What taxes and fees are associated with probate?
  • The state probate tax is 10 cents per $100 of the estate value at the time of death.

  • The local probate tax is : There is no local probate tax in the City of Williamsburg or James City County.

  • The recording fee is $16 for the first ten (10) pages of the Will, $16 for the List of Heirs, $43 for an Intestate List of Heirs, now known as a Real Estate Affidavit (if applicable) and $16 for the Affidavit of Notice. Fees for additional pages are as follows: eleven (11) to thirty (30) pages - $30, more than thirty (30) pages - $50.

  • The qualification fee is based on the value of the estate.

  • The transfer fee of $1 will be charged for any real estate taxed in the name of the decedent.

  • The final federal and state income tax, personal property tax, and estate tax returns must be filed for the deceased and the estate as applicable. Generally, federal and state estate taxes are only due if the gross estate (including life insurance and all property) exceeds the amount on the tax schedule. For more information on taxes, contact the Internal Revenue Service and the Virginia Department of Taxation.

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1. What terms are involved in the administration of estates?
2. When should a will be probated, or, if there is no will, when should a personal representative be appointed?
3. Who inherits the property of an estate (person dying without a will)?
4. How long does it take to probate a will or appoint a personal representative on an intestate's estate?
5. What taxes and fees are associated with probate?
6. Is it always necessary to have someone qualify as a personal representative on a decedent's estate?
7. Who will qualify as an executor under a will?
8. Who has jurisdiction to qualify administrators on a decedent's estate in Virginia?
9. Where should I go to qualify as a personal representative on someone's estate?
10. How do I submit a record and copy request and is there a fee?