About San Antonio Probate
When y0u begin the probate process the first step is submitting an application for probate. This application must be filed with the proper Texas probate court in the county where the decedent resided. In the city of San Antonio, this is generally Bexar County.
It’s extremely important to start the probate process in the correct jurisdiction. Probates filed in the incorrect court will likely be thrown out even after going through all the steps. This is further complicated by each court in Texas having its own set of probate proceedings and qualifications. Before filing, it’s best to consult with an attorney about the county or counties where you feel your probate should be handled.
San Antonio Probate Courts
The probate process will take place in the county that the decedent resided. San Antonio probate cases will be held within the Bexar County statutory probate courts.
Bexar County has two statutory probate courts:
- Probate Court 1
- Judge Oscar J. Kazen
- 100 Dolorosa Room 117, San Antonio, TX 78205
- (210) 335-2546
- Probate Court 2
- Judge Veronica Vasquez
- 100 Dolorosa Room 123, San Antonio, TX 78205
While the judges for both of these probate courts have agreed to the Bexar County Local Court Rules, each judge has their own manner of operating their court and for hearing cases. What works for one statutory probate court in Texas, might not work in a statutory probate court in Bexar County.
So you have to consult the local rules and then know the procedures for each court. This is why it often helps to hire a probate attorney who regularly handles cases in the Bexar County probate courts.
San Antonio County Clerk Office
In San Antonio, you can check the status of probate records by visiting this webpage.
To visit the County Clerk in person, you must go to the following address:
Bexar County Clerk
100 Dolorosa, Suite 104
San Antonio, TX 78205
How much will San Antonio probate cost? How long will it take?
The cost and length of probate will vary significantly and it depends on a number of factors such as the value and complexities of the estate, the existence of a will and the location of real property owned by the estate. Additionally, any disputes or will contests with alleged creditors over the debts of the estate can also add significant time and fees. Common expenses of an estate include executors fees, accounting fees, court fees, appraisal costs, and surety bonds. Most estates are settled though probate in about 9 to 18 months, assuming there is no litigation involved.
San Antonio Probate Attorneys
We are experienced probate attorneys who frequently represent clients with sensitive probate matters in San Antonio. We know the Bexar County probate courts, the Bexar County Clerk’s office, and the San Antonio probate rules.
Do you need help with a probate matter in San Antonio or the surrounding communities?
Alternatively, you can always give us a call us at 210-436-6601