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All attorneys must file petition for probate and grant of letters electronically effective Monday, September 15, 2008

The Register of Wills will no longer accept PERSONAL CHECKS effective
Thursday, November 1, 2012




The Register of Wills is an elected official, one of whose functions is to determine whether a document offered for probate should be received as the last Will of the decedent. In situations where a Will does not name an executor, the Register determines who is authorized to administer the estate of the deceased.

Wills are occasionally challenged on the grounds of forgery, lack of testamentary capacity of the testator, or undue influence. The Register hears testimony with regard to any challenge and makes a decision accepting or rejecting the document offered.


Where there is no Will, the Register grants Letters of Administration, usually to the next of kin. Where there is dispute among the heirs as to whom should serve as Administrator, the Register will resolve this dispute.

The current Register of Wills is the Honorable Ronald R. Donatucci, Esq.

Contact Information

Register of Wills
Room 180 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Register of Wills:  (215) 686-6250
Marriage License:  (215) 686-2233 (Applications)
Marriage Records:  (215) 686-2234 (Copies)

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