Probate Court

The Estate Division handles the probate of wills, estates of deceased persons, and conservators for minors.  The Mental Health Division handles the involuntary commitment of the mentally ill, alcoholics and drug addicts, and also appoints and manages guardians and conservators for adults adjudicated as incapacitated.  Probate Court also issues Marriage Licenses.

COVID-19 Update:

All visitors to the Spartanburg County Courthouse are required to wear a face mask and will have their temperature taken at the entrance by the security guards.   Persons with a temperature of 100.4 or higher, or those who refuse to wear a face mask will not be allowed to enter the building.  In addition, no bags or purses will be allowed in the building.  Thank you for your cooperation with these measures as we continue to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Due to the COVID-19 threat to our community, the Spartanburg County Probate Court is operating in a modified capacity to reduce the person-to-person contact that is inherent in normal court operations. If you have a scheduled appointment with the Court, it is important you appear for this appointment unless you have been notified by the Court to handle the appointment by mail. The Court will accept by mail all filings including without limitation, filings to open estates, inventories and appraisals, accountings, filings to close estates, and petitions, motions, etc. Hearings are being conducted in accordance with South Carolina Supreme Court Order dated April 22, 2020.

The following documents are available online for you to complete and mail to the Court at Probate Court, 180 Magnolia St., Spartanburg, SC 29306

All marriage applications will continue to be handled by mail. The Court will resume the performance of wedding ceremonies effective May 12, 2020, by appointment only. Appointments may be made by calling the Probate Court at (864) 596-2556.  Wedding ceremonies will be scheduled during the hours of 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, or 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM from Monday through Friday.

If you need to open an estate, please complete the above questionnaire regarding the estate of a deceased person. You may mail this document to the Court or drop it off in the Probate Court. If the deceased person had a Will, please bring the original Will to the Court, together with the completed questionnaire. Once we receive the Will and the questionnaire, the staff will contact you by phone to discuss the opening of the estate.  Due to the high volume of new estate requests, please allow up to four weeks for our office to contact you regarding paperwork submitted for opening an estate.  Our office is handling the paperwork as promptly as possible given the large caseload we are experiencing.

The public research room is open by appointment only. Please contact the Court at 864-596-2556 to schedule an appointment.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we all navigate through this COVID-19 pandemic.


Probate records are currently not available online.