1st Term, Elected November 2018
Seat Term January 2019 – December 2022
Next Election for this seat is Nov. 2022
Charles J. Aguilar
Sandoval County Probate Judge
Phone: (505) 867-7647 or (505) 867-7645
Fax: (505) 867-6699
1500 Idalia Road, Building D / P.O. Box 40
Bernalillo, NM 87004
Hours of Operation – Office Availability
Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm.
Lunch hour is between 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Appointments are recommended
What We Do
Probate is the judicial process for transferring the property of a person who has died (called a decedent). The property is transferred according to either (1) the decedent’s Will, or (2) if the decedent died 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.
How We Serve You – Jurisdiction of the Court
State law limits the jurisdiction of the Probate Courts to:
- Admitting Wills to informal probate
- Appointing personal representatives informally (without a hearing appointment)
- Appointing Special Administrators for estates
- Performing marriages within their county.
See Sandoval County Probate Court if:
- The decedent resided in Sandoval County at the time of death (i.e. Sandoval County was the permanent place of decedent’s abode), or,
- The decedent resided outside of New Mexico but owned property in Sandoval County.
Formal probates, determinations of heirship, contested cases, dispute over validity of a will, removal of a personal representative and trust matters cannot be heard by the Probate Court, but instead must be filed in the District Court. Forms may be downloaded from www.nmcourts.gov.
In addition to handling informal probate cases, the probate Court provides general information on process (how to file) and record (what is on file, title searches and wills). Click here for PDF of the probate court process flowchart
The Sandoval County Probate Judge is pleased to offer wedding officiant services to the public. It is recommended that an appointment be made 48 hours in advance. Please view our Wedding Policy for more information.