Judge Sorrell was born in Manning, S.C. in 1963. The daughter of Margaret DuRant Jackson and the late Carl Frank Jackson, she graduated from Laurence Manning Academy in 1981, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston in December, 1984. She obtained her Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina in 1988.
Judge Sorrell was elected to the office of Probate Judge of Clarendon County in November, 2016 with the Honorable Thomas W. Cooper, Jr. administering the oath of office to her on January 3, 2017. She was a clerk in the Probate Court from August 2013 until February 2015, and Deputy Judge from November 2015 until assuming office.
She is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association and the SC Association of Probate Judges. She is a “cradle member” of the Presbyterian Church at Manning (PCUSA), member of the Harvin Clarendon County Friends of the Library, organizer and member of the current Monday Book Club at the Harvin Clarendon County Library, President of the Clarendon County Historical Society, prospective member of the Elizabeth Peyre Richardson Manning chapter of the NSDAR, Paul Harris Fellow of the Manning Rotary Club, and charter member of the Evening Primrose Garden Club in Manning.
Judge Sorrell and her husband, Rev. Michael Sorrell were married in 1991 and live in the Jordan Community of Clarendon County. Reverend Sorrell is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a registered nurse. They have two sons, William and Robert, and a granddaughter. In her spare time she enjoys history and genealogy, reading, playing bridge, discussing theology, traveling, and “all things Scottish”.
Probate Court has original jurisdiction over actions concerning the issuance of marriage licenses, the estate of a deceased person, the will of an individual, the estate of a minor or incapacitated person, trusts, and involuntary commitments. Most probate matters are handled without a jury trial, but Probate Court does have the authority to conduct a jury trial.
The objective of Probate Court is to be more responsive to the people we serve. It is crucial to put a face on the Court and to convey a sense of responsibility, respect and compassion towards the people this office serves.
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. [Monday through Friday]
Margaret Jackson Sorrell
411 Sunset Drive, Suite 1304
Manning, S.C. 29102-2423
Telephone: (803) 435-8774
Fax: (803) 435-8698