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Beaufort attorney sued by Berenger

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Actor Tom Berenger is suing a Beaufort lawyer he says cost him more than $100,000 after advising him to sign a prenuptial agreement without reading the document.

Berenger filed the legal malpractice lawsuit last month against Dean Bell. It says Berenger hired Bell to represent him in 2005, when an attorney for Berenger’s third wife proposed an amendment to the couple’s prenuptial agreement. Berenger says Bell told him to sign the amendment, which Berenger says he didn’t know entitled Patricia Alvaran to a cut of his earnings she had previously waived.

Berenger married Al­va­ran in Beaufort in 1998. The couple divorced in 2011.

Bell has not responded to the suit.

Berenger is known for such films as Platoon and Major League.

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A CLEM­SON UNIVERSITY dean has been selected as the next president of Presbyterian College. Pres­byterian’s board of trustees on Friday picked Claude C. Lilly as the next person to lead the Clinton, S.C., school. Lilly is dean of Clemson’s College of Business and Behavioral Science. He has nearly four decades of teaching and administrative experience.


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