Rio Arriba County Probate Court
Purpose of the Probate Court:
Probate is the judicial process for transferring the property of a person who has died (called decedent). The property is transferred according to either: (1) the decedent's Will or (2) if the decedent dies without a Will, according to New Mexico's laws of Intestate Succession. The Probate Court appoints legally qualified persons, called Personal Representatives, to manage and settle the decedent's business affairs. Personal representatives pass the deceased person's estate property, real and personal, to the rightful recipients. Rightful Recipients might include heirs, devisees named in a valid and current will, or creditors.
Probate is the court process to obtain the legal authority to act on behalf of the estate of a person who has died (decedent). The estate is distributed according to: the decendent's will or if the decendent did not have a will, according to New Mexico's laws of intestate succession. The probate court appoints legally qualified persons, called personal representatives, to manage and settle the decedent's affairs. personal representatives distribute the assets decedent's estate to the rightful recipients. These might include heirs, devisees named in a valid and current will, or creditors.