Register of Wills - Fee Schedule

Grant Of Letters Testamentary/Administration:

(Based upon the Gross value of an estate**)

Less than $50,000 - $50.00
$50,001 to $100,000 - $150.00
$100,001 to $500,000 - $200.00
$500,001 to $1,000,000 - $250.00
$1,000,001 to $3,000,000 - $1,000.00
$3,000,001 and up - $1,500.00
**Where the gross value of an estate has been underestimated on the Petition for Letters, Probate fees will be adjusted and an invoice rendered for the balance.

** Additional probate fees will be due and payable within thirty (30) days from the date of the invoice. Any balances more than thirty (30) days in arrears will be charged interest at a rate of 1% per month.

**All fees must be paid in full before any finalization/estate settlement will be accepted for filing.

** Fee includes documents subsequently filed at the same number except for the following:

Automation fee - $5.00*

*to be charged on all first filings requiring JCP fee & on all marriage license applications.

Caveat (including bond) - $50.00
Citation petitions - $25.00
Issuing per respondent - $5.00
Claim, filing and withdrawal - $15.00
Commission to take oath - $20.00
Certificate of appointment from other Jurisdictions - $10.00
Disclaimer/Assignment of Interest - $20.00
Exemplification of record, filing or issuance - $20.00
Family Settlement Agreement (no acct) - $50.00
Inheritance tax return - $10.00
Inventory - $10.00
Judicial Computer Project (JCP) fee - $35.50
Non resident Inheritance Tax Appraisement and receipts - $15.00
Photocopies, each - $.25
Probate of will or codicil without letters - $25.00
Proof of Death or Death Certificate - $10.00
Short Certificates, each - $5.00
Tax Certificate on Realty, issuance & filing - $10.00
All other documents and pleadings not specifically listed herein will be charged at a rate comparable to this schedule for a like instrument at the sole discretion of the Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans’ Court.

APPEALS:


Notice of Appeal & appeal bond - $25.00
Appeal from Register (includes certification of record to Orphans’ Court) - $75.00
Appeal to Appellate Court - $50.00
Appeal to Superior or Supreme Court Prothonotary fee (State fee) - $85.50

CLERK OF ORPHANS’ COURT ACCOUNTS:



of Guardians, Trustees, Executors & Administrators

Less than $50,000 - $50.00
$50,001 to $100,000 - $150.00
$100,001 to $500,000 - $200.00
$500,001 to $1,000,000 - $250.00
$1,000,001 to $3,000,000 - $1,000.00
$3,000,001 and up - $1,500.00
Advertising of accounts - $50.00
Amended Account - $50.00
Amended Audit Statement - $25.00
Continuance or re-advertising - $25.00
Discharge of Fiduciary - $25.00
Family Settlement Agreement (after an account has been filed) - $25.00

ADOPTIONS:


Adoption petition - $50.00
Each additional child - $5.00
Adoption certificates, each - $5.00
Appeal to Appellate Court - $50.00
Appeal to Superior or Supreme Court Prothonotary fee - $85.50
Automation fee - $5.00*
*to be charged on all first filings requiring JCP fee & on all marriage license applications

Confirm Consent petition - $25.00
Involuntary Termination petition & citation - $30.00
Judicial Computer Project (JCP) fee - $35.50
Report of intent to adopt* - $25.00
*Counseling fees with every intent petition - $75.00
Report of Intermediary - $25.00
Recording a Foreign Adoption - $25.00
Release of non identifying information - $75.00
Release of Identifying information - $150.00
Voluntary Relinquishment petitions - $25.00


ESTATES AND TRUSTS:


Automation fee - $5.00*
*to be charged on all first filings requiring JCP fee & on all marriage license applications

Elections to take under or against will - $25.00
Family Settlement agreement (after an account has been filed) - $25.00
Judicial Computer Project (JCP) fee - $35.50
Initial Petition: - $50.00**
Includes, but not limited to:
Letters after 21 years
Citation petitions
Per respondent, additional - $5.00
Petition to settle small estate
Petition for family exemption
Petition to sell or mortgage realty
Presumed decedent
Receipt and Release
Trusts InterVivos, recording - $50.00
Trust Settlement agreement - $50.00
**$50.00 initiation fee includes documents subsequently filed at the same number unless the document requires additional processing other than docketing

GUARDIANS AND TRUSTEES:


Automation fee - $5.00*
*to be charged on all first filings requiring JCP fee & on all marriage license applications

Initial Petition - $50.00**
Includes but not limited to:

Bond or reduction of bond petition
Citation, petition
Emergency Guardianship petition
Guardianship of minor petition
Each additional minor, - $10.00
Guardianship of Incapacitated person,
Guardian Ad Litem, petition,
Gardianship Review Hearing, petition
Removal or resignation of Guardian or Trustee
Release of funds from restricted accounts
Sale of Property or Estate Planning
Service of Guardianship petition
Settlement of Minor’s claim, petition
Successor Guardian or Trustee Petition
Certificate of Guardian, each - $5.00
Judicial Computer Project (JCP) fee - $35.50
Subpoena - $5.00
**$50.00 initiation fee includes documents subsequently filed at the same number unless the document requires additional processing other than docketing.

MARRIAGE:


Application and License - $45.00
Appointment of Guardian for consent to Marriage - $10.00
Automation fee - $5.00*
*to be charged on all first filings requiring JCP fee & on all marriage license applications.

Certified copy of marriage record for annulments - $10.00
Custodial parental consent - $10.00
Judicial waiver of waiting period - $10.00
Military waiver - n/c
Short form Marriage certificate - $5.00

MISCELLANEOUS:


Genealogical research, per estate - $20.00
Certificate of Birth OR death Record (1893-1906) - $10.00
Delayed Birth Record - $10.00
Certified Copy of document - $1.00 plus $.25 per page
Photocopy of document, per page - $.25
NSF check charge - $25.00*
*Plus original amount (cashiers check or cash only on replacements)

PLEASE NOTE: All other documents and pleadings not specifically listed herein will be charged at a rate comparable to this schedule for a like instrument as determined at the sole discretion of the Register of Wills and/or Clerk of the Orphans’ Court.


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