Probate Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a will?

What is necessary to probate a will?

Can I probate a matter without an attorney (pro se)?

How long do we have to probate a will?

What is a letter of testamentary?

When can we contest a will?

How long must I wait after filing before my hearing?

When does an annual account have to be filed in an administration?

When does an annual account have to be filed in a guardianship?

Does this court require an Attorney Ad Litem for an heirship determination?

Once the will is probated does the Court distribute the property?

What is a muniment of title?

Do the Dallas County Probate Courts refer cases to the Dallas County Dispute Resolution Center?

What is the difference between real property and personal property?

Can I ask the judge a question concerning the merits of a pending judicial proceeding (Ex Parte Communications)?

Where can I review a file or recently filed documents?

What if we don’t have money to hire a lawyer?

What can I do if I think an elderly person or a disabled person is being abused or exploited?

Agency Phone Number
Family Law Hotline 1-800-777-3247
Law Library
George Allen Courthouse
600 Commerce St.
Second Floor
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-653-7481
Dallas Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Services
2101 Ross Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-220-7444
Legal Aid Services of NorthWest Texas
1515 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
214-748-1234
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
2922 MLK Blvd.
CORE Bldg A
Dallas, Texas 75215
214-670-8367
SMU Civil Clinic
SMU School of Law
3315 Daniel
Dallas, Texas 75275-0115
214-768-2562
Texas Wesleyan Civil Clinic
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
817-212-4123 or
817-212-4000 ext. 4123