County Clerk

Probate/Mental Health

Notices:

The Sheriff and Constable fees will changing January 1,2014. ****

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EFFECTIVE 9/1/2013, Pursuant to HB2302 and HB410 Civil and Probate Filing fees will increase $25.00.***

***Mandatory e-filing and paperless system beginning January 1, 2014. Please see Supreme Court Mandate for details.***

***Mental Health will not be required to e-file, but will be paperless***

UPDATED REGISTRY INFORMATION -
Beginning January 1, 2013 - Before any Registry Funds can be released, a Registry Information Sheet must be filled out with the person's or entity's information (those receiving the funds) once the Order to release the funds is signed by the Judge. The information must include social security numbers and/or tax ID numbers. The only time we need the Registry information sheet when money is being deposited is when it is being deposited on behalf of a minor.

Pursuant toTRCP 99(a), a citation will not be issued without a completed Citation Request Form and proper payment for the specific citation requested.

All documents will be file-marked the day they are submitted, however the fees will not be posted until the next business day.

Denton County Clerk Probate/Mental Health

Department Office Hours:

Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Contact Information:

Probate
(940) 349-2036

Mental Health
(940) 349-2047
(940) 349-5222 (Fax)

eFiling for Courts:

Probate Forms:

Probate Copy Request Forms:

Probate Helpful Tips:

  • Please make sure that you have a PRGI filled out by the Executor or Executrix. This must be filed with the clerks before Letters can be issued.
  • All requests for issuance must be in writing. There are helpful forms attached here for your use.
  • There must be an Order Approving Bond when a Bond is filed, whether for Cash or Surety.
  • A Citation by Posting must be requested and paid for when filing an "Application for Sale of Real Property"
    • When filing an "Objection" to an Application for Sale of Real Property, please make sure that that the objection is clearly stated in the title. The clerks have an obligation to bring these to the Judge's attention as soon as possible.
  • Private Professional Guardian applications must be renewed each year.
  • Registry Money: Please make sure that the "interest" is addressed in your Order Releasing Funds from the Registry of the Court.
  • "In Camera" - Please make sure that the words "In Camera" are placed at the top of your document. This means that these documents are not to be filed for public record.
  • Please send a self- addressed stamped envelope with any copies you would like returned to your office. Or, if you have a box (folder) in our file cabinet, you may attach a note to place your copies in the box.
  • Please stamp "COPY" on all copies to ensure that they are the same document. Many documents are received that are meant to be different filings, but there seems no significant difference between them. Clerks cannot read and interpret entire documents to determine whether they are copies or a separate filing.
  • If your documents are stapled together they will be treated as one document. Each document intended to be filed for record must be stapled separately. See Probate Court web site for Local Rules.
  • All questions regarding hearings must be directed to the Probate Coordinator Jerome Coleman, (940) 349-2140
  • Questions regarding Mental Health hearings must be directed to the Mental Health Coordinator Cathy Gresham, (940) 349-2146

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