Register of Wills / Orphans' Court
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.
The Clerk of the Orphans' Court will visit 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 written requests to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, phone number, address, and explanation of the medical conditions.
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.
Photo ID Requirement
Petitioners opening an estate must provide photo ID at the time the petition is submitted for Probate and Grant of Letters.
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 - email@example.com. The “request a read/delivery receipt” response is your electronic receipt.
The following documents are accepted for filing electronically
- Guardian Inventory
- Guardian of the Person Report
- Guardian of the Estate Report
- 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
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.