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Branham to run for probate judge

Posted: January 21, 2014 4:20 p.m.
Updated: January 22, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A Camden woman with 20 years experience in the legal field has announced her intention to run for Kershaw County Probate Judge. Current Judge Harriett Pierce recently announced she would not seek reelection after serving 38 years.

Debbie Branham is a paralegal at the Tetterton Law Firm in Camden and said the majority of her cases have been probate related. She is a lifelong Camden resident and is married to South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Donald Branham Jr. They have two children, Lauren Branham Reeder and Tyler Branham.

“As a paralegal, I have the experience and the legal working knowledge for all courts of law, but I specialize in probate,” Branham said. “I have handled more than 1,000 estate planning matters and probate matters. I’ve been involved in a lot of different kinds of cases.”

Branham said along with her experience and knowledge, compassion is an important part of a probate judge’s duty.

“I understand and have personally been through the loss of loved ones and it’s a painful process to go through. I use my experience and my own personal bereavement when I deal with my clients who are grieving themselves,” Branham said. “Having compassion for our citizens, assisting and guiding them through the probate process and having an empathetic mindset for the individuals needing probate services is how I have conducted myself throughout my legal career.”

Branham said that as a lifelong Camden resident, she brings a sincere desire to serve her community.

“My career has been grounded in Kershaw County. This is where my heart is. As probate judge I would like to ensure the character of caring professionalism is the fundamental principal of the probate court. I would hold mental health hearings, provide printed and online material to guide and inform citizens of the probate process and establish an online estate search database,” Branham said.

The official election filing period opens March 16 and ends March 30. The election will be Nov.4.

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