Virginia has no separate probate court. The will should be probated in the Circuit Court of the city or county where the deceased resided at his death, owned real estate or in a nursing home or similar institution.
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The death of a loved one is very emotional, heart-breaking, and stressful. There is no set time frame in which a will must be probated or an estate administered. It is recommended the initial steps in the estate process start within 30 days after death. For questions, call your attorney or the Circuit Court Clerk's Office Probate Division.
Yes, it is necessary to make an appointment. The length of time varies and may take up to an hour.
The following is needed:
Call and make an appointment to probate the original will (record and put on record only). The Probate Clerk may want to see the will to make a determination that it is a self-proven will.
Call and make an appointment to qualify as the Administrator. There may be additional requirements needed if there are additional heirs-at-law. The length of time varies and may take up to an hour. You will need the following:
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.