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.  If the decedent had no known place of residence, the will should be probated where the decedent owned any real estate, or if none, where the decedent dies or has any estate.

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 the will to probate.  

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1. What is probate?
2. Where should the will be probated?
3. What does dying "testate" or "intestate" mean?
4. Who inherits the property of an intestate (person dying without a will)?
5. Is the appointment of an executor or administrator and formal administrator and formal administration of an estate always required?
6. When should I probate the will or if there is no will seek to be appointed administrator?
7. What should I take with me to probate a will or qualify on an estate?
8. Who will be appointed by the court as executor or administrator?
9. What are the basic duties of an executor or administrator?
10. What taxes are there to be paid?
11. Is an executor or administrator compensated?
12. Where can I go for more information or answers to specific questions?