Register of Wills / Orphans' Court



Due to the current Coronavirus mandates and County guidelines recently enacted, the Chester County Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans' Court office is currently CLOSED to the Public for all non-essential functions.  The ONLY essential functions for which the Public will be permitted to enter the office are for Emergency Petitions for Guardianships of Incapacitated Persons and Older Adult Matters.

All other services, requests, and filings will be accepted by mail ONLY.  Our limited staff will be here in the office to answer any questions during our normal business hours of 8:30AM and 4:30PM.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but we are taking these steps to ensure the safety of our staff and the public during this difficult time.  We will continue to update this website with any new developments based on any new information we receive.  Thank you for your understanding.

Free Guardianship Training in May 2020

The AOPC is offering free training for guardians.  Please click on the links below for more information.

Please note this training is being provided by the AOPC.  If you have any questions about the training please use the contact information located on the flyer or registration form.

PA Guardian Tracking System (GTS)

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court requires that court-appointed guardians of an adult person who has been adjudicated incapacitated file the required inventory and annual reports online. Guardians can set up an account for GTS by visiting the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Courts web portal. Guardians who do not have access to the internet can come into the Clerk of the Orphans' Court office and use a public access computer to file their required reports online. The Chester County Clerk of the Orphans' Court will no longer accept paper or emailed filings of inventory and annual reports.

Guardian Tracking System Links

Public Access Policy

Information and forms pertaining to Chester County's Public Access Policy.

Credit and Debit Card Payment of Office Fees  
This office accepts payments from MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. In addition to the cost of the office fee the payment processing company charges a convenience fee of 2.25% of the total amount paid or a $2.00 minimum to the cardholders who use this service.    
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Mediation Program
The Mediation Program is intended to provide the participant prompt 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. Learn more.

Electronic Filing Services
We accept filing of certain documents 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 it is received, and will be 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
  • Estate Status Report - Form 10.6
  • Estate Certification of Notice - Form 10.5
  • Estate Inventory 
  • Attorney’s Entry of Appearance 
  • Affidavit of Proof of Deposit of Minor’s Funds 
  • Motion for Continuance of a Court Scheduled Event
REAL ID Information
The REAL ID Act is a federal law that affects how states issue driver's licenses and ID cards if they are going to be accepted for federal purposes, such as boarding a domestic commercial flight or entering a federal facility that requires ID.


Legal Advice & Information Disclaimer 

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. Our office 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.