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The decedent is the deceased, i.e. the person who left the estate. A decedent has died testate if he or she has left a valid will. If a person dies intestate (without leaving a valid will), the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in effect at the time of death, determine who the heirs are and who will therefore receive the decedent's property. The person who the court appoints to administer the estate for the decedent is called an executor if specified in the will or a personal representative if no executor was specified. Executors and personal representatives are also referred to generically as administrators or fiduciaries. Other people involved in the administration of estates include the Commissioner of Accounts (a local person appointed by the circuit court to oversee the administration of estates), the circuit court clerk and his or her deputies, and the circuit court judges.
The will (last will and testament) is a legal document drawn up by a person and/or his or her attorney to specify how a person's property should be distributed and who should administer the affairs of the estate. A copy of a document is certified by a circuit court deputy clerk to indicate that it is a true and complete copy of the original. An exemplified copy also contains the official seals of the judges and clerk of the circuit court.
To probate a will is to officially prove it as the authentic and valid last will and testament of the deceased and admit it to record. Qualification and appointment of a personal representative may or may not accompany probate. If a decedent owns real estate in multiple jurisdictions in Virginia, the will should be probated in the jurisdiction where he or she resided and then a certified copy recorded in the other jurisdictions. If real estate is owned in another state, an exemplified copy of the will must be probated in that state.
If there is a will, and an executor or executors is named in the will, the person or persons specified will qualify. If there is a will, but no executor is named or the specified executor refuses or ceases to serve, the circuit court may grant administration to an alternate executor or a beneficiary of the will.
If there is no will, the surviving spouse is given preference in the appointment of a personal representative, followed by the other natural distributees (children, parents, etc.). Anyone having an interest in the estate may qualify after 60 days have elapsed since written notice has been given to the other heirs. Whoever is appointed as an executor must take an oath to faithfully perform the duties required and must give bond in an amount at least equal to the value of the estate. If the will does not waive surety, surety must be given on the bond.
No. There are over 200 sections in the Code of Virginia that deal solely with the administration of estates. You should contact the Clerk of Circuit Court's Office if you have any questions regarding probate procedure. You should contact an attorney if you have any questions regarding the legal interpretation of Virginia's estate laws.
The City of Roanoke, along with all other jurisdictions in the State of Virginia, oversees permitting and inspections by use of the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC). The provisions of the USBC are based on nationally recognized building and fire codes published by the International Code Council, Inc. The model codes are made part of the USBC through a regulatory process known as incorporation by reference. The USBC also contains administrative provisions governing the use of the model codes and establishing requirements for the enforcement of the code by the local building departments and other code enforcement agencies. The current version of the USBC is known as the 2015 Edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and was effective throughout Virginia on September 4, 2018.
Application for a permit shall be made to the building official and a permit shall be obtained prior to commencing any of the following activities: Construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, conversion or demolition of a building or structure, including the installation or altering of any equipment regulated by the USBC; Change of Occupancy of an existing structure when a new certificate is required by the USBC; movement of a lot line that increases the hazard to or decreases the level of safety of an existing building or structure; removing or disturbing any asbestos containing materials during demolition, alteration, renovation of or additions to buildings or structures.
There are a lot of situations (repairs, for one) where a building permit is not required. View Permits required and exemptions to find out what is and is not covered.
View more about building permit requirements online.
If there is an immediate hazard such as a live wire down or electrical fire then call 911 to make the area safe but AEP will still need to respond to fix the electrical problem. AEP for power outages
You should call 911 to report any police, fire, or medical emergency. Non-Emergencies can be reported at 540-344-6681.
At that point, it was decided that high-quality, less-restrictive, community-based services would be provided to these children if the funds were managed at the local level.
The Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) is comprised of the supervisory-level staff from the same agencies as the CPMT as well as the parent and private providers. These teams work with the families to develop the Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP). If the services needed are beyond what is available in the participating agencies and there are no other family or community resources available, the team may choose to purchase them with local CSA pool funds.
In the City of Roanoke, "non-mandated" funds are available to some children and families served by the Community Services Board (Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare), Court Services Unit, Roanoke City Public Schools and the local Department of Social Services. These funds are limited, and the City of Roanoke is not required to appropriate funds to serve this population.
Roanoke City Council meetings are held in the City Council Chamber which is located in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, 215 Church Avenue, S. W., Room 450.
Citizens who wish to speak may register on the date of the meeting at the entrance of the City Council Chamber before 2:00 p.m. Citizens may also pre-register by calling the City Clerk's Office at (540) 853-2541, Monday through Friday, (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), prior to and including the date of the Council meeting.
Speaker forms will not be accepted for the Council Meeting once the meeting has convened. Any material needing to be distributed to City Council Members must be reviewed by the City Clerk before the start of the meeting.
Speakers appearing before City Council will not be allowed to: Campaign for public office, promote private business ventures, engage in personal attacks, use profanity or vulgar language. Speakers who violate these rules will be declared out of order and shall immediately yield the floor and be seated.
The Office of Planning, Building and Development shall determine the required fees. A statement determining compliance with the Zoning Ordinance will be prepared by the Secretary or Agent to the City Planning Commission and attached to the application.
