Probate Court

About Probate Court

Probate should not be confused with Probation. Probate Court is the procedure regarding a decedent’s estate. Probate is a legal document allowing for steps to assign the deceased person’s property as stated in a will to a representative, usually called the executor(ix). The executor’s role is having legal power to dispose of the testator’s assets as stated in will after all claims and other bills have been settled. In some cases, the probate process may be contested and will be reassigned to a County Court-At-Law Judge.

Court Location & Dress Code

The Honorable County Judge, Mike Bradford, holds Probate Court at:
Midland County Courthouse
11th Floor
500 N Loraine Street
Midland County, TX 79701

He is respectful of others’ feelings and emotions while handling a loved-one’s estate. Out of respect and dignity of the Estate, we require a professional dress code from attorneys and clients appearing in Judge Bradford’s Court. View more information on the dress code.

Law Library Resources

The Probate process can be difficult for individuals wanting to handle Pro Se (for one’s own behalf). And because we cannot offer legal advice, the Law Library is available as a resource center and located on the first floor of the County Courthouse or contact a qualified attorney of your choice. The Courthouse is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on county holidays.

Continuing Education

Judge Bradford is required to attain a minimum of sixteen hours judicial education hours each fiscal year to serve in capacity of Texas Probate Court Judge in Midland County.

Filing Fees

Judge Mike Bradford also presides over the Midland County Commissioners’ Court and has no correlation to Probate Court. View a list of County Clerk filing fees on Probates. To schedule and get available dates for a probate hearing contact Jenny Hilton, Court Administrator, by calling 432-688-4310.