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.

Requirements for Recording

  • Acknowledgment must include the following: county, state, date, persons/corporate officers appearing, notary signature, and notary rubber stamp.
  • Notary stamp must be clear and legible.  Notary’s stamp, seal and signature must be independent of each other.
  • All deeds, mortgages and mortgage assignments must have a signed certificate of address of either the grantee, mortgagee or assignee.
  • Re-recorded documents must have new acknowledgments and an explanation as to why they are being re-recorded.
  • Statements of Value, if required, must be filed in duplicate and fully completed, signed and dated as per the State Department of Revenue.
  • Blanket documents are not accepted for recording.
  • Stamped, self-addressed envelopes are required for return of all documents.  The office will not mail recorded documents unless an envelope has been provided at the time of recording.
  • All checks shall be payable to “Snyder County Recorder of Deeds”.
  • All checks submitted for payment must be in the correct amount. No refunds will be given.
  • Separate checks are required for each recorded document and for each realty transfer tax.
  • Only legible documents capable of being clearly scanned will be acceptable for recording.  If a document mailed to us is unacceptable for recording for any reason, it will be returned to the sender.


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).

Types of Records We Maintain

  • Deeds
  • Mortgage 
  • Estates
  • Military Discharge Papers (available to family, not as public record)
  • Notary Commissions & Bonds
  • Satisfaction Pieces
  • Subdivision Plans

Forms, Links & Documents



Stacey L. Zerbe

Register of Wills & Recorder of Deeds

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