Division Responsibilities

The Code of Virginia grants the Clerk of the Circuit Court the authority to Probate a Will, to appoint and qualify an Executor or Administrator for a Decedent's Estate, to appoint and qualify a Testamentary Trustee, to qualify a Conservator and/or a Guardian for an Incapacitated Adult, to qualify a Guardian for the Person of a Minor and to appoint and qualify a Guardian for the Estate of a Minor.

A person has no legal authority to act or perform any duties as an Executor, Administrator, Testamentary Trustee, Guardian or Conservator until he/she has been appointed by the Judge or the Clerk and until he/she has formally qualified before the Clerk as such.

What you will need

  • Original will (if there is one).
  • Death Certificate.
  • Proof of identification of person qualifying.


Fees will vary based on the value of the estate.

Please contact Radford City Circuit Court for additional information or to set up a scheduled appointment to probate a will at 540-731-3610.


The purpose of this website is to inform the public of procedural matters involved in the Probate of Wills and the appointment, qualification & duties of an Executor, Administrator, Testamentary Trustee, Conservator or Guardian.

Please note that Court personnel are prohibited by law from giving legal advice.