Everything you’ll ever need to know about probate

Join Santa Fe County Probate Judge Shannon Bulman for a Community Outreach Event

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Abedon Lopez Senior Center

145 Santa Cruz Site

Santa Cruz, NM

(Probate is a legal process that takes place after someone passes away.)

Judge Bulman will help the citizens of Santa Fe County understand the probate process, so they can better organize their own affairs or carry out the duties of administering the estates of loved ones.

Topics of Discussion:

  •         Ways to avoid probate
  •         When you need to file a probate
  •         What is involved in filing a probate proceeding?
  •         Should I file in Probate Court or District Court?
  •         Do I need an attorney?
  •         Can I be appointed as Personal Representative?
  •         What does a Personal Representative need to do?

Judge Bulman was elected to serve as Santa Fe County Probate Judge. She began a four year term on January 1, 2015.  Judge Bulman brings 25 years of legal experience to the position.

Probate Judge

Shannon Broderick Bulman

First Term 2015-2018
Probate Judge
(505) 992-1636

Contact Us

Shannon Broderick Bulman
Probate Judge
(505) 992-1636

The Probate Office is located at the intersection of West Palace and Grant Ave. at the Bokum Bldg.

Probate Judge Hours:
Monday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. through 3 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m. through 3 p.m.

Info & Resources

Scheduled appointments are recommended.

Probate Cases: $30 (less than 3 years - call about exceptions)
The Probate Court provides packets for $5.00 (Will or No-Will) to the public to aid in filing an Informal Probate Case.



Please note that the New Mexico legislature has amended certain aspects of New Mexico probate law effective July 1, 2016.  The New Mexico Supreme Court forms have not yet been updated to reflect these changes.  Your probate case filed on or after July 1, 2016 will, however, be subject to the revised requirements.

The changes are as follows:

  1. NOTICE TO CREDITORS:  If you publish Notice to Creditors, you should file for three successive weeks.  The creditors should be notified that they have to present their claims within four months after the date of first publication.

You may not close the estate earlier than six months after the date of your appointment as personal representative. If you have questions about how these changes affect your probate case, I encourage you to seek advice from an attorney.