Thank you for the additional information.
Unfortunately, if the assets in the estate exceed you will need to open an estate in probate
. As an interested party, you can open the estate by filing a petition and requesting to be appointed representative.
However, since you do not reside in Virginia, you are going to need to retain local counsel in Virginia to file for you and to serve as the local estate rep.
The cost is something you can negotiate upfront, but if the value of the estate is in the millions, plan on attorney fees in the low 5 figures.
If you need help finding Virginia counsel try Martindale Hubble. Many attorneys themselves use this site to locate attorneys outside their jurisdiction or expertise:
It is a huge worldwide database searchable by location and specialty.
I hope this is helpful. If you have more follow up questions please let me know. It is never a problem.