The strategic goals of the Travis County Probate Court are (1) to thoughtfully and expeditiously handle our incoming caseload of whatever type (probate, guardianship, mental health, civil litigation, or condemnation) and (2) to carefully monitor our ongoing guardianships and dependent administrations. We also want to help those who interact with the Court understand the processes of the Court so that hearings and other interchanges with the Court can be as efficient and pleasant as possible for everyone involved.

See below for Court contacts, or download our list of Court contacts. Please contact the Court Coordinator when you’re not sure about the right person to call.

Note that Court staff can tell you about the services of the Court and can answer questions about how the Court works. But Court staff cannot give legal advice or answer legal questions. If you need someone to research the law and give you legal advice, you should hire an attorney.

When to call the Travis County Clerk instead of the Court?

Call the County Clerk at (512) 854-9188 with questions about fees or filing (including questions about e-filing or the status of filings) or to order new letters of guardianship or letters testamentary. Inventories, attorneys’ fees, and routine applications are held at least 10 days before review, so wait at least 11 days before calling the Clerk’s Office to ask if an order has been signed. For a small estate affidavit, please wait at least 3 weeks.

 

Court Coordinator:

Paloma Nunes Gimenez
paloma.gimenez@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-9258

Contact the Court Coordinator:

  • when you’re not sure about the right person to call
  • when you have a question about . . .
    • Judge Herman’s calendar
    • Judge Prashner's calendar
    • condemnation proceedings
  • to contact Judge Herman (when allowed by the rules)

Attorney Law Clerk to Judge Herman:

Madeline Schlesinger
madeline.schlesinger@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-9283

Contact the Law Clerk with questions about:

  • the Uncontested Probate Docket (except heirships)
  • uncontested procedural issues related to hearings other than guardianships (but not strategy questions)
  • applications for successor trustees (except for court-created trusts)
  • small estate affidavits

Staff Attorney:

Chris Larson
chris.larson@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-9579

Contact the Staff Attorney with questions about:

Court Investigator (Attorney):

Victoria (Tori) David
victoria.david@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-4978

Contact the Court Investigator with questions about:

  • the Uncontested Guardianship Docket
  • anything involving potential guardianships / current investigations
  • before you file for a temporary guardianship
  • applications for management trusts & payment of claims without guardianship (formerly Probate Code sections 867 & 887)
  • applications for successor trustees of court-created trusts
  • show cause for guardians of the person
  • the volunteer Court Visitor program

Assistant Court Investigator (Law Clerk):

Adia Mercado-Montero
adia.mercado-montero@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-4359

Contact the Assistant Court Investigarot with questions about:

  • any issues in ongoing guardianships of the person
  • Probate Court visits in ongoing guardianships

Guardianship Legal Assistant (Paralegal):

Monica Limon
monica.limon@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-9359

Contact the Guardianship Legal Assistant with all questions about annual reports, such as:

  • due dates
  • needed forms
  • how to answer a question on the form
  • Representative Payee reports
  • bond issues
  • the compliance docket for annual reports
  • or any other question about a Guardians’ annual “report on the condition and well-being of a ward”

Court Auditors:

probate.auditors@traviscountytx.gov

Alesia Henderson
alesia.henderson@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-4358

Angela Dillman
angela.dillman@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-9755

Note: The probate.auditors@traviscountytx.gov email address is the email to use when submitting back-up or when contacting either of the Probate Auditors unless you're replying to  an email from one of their individual email addresses.

Attorneys (and their staff) may contact the Probate Auditors with questions about:

  • accountings, including management-trust accountings
  • bonds
  • safekeeping agreements
  • commissions
  • reimbursements
  • applications and orders to close and discharge

Business Analysts/Planners:

Jana Cotton
jana.cotton@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-9731

Michelle Auwae-Lapilio [Uh-why Lapa-Leo]
michelle.auwae-lapilio@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-4354

Court Administrator:

Tom Ruffner
tom.ruffner@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-9559

Contact the Court Administrator:

  • before you set a hearing for a temporary administration
  • with questions about . . .
    • general Court policy
    • a County-paid service, including questions about vendor numbers
    • the Court’s website
    • ad litem appointments

Court Reporter:

Melissa Voigt
melissa.voigt@traviscountytx.gov
(512) 854-9086

Contact the Court Reporter when you need a hearing transcript.

Associate Judge:

Dan Prashner
(512) 854-9258

Attorneys only may email Judge Prashner with:

  1. in contested cases: only uncontested procedural questions (but not strategy questions) about the matters listed below
  2. in non-contested cases: procedural or substantive questions about the listed matters
    • inventories
    • attorneys’ fees
    • monthly allowances
    • the Sales Docket
    • Small Estate Affidavits
    • emergency funeral and burial expenses
    • access to safety deposit boxes
    • settlement agreements
    • applications to partition
    • applications for partial distribution
    • miscellaneous motions sent to the Court on submission including motions to substitute or withdraw

Mental Health Public Defenders for Civil Commitment Proceedings:

Stan Kerr
(512) 419-2720

Melissa Ferrell
(512) 850-5915

Probate Court

courthouse

Travis County Courthouse

1000 Guadalupe
Room 217
Austin, TX 78701

Mailing address

P.O. Box 1748
Austin, TX 78767

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

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

Court staff

Directions to the Travis County Courthouse.