Preparation and Filing of the Inventory
PRACTICAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING THE INVENTORY
THE USE OF 10 -12 POINT FONT SIZE IS REQUIRED IN LEGAL CONTRACTS. Since your filings will be recorded at the Henrico Circuit Court, the font size used on inventory and accounts should not be less than 10-12 point.
Your inventory and/or account may be returned if it is not clearly legible and a minimum of 10-12 point font size.
Form CC-1670 is the required form for the filing of an Inventory of the assets of a decedent’s estate. At the time of qualification you were given Form CC-1670 and Form CC-1670 (INST), an instruction summary for completing the inventory. These instructions are specific and will give you all of the information needed to properly complete the inventory. It is critical that the inventory be correctly stated in terms of the assets of the estate and the assets are placed in the proper location on the form. Certain assets pass outside of the estate and are not included on the inventory. These assets would include real estate which passes by survivorship designation in the deed, life insurance with a designated beneficiary, annuities with a designated payee. These assets, as you will determine from the instructions, are not listed anywhere on the inventory because you have no control over them.
However, there is an exception. For joint or pay on death accounts or certificates of deposit with banks and credit unions, accounts also not under your control, they must nonetheless be listed in Part 2 of the inventory, but are not included in the total value of assets shown on the front of the inventory form. For example, if John Doe has a joint bank or credit union account with his daughter Jane Doe as co-owner, or which Jane was designated as the survivorship beneficiary, or pay on death ("p.o.d") beneficiary, that account passes outside of the probate estate; is not included in the total probate estate; is not subject to administration by the executor; but must be shown in Part 2 of the Inventory. The proper designation in part 2 for example would be:
SunTrust Bank checking account (2140)..$10,000.00, survivorship to Jane Doe
Note: If the account was joint only as a convenience in transacting business for the decedent prior to death, and was not intended as a survivorship account, it should be a part of the probate estate and listed in part 1 of the inventory. Such an account may have been a power of attorney account or an account in joint names only to facilitate the paying of the decedent's bills prior to death.
COMPLETION OF THE FIVE SECTIONS OF THE INVENTORY
Part 1: This section includes tangible and intangible personal property owned by the decedent. The date of death value is used.
If the decedent owned stocks and bonds, call the stockbroker and get a statement of the date of death value. Do not list the entire brokerage account with one value. The individual components of a brokerage account must be listed. For example, an account at Morgan Stanley worth $100,000.00 should not be listed in that manner but should be listed with the component parts. If the account has 1000 shares of Exxon stock valued at $50.00 per share on the date of death, and 2000 shares of Anthem at $25.00 per share on date of death these individual companies must be listed with the number of shares, per share value and total value for each company’s stock.
Bank accounts should be designated by type (checking, saving, CD.) Only the last four digits of the account number should be shown for any account listed on the inventory or any other filing to protect individual or estate privacy.
The value of automobiles may be obtained online at NADA or KELLEY BLUE BOOK. Use the fair market value without reduction for any lien on the vehicles.
Collections may be valued by calling dealers or clubs involved in the same type of collection.
Antiques may need to be appraised depending on the disposition of the asset provided for in the will or the value of the estate if estate taxation may be involved.
The date of death value of U.S. Savings Bonds may be obtained online at www.treasurydirect.gov/BC/SBCPrice.
Check with the Virginia Division of Unclaimed Property to see if the decedent had any right to unclaimed property at the time of death at www.VaMoneySearch.org. If you prefer call (800)468-1088.
There is no formal requirement for appraisal of the entire estate and to do so is generally a waste of estate assets, unless appraisal is directed by the will and appraisal is necessary to properly allocate personal property by equal value, or the estate is taxable for Federal estate taxes.
****All inventory assets are reported at fair market value without reduction for anything owed on the asset.
Part 2: This section lists bank and credit union accounts which the decedent owned with another or on which account the decedent had made a “pay on death” designation or “survivorship” designation. Only accounts with banks and credit unions are listed. The bank name, last four numbers of the account and joint or survivor payee should be listed with the date of death value of the account. Please refer to Form CC-1670(INST) for further clarification on bank and credit union accounts.
