How Do I Start the Probate Estate Process?

After presenting the will, the estate may be opened. In South Carolina, in order to open a probate estate, you file either an Application for Informal Probate, or a Petition for Formal Probate depending on the circumstances. You also file an Application for Appointment to be named as the Personal Representative. If you were not named in the will as the Personal Representative, there is a South Carolina statute that establishes the priority of individuals to be appointed as Personal Representative.