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Yes. One need not be a lawyer to serve as an executor, administrator or guardian. However, the executor, administrator or guardian must be represented by counsel.
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The law does not allow the Judge or any of his employees to give any advice. The Judge's office can help you with any setting questions, but not with any questions in regard to the facts of your case. You should consult a private attorney for legal advice.
Both County Court at Law Judges and the County Judge have jurisdiction to hear Probate and Guardianship cases. However, County Court at Law Number 2 will primarily hear all Probate and Guardianship cases. Hearings are set by the Coordinator of the Court in which the case is filed.
To obtain a setting, you must contact the appropriate Court Coordinator:
Yes, in most situations. Please refer to the Pro Se Notice (PDF) on the Forms page.
A pro se is an individual who has not hired a lawyer and appears in court to represent himself and no other person or entity.
As executor of a decedent's estate, you don't represent only yourself. An executor represents the interests of beneficiaries and creditors. This responsibility to act for the benefit of another is known as a fiduciary relationship. It gives rise to certain legal obligations and responsibilities that require legal expertise. The attorney you hire represents you in your capacity as executor and assists you in representing those for whom you are responsible.