WVC 44 - 1 - 4
§44-1-4. Appointment of administrator.
When a person dies intestate the jurisdiction to hear and
determine the right of administration of his estate shall be in
the county court, or clerk thereof during the recess of the
regular sessions of such court, which would have jurisdiction as
to the probate of his will, if there were one. Administration
shall be granted to the distributees who apply therefor,
preferring first the husband or wife, and then such of the others
entitled to distribution as such court or clerk shall see fit. If
no distributee apply for administration within thirty days from
the death of the intestate, such court or clerk may grant
administration to one or more of his creditors, or to any other
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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