We'll help you administer an estate, with or without a will. Remember that the estate should be administered in the county where the person lived.
A Quick Look at Wills
When a person dies, an estate is created. Now, an estate includes property that the decedent owned, and the law requires that someone must administer the estate.
There is a fee to administer an estate, record and publish an appraisement, or to record a final settlement.
If there's no will, the decedent is said to have died intestate, and his property passes by statutes called the laws of intestacy.
What We Do
We don't create wills, but we do record them after someone dies. If you're interested in writing your will, we suggest you talk with an attorney. Here's a link to the West Virginia Bar Association, or check the Yellow Pages in the phone book. You have a couple of other options, too, including buying a do-it-yourself will kit at office supply stores or finding software that will help you draw up a will. If you have any questions at all about what to include or how to make sure what you have is correct, you probably should visit an attorney.
We're open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we look forward to helping you. Visit us in Room 204 or call (304) 424-1898.
If you have questions, please call. We'll do our best to help you.
Hours of Operation
Wood County Clerk's Office
1 Court Square
P.O. Box 1474
Parkersburg, WV 26102