Legislative Changes for Estate and Guardianships 2015

Judge King has compiled legislative changes from the last session on Estates and Guardianships that will go into effect September 1, 2015.  Please click below to read through these changes so you are prepared when they become effective.

Decedent’s Estate Changes 2015

Guardianship Changes 2015

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Welcome to the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association

TCPBA Registration forms for 2015-16 are ready!  Click the Join TCPBA tab above for a list of the upcoming speakers and the online registration and payment form.

August 5, 2015 is the deadline for registration to be included in the directory.

The Tarrant County Probate Bar Association

Celebrates 23 Years

Mission Statement

The Tarrant County Probate Bar Association is a non-profit corporation organized for the primary purpose of fostering communication and social interaction and to promote continuing legal education among Tarrant County attorneys practicing in the areas of probate and guardianship administration. It produces programs, written materials and conducts other activities incidental to the fulfillment of this primary educational purpose.

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TCPBA’s new Board of Directors for 2015-16

2015-16 Board of Directors

  • John (J.B.) Strong – President
  • Lara A. Aman – President – Elect
  • Tena G. Fox – Secretary
  • Jimalee Splawn – Treasurer
  • Kim Uskovich – Past President
  • Jeffrey N. Meyers – Director
  • Beth Hampton – Director
  • Colin Murchison – Director
  • Dustin Payne – Director
  • Cary M. Schroeder – Director
  • Natalie Brackett – Director
  • Emily Seawright – Director
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Effective Oct. 1, 2014 – New Tarrant County Probate E-Filing Rules

These materials constitute the Standing Orders of the Statutory Probate Courts of Tarrant County, Texas regarding the electronic filing of documents in the Tarrant County Probate Courts and will control such filings, to the extent they are not inconsistent with the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure or the Local Rules of the Tarrant County Courts concerning the Electronic Filing of Court Documents.

Download the entire document here.

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Effective July 21, 2014 – E-Filing Rules

As you probably already know, on March 21, 2014 the Supreme Court of Texas approved Technology Standards, Version 1.3, set by the Judicial Committee on Information Technology. These new standards apply to documents electronically filed under Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 21 and Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 9. The County Clerk’s office has set the go live date for Probate this coming Monday July 21, 2014.

In order to help our e-filing community, Jim Politz has prepared two instructional e-filing guides which are attached below. One is for Initial filings and the other is for Subsequent filings. Jeff Nicholson, Chief Deputy, County Clerk has asked that Mr. Politz reach out to the Tarrant County Probate Bar Association in order to promulgate the County Clerk ‘go-live’ this coming Monday along with the attached instructional e-filing guides and Notice.

New Efiling Case Types & Initial Filing Code Selection

Notice of Technology Standards

New Tech Standards Efiling for Subsequent Filing Codes

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Probate Court No 2 Notices

Requirements Prior to Setting Hearing

Fines for Untimely Filings


1. All Proofs, Oaths and Orders must be e-filed with the Clerk, and all Original Wills and Codicils must be filed with or mailed to the Clerk prior to setting your probate applications for hearing.
****If the Court Administrator reviews your case and you have not complied with these rules, the Court Administrator will notify you by email that your hearing has been cancelled.

2. Warning with regard to Inventories, Affidavits in Lieu of Inventories and Notice to Beneficiaries:
*****In accordance with Texas Estates Code §309.057c, if these documents are not filed in a timely manner, the Court may fine the representative a fine not to exceed $1,000.

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New Fillable Forms for e-filing

Fillable Case Information Sheet
Fillable Case Information Sheet – Probate Supplement

The Honorable Steve M. King is in the process of putting together a comprehensive guide for e-filing in the probate courts.  He has already put together ‘fillable’ forms for the Case Information Sheet and the Probate Supplement Case Information Sheet.  Please take advantage of these to make our e-filing transition smoother.

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