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  H.B. No. 1295
 
AN ACT
relating to filing fees for certain actions filed in a court with
probate jurisdiction.
       BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
       SECTION 1.  Section 118.051, Local Government Code, is
amended to read as follows:
       Sec. 118.051.  CLERICAL DUTIES. Except as provided by
Section 118.067, the [The] fees listed in this subchapter for
county civil court dockets under Section 118.052(1) and county
probate court dockets under Section 118.052(2) are fees for all
clerical duties performed in connection with the docket, including:
             (1)  filing, registering or recording, docketing, and
taxing costs for an application, will, complaint, petition, return,
document, or proceeding;
             (2)  issuing and recording the return of a citation,
notice, subpoena, commission to take depositions, execution while
the docket is still open (civil docket), garnishment before
judgment (civil docket), order, writ, process, or any other
document authorized or required to be issued by the clerk on which a
return must be recorded;
             (3)  attendances in court as clerk of the court;
             (4)  impaneling a jury (civil docket);
             (5)  swearing witnesses;
             (6)  approving bonds involved in court action; and
             (7)  administering oaths.
       SECTION 2.  Section 118.052, Local Government Code, is
amended to read as follows:
       Sec. 118.052. FEE SCHEDULE.  Each clerk of a county court
shall collect the following fees for services rendered to any
person:
             (1)  CIVIL COURT ACTIONS
                   (A)  Filing of Original Action (Sec. 118.053):
                         (i)  Garnishment after judgment . . . $15.00
                         (ii)  All others . . . $40.00
                   (B)  Filing of Action Other than Original (Sec.
118.054) . . . $30.00
                   (C)  Services Rendered After Judgment in Original
Action (Sec. 118.0545):
                         (i)  Abstract of judgment . . . $ 5.00
                         (ii)  Execution, order of sale, writ, or
other process . . . $ 5.00
             (2)  PROBATE COURT ACTIONS
                   (A)  Probate Original Action (Sec. 118.055):
                         (i)  Probate of a will with independent
executor, administration with will attached, administration of an
estate, guardianship or receivership of an estate, or muniment of
title . . . $40.00
                         (ii)  Community survivors . . . $40.00
                         (iii)  Small estates . . . $40.00
                         (iv)  Declarations of heirship . . . $40.00
                         (v)  Mental health or chemical dependency
services . . . $40.00
                         (vi)  Additional, special fee (Sec.
118.064) . . . $ 5.00
                   (B)  Services in Pending Probate Action (Sec.
118.056):
                         (i)  Filing an inventory and appraisement
after the 120th day after the date of the initial filing of the
action . . . $25.00
                         (ii)  Approving and recording bond . . .
$ 3.00
                         (iii)  Administering oath . . . $ 2.00
                         (iv)  Filing annual or final account of
estate . . . $25.00
                         (v)  Filing application for sale of real or
personal property . . .  $25.00
                         (vi)  Filing annual or final report of
guardian of a person . . . $10.00
                         (vii)  Filing a document not listed under
this paragraph after the filing of an order approving the inventory
and appraisement or after the 120th day after the date of the
initial filing of the action, whichever occurs first, if more than
25 pages . . . $25.00
                   (C)  Adverse Probate Action (Sec.
118.057) . . . $40.00
                   (D)  Claim Against Estate (Sec. 118.058) . . .
$ 2.00
                   (E)  Supplemental Court-Initiated Guardianship
Fee in Probate Original Actions and Adverse Probate Actions (Sec.
118.067) . . . $20.00
             (3)  OTHER FEES
                   (A)  Issuing Document (Sec. 118.059):
                   original document and one copy . . . $ 4.00
                   each additional set of an original and one
copy . . . $ 4.00
                   (B)  Certified Papers (Sec. 118.060):
                   for the clerk's certificate . . . $ 5.00
                   plus a fee per page or part of a page of . . .
$ 1.00
                   (C)  Noncertified Papers (Sec. 118.0605):
                   for each page or part of a page . . . $ 1.00
                   (D)  Letters Testamentary, Letter of
Guardianship, Letter of Administration, or Abstract of Judgment
(Sec. 118.061) . . . $ 2.00
                   (E)  Safekeeping of Wills (Sec. 118.062) . . .
$ 5.00
                   (F)  Mail Service of Process (Sec.
