Register of Wills / Orphans' Court

Terri Clark
Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court
201 W Market Street, Suite 2200
West Chester, PA 19380-0989
Ph: 610-344-6335
Fx: 610-344-6218

Estate Probates, Marriage Licenses, 
and Filings of Accounts for Audit 
M-F 8:30am-4 pm

All other filings are 4:30 p.m.
M-F 8:30am-4 pm
What's New
Attorney's Withdrawal of Appearance
Effective immediately, the Clerk of the Orphans' Court office will only accept an Attorney's Withdrawal of Appearance in the form of a Petition with notice as stated in the Orphans' Court Rule L1.2C. Other forms of filing an Attorney's Withdrawal of Appearance will only be accepted if another attorney has previously entered or another attorney is simultaneously entering an appearance on behalf of the party.

Offsite Services
The Clerk of the Orphans' Court will go to hospices, nursing facilities, hospitals, and private homes to execute legal documents pertaining to marriage licenses and notarizing power-of-attorneys for those not ambulatory or in their last stages of life. Please send all written requests to our office or email the requests to the Clerk of the Orphans' Court at In your request please provide your name, phone number, address, and explanation of the medical conditions.

Orphans' Court Mediation Program
The Chester County Orphans' Court is administering a Mediation Program that is intended to provide the participant prompt convenient access to dispute resolution proceedings that are fair, confidential, effective, and cost far less than a court proceeding. In many cases, mediation may allow the parties to reach agreements that will suit them much better than a court decision, and may promote healing of strained family relationships. Please click here for a brochure to learn more about this Program and to find out how to get started.

Photo ID Requirement
All Petitioners opening an estate need to provide Photo I.D. at the time they submit the Petition for Probate and Grant of Letters.

New Functionality for Fill-in Forms

All fill-in forms on this website, created and provided by the Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court and identified with the blue pencil have been updated with new functionality. With this new functionality these forms can be completed online, printed AND saved with the data entered on the user’s computer. Once saved the data on the form may be modified at any time before final submission, if necessary.

The Inheritance Tax Forms, created and provided by the PA Inheritance Tax Department, have also been modified with this new functionality. The link to these forms is on our website in the left navigation panel under Related Links.

Fill-in forms on this website, created and provided by the AOPC, have not been modified at this time. These forms are fill-in ONLY and can be printed but not saved. These forms are identified with a red pencil .

Electronic Filing Services provided by the Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court
The office of the Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans’ Court is accepting the filing of certain documents electronically by fax or email. An electronically filed document must be signed, dated and executed as though it were the original, in accordance with the applicable filing requirements. The document will be file-stamped with the date the electronic transmission is received and entered into the docket as though it were the original.

Electronic Transmission Options
  • Fax 610-344-6218: The “fax confirmation” is your electronic receipt.
  • Email: The “request a read/delivery receipt” response is your electronic receipt.
The electronic receipt will serve as proof that the document has been accepted for filing. 

The following documents are accepted for filing electronically:
  • Guardian Inventory 
  • Guardian of the Person Report 
  • Guardian of the Estate Report 
  • Estate Status Report - Form 6.12 
  • Estate Certification of Notice - Form 5.6 
  • Estate Inventory 
  • Attorney’s Entry of Appearance 
  • Affidavit of Proof of Deposit of Minor’s Funds 
  • Motion for Continuance of a Court Scheduled Event
Legal Advice & Information Disclaimer 
The Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court frequently receive requests for assistance in preparing and/or filing forms required for a particular matter. The Register of Wills, Clerk of the Orphans’ Court and staff are not permitted to offer opinions, directions or instructions on any matter that may be construed as legal advice. The Register of Wills provides, as required, many of the forms needed for Estate administration, including the Inheritance Tax Return. The offering of these forms is not a statement that no other forms are necessary or that those provided must be completed in every instance.

The Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, acting as a conduit for the Court, accepts filings for Orphans’ Court matters. The Court, in accordance with Federal, State and Local rules and statutes, determines the correctness of the filings.

The Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court have prepared the information provided on this website. Nothing contained herein is intended to be legal advice or to offer any opinion of the legal remedies available or appropriate in any particular circumstance. It is hoped that the information presented will merely be useful in answering frequently asked questions concerning the Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court.