JUDGE WOODRUFF HOLDS MONTHLY INFORMATION SESSIONS ABOUT THE PREPARATION OF ESTATE INVENTORIES. NO APPT IS NEEDED. THE MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN COURTROOM 1 OF THE YORK COUNTY HISTORICAL COURTHOUSE, 2 S. CONGRESS ST, YORK, EVERY THIRD WEDNESDAY. IF YOU'RE A PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE CURRENTLY ADMINISTERING AN ESTATE OR JUST INTERESTED IN THE PROCESS, YOU MAY FIND THE SESSIONS HELPFUL.
The software provider www.southcarolinaprobate.net/search, which provided on-line access to the public for copies of marriage licenses, has changed its format on very short notice to the Court. Please – temporarily – do not use this website. Instead you may request copies of marriage licenses by either coming to the Court in person, or sending a written request by mail with the names of the bride and groom (at time of application), a self-addressed stamped envelope, and $5.00 for each certified copy (no charge if not certified) to York County Probate Court, P. O. Box 219, York, SC 29745. Thank you.
In order to maintain a healthy and safe environment for the public and Probate Court staff and due to the extremely high volume of filings, all estate and guardianship/conservatorship administrations, applications for marriage licenses, and title examinations/genealogical research, require an appointment (please call 803-684-8513 orEmail Probate Court or Documents may also be dropped off and picked up in the Courthouse lobby. Certified copies of marriage licenses may be requested by mail by sending $5 per requested copy and a self-addressed stamped envelope or online at www.southcarolinaprobate.net/search.
Involuntary commitment proceedings must be initiated through Catawba Mental Health Center (803-327-2012), Keystone Substance Abuse Center (803-324-1800), Catawba Family Center (for minors - 803-329-3177) or the after-hours through the Mobile Crisis line (833-364-2274).
Estate files from 1977 through current are accessible on public computers placed in the Register of Deeds office in the Government Center and the Clerk of Court’s Civil Division in the Historic Courthouse; estate case files prior to 1977 are on microfilm in the Historic Courthouse. Marriage licenses from 1911 through current are also available on the public computers.
Probate Court is located in the York County Courthouse. The Courthouse is in
the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Liberty and Congress Streets in
downtown York. There is a single entrance on the south side of the building, directly
from the parking lot between the Courthouse at 2 S. Congress Street and the
Government Center at 6 S. Congress Street, and there is handicapped parking at the entrance.Parking is also available
on Congress Street and Liberty Street.
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 headed by an elected probate judge who serves a four-year term.
Application for marriage licenses may be made between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are required. The license may be used only for ceremonies performed in South Carolina and the fee is $50, payable by cash, check or money order.
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 SC. 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.
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 hearings for involuntary commitments of persons
alleged to be chemically dependent or mentally ill. Effective May 1,
2015, the initial paperwork must be started at Catawba Mental Health
Center 803-327-2012, the VA Clinic 803-366-4848 or Keystone Substance
Abuse Center 803-324-1800.
Please contact those agencies for
information as to how to begin the process. For after-hours mental
health emergencies, contact Catawba Mental Health at 803-327-2012 to
speak with the counselor on call.