118.063) . . . same as sheriff
                   (G)  Records Management and Preservation
Fee . . . $ 5.00
       SECTION 3.  Section 118.055(a), Local Government Code, is
amended to read as follows:
       (a)  The fee for "Probate Original Action" under Section
118.052(2)(A) [118.052(2)] is for all clerical duties in connection
with an original action in a probate court.
       SECTION 4.  Section 118.057(a), Local Government Code, is
amended to read as follows:
       (a)  The fee for "Adverse Probate Action" under Section
118.052(2)(C) [118.052(2)] is for clerical duties in an adverse
action, contest, or suit in a probate court (other than the filing
of a claim against an estate) in which the movant or applicant
filing the intervention pleadings seeks any affirmative relief.
There is no charge for filing an original answer or response that is
strictly defensive to a previously filed pleading.
       SECTION 5.  Subchapter C, Chapter 118, Local Government
Code, is amended by adding Section 118.067 to read as follows:
       Sec. 118.067.  SUPPLEMENTAL COURT-INITIATED GUARDIANSHIP
FEE. (a) The "supplemental court-initiated guardianship fee"
under Section 118.052(2)(E) is for the support of the judiciary in
guardianships initiated under Section 683, Texas Probate Code.
Fees collected under Section 118.052(2)(E) shall be deposited in a
court-initiated guardianship fund in the county treasury and may be
used only to supplement, rather than supplant, other available
county funds used to:
             (1)  pay the compensation of a guardian ad litem
appointed by a court under Section 683, Texas Probate Code;
             (2)  pay the compensation of an attorney ad litem
appointed by a court to represent a proposed ward in a guardianship
proceeding initiated under Section 683, Texas Probate Code; and
             (3)  fund local guardianship programs that provide
guardians for indigent incapacitated persons who do not have family
members suitable and willing to serve as guardians.
       (b)  The supplemental court-initiated guardianship fee is
charged for:
             (1)  a probate original action described by Section
118.055 and for which a fee is charged in accordance with Section
118.052(2)(A)(i), (ii), (iii), (iv), or (v); and
             (2)  an adverse probate action described by Section
118.057 and for which a fee is charged in accordance with Section
118.052(2)(C).
       (c)  The supplemental court-initiated guardianship fee must
be paid by the person against whom the fee for a probate original
action or adverse probate action, as applicable, is charged and is
due at the time that fee is due.
       (d)  The supplemental court-initiated guardianship fee is in
addition to all other fees charged in probate original actions and
adverse probate actions.
       SECTION 6.  Subchapter E, Chapter 101, Government Code, is
amended by adding Section 101.0818 to read as follows:
       Sec. 101.0818.  STATUTORY COUNTY COURT FEES AND COSTS:
SUPPLEMENTAL COURT-INITIATED GUARDIANSHIP FEE. The clerk of a
statutory county court shall collect a supplemental
court-initiated guardianship fee of $20 under Sections 118.052 and
118.067, Local Government Code.
       SECTION 7.  Subchapter F, Chapter 101, Government Code, is
amended by adding Section 101.1016 to read as follows:
       Sec. 101.1016.  STATUTORY PROBATE COURT FEES AND COSTS:
SUPPLEMENTAL COURT-INITIATED GUARDIANSHIP FEE. The clerk of a
statutory probate court shall collect a supplemental
court-initiated guardianship fee of $20 under Sections 118.052 and
118.067, Local Government Code.
       SECTION 8.  Subchapter G, Chapter 101, Government Code, is
amended by adding Section 101.1217 to read as follows:
       Sec. 101.1217.  COUNTY COURT FEES AND COSTS: SUPPLEMENTAL
COURT-INITIATED GUARDIANSHIP FEE. The clerk of a county court
shall collect a supplemental court-initiated guardianship fee of
$20 under Sections 118.052 and 118.067, Local Government Code.
       SECTION 9.  The changes in law made by this Act apply only to
an action filed on or after the effective date of this Act. An
action filed before the effective date of this Act is governed by
the law in effect on the date the action was filed, and the former
law is continued in effect for that purpose.
       SECTION 10.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2007.
____________________________________________________________
   President of the SenateSpeaker of the House      
       I certify that H.B. No. 1295 was passed by the House on March
27, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 139, Nays 0, 2 present, not
voting.
______________________________
Chief Clerk of the House   
       I certify that H.B. No. 1295 was passed by the Senate on May
3, 2007, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
______________________________
Secretary of the Senate    
APPROVED:  _____________________
APPROVED:  _____________________
                   Date          
 
 
          _____________________
                 Governor