Register of Wills Fee Schedule

Note – State Mandated Fee Increase as of November 30, 2017 beginning at 4:00 PM


PROBATE OF WILL
(Without Letters)
Judicial Computer System/Access to Justice/Criminal Justice Enhancement Account fee$35.50 ($40.25 as of Nov 30th 4:00 pm) 
Automation Fee$10.00
Last Will and Testament$40.00

GRANTED LETTERS TESTAMENTARY and LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION
Judicial Computer System/Access to Justice/Criminal Justice Enhancement Account fee$35.50  ($40.25 as of Nov 30th 4:00 pm)

Automation Fee$10.00
Will/Codicil$20.00
Note: All Probate and first filings must be accompanied be a Death Certificate
FOR ESTATE VALUES:
NOT EXCEEDING$5,000.00 $40.00
From $5,001.00to$10,000.00 $60.00
From $10,001.00to$20,000.00 $70.00
From $20,001.00to$30,000.00 $80.00
From $30,001.00to$40,000.00 $90.00
From $40,001.00to$50,000.00 $100.00
From $50,001.00to$75,000.00 $120.00
From $75,001.00to$100,000.00 $150.00
Each additional $100,000.00 or fraction there of$100.00
First $1 million$1000.00
Each additional $100,000.00 or fraction there of$100.00
 · Where the gross value of an estate has been underestimated on the          Petition for Letters, a bill for Additional Probate Fees will be rendered for the balance.
· Additional Probate Fees will be due and payable within thirty (30) days from the date of the billing statement. Any balances more than thirty (30) days in arrears will be charged interest at the rate of 1% per month.
· All fees must be paid in full before any finalization/estate settlement will be accepted for filing.
RENUNCIATIONS – per signature$5.00
SHORT CERTIFICATES – each$5.00
CODICIL$20.00
LETTERS (Administration DBN & DBN CTA)$40.00
PETITIONS (i.e.. Petition to Compel Administration)
Citations – each
Certified Mail – each
$25.00
$20.00
$10.00
ANCILLARY LETTERS (Follow regular estate fee schedule based on PA assets only.)
 
AFFIDAVIT OF DEATH$10.00
AMENDMENT TO PROBATE
Within 3 months from date of probate (Petition to the Register of Wills)
After 3 months from date of probate (Petition to Orphans’ Court)
$30.00
APPEAL FROM REGISTER (Filed in Orphans’ Court)
AUTOMATION FEE
To be charged on all first filings requiring JCS/ATJ fee
$10.00
BOND$20.00
CAVEAT (filing and entering)   + Bond$25.00
CERTIFICATION OF RECORD (w/cover sheet & gold seal)
+per page certified
$10.00
$3.00
CERTIFICATION OF INHERITANCE TAX PAID
Issuing Certificate to another county
Filing from another county
 
$20.00
$10.00
CITATIONS – each
Certified Mail – each
$20.00
$10.00
CLAIMS AGAINST ESTATE (filed in Orphans’ Court)
Copy filed with Register of Wills
 
$10.00
COMMISSION TO ADMINISTER OATH$25.00
DISCLAIMER OF BENEFICIAL INTEREST (filed in Orphans’ Court)
ELECTION TO TAKE AGAINST WILL (filed in Orphans’ Court)
EXEMPLIFICATION – ISSUING & FILING
+ per page
$30.00
$3.00
FAMILY SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT$50.00
FINAL ACCOUNT (filed in Orphans’ Court)
INVENTORY$20.00
INHERITANCE TAX RETURN$20.00
MISCELLANEOUS FILINGS$10.00
PRAECIPE OF APPEARANCE$10.00
PRAECIPE OF WITHDRAWAL$10.00
RECEIPT AND RELEASE  per legatee$10.00
REGISTER’S HEARINGS
 (If Court Reporter is requested, it’s at Attorney’s expense.)            

$50.00
             Citations – each            $20.00
             Certified Mail – each$10.00
RESEARCH FEE
Per name – per record searched
+ per page copied
Screen shots & docket entries – per page
By mail – postage & handling
 
$5.00
$.50
$1.00
$2.00
RETURNED CHECKS
Re-processing fee
+ original amount (Cashier’s checks only)
$30.00
SMALL ESTATES AFFIDAVIT$25.00
STIPULATION$25.00
SUBPOENA$10.00
WAIVER$10.00
NOTE: If a fee is not specifically listed, the Register of Wills shall make the same charge as that imposed for other services of a similar nature.

 

 

Fee Schedule History
Act 57 of 1981Register of Wills Fees set by General Assembly of PA
Act 82 of 1990Allows Register of Wills to establish fees with approval of President Judge – 60 day window – thereafter increased only by Act of General Assembly
Approved by President Judge Glenn McCracken – September 1990
Act 69 of 1993Amended to allow increase of Register of Wills fees as determined by Register of Wills and the President Judge
Act 122 of 2002Imposed by Supreme Court – Judicial Computer Program $10.00
Act 49 of 2009Imposed by Supreme Court – Judicial Computer System/Access to Justice/Criminal
Justice Enhancement Account additional $13.50
Jan. 2, 2010Fee Schedule increase approved by President Judge Dominick Motto December 4, 2009
Act 113 of 2014Imposed by Supreme Court – Judicial Computer System/Access to Justice/Criminal Justice Enhancement Account – additional $2.00
Act 126 of 2014Imposed by Supreme Court – Judicial Computer System/Access to Justice/Criminal Justice Enhancement Account  – additional $10.00
Acts 40 & 44 of 2017 Imposed by Supreme Court – Judicial Computer System/Access to Justice/Criminal Justice Enhancement Fund – additional $4.75