The applicant is responsible for any and all advertising costs incurred for advertisement of applications for public hearings before the City Planning Commission and City Council and will be billed by the City or the local newspapers for such costs.
For further information, please contact:
Tina M. Carr, Secretary, Roanoke City Planning Commission at (540) 853-1730
The Commissioner of the Revenue will respond to the organization in writing after adetermination of tax-exempt status has been made. If the organization is alreadyeligible for tax-exempt status and the intended use of the property is determined to beconsistent with the mission of the organization, the organization will be so informed inwriting.
For further information, please contact:
Commissioner of the Revenue's Office at (540) 853-2521 City Clerk's Office at (540) 853-2541
You can apply for your marriage license by mail.
Both parties must be present to apply for a marriage license. You must both be at least 18 years of age and present valid government issued identification that is not expired (ie; passport, drivers license, id card). If an interpreter is needed you should bring one with you. Neither the bride or groom can interpret for the other. Your marriage license must be used within 60 days or returned to our office. The license must be returned to our office within five days after the marriage occurs. It can be used anywhere in the state of Virginia and your Officiant must have been approved to perform licenses by any circuit court in Virginia. The costs for the marriage license is $30.00 and we accept cash, MasterCard and Visa. There is a $2.00 convenience fee when a card is used for payment. Once you are married and the Officiant has returned the completed copies of the marriage license you can get certified copies. You may present these to employers, insurers, social security or the DMV. The certified copies are $2.50 each
Brenda S Hamilton is the Clerk of Circuit Court for the City of Roanoke and is authorized to perform marriages. Due to COVID-19 she is not performing wedding ceremonies at this time.
The Circuit Court of the City of Roanoke accepts online payments for criminal and traffic fines and costs. You cannot make payments over the phone. Mail payments may be made by check or money order to the Roanoke City Circuit Court 315 Church Avenue SW, 3rd Floor Roanoke, VA 24016, payable to the Clerk of Circuit Court, and make reference to your case number(s).
In order to obtain a concealed handgun permit you must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid government-issued photo ID, be a resident of the City of Roanoke, and provide proof of competency with a handgun. Click Here
Cecilia Mcghee 540-853-6712
Kim Simmons 540-853-5832
Kara Stapleton 540-853-6710
Until further notice appointments are required for all probate matters.
The license tax is reduced to $14 for owners of vehicles with National Guard tags.
Virginia now allows all registered voters to vote absentee in person or by mailed ballot without having to have an excuse or reason before Election Day. Voters wishing to vote before Election Day should complete an application online to receive a ballot by mail. The deadline to return a mailed ballot is Election Day at 7:00 pm. Alternately, voters wishing to vote before Election Day can vote in person in the office Voter Registration and Elections located at 317 Kimball Avenue NE. Acceptable identification is required.
Adult visitors are admitted Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, from 7:30PM-11 PM. Children ages 13 and under are permitted on Saturdays from 8AM-11 AM. Approved visitors will be permitted to visit for approximately 20 minutes and visit only once during a 7 day period. More information is available
Cash, certified checks or money orders may be mailed to the individual in care of the Roanoke City Jail. Also, secure drop boxes are located in the visitation lobby at 324 Campbell Avenue, the Jail Annex lobby and also in the Roanoke City Jail Administrative Office lobby at 317 Church Avenue.
Certified checks and money orders must be made out to the order of the Roanoke City Jail Inmate Fund and put the inmate’s name in the memo section. There is also a kiosk in the main jail lobby that accepts cash ($5 or more) or credit/debit cards. Money posted to an inmate's account using the kiosk will be available for use immediately. There is a fee to use this service which is deducted at the time of the deposit. In order for someone to leave money on an inmate's account using this system, the person must have either the inmate's ID number or the inmate's NAME and DATE OF BIRTH. The person must also have a valid government issued ID with a 2D bar code or magnetic strip. Money may also be deposited via the internet. Persons may visit the following: govpaynow.com, mycropay.com or MoneyGram (Walmart) to make online deposits.
The mailing address for inmates is:
Smart Communications - Roanoke City Jail
Inmate Name - ID Number
3735 Franklin RD SW #275
Roanoke, Va 24016
The inmate's name and ID number must be clearly printed on the outside of the envelope or postcard to ensure the mail is posted correctly. Mail not containing the inmate ID Number and name will be "Return to Sender."
Cash is no longer accepted through postal mail. Please mail envelopes containing a money order and a blank cover page to the following address:
Roanoke City Jail
Attention: Inmate Accounts
324 Campbell Ave SW
Roanoke, VA 24016
Make Money orders payable to:
Roanoke City Jail Inmate Fund c/o "Inmate's Full Legal Name"
* In the memo line: Inmate ID Number
Please include your contact information if there is a discrepancy.
Lists of tax sale properties to be auctioned are posted on this website. Lists are usually not available until 3 weeks prior to the auction. Lists are published in the legal section of The Roanoke Times for three weeks in advance of the auction date. As soon as the list of properties is finalized, it is published on this website. Lists, when available, are also provided by Billings and Collections in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, Room 252.