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Yes, an appointment is necessary. Due to COVID restrictions and the high volume of estates under administration, please contact the Court at 803-684-8513 to schedule the appointment with an estate paralegal. We will ask you a few questions before advising whether you will need to open an estate, but in most situations the probate process will be needed and will be of benefit to your family. After you make the appointment, you'll receive a Court Information Sheet via mail or email. Please complete the form and bring it with you to the appointment.
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Instructions for administering an estate
How to prepare an inventory
The records are not yet available online, but may be viewed using the Court's software program, ICON. To see and print these records, you may go to the public computers located in the Register of Deeds office in the Government Center (6 S. Congress St., York) and on the 2nd floor of the Historical Courthouse in the office of the Clerk of Court (2 S. Congress St., York). There will soon be a form available on the Probate Court web page for requesting copies.
Marriage licenses are available online and either plain or certified copies may be ordered by going to www.southcarolinaprobate.net.