What if the decedent left no will, what will be needed?

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.

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1. What are the time limitations regarding Probate?
2. Where should the will be probated?
3. Do I need to make an appointment?
4. If the deceased died with a will, what will be needed?
5. What if I have a will, but I do not need to qualify?
6. What if the decedent left no will, what will be needed?