The Register of Wills is responsible for probating wills and granting letter of administration in cases where a person dies without leaving a will. The register has jurisdiction over and maintains records of wills, inventory of estates, and other miscellaneous documents. The Register is the Commonwealth’s agent for the collection of the state inheritance tax.
Clerk of Orphans’ Court
New Orphans’ Court Rules are effective September 1, 2016. The form can be found at the AOPC Forms Website.
The Clerk of Orphans’ Court is responsible for performing the administrative record keeping duties of that court. The Clerk of Orphans’ Court will process and maintain all guardianship papers for minors and incapacitated persons. All papers pertaining to adoptions are filed in this office.
The Register of Wills office issues marriage licenses and keeps required marriage records.