Tarrant County is the third-most populous county in the great State of Texas. It goes without saying that more people means more deaths and more deaths means more probates. Hence the reason Tarrant County has among the highest numbers of probate cases in the state of Texas.
While Texas probate laws are largely uniform throughout the state, since each probate case is handled in its respective county, it is important to understand the differences in how probate cases are handed in each county.
Similar to other populous counties in Texas, Tarrant County has dedicated courts that handle probate cases. These courts are referred to as “statutory probate courts.” Statutory probate courts only hear probate and guardianship cases, as well as cases related to probates and guardianships.
Tarrant County has two statutory probate courts:
The judges for both of these probate courts have agreed to the Tarrant County Local Court Rules, but each judge has their own manner of hearing cases and operating their court. What works in one statutory probate court in Tarrant County may very well not work in another statutory probate court in Tarrant County.
What this 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 Tarrant County probate courts.
The Tarrant County Clerk maintains the probate records. If you are searching for probate records, you will find them in the clerk’s office.
The Tarrant County Clerk has an official probate records search tool available to the public where you can view public probate records.
As mentioned above, you can research most probate records on the Tarrant County records search tool. If you need records that aren’t listed in the public records search, you may need to visit the clerk’s office to do the search or contact the clerk and have them search the records.
Most Tarrant County probate forms can be found on the Tarrant County Website. This includes forms such as small estate affidavits as well as guardianship forms. Additionally, these forms can also be retrieved from the County Clerk’s office in paper form.
Some forms may not be publicly available online. To inquire about probate forms or records for anything that is not listed online, it is best to consult with the county clerk. Per the Tarrant County Clerk’s website: If you require assistance in accessing the information, please contact Christie Reyenga at 817-884-2198.
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Disclaimer: The content of this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice and should not be acted upon without consulting a qualified probate attorney.