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:
- A certified copy of the death certificate.
- Names, addresses, and ages of all heirs-at-law. The heirs-at-law are not necessarily the beneficiaries of the will. Heirs-at-law are determined by kinship to the deceased and are set by Virginia law.
- The value of the estate solely owned by the deceased, bank accounts, stock, bonds, automobiles, etc. The value of real estate located in Virginia must pass through probate.
- The probate taxes are due the day you qualify, payable by cash, check, or credit card. A convenience fee is charged for credit or debit card transactions.
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.