The Registers of Wills has jurisdiction over the probate of wills and the granting of letters, thus giving them quasi–judicial powers. The office is responsible for the preservation of all estate filings, such as Certification of Notice, Inheritance Tax Return Resident Decedent and Status Reports. The Register of Wills also serves as the agent for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for the collection of inheritance tax.
Requirements for Opening an Estate
Probate is the judicial process whereby a will is proven and accepted as a valid public document that is the true last testament of the deceased, or whereby the estate is settled according to the laws of intestacy in the state and county of residence of the deceased at the time of death in the absence of a legal will.
Inheritance taxes are collected for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, Inheritance Tax Division. Checks issued for the payment of inheritance taxes should be payable to Register of Wills, Agent.
Our office maintains a number of types of records. You may obtain these records by visiting our office or by accessing records online (only certain records are available online).