Probate Court No. 1 is a statutory probate court headed by an elected judge, the Honorable David W. Jahn.
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 eminent domain cases initiated in Denton 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.
The Probate Court does not request personal information such as social security numbers over the phone. Protect yourself and your card and do not provide such information over the phone.
Warning: Do not attempt to contact a judge - by mail, email, phone, or in person - about any pending or potential lawsuit! Doing so may result in serious consequences.