Travis County Probate Court

The Honorable Guy Herman

Judge Guy Herman

Comments from the Court about the Texas Supreme Court’s new rules and the new Texas Estates Code


Probate Court Cover Sheet

Required by the Court and the
Texas Judicial Council:

Information sheets are required
to be filed with all new cases.

Probate Court
Travis County Courthouse
P.O. Box 1748
1000 Guadalupe
Room 217
Austin, Texas 78767


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

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

Directions to the Travis County Courthouse.

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.

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

Given all the changes with the new Texas Estates Code and new and modified Texas Supreme Court rules, the Court has updated almost all of the documents on the Court’s website. See the update information by each of the links on the website.

Information on the Probate Court E-Courtroom implementation is available on this site.

"First Friday" Free CLE at the Probate Court

The Probate Court sponsors eight CLE sessions each year

From the Clerk's Office

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

The links to the index pages below will take you to the County Clerk's records search web site.

Probate Court Local Rules

General Documents

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


Last Modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 10:40 AM