What should I take with me to probate a will or qualify on an estate?

First, the will (original) must be taken to the Clerk’s Office of the Circuit Court. It is recommended that an appointment be made with a deputy clerk. You will be given some forms to fill out prior to the appointment. Second, the person offering the will for probate or seeking to qualify should know all assets owned by the deceased and, as accurately as possible, the value of those assets. A copy of the death certificate should be taken to the court. This document contains much of the information that will be needed by the deputy clerk assisting you.

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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?