Effective May 6, 2019 the Fiduciary/Probate Office is no longer located at Historical Courthouse in downtown Martinsburg. The Fiduciary/Probate Office is now located at 400 West Stephen Street – Dunn Building, 1st Floor, Suite 108.
In 1982 the West Virginia legislature created within the County Commission the Office of Fiduciary Supervisor (West Virginia Code 44, Article 3A). Known as the “optional procedure” for estate settlement this statute aids and assists county commissions in the administration of wills and estates. The 1982 legislation required use of the optional procedure in Kanawha County. Berkeley County adopted this code section in 1987. A number of counties now use the optional procedure.
Under this statute any power, authority or duty conferred upon the County Clerk with respect to the settlement, regulation or supervision of estates in any provision of this article or in any provision of the West Virginia Code is transferred to the Fiduciary Supervisor.
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