When should I probate the will or if there is no will seek to be appointed administrator?

There is no set time frame in which a will must be probated or estate administration must be started. The death of a loved one is a particularly emotional, stressful, and busy time. The probate of the will can usually wait until a week or so after the funeral. It is recommended that the initial steps in the estate process start within 30 days after the death. If any questions exist, call your attorney or the Probate Division of the Newport News Circuit Court Clerk’s Office at 757-926-8345.

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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?