Register of Wills & all its divisions will operate by APPOINTMENT ONLY until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions currently in place throughout Pennsylvania.
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PROBATE APPOINTMENTS (In-Person)
We understand the significant impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the citizens of Philadelphia and with that we continuously look to provide service solutions that make the most sense for individuals. The Register of Wills Office will continue to offer Virtual Operations of our Probate services only, until further notice. These services will be provided on emergency basis only, BASED UPON CRITERIA ESTABLISHED BY THE REGISTER OF WILLS.
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As we navigate these uncertain times together, the safety and well-being of our
customers, employees and the communities we serve remains our top priority.
For the safety of all stakeholders our virtual services require individuals to
have video conferencing capabilities by smart device or computer.
INFORMAL CAVEATS WILL BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL ONLY. SKIP TO STEP 3.
Inheritance Tax Update
Emergency Guardianship petitions are now accepted through E-filing.
ORPHANS' COURT UPDATE
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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 Tracey L. Gordon
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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