What is the definition of Probate?

Probate is the procedure where a Will is admitted to record in the Probate Division of the Clerk’s Office of the Circuit Court and/or Probate is the process of appointing and qualifying a person as Executor or Administrator of an estate. Probate can also be defined as the entire process of administering an estate. There are two types of Probate, probate with qualification and probate without qualification.

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1. What is the definition of Probate?
2. What are the two types of Probate for a decedent's estate?
3. How do I determine which Clerk's Office to contact for Probate?
4. Why do I have to probate a decedent's estate?
5. What if the decedent's only asset was a motor vehicle?
6. Does the Clerk’s Office hold wills for safekeeping?
7. How do I obtain my will that has been held for safekeeping?
8. How do I obtain a will that has been secured in Loudoun County Courthouse for someone who is now deceased?
9. Does Virginia have a procedure for probate for a small estate?
10. Where may a copy of a death certificate be obtained in Virginia?
11. Whom do I contact about estate taxes?
12. How can I obtain a Tax ID Number?
13. How do I file a claim against an estate?