In South Carolina, personal representatives must run a notice of death in a local newspaper. Most probate courts (including Lexington County and Richland County) arrange for the publication of the notice and roll the cost of the notice into the filing fee. The notice triggers the creditor claims period. If a creditor does not file a claim before the claim period expires, then its claim may be barred, depending on the type of claim. Claims will be discussed in a separate post.