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
Thursday, November 1, 2012
VALID PHOTO IDENTIFICATION MUST ACCOMPANY ANY PETITION FOR
PROBATE AND GRANT OF LETTERS
Register of Wills and Marriage License fee changes to occur effective
August 1st, 2016
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
The current Register of Wills is the Honorable Ronald R.
Register of Wills
Room 180 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Register of Wills:
(215) 686-2233 (Applications)
(215) 686-2234 (Copies)
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