Wills & Estate Administration

Probate and Estate Assistance During COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Before visiting, contact the Probate Division by email, phone 804-706-7680, or fax 804-717-6797.  Public service hours are 8:00-4:00, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
  • At this time, full probate and qualification matters are handled by appointment only. Appointments will not be scheduled until all necessary information has been provided to Probate staff in advance.
  • Probate matters require that an oath be taken so in most cases, an in-person appointment will be required, observing appropriate social distancing, of course. Probate/qualification appointments will be handled at a customer window which separates customers from staff by a glass partition. A videoconferencing approach may be an option in some situations.

General Information

  • To record a will and to qualify an Executor or Administrator of a decedent’s estate, you must contact the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in the jurisdiction in which the decedent resided at the time of death. Probate/estate matters are handled by appointment.
  • The personal representative (Executor or Administrator) of an estate is charged by law with numerous responsibilities.

    • It is the legal obligation of the personal representative to fully understand and discharge his/her required duties.
  • Further details may be obtained from the Chesterfield Circuit Court Clerk and Chesterfield County’s Commissioner of Accounts.
    • An attorney or an accountant can provide assistance as well.
  1. Schedule an Appointment
  2. What to Bring
  3. Definitions
  4. Forms

Scheduling a Probate Appointment

Prior to scheduling an appointment, it is helpful to provide information to the Clerk’s Office for review.

  • If a will exists, provide a copy of the will and death certificate to the Probate Division by fax (804-717-6797) or email and a staff member will contact you as soon as possible after review.  Please include your contact information so that staff can reach you by phone or email as necessary.
  • If you are unable to fax or email, please call the Probate Division at 804-706-7680. If a will exists - please have it in hand when calling so that certain legal requirements can be confirmed.