Probate Judge

Probate Courts


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.

Court Activities


The probate court is limited to the following activities:
▪ Admission of Will to informal probate
▪ Informal appointment of Personal Representatives
▪ 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 performance

The Probate Judge also is by law to perform marriages.

Current Probate Judge


Judge Charley Long, Sr.'s hours office schedule varies by month. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call the Clerks office at 505-863-6866.