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SMC Paralegal Program Registering Students for Probate Course

Spartanburg Methodist College is pleased to announce it will once again be offering Probate Law in their evening Paralegal Certificate Program.  The course will be taught by Spartanburg County Probate Judge Ponda Caldwell. The Honorable Judge Caldwell has served the citizens of Spartanburg County for the past 40 years, 35 of which have been in the Probate Court.

Probate, and elder law, are considered the fastest growing areas of law due to the aging population.  Baby boomers are expected to leave an estimated $30 trillion* (subject to economy, markets and length of life, etc.)  to their millennial offspring over the next 30 to 40 years, according to consulting firm Accenture.

SMC’s Probate course will be offered, beginning at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday evenings July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28; September 4, 11. The course will instruct the student in the legal basis for probate administration. It includes a study of wills, intestacy, and the fundamentals of estate administration from opening through closing of an estate scenario.   In addition, there will be discussion of the various types of litigation filed in the probate arena.

“When someone passes away, their death generates a variety of emotions. Some are devastated; others are simply shocked and cannot express any feelings.  Then there are those who simply want to know whether or not they were included in the deceased’s last will and testament.  When it’s discovered that there was no will, pandemonium can erupt over who gets what,” shared Yvonne Harper, Director of the SMC Paralegal Certificate Program.  “Probate involves distributing the property of the person who passed away, thus settling his or her estate legally.”

The general public can audit the 10-week course on Probate Law for $175. To register or for more information on the 14-course SMC Paralegal Certificate Program, visit www.smcsc.edu/paralegal/ or contact Yvonne Harper @ harpery@smcsc.edu   (864) 587-4278 or  (864) 266-7409.