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Probate Judge Debora Faulkner
Probate Judge Debora Faulkner

Judge Debora Faulkner is serving her sixth consecutive term as Probate Judge.

Prior to her judicial service, Judge Faulkner practiced law for 13 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Carolina in 1979. In May, 1982, she received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law; and, was admitted to the S. C. Bar in November, 1982. She has been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Her memberships in professional organizations include the county, state and American Bar associations; the S. C. Probate Judges Association, the National College of Probate Judges, and the S. C. Women Lawyers.

By appointment of the Chief Justice of the S. C. Supreme Court, she serves on the Probate Court Advisory Committee to the Supreme Court, the S.C. Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, the S.C. Supreme Court and Commission on Judicial Conduct. She has recently been appointed to a Supreme Court Committee to study court technology.

She has been published in various S. C. Bar Publications and other professional magazines. She was chairperson of the S.C. Supreme Court’s Task Force on State Courts and the Elderly. In that effort, she oversaw an in depth study and published a comprehensive report detailing how the court system can be more responsive to seniors. The report was accepted nationally as a resource for other state courts and organizations.

Her office has been innovative in promoting public education, protecting incapacitated adults, and providing a user-friendly Probate Court. Some of these innovations include town halls on estate planning, classes on estate administration, an award winning website, helpful how-to estate videos, step-by-step brochures on how to use court services, volunteer court visitors to monitor the well-being of incapacitated adults under the court’s jurisdiction, and an online complaint process for reports of abuse or neglect regarding incapacitated adults under the court’s jurisdiction to facilitate early intervention by the Court if needed.

In the marriage license division, Judge Faulkner oversaw the implementation of bi-lingual marriage license information to be responsive to the needs of the Hispanic and Latino communities.

For the legal community, Judge Faulkner presents a probate seminar which is accredited by the S. C. Bar. In 2016, Judge Faulkner conceived the idea of providing online access to attorneys of the Court’s case management system. This very popular free service has promoted efficiency and savings for attorneys, clients, and court resources. She makes an annual presentation to new leaders in county government on the makings of a good leader.

Judge Faulkner has received numerous awards including an Award from the S. C. Attorney General’s Office for her work on behalf of South Carolina’s Senior citizens the Scales of Justice Award for her innovative work in educating the public, lawyers and legal support staff on probate practice and procedures.

She is a graduate of Leadership Greenville, Class XXVI, and a graduate of Furman University's Riley Institute for Diversity, a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum Board. She has been a professor in the Paralegal Program at the Greenville Technical College.



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