In South Carolina, Probate Courts have jurisdiction over decedent’s estates, trusts, guardianships for adult incapacitated persons, conservatorships for minor and adult incapacitated persons, involuntary commitment of persons suffering from mental illness, chemical dependence, and tuberculosis, approval of certain wrongful death settlements, and issuance of marriage licenses.

Probate Court activities/functions related to these cases include appointment of personal representatives, trustees, conservators and guardians, hearings and trials in formal proceedings, processing and admitting to probate/record wills and other probate instruments, pleadings, motions, marriage licenses and applications therefor, and other official documents, and maintenance of public records regarding the same.

In discharging the duties and functions of the Probate Court, Judge Fulp and his staff strive always to render courteous and effective public service, in a professional manner befitting a judicial agency, and sensitive to the human equation with respect to those individuals having business with the Court.

As Judge Fulp says, “Probate Court is a special kind of court. It doesn’t exist only to resolve disputes, but to be responsive to people in some of the most stressful times of their lives: the death of a loved one; the sudden incapacity of a spouse; the mental illness of a family member.”

Paid for by the Committee to Elect Judge Fulp
Gregory W. Dyson, Chairman/Treasurer
105 Sunset Blvd.
Beaufort, SC 29907

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