WVC 41 - 5 - 3
§41-5-3. Compelling production of will and offer of probate.
A county court having jurisdiction to probate a will, or the
clerk thereof in the vacation of the court, upon being informed
that any person has in his custody the will of a decedent, shall
summon him, and by proper process compel him to produce the same.
Upon the production of the will it shall remain on file in the
clerk's office until proceedings are taken for the probate
thereof. If any party desires to contest such will he may by
application to the court or the clerk thereof in vacation have a
rule against the executors and all the beneficiaries named in the
will, returnable to the court, to be served in the manner
prescribed in this article for service of process upon a petition
to probate a will in solemn form, to offer such will for probate.
If none of the executors or beneficiaries offers such will for
probate within ten days after the return day of the rule, the
court of its own motion shall offer the same for probate, so that
the parties adversely affected by the will may contest the same.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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