Galveston County Probate
Seated right along the Gulf of Mexico, the coastal county of Galveston is home to almost 350,000 people. While almost a quarter of all Galveston residents are under the age of 18 (a surprising number), 15% of Galveston residents are over the age of 65. With so many residents among the older demographics, it makes sense Galveston has high volumes of probate cases.
What this ultimately means, is when a loved one dies in Galveston county, it is very important to consult with the local laws and processes before moving forward with the probate process.
While Texas probate laws carry similarities throughout the state, since each probate process is carried out in their respective county, it is important to understand the differences between each county.
Galveston County Probate Court
Galveston County is one of several populous Texas counties that have at least one statutory probate court. A statutory probate court is a court that hears exclusively probate and guardianships as well as cases related to probate and guardianships. Galveston has one probate court:
- Galveston Probate Court
- Judge Kimberly Sullivan, Presiding
- 600 59th Street, Suite 2305, Galveston, Texas 77551-4180
- (409) 766-2251
While the local judge has agreed to the Galveston county Local Court Rules, each judge has their own manner hearing cases and operating their court. What works in one court in Dallas may very well not work in another court in Galveston County.
What this ultimately highlights, is the importance of consulting the local rules and procedures for each court. This is also the reason many individuals opt to hire a probate attorney who regularly handles cases in the Galveston County probate courts.
Galveston County Clerk
In Galveston county, you can check the status of all filings by visiting this webpage.
For questions about filings that are not accessible through the search tool, the County Clerk can be reached several ways. You can call (409) 766-2200. Additionally, the Clerk’s office can also be reached via mail and in-person:
- Galveston County Clerk
- 600 59th Street Suite 2001
- Galveston, Texas 77551-4180
- Galveston County Clerk
- P.O. Box 17253
- Galveston, Texas 77552-7253
Galveston County Probate Forms
Galveston County provides general probate forms to the public. You can find these forms on the Galveston website here.
With that said, there are some probate forms that can not be found on the Galveston County Clerk’s website. Referring to the County Clerk’s Office is the quickest way to find any forms not listed online. Additionally, the County Clerk’s Office will usually have the paper forms available in person.
Galveston County Probate Attorneys
We are experienced probate attorneys and we frequently represent clients with sensitive probate matters in Galveston County. We know the Galveston County probate courts, the Galveston County Clerk’s office, and the Galveston probate rules.
Do you need help with a probate matter in Galveston County or the surrounding communities?
Alternatively, you can always give us a call us at 281-219-9090.