For general questions or to make an appointment, please call the number above or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: THE COURT WILL BE CLOSED PURSUANT TO AN ORDER OF THE S.C. SUPREME COURT ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013, FOR STAFF TRAINING ON PROBATE CODE REVISIONS. PERSONS SEEKING EMERGENCY DETENTION ORDERS SHOULD CONTACT CATAWBA MENTAL HEALTH CENTER AT 803-327-2012. THE COURT WILL BE OPEN ON THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2013, FROM 1 TO 4 PM FOR THE LIMITED PURPOSE OF TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR MARRIAGE LICENSES. THE REGULAR SCHEDULE WILL RESUME ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2013, AT 8 A.M.
The court handles various matters including the administration of decedents' estates, the issuance of marriage licenses, the appointment of guardians and conservators, and involuntary commitments. It is located in the old Belk Building diagonally across the street from the York County Courthouse in downtown York, and is headed by an elected probate judge who serves a four-year term.
More detailed descriptions of the functions of the probate court are listed below:
Application for marriage licenses may be made between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The license may be used for ceremonies performed in South Carolina and the fee is $50.00. Please see the FAQs for more information, including instructions for obtaining a certified copy of a license already filed. If a couple has completed a qualifying premarital preparation course PRIOR to applying for the license and presents a certificate of completion at the time of application, they may be eligible to receive a $50 non-refundable state income tax credit pursuant to S.C. Code 20-1-230.
The court handles the administration of the estates of York County residents. This includes routine proceedings as well as the contest and construction of wills, the determination of heirs, and the sale in aid of assets of a decedent's real estate. Please contact our office during business hours for additional information or to schedule an appointment to meet with one of the estate clerks to begin the probate process.
Guardianships and Conservatorships, Settlement Approval, Trusts:
The court handles the appointment of guardians and conservators for incapacitated adults. It also handles the appointment of conservators for minors, the approval of minor settlements and wrongful death settlements, and trust matters. Please contact our office during business hours for additional information.
The court handles involuntary commitments for persons alleged to be chemically dependent or mentally ill. Please contact our office during business hours for additional information.