Wise County
County Court at Law No. 2
Judge Stephen J. Wren, Presiding


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Court Appointed Attorney FAQ
Family Law FAQ
Criminal Law FAQ
Probate/Guardianship Law FAQ

Court Appointed Attorney:

Can I get an attorney for a civil matter?  Indigent Defense provides attorneys for those who cannot afford one in criminal matters only. However, if a Motion for Enforcement (contempt) is filed against you, you might be eligible for a court appointed attorney.

Can I choose an attorney?  No, attorneys are assigned to cases by a court on a rotation.

Do services provided by Indigent Defense cost anything?  If found guilty, there could be fines, court costs, or restitution, including reimbursement of attorney's fees, the defendant would be responsible for.

Family Law:

Who can I call if I have a question about Family Law?   The law does not allow the Judge, or any of his employees to give ANY legal advice.  The Judge’s office can help you with any setting questions, but not with any questions in regards to the facts of your case.  If you have legal questions, you should consult with an attorney.

Which Judge hears Family Law Cases?  The District Court Judge and both  County Court at Law Judges have concurrent jurisdiction to hear Family Law (including Juvenile) cases.  Cases are set by the Coordinator of the Court in which the case is filed.

How do I get a trial setting?  To obtain a setting, you must contact the appropriate Court Coordinator  -- 271st District Court @ (940) 627-3200; County Court at Law #1 @ (940) 627-5005; and, County Court at Law #2 @ (940) 683-0268.

Do you require mediation before hearing of a case?   At times. See the “Rules of Court”.

Do you automatically appoint a guardian ad litem?  No.  If one is mandated by law, or if the court believes one should be appointed, you must file a written request for one and submit a proposed order.

Criminal Law:

Does this Court handle Criminal cases?  Seldom. County Court at Law #1 primarily handles Criminal Cases. The Court Coordinator for CCL #1 may be contacted at (940) 627-5005.

Where can I find online records for misdemeanor criminal cases filed in Wise County? Go to http://www.co.wise.tx.us:81.

Are all records open to the public?  Not all information is public record.  Information pertaining to the case, such as dispositions, hearing dates, etc, is public record on adult cases.  Personal information such as social security numbers or phone numbers may be confidential.  Cases dealing with juveniles are strictly confidential.  The Respondent and his/her parent or guardian may have only limited access to the records.  The respondent’s attorney may have access to the complete file.

Probate/Guardianship Law

Who can I call if I have a question about Probate or Guardianship  Law?   The law does not allow the Judge or any of his employees to give ANY advice.  The Judge’s office can help you with any setting questions, but not with any questions in regard to the facts of your case. You should consult a private attorney for legal advice.

Which Judge hears Probate or Guardianship Cases?   Both County Court at Law Judges and the County Judge have jurisdiction to hear Probate and Guardianship cases.  However, County Court at Law No. 2 will primarily hear all Probate and Guardianship cases.  Hearings are set by the Coordinator of the Court in which the case is filed.

How do I get a court date or trial setting?  To obtain a setting, you must contact the appropriate Court Coordinator – County Court at Law No. 2 at (940) 683-0268; County Court at Law No. 1 at (940) 627-5005; or County Judge’s Office at (940) 627-5743.

Do I have to have an attorney represent me in a probate or guardianship proceeding?   Yes, in most situations.  Please refer to the “Pro Se Notice” on the Forms page or click the link.

What is a pro se?  A pro se is an individual who has not hired a lawyer and appears in court to represent himself and no other person or entity.

As an executor, how would I be representing the interests of others?  As executor of a decedent’s estate, you don’t represent only yourself.   An executor represents the interests of beneficiaries and creditors.  This responsibility to act for the benefit of another is known as a fiduciary relationship.  It gives rise to certain legal obligations and responsibilities that require legal expertise.  The attorney you hire represents you in your capacity as executor and assists you in representing those for whom you are responsible.

Can I still serve as an executor, administrator or guardian even though I am not a lawyer?  Yes.  One need not be a lawyer to serve as an executor, administrator or guardian.  However, the executor, administrator or guardian must be represented by counsel.

 


COUNTY COURT AT LAW NO. 2
1007 13th Street, Suite 109
Bridgeport, Texas  76426
Telephone:  940-683-0268
Fax:  940-683-0269
ccl2@co.wise.tx.us