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Self-Help Books at the UNM Law Library
Definitions of Probate & Estate Planning
Probate is the process through which a court grants a person the authority to handle the legal affairs of a person who died leaving property titled in their name (real estate, bank accounts, vehicles, stocks and bonds, etc.).
Estate planning is the process of arranging the transfer of assets in anticipation of death in order to preserve both the maximum amount of flexibility for the individual prior to death and wealth for the intended beneficiaries.
Probate & Estate Planning Resources
New Mexico Supreme Court Forms
Forms for District Court, Magistrate Court, Metropolitan Court, Municipal Court, Probate Court, and family/domestic law.
New Mexico Courts Self-Help Guide
The New Mexico Courts Self-Help Guide covers topics including Probate, Representing Yourself, and Guardianship. Documents will download as a PDF, and are available in English and Spanish.
New Mexico Compilation Commission: Public Access Statutes, Constitution & Court Rules
Free public access to unannotated New Mexico statutes and court rules. New Mexico’s probate code is found in chapter 45 of the New Mexico Statutes Annotated (NMSA).
Arc of New Mexico
The Arc provides assistance for developmentally disabled persons and their families. Their services include Guardianship, Special Needs Trusts, Personal Plan Facilitation, and Representative Payee Facilitation including assisting parents in getting SSI benefits and Medicaid benefits for children with disabilities.
Desert State Life Management
Provides for conservatorship and other protective programs. Provides representative payee, personal representative and court visitor services on a case-by-case basis after evaluation of client situation.
State Bar Association of New Mexico
Free general information publications on various areas of law, mailed free of charge. Also hosts free monthly workshops on consumer debt, estate planning/probate, landlord/tenant,and elder law issues (no consultations in workshops).