comp and trying to make sure we really knew how to do that well. We went to a lot of [inaudible] that first
year too. We do that every year. Yeah. But yeah, a lot of learning. We didn’t have a lot of cases, we had a lot
of time. So we had to fill that time. We made it baby. We made it. Yeah. And we’re still growing. We’re not where we want to be. We’re onward and upward, bigger and better,
and helping as many people as we possibly can given our bandwidth here. I mean, we have five lawyers, there’s five
of us now. Five lawyers, 15 staff. That’s kind of a big deal. We went from a very, very tiny, tiny office
sharing. Although we still share an office, but we
do it because we want to, not because we have to. And with five attorneys and about 14 staff. That’s, proud of us. Yeah. So what do you think was the hardest part
over the last 10 years? What do you think was the hardest thing we
had to do? I don’t think it’s really a thing, but I think
the hardest part of practicing law in general is when you see people at their lowest and
their sadest and they’re scared. And it’s like having to go to a hospital room
when somebody’s called and they might not make it and having to hold the hand of the
wife or husband of somebody who literally doesn’t know what 20 minutes is going to hold
much less tomorrow. I think that’s probably the hardest. The emotional part of it. Because when we’re in, we’re all in. Our hearts are all in. And we bond very quickly with our clients
and it makes it really hard. Yeah. I mean, it’s a journey. Once they retain us, we’re walking lock step
until we get to the resolution. Whether that’s in your case as a dismissal
or a negotiation or an injury case and we’re getting their medical bills paid, getting
the car back to them, getting them a settlement. It takes a long time so we all face, our associates
and us, we walk with them and we hold their hand, we take care of them. And we’ve got good results over the last decade
and we hope to keep doing that. Yes. I think we hold tight to our principles, our
values, our core values of doing right by people and doing the right thing and treating
people with kindness and respect and talking to them like a normal person and not over
their head. I think if we continue to do that, there’s
no other way but to go is up. Right, right. What do you think has been the hardest part? Well, the hardest parts was first, we were
like most of the people here, we were transplants. We’re a very transit community here at Myrtle
Beach. There’s very few true people who’ve lived
here their whole life. And so just like everyone else who moved down
to this area, we had to make new connections. We had to meet people in the legal field. We had to meet the doctors. We had to build the infrastructure to really
help build the practice in order to help our clients. And I think we’ve done a good job of that
over the last decade. We know who to send people to. We know who the players are. We know who to steer clear from. We know how to properly advise our clients. Not just legal matters, but I mean anything
that comes up because I’ll always preach, “Hey, I want to be your trusted legal advisor. It might not be this car wreck case you have. If you’ve got a problem with something else,
call me and I’ll put you into the right direction.” So definitely the hardest part I think was
building all those connections. Because people are worried when they come
down here and then if they have a legal issue pop up and they don’t really know anybody
yet. I mean a lot of times The Lovely Law Firm
is the first person they turn to and so that’s another gap that we fill. And we’re glad to help those people because
we were in those shoes 10 years ago. It took us a while. But I think-
I think making Myrtle Beach our home, really investing in our community made that come
naturally. You know what I mean? When other people in the community who are
here, they saw us. That we really cared, that we made it our
home. We weren’t going anywhere. They opened up to us and they’ve been wonderful. We found our tribe didn’t we? Right. And you know, we give back and we’ve given
back and we continue to give back. And that’s one of the … We’ve made that
a purpose all through the last year and then we’re going to talk about it again when we
have our big kickoff breakfast for the 2020 year. Because we’re looking for the next decade
now. We’ve been here for 10 years. So what are we going to do for the next 10
years moving forward with The Lovely Law Firm? We’ve supported several community service
projects that we help out with. You know Justin, I was thinking, you say we’ve
been doing it for the last year, but we’ve been doing it all 10 years. It’s just we didn’t have money. We gave a lot of our time, you know what I
mean? Right. It’s like Miss Dora at the food pantry up
in Lawrence. When she needed help unloading the food to
be able to give it out and all that, we go and I might not be able to give a dollar,
but I can definitely, I can give you my elbow grease. I can give you my time. Right. And we’ve done that. Yeah, they called and they were like, “We’ve
got this big donation of food, but we can’t get it up there.” And I was like, “Well, I’ll take my truck. No problem.” So I got a Toyota Tundra, so I backed it up
to the main food bank and this guy starts rolling out with three forklifts full of pallets. And he was like, “We’re not going to get this
on this truck, man.” I was like, “Damn, what are we going to do?” And so I just went down and got a U-Haul for
her and I was like, “You know what, I got the U-Haul.” It was $24 to rent. I said, “Load the U-Haul.” We drove it up there so everybody get their
food. So that’s just one thing. But we’re helping motorcycle clubs. All their different charity rides and everything. We’re big into helping the veterans. That’s another big initiative that we’ve undertaken
in the last few years. Toys for Tots, we’re the main Toys for Tots
sponsor with WBTW this year with a few other businesses. And we’re glad to be a place where they can
drop that off this year. Anything having to do with women and children
our hearts are there. We’re all in. And we’ve expanded not just doing the criminal
defense and the personal injury, we’re taking on big causes. Whether that’s the bad pharma, the bad drug
cases that I’m getting into. Definitely the social issues and the civil
rights and sexual assault abuse cases that’s you’re getting into, that’s real real cases
where you can make a change. Whether it’s through corporate, whether it’s
a police department, if it’s a- A huge change for mass amounts of people. Yeah. So those practice areas. Geographically, we have plans to move into
some other markets. So we’re going to probably go into, in 2020,
go into Charleston and we’re going to go into Florence. So that’s big on the horizon. And then of course just expanding here locally. That’s definitely what we want to do. But this will always be home base here. Myrtle Beach area and the surrounding area. No doubt. Yeah. So the future looks bright in my opinion. And I think we’re going to keep rocking and
rolling. That’s one of the reasons we’re doing this
video cast. We got to do something different and get the
word out and help as many people as we can. So leave a comment. Tell us what you want us to do, what you might
need help with, what you think we could do better. We definitely, that’s one of the reasons we’re
doing this on Facebook Live is to reach as many people as we can. So listen everyone, have a happy holiday season. Hug your loved ones, enjoy the turkey, enjoy
the food, enjoy the ham. If you need to talk to us, call us here. We’re always available for you and look for
our next episode after the holidays. This is the Carolina Justice Report sponsored
by South Carolina Law TV and The Lovely Law Firm signing out. Have a Happy New Year. Call us if you need us. 843-839-4111.

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