Monday, May 30 is a County Holiday in observance of Memorial Day and the offices of Charleston County Government will be closed.
Charleston County Probate Judge
Charleston County Probate Judge
Probate Court is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. For Marriage License, please call 843-958-5183. For Estate Administration, please call 843-958-5030 for questions or to make an appointment. For Conservatorship/Guardianship, Involuntary Commitment and Diversion Programs, please call 843-958-5180. We are also here to assist you through our online and remote services, click here for more information. To apply for a marriage license, please follow the LOVE link here – Live Online Virtual E-marriage application. We have a drop box at 84 Broad Street, 3rd Floor, and 100 Broad Street, Suite 469.
The Charleston County Probate Court E-Filing Pilot Program has commenced. Read Administrative Order, Rules and EZ-Filing Instructions for more information. To electronically file a document in an estate, trust, adult guardianship, and conservatorship case please visit: ez-filing.net/southcarolina. You are able to view all images on each case for which you create an EZ-Filing account, which enables you to easily keep up with the activities of the case.
The Charleston County Probate Court established a program in the Fall of 2011 to visit persons under adult guardianship. Every year the Charleston County Probate Court appoints guardians for incapacitated individuals, who need assistance in making decisions concerning their health and other aspects of their daily lives. While most guardians undertake their duties conscientiously, there are some cases where the care for the incapacitated individuals do not live up to the expectations of the Court. Until the establishment of this program, there was no consistent way to determine if the guardian was providing good care or if the guardianship was still necessary.
The Charleston County Probate Court wants every person under guardianship to receive good care. As such, we are training a group of volunteers (primarily students from the Charleston School of Law) to serve as Court Visitors. Efforts are being made to conduct visits in all open guardianship cases. If you are a guardian in an open Probate Court case, a Court Visitor will soon be contacting you to arrange a visit with you and the incapacitated individual in the case. The Court Visitor reports back to the Court about the current status of the guardianship. The Court then decides whether further action is appropriate.
Guardianship monitoring helps the court to manage risks, prevent abuse, and increase public confidence in the judicial system. By utilizing trained and supervised volunteers, the Court is extending the monitoring capacity of the court.
Elizabeth T. Sykes
Community Outreach – Adult Guardianship Assistance and Monitoring Program
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