Court of Wills, Estates & Probate

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

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Hours:

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 

(505) 747-5352

Fax: 

(505) 753-7700

 

Honorable Marlo R. Martinez

Probate Judge

About Judge Martinez:

• Born and raised in Lower San Pedro

(Espanola area)

• Married to Valerie Fernandez Martinez for over

25 years

• Three Children- Stefani, Estevan, and

Joshua Marlo Martinez

Professional Experience:

• New Mexico Office Products LLC -

Owner 1977- Present Over 42 years

• Rio Arriba County Probate Judge

2003-2006,  2011-2014 and 2019-2022

• Former NM State Senate Clerk/Reader

• Life Time Member National College

Of Probate Judges

Education:

• Colegio Borja Private Jesuit School,

Ecuador South America 1972

Espanola High School

• University of New Mexico 1974-1977

• UNM- Anderson School of Business Quality

Management Certifcate Program

Fluent In English and Spanish