Probate Judge

Contacts

Jim Summers - Probate Judge (2015-2018) - Email
Yvonne Otero - Probate Secretary

Probate Judge
P.O. Box 48
Estancia, New Mexico 87016

Phone: (505)-544-4696

Hours:

Tuesdays from 9:30am to 12:00pm (by appointment only)
Weddings on Tuesday afternoon (by appointment only)

Documents Needed to Open a Probate

* Deed showing ownership of property
* Original Death Certificate (NO PHOTOCOPY)(5 days must have passed from date of death)
* Original or authenticated copy of Will (NO PHOTOCOPY) if you have one
* Name of Personal Representative
* Complete mailing address, area code and phone number
* List of heirs – Name, complete mailing address & zip code
* Check or money order payable to: Torrance County Probate

Filing Fee $30.00
Recording Death Cert $25.00
Packet $5.00
Total $60.00


(Packet information available at;)
https://nmsupremecourt.nmcourts.gov/legal-forms/vprobate_code.php

The Probate should be filed in the County deceased resided.

Ancillary Probate

IN ORDER TO REGISTER PROPERTY AFTER A PROBATE HAS BEEN DONE IN ANOTHER STATE, THIS IS WHAT IS NEEDED:

  • Proof of Authority opening the case in our county
  • A certification from the County where the probate was completed with the following papers:
  • An Order Admitting Will to Probate & Authorizing Letters Testamentary signed by Judge of that County
  • Application of the Probate
  • Will or authenticated copy of the Will.
  • Affidavit from Judge from that court certifying that The copies are true & correct copies. A personal Representative’s deed is then prepared.
  • Original Death Certificate (NO PHOTOCOPY)
  • Check or money order payable to: Torrance County Probate

Filing Fee $30.00
Recording Death Cert $25.00
Total $55.00

There needs to be a PROBATE CLERK’S CERTIFICATION of above papers along with CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICATION.

NO PROBATES OPENED IF DATE OF DEATH IS OVER THREE (3) YEARS, WITH A WILL, YOU MUST CONTACT A NEW MEXICO ATTORNEY AND FILE IN DISTRICT COURT

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