Register of Wills (Estate Records)

Access to Clerk of Records offices by Real Estate Bar’s Title Searchers
Beginning May 11, 2020, there will be limited access to the Clerk of Records offices by appointment for Title Searchers. To request placement on the schedule, contact: recorder@eriecountypa.gov. To maintain safety, compliance with mask and social distancing guidelines is required. Policy subject to change as circumstances dictate.
The information provided on this website is not intended to be legal advice or to offer any opinion of the legal remedies available. The staff of the Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans’ Court is not permitted to offer opinions, directions or instructions on any matter that may be construed as legal advice. Our office provides the forms but cannot offer any direction or legal advice as to the preparation.

In addition to other duties, the Register of Wills serves as an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for filing and payment of Inheritance Taxes. The inheritance tax return and payment is filed at the Register of Wills, and is then forwarded to the Commonwealth by this office. If you have questions, you should contact an attorney or an accountant for assistance.

All records in the Register of Wills are open to the public with the exception of Adoption records, which are impounded (sealed by the Court) by law and available only by order of Court.

Fee Schedule

Forms

Opening an Estate

Many state forms may be found on the PA Courts site in an up-to-date PDF format. http://www.pacourts.us/forms/for-the-public/orphans-court-forms

  • Rev-346 – Estate Information Sheet – PA Department of Revenue
  • RW 02 – Petition for Grant of Letters – PA Courts
  • RW 06 – Renunciation (Effective 01-01-2020) – PA Courts
  • RW 03 – Oath of Subscribing Witness(es) (Effective 01-01-2020) – PA Courts
  • RW 04 – Oath of Non-subscribing Witness(es) (Effective 01-01-2020) – PA Courts

Inheritance Tax

Other Forms