Probate Division

Before calling for an appointment, please have as much information as possible ready to help expedite the probate process. Please use the Probate Information Form, Guide to Determine Estimated Value and the checklist below to help ensure that you will have everything you need to make the probate process as simple as possible. Our office is here to assist you in any way possible however, we cannot provide you with legal or accounting advice that you may need in settling an individual estate.

  •  If there is a will, the executor(s) named in the will need to be the person(s) calling to make the appointment and providing us with all the information needed. 
  • If the decedent did not have a will, all the heirs (next of kin) should try to decide together who should be the administrator(s). If you are not sure who should be considered an heir or the heirs cannot come to a decision on who should qualify, please contact our office for guidance. 

Call to Schedule Your Appointment in Probate

Checklist before calling for an appointment:

  • You are named as an executor in the will or there is not a will and you want to qualify as administrator of the estate.
  • The Probate Information Form is complete so you can relay the info to our Probate Clerk over the phone when calling.
  • Have an estimated value of the estate; both personal property and real estate. You can use the Guide to Determine Estimated Value to help you determine an estimated value.

If you have any questions, you can call our office or email the Probate Clerk

To probate an estate, you must go to the Circuit Court of the county in which the decedent resided at the time of death. Rockingham County Circuit Court jurisdiction would include anyone residing in Rockingham County or the City of Harrisonburg. If the decedent was in a nursing home, probate will usually take place where they resided prior to entering the nursing home.

Probate staff is prepared to set up an appointment with you once you have gathered the necessary information. Please note that probate and/or qualification is not always necessary depending on how assets are held. See How to Schedule an Appointment for Probate above for full details on what is needed. 

The Probate Division also handles the qualification portion of the Appointment of Guardians and Conservators process. 

DMV Guide for Family Members and Friends of the Recently Deceased 

Probate in Virginia - Administration of Estate 

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Probate is the official proving and recording of the will as the authentic and valid last will and testament of the deceased.