Commissioner of Accounts System
In Virginia the Circuit Court in the City or County where the decedent last lived has jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the administration of estates and trusts. There is no special “Probate Court” in Virginia.
After the executor or administrator “qualifies” before the Clerk of the Circuit Court, most of the oversight of the estate administration process in Virginia is handed by an office run by a person, typically a lawyer, with the title of Commissioner of Accounts. In larger jurisdictions this is a full time job; in smaller counties and cities the Commissioner of Accounts will often maintain his or her own private law practice. The Commissioner of Accounts is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Circuit Court judges in the jurisdiction. The Commissioner’s duties are statutory. The Commissioner is charged with the responsibility of supervising the timely and proper filing of fiduciary inventories and accounts by administrators and executors of decedent’s estates, trustees of testamentary trusts, trustees of trusts for minors, guardians of the property of minors, conservators for incapacitated adults and foreclosure trustees. The Commissioners’ offices typically serve the citizens well, however, they don’t have the resources to monitor every detail of the administration of the estate.
If you are involved in an estate, whether as a beneficiary,administrator, or other interested party and you have any questions, contact my law firm using the form on the right side of this page, or call me at 804-756-4600 .
You can your local Commissioner of Accounts on this page of the Virginia Supreme Court website.