What should I do if I need to probate a will and/or qualify as personal representative (Executor/Administrator) of an estate?
  • Please note that probate/qualification matters are handled by appointment.
  • Contact the Probate Division of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.
    • By FAX 804-717-6797
      • Provide a copy of the death certificate and will (if one exists)
    • By emailing the Clerk’s Office and a Probate staff member will contact you to schedule an appointment.
      • Be prepared to provide information about the decedent’s heirs.
      • Be prepared to provide information about the estate value (see below).

NOTE: Include contact information; however, DO NOT write on the will itself.

  • If you are unable to fax or email, call the Probate Division at 804-748-1241. If you must leave a message, every effort will be made to return your call the same business day. (Please refrain from calling multiple times.)
    • If the decedent had a will, have the original will with you when you call to make the appointment.
    • The Clerk or Deputy Clerk with whom you speak will ask you a few questions regarding the execution (signing) of the will and the decedent's wishes regarding qualification of a personal representative.
    • Be prepared to provide information about the decedent’s heirs.
    • Be prepared to provide information about the estate value.

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1. What should I do if I need to probate a will and/or qualify as personal representative (Executor/Administrator) of an estate?
2. How do I estimate the estate value?