Register of Wills / Orphans' Court
Current Office Operations
Our office is now open to the public for all filings.
The office is open during normal business hours, however, we ask that filings that can be filed by mail continue to do so. This minimizes the exposure to yourself and to our office personnel. If you are coming into the Justice Center you must follow all required safety protocols and Pennsylvania travel restrictions. Click here see the Pennsylvania Department of Health's website regarding traveling.
Estate Probates and Marriage License Applications will be accepted in the office by appointment only. You may schedule your in-person appointment by clicking on the appropriate button below or you may call our office.
Extended Office Hours for Marriage License Applications ONLY
The Marriage License office is open for extended hours until 6:00pm on Wednesdays for in-person Marriage License Applications by appointment only. You may schedule your in-person appointment by clicking on the appropriate button above or you may call our office. All applicants with appointments at 4:30pm or after must pay with a credit card. No cash payments will be accepted.
Estate Probate and Marriage License Applications can still be accepted at this time by video conference if there is an extenuating circumstance that requires this service. Please read the instructions for the Estate Probates and Marriage Licenses by video conference and if you can comply with all requirements then please call our office to schedule an appointment.
Please note that we will be making available only two public computers at this time for use and research. If you want to come into the office to use any of our public computers please call ahead and reserve a time otherwise it will be on a first come first serve basis. Our office may have to put a limit on the time to use the public computers based on the need and demand.
PA Guardian Tracking System (GTS)The Pennsylvania Supreme Court requires that court-appointed guardians of an adult person who has been adjudicated incapacitated file the required inventory and annual reports online. Guardians can set up an account for GTS by visiting the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania Courts web portal. Guardians who do not have access to the internet can come into the Clerk of the Orphans' Court office and use a public access computer to file their required reports online. The Chester County Clerk of the Orphans' Court will no longer accept paper or emailed filings of inventory and annual reports.
Guardian Tracking System Links
Public Access Policy
Information and forms pertaining to Chester County's Public Access Policy.
Credit and Debit Card Payment of Office Fees
This office accepts payments from MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover. In addition to the cost of the office fee the payment processing company charges a convenience fee of 2.25% of the total amount paid or a $2.00 minimum to the cardholders who use this service.
The Mediation Program is intended to provide the participant prompt access to dispute resolution proceedings that are fair, confidential, effective, and cost far less than a court proceeding. In many cases, mediation may allow the parties to reach agreements that will suit them much better than a court decision, and may promote healing of strained family relationships. Learn more.
Electronic Filing Services
We accept filing of certain documents by fax or email. An electronically filed document must be signed, dated and executed as though it were the original, in accordance with the applicable filing requirements. The document will be file-stamped with the date it is received, and will be entered into the docket as though it were the original.
Electronic Transmission Options
- Fax 610-344-6218. The fax confirmation is your electronic receipt.
- Email - firstname.lastname@example.org. The “request a read/delivery receipt” response is your electronic receipt. The electronic receipt will serve as proof that the document has been accepted for filing.
- Estate Status Report - Form 10.6
- Estate Certification of Notice - Form 10.5
- Estate Inventory
- Attorney’s Entry of Appearance
- Affidavit of Proof of Deposit of Minor’s Funds
- Motion for Continuance of a Court Scheduled Event
The REAL ID Act is a federal law that affects how states issue driver's licenses and ID cards if they are going to be accepted for federal purposes, such as boarding a domestic commercial flight or entering a federal facility that requires ID.
REAL ID Links
Legal Advice & Information Disclaimer
The Register of Wills, Clerk of the Orphans’ Court and staff are not permitted to offer opinions, directions or instructions on any matter that may be construed as legal advice. Our office provides, as required, many of the forms needed for estate administration, including the Inheritance Tax Return. The offering of these forms is not a statement that no other forms are necessary or that those provided must be completed in every instance.
The Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, acting as a conduit for the Court, accepts filings for Orphans’ Court matters. The Court, in accordance with Federal, State and Local rules and statutes, determines the correctness of the filings.
The Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court have prepared the information provided on this website. Nothing contained herein is intended to be legal advice or to offer any opinion of the legal remedies available or appropriate in any particular circumstance. It is hoped that the information presented will merely be useful in answering frequently asked questions concerning the Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court.