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Probate Judge

Mark Heath - Probate Judge             

Judge Mark Heath was born in the small farming community of Rockfish, North Carolina.  After graduating from Hoke County Public Schools, Judge Heath attended Appalachian State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Psychology upon graduation in 1975.

The Probate Court has original jurisdiction over actions concerning the issuance of marriage licenses, the estate of deceased persons, the will of an individual, the estate of a minor or incapacitated person, trusts, and involuntary commitments.  

Most probate matters are handled without a jury trial, but Probate Court does have the authority to conduct a jury trial.  If there is a "Will" this must be filed with the court within thirty days from the date of death.  


Copies of marriage certificates may also be obtained from the Probate Office located in the Marlboro County Courthouse located at 105 Main Street - Courthouse Square, Bennettsville, SC. 

Mailing address for the Probate Court is P. O. Box 455, Bennettsville, SC  29512.  You may also reach the Probate Court by telephone at 843-479-5610,  Fax 843-479-5668, and email at

The Probate Court has prepared a list of basic information for individuals who are interested in opening an estate.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Probate Judge's office is currently closed to the public.  The office is open and staff is working so we encourage folks to call for anything they may need or any questions they may have. Staff  will be accepting marriage licenses from citizens of Marlboro County on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 9:00 am until 11:00 am and 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.  Applicants must provide a picture ID, social security card, or alien identification.  The couple should also bring a self-addressed stamped envelope so that staff may mail their license to them. As of August 1, 2020 , marriage licenses will increase to $65.00.  When the license is returned, we will mail them two certified copies of their marriage license. Please call our office when you arrive at the courthouse so that staff may bring you an application.

If you are seeking to apply for a marriage license, the requirements are:

1.  Picture ID like a driver's license

2.  A social security card

3.  $65.00 cash

4.  A twenty-four (24) hour waiting period before receiving the license.

With your license, you may go anywhere in South Carolina for your ceremony.  We DO NOT perform ceremonies in our offices.  The license will not be issued without the proper documents.

For additional information on Judge Heath's Office and ordering marriage licenses, and various other forms, please click *here.


To access Probate Court records, Please visit the following link: