While not nearly as large as neighboring Dallas County, Ellis county is more populous than almost 90% of all Texas counties.
Such a large amount of people calls for large amounts of probate cases. While the Texas probate laws are largely uniform across the state, the probate system and process varies from county to county.
Ellis County Probate Courts
Unlike neighboring Tarrant County, Ellis County does not have any statutory probate courts. County Court at Law 1 hears issues associated with the estates of deceased persons, guardianships for incapacitated persons and mental health commitments. The information for Ellis County Court at Law 1 can be found below.
Judge Jim Chapman
109 S Jackson St. Third Floor. Waxahachie, TX 75165
Court office hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (excluding county holidays)
The judges for all Ellis County courts have agreed to the Ellis County local court rules, but each judge has their own manner hearing cases and operating their court. What works in one court in Texas may very well not work in another court in Ellis County.
What this then ultimately highlights, is the importance of consulting the local rules and procedures for each court. This is also the reason many individuals opt to hire a probate attorney who regularly handles cases in the Ellis County Court at Law 1.
The Ellis County Clerk
In Ellis County, you can check the status of all filings by following the instructions on this webpage.
Then if you have questions about filings that are not accessible through the search tool, the County Clerk can be reached several ways. The County Clerk can be reached via phone at (972) 825-5070.
Alternatively, the Ellis County Clerk’s Office can be reached in person or via mail:
Ellis County Clerk Post Office Box 250 Waxahachie, TX 75168
Ellis County Clerk 109 S Jackson St. Second Floor / Ground Floor Waxahachie, TX 75165
Ellis County Probate Forms
The Ellis County Clerk provides some probate and heirship forms on their website such as a Small Estate Affidavit.
We are experienced probate attorneys who frequently represent clients with sensitive probate matters in Ellis County. We know the Ellis County probate courts, the Ellis County Clerk’s office, and the Ellis County probate rules.
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