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South Carolina Personal Representative Deed of Distribution

In South Carolina, title to a decedent's real property devolves at death to the decedent's heirs (intestate estates) and devisees (testate estates) (S.C. Code 62-3-101). Though title passes by operation of law, the estate is still subject to administration in probate. Probate is the legal process of settling the decedent's estate and distributing assets to those entitled to receive it. A PR may not make distribution of the estate without first obtaining permission from the court.

The personal representative (PR) of the estate executes a deed of distribution following an order for distribution from the court to distribute real property from a decedent's estate. The deed of distribution (Form 400ES) evidences the legal succession of title of the decedent's interest in real property and releases the PR's powers over the subject property.

The deed, given under 62-3-907, 62-3-908 is "conclusive evidence that the distributee has succeeded to the interest of the estate...against all persons interested in the estate" (62-3-908).

Apart from meeting all state and local standards for documents affecting title to real property, the deed of distribution must identify the reason for the transfer (i.e., a will, laws of intestacy, a family agreement, disclaimer, or order), and name each beneficiary and the percent of the decedent's interest in the subject property he or she is inheriting.

The deed of distribution is signed by the acting PR in the presence of a notary public and two witnesses before recording in the Register of Deeds' office of the county where the subject property is situated. A certified copy should be delivered to the probate court.

Consult a lawyer with questions regarding probate and deeds of distribution in South Carolina, as each situation is unique. South Carolina Personal Representative Deed of Distribution Forms Have Been Updated as Recently as Thursday December 24, 2020

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South Carolina Personal Representative Deed of Distribution Form