Chester County, Pennsylvania
County of Chester
313 W. Market St.
P.O. Box 2748
West Chester, PA 19380-0991
Ph: (610) 344-6000
Toll Free: 1 (800) 692-1100

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Register of Wills / Orphans' Court
                                                          Terri Clark
Terri Clark
Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court                       

Chester County Justice Center
201 W. Market Street, Suite 2200
West Chester, PA 19380-0989
Fax: 610-344-6218


Estate Probates, Marriage Licenses, and Filings of Accounts for
Audit will be taken from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM ONLY.


Office hours for all other filings are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Monday through Friday.
Account Audit Information 

Audit Calendar 2014

Accounts Listed for Audit 
April 2, 2014




What's New
 
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.

ACT 35 AMENDMENTS TO THE PEF CODE
Act 35 of 2013, which takes effect August 31, 2013, raises the limits on small estates and payments to families.  The Act specifically amends Sections 3101 (B) and (C), 3102 and 3531 of Title 20 (Decedents, Estates and Fiduciaries) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.  Click here for a copy of House Bill No. 513 that has all the amended language in it.

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 I.D. REQUIREMENT
Effective August 2012, all Petitioners opening an estate need to provide Photo I.D. at the time they submit the Petition for Probate & 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 being 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

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