If the account was joint only for convenience with an attorney in fact being listed or some other person listed only for signing purposes, the account should be listed in Part 1.
If the account was designated as a survivorship account by an attorney in fact for the decedent prior to death and the account had not been so established by the decedent, it should be listed in Part 1 because such a designation by an attorney in fact normally represents self dealing and would be considered improper.
Virginia statutory law controls the disposition of joint, pay on death (POD) and specifically designated survivorship accounts upon the decedent's death and you may have to consult those statutes or consult with an estate attorney if you have a question as to whether the bank or credit union account is an asset of the estate or passes outside of probate according to banking rules and the manner in which the decedent set up the account.
You should obtain copies of the account cards for each bank account to determine how the account was established. You should save these account cards for future reference in case your determination is questioned by a beneficiary or the Commissioner. If the bank or credit union no longer has the account card, request a letter from the institution describing how the account was established. See Sections 6.2-604; 6.2-605; 6.2-606; 6.2-607 and particularly 6.2-608, Code of Virginia (1050), as amended.
NOTE: In most cases we will request proof that the accounts reported in part 2 were, in fact, joint or survivorship accounts. This will depend on each estate.
If there are multiple beneficiaries under the will and a number of accounts reported in part 2 are payable to one of the beneficiaries alone, verification will be required, and you should submit a copy of a pre-death bank statement showing joint ownership, or a copy of the account card showing the account to be a pay on death (p.o.d.) account, or having a named beneficiary.
The same information is required if all beneficiaries are listed as joint account holders, so that we may determine that the assets have been correctly reported in part 2, and should not be part 1 inventory assets.
Parts 3 and 4: Real estate is listed in one of three sections on the Inventory:
- If the decedent had a will and you have power to sell real estate under the will, and the decedent’s real estate does not pass by survivorship, that real estate is shown in Part 3.
The value may be the fair market value based on an appraisal (which must be supplied with the inventory), or the date of death tax assessed value by the County wherein the property is located.The Henrico County tax assessed value may be obtained by phone at 804-755-7380, or on the internet by street address at www.co.henrico.va.us. Once on the County website click on "real estate property information" under online services on the left of the page, then check the "disclaimer" box, click on "submit" and you can enter the street address for the tax assessed value.
- If the decedent had real estate and you qualified as executor but the will did not give you the power to sell real estate, or if you qualified as the administrator of an intestate estate, you have no power of sale over real estate, and the decedent’s interest in real estate should be listed in Part 4 of the Inventory.
- Non-Virginia real estate owned by the decedent should be listed in Part 5 of the Inventory.
- Burial rights owned by the decedent are generally treated as personal property, not real estate.
- Time shares may be treated as real estate if there is a recorded deed, or personal property if a contract right gives the decedent the “ownership” interest.
- The value to be listed for real estate is the tax assessed value or appraised value without reduction for deed of trust notes (mortgages) on the property.
TRANSFER ON DEATH DEEDS
You will probalby have to go through an ancillary administration of the estate in the state where the real estate is located in order to sell or transfer the real estate. You should make contact with an estate attorney in the city or county where the property is located to advise and assist you in administering the foreign real estate.
When is the Inventory Filed?
The inventory shall be filed four (4) months from the date of your qualification. Failure to file could result in a delinquent letter, a summons by the Commissioner or an Order to appear before the Court.
Where is the Inventory Filed?
The inventory is filed with or mailed to the Henrico County Commissioner of Accounts. File the Inventory in duplicate, signed by all fiduciaries, with a check for the appropriate fees as determined from the schedule of the filing fees. With the Commissioner’s fee you shall include the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s filing fees based on the number of pages submitted:
1 - 10 pages.................................$16.00
11 - 30 pages...............................$31.00
31 or more pages.........................$51.00
The Commissioner's fee schedule is as follows:
NOTE: ALL COSTS PAYABLE TO THE COMMISSIONER, AND CLERK'S FILING FEES, SHOULD BE PAYABLE TO "HENRICO COMMISSIONER OF ACCOUNTS", IN ONE CHECK FOR ALL FEES AND COSTS.
Forms to be Used for Testate and Intestate Estate Inventory: