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Probate Fees for Bell County

 ******* NOTICE OF FEE INCREASE *******

Effective: 09/01/2017

Government Code Chap. 51, Sec. 51.971 (SB 42 85th Leg.)
JUDICIAL & COURT PERSONNEL TRAINING FUND FEE $5.00

Affects filing fees collected on filing of any civil action requiring filing fee, including appeals, counterclaims, cross-actions, interventions, interpleaders, and third party actions. Affects filing fees collected on filing of any probate action requiring a filing fee.



Effective 01/01/2017 - Order of the Bell County Commissioners' Court Establishing Fees for Services by the Sheriff and Constables

Please be advised, all new cases eFiled after 1:00 pm on Thursdays will be given the next available ripe date due to the Sheriff's posting deadline of 2:00 pm.

Judge Parker's Criminal History Requirements - Guardianship

Probate Record Search Form

Case Information Sheet - Required form for initial filing of a probate case. 

Case Information Sheet - SPANISH - Required form for initial filing of a probate case. 

Fees after 09/01/2017 below:

PROBATE COURT ACTIONS (New Cases Filed) 
(Independent Executor & Muniment of Title)
County Clerk Fee   $  40.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(A)(i)
Sheriff's Posting Fee CC $  60.00 LGC Sec. 118.131(CC)
Law Library Fee CC $  20.00 LGC Sec. 323.023(CC)
County Judge Fee   $    2.00 LGC Sec. 118.101
Indigent Defense Fee (State Fee)   $  10.00 LGC Sec. 133.153

Records Management Fee

CC

$    5.00
LGC Sec. 118.0645 & 118.052(3)(G)
Court Security Fee   $    5.00 LGC Sec. 291.008

Legal Education Fee
 
$    5.00
LGC Sec. 118.052(2A)(vi)/118.064
State Judicial Fee (HB 66)(State Fee)   $  40.00 GC Sec. 51.703
Appellate Fee   $    5.00 GC Sec. 22.2041
Support of Judiciary   $  42.00 LGC Sec. 133.154
Court Reporter Fee   $  15.00 GC Sec. 51.601
SupGua (Court appt'd attorneys)   $  20.00 LGC Sec. 118.067
Preservation Fee   $  10.00 GC Sec. 51.708

Statewide Electronic Filing System Fund
 
$  30.00
GC Sec. 101 Subchapters (d), (g) & (h)
Judicial and Court Personnel Training   $   5.00 GC 51.971 (SB 42, 85th)
Total Fee   $ 314.00 

 

 
PROBATE COURT ACTIONS (New Cases Filed)
(Letters of Administration, Application to Declare Heirship & Application for Guardianship)    
County Clerk Fee   $  40.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(A)(i)
Sheriff's Posting Fee CC $  60.00 LGC Sec. 118.131(CC)
Law Library Fee CC $  20.00 LGC Sec. 323.023(CC)
County Judge Fee   $    2.00 LGC Sec. 118.101
Indigent Defense Fee (State Fee)   $  10.00 LGC Sec. 133.153

Records Management Fee

CC

$    5.00
LGC Sec. 118.0645 & 118.052(3)(G)
Court Security Fee   $    5.00 LGC Sec. 291.008

Legal Education Fee
 
$    5.00
LGC Sec. 118.052(2A)(vi)/118.064
State Judicial Fee (HB 66)(State Fee)   $  40.00 GC Sec. 51.703
Appellate Fee   $    5.00 GC Sec. 22.2041
Support of Judiciary   $  42.00 LGC Sec. 133.154
Court Reporter Fee   $  15.00 GC Sec. 51.601
SupGua (Court appt'd attorneys)   $  20.00 LGC Sec. 118.067
Preservation Fee   $  10.00 GC Sec. 51.708
Statewide Electronic Filing System Fund   $  30.00 GC Sec. 51.851(b)

Attorney Ad Litem Fee Deposit
 
$ 500.00
EC Sec 53.104 & See Attached Order
Judicial and Court Personnel Training   $   5.00 GC 51.971 (SB 42, 85th)
Total Fee   $ 814.00 

 

 
CITATIONS
Citation Issued, Show Cause, Subpoena   $    4.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(3)(A) & 118.059
Issuance of Citation & Service by  
Certified Mail
  $  64.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(3f) & 118.063
Personal Service by Sheriff


CC


$  70.00


LGC Sec. 118.131


SMALL ESTATE AFFIDAVIT
County Clerk Fee   $  40.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(A)(iii)
County Judge Fee   $    2.00 LGC Sec. 118.101
Law Library Fee   $  20.00 LGC Sec. 323.023
Indigent Defense Fee (State Fee)   $  10.00 LGC 133.153

Record Management Fee

CC

$    5.00
LGC Sec. 118.0645 & 118.052(3)(G)
Courthouse Security Fee   $    5.00 LGC Sec. 291.008

Legal Education Fee
 
$    5.00
LGC Sec. 118.052(2A)(vi) & 118.064
State Judicial Fee (HB 66)(State Fee)   $  40.00 GC Sec. 51.703
Appellate Fee   $    5.00 GC Sec. 22.2041
Support of Judiciary   $  42.00 LGC Sec. 133.154
Court Reporter Fee   $  15.00 GC Sec. 51.601
SupGua (Court appt'd attorneys)   $  20.00 LGC Sec. 118.067
Preservation Fee   $  10.00 GC Sec. 51.708
Statewide Electronic Filing System Fund   $  30.00 GC 51.851(b)
Judicial and Court Personnel Training   $   5.00 GC 51.971 (SB 42, 85th)
Total Fee   $254.00

 

 
MOTION TO OPEN SAFE DEPOSIT BOX (New Probate)
Clerk Fee


  $  25.00


LGC Sec. 118.052


MOTION TO PRODUCE WILL IN COURT (New Probate)
Clerk Fee


  $  25.00


LGC Sec. 118.052


FOREIGN WILL/GUARDIANSHIP
County Clerk Fee   $  40.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(A)(i)
Law Library Fee CC $  20.00 LGC Sec. 323.023
County Judge Fee   $    2.00 LGC Sec. 118.101
Indigent Defense Fee (State Fee)   $  10.00 LGC Sec. 133.153

Records Management Fee

CC

$    5.00
LGC Sec. 118.0645 & 118.052(3)(G)
Court Security Fee   $    5.00 LGC Sec. 291.008

Legal Education Fee
 
$    5.00
LGC Sec. 118.052(2a)(vi) & 118.064
State Judicial Fee (HB66)(State Fee)   $  40.00 GC Sec. 51.703
Appellate Fee   $    5.00 GC Sec. 22.2041
Support of Judiciary   $  42.00 LGC Sec. 133.154
Court Reporter Fee   $  15.00 GC Sec. 51.601(a)
SupGua (Court appt'd attorneys)   $  20.00 LGC Sec. 118.067
Preservation Fee   $  10.00 GC Sec. 51.708
Statewide Electronic Filing System Fund   $  30.00 GC Sec. 51.851(b)
Judicial and Court Personnel Training   $   5.00 GC 51.971 (SB 42, 85th)
Total Fee   $254.00 

 

 
DEPOSIT MINOR'S FUNDS (New Probate)
County Clerk Fee

  $  25.00 LGC Sec. 118.052
OTHER PROBATE FEES
Approving and Recording Bond $   3.00 LGC Sec. 118.011
Criminal History Check $ 10.00 GC Sec. 411.1386(h)
Inventory, Appraisement and List of Claims 
(90 days after Qualification
)**

$ 27.00 

LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(B)(i)
Annual Account**   $ 27.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(B)(iv)
Annual Report on Ward**   $ 12.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(B)(vi)
Final Account or Settlement*** * $ 91.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(B)(iv)
Appl for Sale of Real or Personal Property**** *
$ 96.00

LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(B)(v)
Add'l Fee for Documents over 25 pages
(after I & A approved or 120 days from Qualification)**


$27.00



LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(B)(vii)
*Notices required for Final Accts and Application for Sale of Real or Personal Property
*Notice required for Application for Distribution of Estate
** Judge's Signature fee Included
***Service of Notice, Issuance of Citation & Judge's Signature fee Included
****Service of Notice, Issuance of Citation, Training fee & Judge's Signature fee Included
Issuance of Citation   $   4.00  LGC Sec. 118.052(3)(A) & 118.059
Service of Notice
(Sheriff Posting Fee)

CC


60.00 


LGC Sec. 118.131


Fees noted are all encompassing for the captioned filing type.  Other miscellaneous fees, as required or allowed by statute, may be due for actions that occur after 120 days of the original filing or atypical actions not listed above.
Judge's Signature (120 days after the initial filing)

