Applying for the Homestead benefit as a surviving spouse

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The surviving spouse of a qualified or potentially qualified Homestead recipient may receive the benefit as a surviving spouse as long as the decedent was eligible for the Homestead Exemption at the time of death and the surviving spouse meets all of the following conditions:

  • The surviving spouse obtains complete fee simple title OR life estate OR is the beneficiary of a trust that holds title to their legal residence, within nine months after the death of the qualifying spouse
  • The surviving spouse lives in the home as their primary legal residence
  • The surviving spouse remains unmarried

To apply for the Homestead application, our office will require driver’s licenses or South Carolina IDs of the listed property owners, the last 4 digits of their Social Security Numbers, and good contact phone numbers for each listed property owner. We will also need a copy of the death certificate.

Additionally, if the property is held in one or more trusts, then we will need to see pages from the trust(s) naming the Trustee(s) and the Income Beneficiary(ies). Providing a copy of the entire trust or trusts for review is recommended.

One of our staff will reach out to you if additional documents are required to approve your application.

Submit your information

To apply online, please provide our office the above applicable documentation by filling out the request ticket linked here:
Homestead Exemption Request Ticket

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