Judge Condon has stressed the need for proper estate planning.
Judge Condon speaks regularly to many groups and has distributed free estate planning documents to thousands of citizens. To learn more, click here.
Judge Condon has streamlined the estate administration process.
Charleston County is the first Probate Court in the state to offer e-filing.
Probating an estate in Charleston County is a seamless process thanks in part to a system Judge Condon implemented in which the same estate clerk works with each family from the beginning to the end of the probate process.
Judge Condon offers free workshops to the public on the estate administration process on the first Monday of each month. He also has been instrumental in assisting families facing unique circumstances with the probate process, such as the family members of the Charleston Nine and the Emmanuel Nine.
Judge Condon has created courts and programs to help citizens and families affected by drug addiction and mental health issues.
Adult Drug Court
Judge Condon led the planning team and started the Charleston County Adult Drug Court in 1999 and has presided over the court since its inception.
Drug court provides a cost-effective alternative to traditional prosecution of nonviolent offenders with substance abuse problems. Drug court’s goal is to reduce crime and rehabilitate offenders through court supervision and substance abuse treatment. To learn more, click here.
Courts across the nation look at the Charleston County Drug Court as a national model of excellence. The true success of this court is measured in the lives it has saved and the families it has healed.
Judge Condon has been a faculty member and frequent speaker for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Drug Court Institute.
Veterans Treatment Court
Judge Condon has implemented a separate Veterans Treatment Court as part of the Adult Drug Court for veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and drug and alcohol issues. To learn more, click here.
Juvenile Drug Court
In 2010, Judge Condon began presiding over the Ninth Circuit Juvenile Drug Court. This court keeps our youth in school. To learn more, click here.
Mental Health Court
Judge Condon led the planning team for the Charleston County Mental Health Court, which began in January 2003. The court is designed for mentally ill defendants arrested for misdemeanor and non-violent felony offenses. To learn more, click here.
Mental Health Related Issues
The Charleston County Probate Court partnered with the local community mental health center to create the nationally recognized mobile crisis unit to help our distraught citizens 24/7. To learn more about the court’s commitment division, click here.
Judge Condon also was instrumental in working with parents from Ashley Hall after an incident at the school to pass gun restrictions in South Carolina for people involuntarily committed due to mental illness.
Judge Condon is dedicated to protecting senior citizens and their families.
Judge Condon has received national recognition by participating in cutting-edge programs assisting incapacitated adults under guardianship and conservatorship. To learn more about the court’s guardianship and conservatorship division, click here.
In 2011, the American Bar Association selected the Charleston County Probate Court as one of two courts in the nation to participate in a pilot project providing assistance and monitoring for incapacitated adults and their guardians. Students from the Charleston School of Law serve as volunteer court visitors and courts in South Carolina and nationally have adopted this program. To learn more about this program, click here.
In 2018, the National Center for State Courts selected the Charleston County Probate Court as one of two courts in the nation to pilot the rapid response conservator program. The program uses state-of-the-art software to monitor spending by conservators on behalf of incapacitated adults along with the annual accountings.
The American Association for Retired Persons also recently selected Judge Condon to produce guides for seniors in South Carolina on how to protect their assets.
Judge Condon implemented the first online marriage application process, affectionately known as LOVE - Live Online Virtual E-marriage application process, saving time and money for our citizens.
Judge Condon was the first probate judge in South Carolina to direct the probate court to follow the law regarding issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.
To learn more about the court’s marriage license division, click here.
Judge Condon has worked successfully with the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation to address heirs’ property issues involving the probate process.
Judge Condon has been in the forefront of heirs’ property issues and works closely with the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation. Heirs’ property in South Carolina is land that is passed down without a written will or legally probated within the 10 years required by South Carolina law. Judge Condon recently offered insight on the issue of heirs’ property in South Carolina in a Princeton University study. Associate Judge Tamara Curry has served on the board of the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation.
Judge Condon saves the taxpayers money.
Judge Condon has saved families going through the probate process hundreds of thousands of dollars in publication fees for the legally required creditors’ notices. The court electronically files these notices for families and gets a bulk publication rate from the newspapers. This also has helped reduce the time required to probate an estate.
Judge Condon also has capped attorney fees and guardian fees on appointed guardianships and conservatorships.