Where should the Will be probated?

Virginia has no separate probate court. The Will should be probated in the circuit court of the city or county where the deceased resided. Usually the Clerk of the Circuit Court or a deputy clerk handles the probate of Wills and the circuit court judge is not involved. However, any person interested in the Will may appeal to the judge within six months of the order of the clerk admitting a Will to probate.

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1. Where should the Will be probated?
2. What does dying "testate" or "intestate" mean?
3. Who inherits the property of a person who dies intestate (person dying without a Will)?
4. Is the appointment of an executor or administrator and the formal administration of an estate always required?
5. What are the time limitations regarding probate?
6. If the decedent died with a Will, what should I bring to the Clerk's Office?
7. If the decedent left no Will, what should I take to the Clerk's Office?
8. What are the basic duties of an executor or administrator?
9. Where can one go for more information or answers to specific questions?