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The Tarrant County Probate Bar Association
Celebrates 23 Years
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.
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.
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
Requirements Prior to Setting Hearing
Fines for Untimely Filings
EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2014
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.
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.
QUICK LINK FOR TEXAS ESTATES CODE
The Honorable Steve M. King provided this Quick Link for the Texas Estates Code. This is very helpful in the transition.