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Operating as usual


Yes, folks, due to Hurricane Florence and the MANDATORY evacuation, we are not open, until at least next Monday.


Getting all settled into our new place. Yes, we are in a new location as of August 30th, 2018. Street address is Northbridge Executive Park, 1180 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite 120; Charleston SC 29407. (If you remember what used to be the "Blue Cross Blue Shield building," that is our location!) Our P. O. Box is now P. O. Box 31358, Charleston, SC 29417. Our telephone number is still 843-722-0311 so call us for legal assistance. Our fax number also is unchanged: 843-722-1374.


Today we have moved from our old location on Savannah Highway. Our new office will be (as of today!) 1180 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard; Suite 120; Charleston SC 29407. (Some people remember it as the former Blue Cross/Blue Shield building.)
Our telephone number remains the same at 843-722-0311.
Our Post Office box is now P. O. Box 31358, Charleston, SC 29417

The news this morning is that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the Colorado baker in same-sex wedding cake case; however...
Supreme Court rules for Colorado baker in same-sex wedding cake case

The news this morning is that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the Colorado baker in same-sex wedding cake case; however, the ruling was thin, as the Court found that the Colorado civil rights commission did not appear to be totally neutral in its handling of the religious claims of the baker. Thus, the case was remanded back to the Colorado commission.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake to celebrate the marriage of a same sex couple because of a religious objection.


It is with extreme sadness that we inform all of the legal community that Joe Cabaniss passed away today at 3:00 AM at the age of 93. A great man, human being and (of course) lawyer. Memorial services are being planned in the next few weeks by his sons. Prayers for his family and for his many friends.

Grimball & Cabaniss, LLC is regionally ranked in 3 practice areas. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankin...
Grimball & Cabaniss, LLC - Rankings

Grimball & Cabaniss, LLC is regionally ranked in 3 practice areas. The U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

Regional rankings for Grimball & Cabaniss, LLC, particularly in Charleston, SC:
Gold Badges Tier 1 in Insurance Law
Bronze Badges Tier 3 in Banking and Finance Law
Bronze Badges Tier 3 in Commercial Litigation

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Grimball and Cabaniss, LLC is pleased to announce that Warren Moise has been named a 2017 Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" in Insurance Law for the Charleston area.

Press Release of Supreme Court of the United State

The U. S. Supreme Court will begin electronic filing in November 2017:

The Supreme Court’s new electronic filing system will begin operation on November 13, 2017. A quick link on the Court’s website homepage will provide access to the new system, developed in-house to provide prompt and easy access to case documents. Once the system is in place, virtually all new filin...

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The American Bar Association to offer cyber liability insurance to cover hacking, etc. to law firms.
ABA to offer cyber liability insurance

The American Bar Association to offer cyber liability insurance to cover hacking, etc. to law firms.

The ABA is adding cyber liability coverage to its insurance offerings for law firms.The cyber insurance, underwritten by Chubb Limited, covers law firm expenses associated with hacking, including the costs


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KIssing your Thumb

Just a curious tidbit this month. The oath traditionally given in court to "tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth" is believed to have originated in Old English and seems to have been a part of English trials as early as the 13th century. In spite of taking an oath to tell the truth, there were no actual codified penalties for perjury, or lying under oath until the mid-16th century. It was believed that the potential punishment from God was sufficient to prevent most witnesses from breaking their solemn oath.

Although it's no longer common practice in deference to non-Christians and non-religious persons, there is the long tradition of witnesses placing a hand on the bible to reenforce the spiritual consequences as well as the real-life penalties for lying under oath. But it seems in Ireland, a hand was not sufficient. Witnesses were required to actually kiss the Bible to confirm their oath before the judge.

This, of course, led people to come up with spiritual loop holes...

The Bible used in the court room was discounted by some as merely the "law Bible" that somehow it did not count as seriously as a holy and consecrated Bible used in the Mass. Therefore one of the tricks that could be used was to kiss your thumb rather than the Bible itself. The Irish writer James Johnson wrote:

"Remember, witness! that, in swearing by the Holy Evangelist, you to take most special care, not to kiss the cross that is on the book, but your thumb that is on the cross -and then you are neither to tel the whole truth, nor any part of the truth."

So, like a small child crossing their fingers at a lie, the purjury they were about to commit would not count against their souls. When caught in a lie under oath, witnesses occasionally tried to argue that kissing their thumb should excuse them in some way from charges of purjury.

An article in the The Irish Law Times from 1897 suggested kissing the Bible became a practice about the 17th century and that:
"Now, the kiss is regarded as the seal of the oath, and witnesses of the moral calibre of Rogue Riderhood* deem themselves unsworn if they contrive to kiss their thumbs instead of the book, and hold themselve free to tell anything but 'the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth'."

Officers of the court had to keep a sharp eye on tricky witnesses, athough in this case a kindly clerk gave a humorous excuse for a witness at the Tralee Assize:

"One of the counsel said, ''The witness kissed his thumb, my lord.'
Why did he kiss his thumb?" asked the baron.
'He is blind of an eye, my lord,' replied Mr. Hurley, the clerk of the crown."

The Irish writer William Carleton related a story in which the local church rather than the court was called upon to solve a case of robbery and took a preventative action: "The witness now had to swear again and many 'appeared ready to sink into the earth... many of them became almost unable to stand; and altogether the state of trepidation and terror in which they stood, was strikingly wild and extraordinary."

-It seems the curate waited for the oaths to be made and revealed a venerable bible from the church rather than the discounted "Law Bible".

By 1888 the practice of kissing the Bible as part of the oath had been set aside in most courts and
"If any person to whom and oath is administed desires to swear with the uplifted had, in the form and manner in which an oath is usually administered in Scotland, he shall be permitted so to do."

*Rogue Riderhood is a reference to a character in the Dickens novel Our Mutual Friend who represents and opportunistic character who changes his behavior to suit his needs at the moment

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Practical Practice Tips: Lawyers Lusting After Clients and Their Spouses | Law People

OK, all my brothers and sisters who are members of the S.C. Bar! This is old news which needs reviewing occasionally by you: Practical Practice Tips: Lawyers Lusting After Clients and Their Spouses:

In our Practical Practice Tips: The Art of Ending Work Relationships, we concluded by promising another entry on the thorny problem of conducting personal


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Merry Christmas for the IRSAround this time of the year, our law firm sends out tax forms to clients indicating whether ...

Merry Christmas for the IRS

Around this time of the year, our law firm sends out tax forms to clients indicating whether settlement money received by our clients is taxable or not. For example, compensation for personal injury is excluded from gross income (i.e., not taxable) but punitive damages are taxable.
In all these years at the Bar, I have never considered whether a confidentiality clause in a release created a taxable event for the person receiving the money (i.e., the plaintiff). Apparently it does. See the link below. All the more reason for plaintiffs not to agree to confidentiality clauses in personal-injury cases. See Amos v. Commn'r of Internal Rev., T.C. Memo. 2003-329. Merry Christmas.

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1180 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Suite 120
Charleston, SC

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Grimball & Cabaniss, L.L.C. is a full-service law firm serving clients throughout Charleston and the lowcountry of the state of South Carolina. The firm handles civil matters, including insurance defense, construction litigation, residential real estate, commercial real estate, business formations, probate and estates law, personal injury law and community association law. The firm has chosen to stay small and concentrate its efforts on serving its clients in the most cost-effective manner possible which allows for the best results attainable.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:30
Thursday 08:30 - 17:30
Friday 08:30 - 17:30


(843) 722-0311


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