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313 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380

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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
Phone: 610-344-6335
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 2015

Accounts Listed for Audit 
September 2, 2015

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.

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

 General Department Information

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