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					                                    KAUFMAN COUNTY
                               PROBATE COURT FEE SCHEDULE


                                                                                        On /
                                                                                        After
                                                                                        1/1/2010

PROBATE FEES:

Application for Probate of Will and Issuance of Letters Testamentary                    $332.00

Application for Probate of Will as Muniment of Title                                    $332.00

App.-Appointment of Independent/Dependent Administrator With
                                                                                        $332.00
Will

App.-Appointment of Administrator of Temporary Administrator                            $332.00

App.-Appointment of Independent/Dependent Administrator and
                                                                                        $682.00
Determination of Heirship (Includes only one citation and one posting)

Application-Determination of Heirship (Does not include personal service of citation)   $682.00

Service of Citation, Per Party (Attorney specifies)                                     $100.00

Application-Appointment of Guardian (Does not include personal service of citation)     $682.00

Probate or Civil Adverse Action (Does not include posted notice or personal citation)    $75.00

Foreign Will, Issuance of Letters of Testamentary                                       $332.00

Foreign Will (For recording only)                                                       $217.00

Application-Sale of Minor's Property by a Parent W/O Guardianship                       $332.00

Small Estate Affidavit                                                                  $219.00



PROBATE MISCELLANEOUS FEES:

Administration of Oath                                                                    $2.00

Recording Bond                                                                            $3.00

Claim                                                                                     $2.00

Letters Testamentary, Administration, Independent Admin. (does not                        $2.00
 include copies)

 Order Admitting Will to Probate and Granting Letters Testamentary
                                                                                                                                        $2.00
 or Letters of Administration

 Order Admitting Will to Probate as Muniment of Title                                                                                   $2.00

 Order Appointing Guardian and Granting Letters of Guardianship                                                                         $2.00

 Order of Sale of Property                                                                                                              $2.00

 Decree Confirming Sale                                                                                                                 $2.00

 Decree of Participation and Distribution                                                                                               $2.00

 Order Removing Executor, Administrator or Guardian                                                                                     $2.00

 Order Approving Inventory                                                                                                              $2.00

 Fiat or Certificate                                                                                                                    $2.00

 Filing Annual Report of a person                                                                                                      $10.00

 Filing Annual or Final Account of Estate                                                                                              $25.00

 Filing Application for Sale of Real or Personal Property                                                                              $25.00

 Jury Fee, Probate                                                                                                                      $5.00

 Filing an Inventory and Appraisement after 90th day after date of
                                                                                                                                       $25.00
 qualification

 Copies (per page)                                                                                                                      $1.00

 Certification (per document)                                                                                                           $5.00

 Records Search                                                                                                                        $10.00

 Safe-keeping of a Will                                                                                                                $16.00

 Amended Application                                                                                                                   $25.00

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                          PROBATE COURT

                                 FAQ’S

                     Last Modified March 6, 2008


Q. What Does it mean to probate?

A. To probate is to carry out the wishes of the deceased.

Q. How long does it take to probate?

A. Usually you can probate a will within sixty days, depending on how
soon you can have the probate hearing after the application to probate
is filed.

Q. Can you probate a copy of a will?

A. Yes, you can probate a copy of a will but it must comply with the
Probate Code.

Q. Where do you Probate?

A. You should probate a will in the county where you live or where the
descendent resided. There are many ways to probate:

       Application to probate will for Letters Testamentary
       Muniment of Title
       Determination of Heirship
       Administration
       Small Estates

An application to probate is filed in the County Clerk's office along
with the will and a filing fee. A posting will be done and returned to the
office the first Monday next after ten days. Legal papers must be
prepared before the hearing. After the hearing certified copies will be
issued as needed.

Q. The bank sent me here for Letters Testamentary to close an
account. What should I do?

A. First you must determine if you need to probate for Letters
Testamentary or one of the other methods of probate. As with any
legal matter, contacting an experienced attorney is always the safest
choice.
           Q. I just drew up a new will. Do I need to have it recorded?

           A. No, we do not record wills, however we will file your will for safe-
           keeping. There is a $16.00 fee for this service.

           Q. Does every will need to be probated?

           A. An attorney can help you determine the legalities of the estate and
           whether there is a need for probate.

           Q. What do I put in an inventory in the administration of an estate?

           A. You are required to include all real property of the estate in the
           State of Texas and all personal property wherever situated.

           Q. Can you recommend an attorney?

           A. No, we cannot legally recommend anyone. However, the Texas BAR
           Association (800-252-9690) can provide a list. You may also look in the
           area phone book.

           Q. When do I set the Hearing?

           A. Contact the County Judges Office for hearing information at 972-
           932-0218.

           Q. What is an Attorney Ad-Litem?

           A. An Attorney Ad-Litem is an attorney appointed by the court to
           represent to best interest of the other party. Not all types of Probate
           proceedings require an Attorney Ad-Litem.

           Q. Can I do the probate myself?

           A. You can do the probate yourself. You can research the law library
           for requirements. Application forms for probate are not available in
           the County Clerk's office. All probate records are open to the public.
           (Copies may be obtained for $1.00 per page.)




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information or services. Kaufman County and its officials and employees shall not be liable for any loss or injury caused in whole or in part by its
negligence, contingencies beyond its control, or errors or omissions in the WWW site information or services.

				
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