Probate Judge

Welcome to the Taos County Probate Court.

The Taos County Probate Court is a lower-level Court created by the New Mexico Constitution and State Law serving the residents and property owners of Taos County.

The Probate Court is a court of “Limited Jurisdiction,” meaning that state law limits the types of cases that the Probate Judge can oversee. Cases within the Probate Court jurisdiction include informal and undisputed Probate matters.

Details

  • The Probate Judge holds a County Elected Official position serving four-year terms.
  • The Taos County Clerk’s Office serves as the Clerk to the Probate Court.
  • Our Court is located in the Taos County Administration Complex.

Probate Court Office Hours

The Probate Court is a Part-Time Office and the Judge has limited hours of operation.

  • Walk-In Office Hours for Informal Meetings and Hearings with the Judge are held every Monday from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and every Wednesday from 9 a.m. until Noon. Customers should sign in with the County Clerk’s Office to see the Judge during walk-in hours, which are held on a “first come, first serve” basis.
  • Individual appointments are also available with the Judge by request and with advance notice. Please call or email the Judge directly to schedule an individual appointment.

Determination

A good first step in determining if a probate is necessary or how to handle a decedent’s estate is to make time to visit with the Probate Judge, which costs nothing. While the Probate Judge and Clerks cannot provide legal advice, the Probate Court is a convenient first step to get general information about the process and the forms.

Legal Documents

The Probate Judge also cannot provide legal documents such as Wills, Deeds, or Contracts and will often recommend that you consult with an attorney for complex or specific estate issues and to draft all legal documents for you. The Probate Court has information for state and local legal resources and information.