 
$    2.00


 
LGC Sec. 118.101


 
ADVERSE PROBATE ACTION (COUNTERCLAIM, CROSS-ACTION, INTERVENTION, INTERPLEADER, THIRD-PARTY ACTION, MOTION FOR NEW TRIAL)
Adverse Probate Action Fee   $   40.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(C)

Record Management Fee
 
$    5.00
LGC Sec. 118.0645 & 118.052(3)(G)
Indigent Defense Fee (State Fee)   $  10.00 LGC Sec. 133.153
Statewide Electronic Filing System Fund   $  30.00 GC Sec. 51.851(b)
Judicial and Court Personnel Training   $   5.00 GC 51.971 (SB 42, 85th)
Total Fee   $  90.00 

 

 
CLAIMS AGAINST ESTATE
County Clerk Fee   $    10.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(D)

Record Management Fee

CC

$    5.00
LGC Sec. 118.0645 & 118.052(3)(G)
Courthouse Security   $    5.00 LGC Sec. 291.008
County Judge   $    2.00 LGC Sec. 118.101
Total Fee   $ 22.00 

 

 
LETTERS TESTAMENTARY, LETTERS OF GUARDIANSHIP, LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION
County Clerk Fee

  $    2.00


LGC Sec. 118.052(3d)


SAFEKEEPING OF WILLS
County Clerk Fee


  $    5.00


LGC Sec. 118.052(3e)


TRUST FUNDS
Deposits for Trust Funds placed in a fund that did not draw interest (to compensate the county for the accounting and administrative expenses incurred in handling the trust funds a fee may be charged)
  Up to $50.00  LGC Sec. 117.055(a)
 
If the Trust Fund earns interest (which all of my funds do) the County may charge 10% of the earned interest to compensate the county for the accounting and administrative
expenses of maintaining the account.


LGC Sec. 117.054(b)


MENTAL ILLNESS
County Clerk Fees   $  40.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(2)(A)(v)

Judge's Fee
 
$  50.00
Health & Safety Code Sec. 571.018 & 547.031(j)

County Attorney Fee
 
$  50.00
Health & Safety Code Sec. 571.018 & 547.031(k)

SupGua (Court appt'd attorneys)
 
$  20.00
LGC Sec. 118.067(b)(1) & 118.052(E)

CC Record Management
 
  5.00
LGC Sec. 118.0645 & 118.052(G)
Support of Judiciary - County-Level   $  42.00 LGC Sec. 133.154(a)
Indigent Attorney Fee (State Fee)   10.00 LGC Sec. 133.153
Statewide Electronic Filing System Fund   $   30.00 GC Sec. 51.851(b)
Preservation Fee   $  10.00 GC Sec. 51.708
Law Library Fee  CC $  20.00 LGC Sec 232.023
Courthouse Security Fee   $   5.00 LGC Sec 291.008
Court Reporter Fee   $   15.00 GC Sec. 51.601(a)
Service by Sheriff
 CC $  75.00 LGC Sec. 118.131

Issuance Fee
 
$    4.00
LGC 118.052(3)(A) & 118.059
Appellate Judge Fee
  $    5.00 GC Sec. 22.2041(b)
Judicial and Court Personnel Training   $   5.00 GC 51.971 (SB 42, 85th)
Total Fee +*

* Subject to Change

CC = Commissioner's Court

+Court Appointed Fees

  $386.00







Health & Safety Code Sec 571.017

SEARCH FEES
To search files or records to locate a cause or name   $ 5.00/per LGC Sec. 118.011
COPIES per page    $  1.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(3) & LGC 118.0605
CERTIFICATION   $  1.00 LGC Sec. 118.011(3) & 118.014
CERTIFICATION - Exemplified   $  5.00 LGC Sec. 118.052(3) & LGC 118.0605
The Probate Fee list for Bell County is available in "PDF" format.  Click on the link below.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click on the Quick Link and you will be taken to the Adobe Reader download site.  


Before 09/01/2017 - Probate Fees for Bell County

After 09/01/2017 - Probate Fees for Bell County

Statement of Inability to Afford Payment of Court Costs or an Appeal Bond

EFiling Subsequent Filing, Filing Code Fee Breakdown