Probate Court

In response to recent orders issued by the City of Austin, Travis County, and the State of Texas, all hearings at the Probate Court will be by video through Zoom or telephonically if video is unavailable. Until further order of this Court, there will be no in-person hearings for probate or guardianship matters held at the Probate Court. If you have a hearing that has been previously scheduled, the Court will contact you to confirm whether the hearing can be done by video through Zoom.

  • Please review the new administrative order signed by Judge Herman on March 25, 2020, updating the temporary changes to probate court proceedings in response to COVID-19.
  • Court proceedings remain open to the public. If you would like to watch a hearing, you can view it on the Probate Court’s YouTube channel.
Coming to the Court? Please see important information about the Courthouse security measures.

The Honorable Guy Herman

Information for Prospective Jurors

The probate court is a statutory probate court headed by an elected judge, the Honorable Guy Herman. The probate court is also served by Associate Judge Dan Prashner and Associate Judge Tom Ruffner.

In general, the probate court probates the wills of deceased persons, declares the heirs of deceased persons who die without a will, establishes guardianships for incapacitated persons and minors, supervises court-ordered involuntary mental health commitments, and administers all eminent domain cases initiated in Travis County.

The probate court also has jurisdiction to hear lawsuits related to an estate of a decedent or ward as well as actions by or against a personal representative of a decedent’s or ward’s estate. These ancillary cases cover a wide range of topics, from products liability to fiduciary litigation to medical malpractice to family law.

Probate Court News

The Court no longer requires case information sheets to be filed with all new cases. The Supreme Court of Texas repealed the requirement effective December 11, 2018.

Also see update information by other links on the website. The Probate page, especially, has many updates following the 2019 Legislative session.

Information about the Probate Court’s e-courtroom technology is available on this site

Free CLE at the Probate Court

The Probate Court sponsors several CLE sessions each year

From the Clerk's Office

For questions please contact the Civil and Probate Division of County Clerk's office.

Probate Court Local Rules

General Documents

Documents are also available on the Probate, Guardianship, and Mental Health pages.

Probate Court

courthouse

Travis County Courthouse

1000 Guadalupe
Room 217
Austin, TX 78701

Mailing address

P.O. Box 1748
Austin, TX 78767

(512) 854-9258
Fax: (512) 854-4418

Hours: M-F, 8:00-12:00 & 1:00-5:00

Court staff

Directions to the Travis County Courthouse.