Estate Probate FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Please call our office at (304) 526-8627
Without a will - the next of kin to the deceased
The fees to our office at the time of your appointment are fairly minimal. You will be charged $37.00 for your appointment fee, $12.00 for the first five pages of your will and $1.00 for each additional page for recording, and $2.50 each for your letters of administration.
Note: If a bond is required, there will be an additional $12.00 fee to the County Clerk as well as a premium to your bondsman unless you are using a real estate bond.
When you file your Appraisement & Settlement forms, there will be a fee of $12.00 and when you file your Final Settlement to close the estate, there will be a fee of $12.00 (unless it is referred to a Fiduciary Commissioner).
The initial visit to our office takes about twenty to thirty minutes. You then will have 90 days to complete the “Appraisement & Settlement” of the estate forms. You must have 1 of the 6.01 forms and 1 of the 6.02 form completed.
Once this document is returned, there is a mandatory 60 day period that must lapse for anyone who may have a claim against the estate.
After the claims, the period has expired and if no creditor’s claims are pending, you then can close the estate by either filing a “Waiver of Final Settlement” or by preparing a “Final Accounting”. Both of these documents can be obtained from our office.
If your estate has been referred to a Fiduciary Commissioner, then the process will take an additional 30 days.
1.) The notice to creditors and beneficiaries
2.) The notice to close the estate.
Deceased beneficiary - Pass to the heirs of beneficiary unless otherwise stated in will