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
  • 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.