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Frequently Asked Questions

  General F.A.Q.
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Where are you located?
What are your office hours?
Can I get information over the telephone?
Can I get information over the Internet?
How far back do your records go?
What records are available to the public?
Can anyone obtain records from your office?
  Probate F.A.Q.
What services does the Register of Wills provide?
Are all wills open to the public?
What does it mean to register a will?
Why is a will registered or probated?
What is probate?
What does the word intestate mean?
The decedent died without a will. Now what do I do?
What is a Short Certificate?
Why do you keep the original will?
Does a will get registered or filed after it is written?
I cannot find the original will. I only have a copy. What can I do?
What is a testator?
What are Letters Testamentary and Letters of Administration?
Do I need an attorney to apply for Letters Testamentary or Letters of Administration?
Who can be appointed administrator?
What do I need when I come to the office to open the estate?
Does your office assist in the preparation of the inheritance tax return?
  Marriage Records F.A.Q.
How do I get a certified copy of my marriage license?
Is photo identification required?
We are getting married on an island or in another state. Where do we get our marriage license?
Can I register my marriage in Pennsylvania if it takes place in another country or state?
Is there a central registry of marriage in Pennsylvania?
I live in Philadelphia County but my marriage is taking place in another county in Pennsylvania. Where can I get my marriage license?
Do I need a licensed minister or priest to perform my marriage ceremony?
How do I get a self-uniting license?
Does Pennsylvania recognize common-law marriages?
At what age is a person no longer a minor in Pennsylvania?
Why do you need my social security number (SSN) to apply for a marriage license?
What if I have a SSN but refuse to provide it?
What happens if I do not have a SSN?
Marriage applications are public record. I do not want my SSN given out to the public.