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.