The Probate Judge is a part-time position.
Probate courts for each county were established by the New Mexico
Constitution. That constitutional section gives the New Mexico
Legislature power to define the jurisdiction of the probate courts
within the scope of the constitution.
The probate court is limited to the
▪ Admission of Will to informal probate;
▪ Informal appointment of
▪ Upon verified application of a Personal
Representative, signs an Order granting and establishing Personal
Representative rights to execute an estate,
▪ To enable the personal
representative to obtain a discharge of liens securing his
The Probate Judge also is by
law to perform marriages.
Judge Tommy L. Nelson's hours office
schedule varies by month. For more information or to schedule an
appointment please call the Clerks office at (505) 863-6866.