If the decedent left no Will, what should I take to the Clerk's Office?
  • It is recommended that an appointment be made with the Clerk or the assigned probate clerk.
  • A certified copy of the death certificate.
  • Names, ages, and addresses of heirs-at-law. The heirs-at-law are determined by kinship to the deceased and are set forth in the Code of Virginia.
  • A non-resident of Virginia who wishes to be appointed as Administrator must bring a Virginia resident to the appointment to either CO-qualify or to be designated as a registered agent.
  • The approximate value of the solely owned assets of decedent for both personal property (stocks, bond, bank accounts, automobiles, etc.) and the fair market value of real estate located in Virginia which must pass through probate.
  • Check or cash to pay fees.

Note: All fiduciaries must be bonded. State statutes govern whether the bond is with or without surety. The Probate Clerk will set the appropriate bond at the time of qualification.

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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?