WVC 44 - 9 - 2
§44-9-2. Jurisdiction of estate of supposed decedent.
Whenever it is believed that facts giving rise to the
presumption of death exist with reference to any person, the
county court of the county of such person's last-known domicile
in this state, or, if such person was a nonresident of this
state, the county court of the county where the greater part of
his property within this state may be situated, may be applied to
by petition under oath, and shall have jurisdiction, to probate
the will of such person, and to grant letters testamentary or of
administration upon his estate to the same person, and upon the
same procedure, except as otherwise provided in this article, as
if such supposed decedent were in fact known to be dead.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session