The Commissioner of Accounts is appointed by the Circuit Court of Shenandoah County. My duties include the supervision of timely and properly filed Inventories and/or Accounts by qualified administrators and executors of decedent’s estates, by trustees of testamentary trusts, by guardians of minors’ estates, by conservators for incapacitated adults and by foreclosure trustees. I am accountable to the Judges of the Circuit Court and serve under their supervision. I have an experienced and competent staff who assist in the review and audit of the filings with my office.
The oversight of the accounts is conducted pursuant to the laws set forth in the Code of Virginia and the Manual for Commissioner of Accounts, which sets forth procedures recommended by the Standing Committee on Commissioners of Accounts established by the Judicial Council of the Virginia State Bar.
As Commissioner of Accounts, my office cannot provide legal advice on the administration of estates or the various fiduciary responsibilities described above for any matter before me as a Commissioner. We encourage the fiduciaries or personal representatives charged with those duties to review the fiduciary forms and instructions listed on the Supreme Court website – www.courts.state.va.us/forms/circuit/fiduciaries – and seek the advice of attorneys or accountants knowledgeable in estate administration, fiduciary duties and accountings.
Once the Circuit Court Clerk has qualified you as a personal representative with responsibilities and notified my office, we will contact you with information regarding your responsibilities and the schedule of timelines you have for completion of your duties. The Circuit Court Clerk who assists you with the Qualification paperwork will also provide you with written instructions regarding your responsibilities and you should take care to review that information carefully.
Before filing an Inventory or Accounting with this office you may wish to contact us regarding the Uniform Fee Schedule for the Commissioner of Accounts and the Uniform Fiduciary Compensation Fee Schedule, which has been adopted by the Circuit Court Judges.
If you would like to reach the Commissioner’s Office by Mail the address is: PO Box 506 Woodstock, Virginia 22664.
Our office is located in the Law Office of Allen & Allen, P.C.
146 West Court Street,
Woodstock, Virginia 22664.
Our office is open Monday-Thursday from 9:00am-5:00pm and Friday from 9:00am-2:00pm, closing daily for lunch from noon-1:00pm.
We are CLOSED for Federal Holidays. Please note, our office operates by appointment only.