BEFORE YOU E-FILE, PLEASE NOTE:
1) We do not include the citation and posting fees in our initial filing fees. So, please be sure to add in the necessary citation fees AND posting fees when e-filing with us.
2) Please file the Will as a separate lead document and not as an attachment to the application.
3) Judge Ryder electronically reviews and signs his orders, so please file all proposed orders as Proposed Orders and NOT as an attachment. Please file all hearing documents NO EARLIER than 1-2 days before the hearing.
4) Filing an Independent or Dependent Administration or Guardianship? Please file only the application in the initial filing. Once your initial filing is accepted, you may proceed with filing your motions and proposed orders.
Have additional questions? Please call 903-536-2352 option 2 to speak with Amy Kaiser, deputy clerk.
If you have a court-scheduled Zoom meeting, before the event, here are some requests:
- Please have your client(s) sign the Proof of Death and Other Facts and have it notarized Prior to the Hearing.
- Please eFile the Proof of Death and Other Facts, and the Proposed Order Admitting Will to Probate and Authorizing Letters Testamentary in ONE envelope. Please don't file this until 1-2 days prior to the hearing.
- Judge Ryder will hold the hearing, review testimony and electronically review the Proof and Order during the hearing; I will be screen sharing the filed Will so that your applicant(s) can review the file’s Will and give testimony.
- If Judge Ryder admits the will to probate, he will electronically sign the Proposed Order.
- At that time (please, not before), please file Oath(s) in ONE envelope so that I may accept those.
If will is admitted to probate, you will receive Judge Ryder’s Court Instructions. If Judge admits the will to probate, please review and sign this form, have both clients sign this, scan it and return it to me after the hearing. (You are welcome to eFile this with the Note filing code.)
Court Policy Regarding Pro Se' Applicants -
Effective October 23, 2014, any person filing papers dealing with probate matters or an estate must be represented by a duly licensed Texas attorney. Judge Ryder has issued a standing order prohibiting Pro Se filings in the Leon County Probate Court. Also, we have a Pro Se handout.
Registration of Guardianships Effective June 1, 2018 - Senate Bill 1096, passed during the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, and will affect the appointment of guardians. The tasks associated with implementing the bill are largely the responsibility of the Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC) but they will also affect the courts and the clerks. The JBCC website outlines the upcoming changes, click here to visit the JBCC web site.