I’ll address the question of WHY you have to go through probate when someone passes away in a future post. For today, I would just like to introduce myself and explain why I’ve chosen to blog about an otherwise uninteresting and often annoying area of the law.

My name is Tiffany Provence, an attorney living and practicing in the counties surrounding Charleston, SC. And, while I would love to blog about fashion, technology or exotic travel, I have little experience or knowledge in anything that exciting. However, after more than 10 years as a Probate Judge for Dorchester County, S.C., I have learned that there is a severe shortage of information on this topic for both the public and attorneys who need a primer on this area of the law. Our firm handles probate litigation, estate administration, estate planning, wrongful death cases and more. Essentially, if it involves death, we can help you through it.

So, why would you need to know anything about South Carolina probate law and the Probate Court? Perhaps a family member has recently passed away – this is your court. Are you caring for a loved one and needing more information about making decisions on their behalf? Again, this is your court. Wanting to get married in South Carolina? Yep, they do that too! Want to get divorced? Well, that’s another court entirely (but see our website for information on divorce in South Carolina).

In this blog, I hope to provide you with basic information on the myriad of issues that are raised in this area of the law and ensure you know when you need to seek legal assistance. Thanks for reading.

Dorchester County's New Courthouse

Dorchester County’s New Courthouse


Important Note: Effective January 1, 2014 there were substantial changes in South Carolina’s Probate Code. While we’ve tried to update this blog, please note the date of blog posts and send us an email or call for a consult before relying on information written prior to January 1, 2014. We appreciate your understanding. 

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2 Responses to Introduction

  1. Brian Yeager says:

    Is a personal representative (or even probate) needed if there are no assets? My mom recently passed and had only a house (left to me in the will and I am already on the deed as JTWROS). She has a trust holding stock. No probate? Summary?

  2. The quick response is no; however, we generally find that most people have assets that have been overlooked such as vehicles, bank accounts or retirement accounts that require attention (resulting in either a personal representative or the easier small estate). It’s also a good idea to pay the small filing fee and file the will for the record in the Probate Court.

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