WVC 44 - 1 - 1
§44-1-1. Executor has no powers before qualifying.
A person appointed by a will executor thereof shall not have
the powers of executor until he qualify as such by taking an oath
and giving bond before the county court in which the will, or an
authenticated copy thereof, is admitted to record, or before the
clerk thereof in vacation, except that he may provide for the
burial of the testator, pay reasonable funeral expenses and
preserve the estate from waste.