State, county and municipal governing bodies are required to publish legal advertisements in properly qualified newspapers. Also, state law requires publication of legal ads in many cases where citizens will be affected by the result of an action.
In order to assure those legal advertisements are published in a newspaper which can be expected to reach a reasonable audience, West Virginia law establishes the criteria for eligibility to publish these ads as a qualified newspaper. The criteria include circulation and frequency of publication.
West Virginia Code
West Virginia Code Chapter 59, Article 3 establishes both the requirements for qualified newspapers and the classifications of legal advertisements.
List of Qualified Newspapers in West Virginia
For a complete list of qualified newspapers
A newspaper which is qualified to publish legal advertisements required under
West Virginia Code §59-3-1 must:
A newspaper which meets the other requirements of a qualified newspaper must file an affidavit of circulation no later than November 1 annually.
Qualified Newspaper Affidavit Form NW-1 in Adobe Acrobat Reader format, complete it on screen, and print the form ready for signing. Sign the form and have it notarized, attach the printed affidavit of circulation, and mail to the Secretary of State.
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