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
Dallas Bar Association
Lawyer Referral Services
2101 Ross Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201
Legal Aid Services of NorthWest Texas
1515 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
Martin Luther King, Jr. Center
2922 MLK Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75215
SMU Civil Clinic
SMU School of Law
3315 Daniel
Dallas, Texas 75275-0115
Texas Wesleyan Civil Clinic
1515 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102
817-212-4123 or
817-212-4000 ext. 4123