In South Carolina, the probate court is the only court in which to initiate an action concerning the estate of a deceased person, the will of an individual, the estate of a minor, the estate of an incapacitated person, involuntary commitment of individuals to institutions, or matters of trust. The probate court is also responsible for issuing marriage licenses.
There is a probate court in every county, and the probate judge is selected by popular election to a four-year term. County council may provide funding for one or more associate probate judges who are appointed by the probate judge.
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