Probate Division

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday

What’s New

Effective June 1, 2018 each guardianship in Texas must be registered by the Judicial Branch Certification Commission (JBCC).  Please visit for further instructions.

General Information

The County Clerk serves as Clerk of the Court for County Court at Law 1.  This court hears issues associated with the estates of deceased persons, guardianships for incapacitated persons and mental health commitments. The Clerk’s Probate Division issues citations, writs of execution, abstracts of judgment, letters of guardianship, letters testamentary, protective orders, notices, and other documents as required by law or requested by customers.

To schedule a case on the docket, please contact County Court at Law 1.

If you have questions, please contact us at 972-825-5079 or 972-825-5070.

File a Document

E-Filing Required for Attorneys

The Supreme Court of Texas has mandated that all attorneys file court documents electronically in the ten most populous counties beginning January 1, 2014.

As a result of this mandate, except in juvenile cases, attorneys are now required to electronically file (e-file) documents in probate cases in Ellis County. Unrepresented (pro se) parties and case participants who are not attorneys may e-file but are not required to do so.

To eFile a document, use your Electronic Filing Service Provider.
If you have not yet selected a provider, go to to start e-filing now.

Please do not ask Clerks for legal advice. Unauthorized Practice of Law - Government Code, Sec. 81.101 Clerks cannot give advice or the rendering of any service requiring the use of legal skill or knowledge, such as preparing an instrument.