Register of Wills


FKovaleski
Frances Roland Kovaleski,
Register of Wills
The Primary function of the Register of Wills is to probate or legally establish the validity of a decedent’s will. In cases where a will does not exist, the Register of Wills will appoint a Personal Representative based on Pennsylvania Intestacy Laws. The Register of Wills is also an agent for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, collecting in excess of $14 million dollars of Inheritance Tax revenue annually.

Another chief responsibility of the Register of Wills office is the management, storage and preservation of filings dating as far back as 1878, making this office an excellent resource for genealogical research.

Probates are by Appointment Only!    


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Frequently Asked Questions

Administrative Contacts
Frances M. Kovaleski
Register of Wills
Phone: 570-963-6702
Fax: 570-963-6377
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Tracy Diskin Doherty, Esq
Deputy Register of Wills
Phone: 570-963-6702
Fax: 570-963-6377
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Location

Register of Wills / Clerk of Orphans Court
Lackawanna County Government Center
123 Wyoming Avenue, 5th Floor
Scranton, PA 18503
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Forms31 documents

  • Affidavit of Domicile
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  • Application and Instructions for Employer Identification EIN Number Form SS-4
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  • Application for Birth Records
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  • Application for Death Records
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  • Application for Genealogy Search: Wills/Estates
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  • Caveat
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  • Caveat / Bond of Caveat
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  • Citation
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  • EIN Number Form SS-4
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  • Estate Inventory
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  • Family Exemptions
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  • Fee Schedule
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  • Notice of Intention to Appeal from Register
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  • Out-of-State Commission Checklist
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  • PA O.C. Certification of Notice under Rule 10.5
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  • PA O.C. Rule 10.5 Notice of Estate Administration
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  • PA O.C. Rule 10.6 Status Report
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  • PA 20 CS Payments to Family/Funeral Directors/Settlement of Small Estates Not Exceeding $50,000
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  • Probate Packet
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  • Estate Information Sheet
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  • Petition for Probate, Grant of Letters
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  • Oath of Personal Representative
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  • Oath of Subscribing Witness
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  • Oath of Non-Subscribing Witness
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  • Unavailable Witness Affidavit
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  • Renunciation
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  • Pro-Se Affidavit
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  • Oath of Witness to Will Executed by MARK
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  • Waiver of Fiduciary Bond
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  • FEMA POLICY: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
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  • Tracing Family History in Lackawanna County
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