Judge Francis presides over informal Probate proceeding whether there is a will or no will.
The County Clerk's Office has the necessary forms packets available to the public for the filing of Probate cases (with or without a will) upon request for a $5 fee. Please contact the Judge's Office or the Eddy County Clerk's Office if you wish to obtain a forms packet.
Mandatory Fees or Charges
The following Fees must be paid in full on the date of presentation for filing of the Probate with the Court and/or a request for copies or for Notarization:
Probate Court Filing Fee: $30.00
Copy charges per page for any document or paper filed: $1.00
Certification Fee by County Clerk for a Certified copy of any document: $1.00 per Certification
Notarization Services by County Clerk: $5.00 for each Notarization
In some cases the heirs may not need to file a Probate and the decision whether it is necessary will rest upon the nature of the deceased's assets and how such assets may be owned.
Judge Francis' office hours are:
Tuesday: 1:30PM to 4:30PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM to 12:00PM
This is a part time position by law. Appointments in advance are encouraged but not required.