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Register of Wills and Orphans' Court

Register of Wills

 Printable .pdf version
Checks made payable to Register of Wills
Convenience Fee:
All Credit Card Transactions:
Up to $250  $3.00
Over $250.01  $10.00
Plus: Imaging Per Page  $1.00
Accounting (Informal) $60.00
Bond filing $15.00
Caveat, filing
          Formal with Bond $115.00 
          Informal $50.00 
          Answer NC 
          Withdrawal NC 
Certification (including Apostille)
           Filed or issued $20.00 
           (plus images/per page over 10 pages) $1.00 
Codicil (filing/each) $20.00
Commission $50.00
Death Certificate (filed, non-probate) $20.00
Disclaimer $30.00
Docket Entries (per page) $1.00
Entry/Withdrawl of Appearance NC
Exemplifications (Issued)                                      $60.00
          (plus copy fee/per page over 10 pages $1.00 
          Received for filing only, each $30.00 
Family Settlement Agreement $45.00
Hearings
           Before the Register of Wills $100.00 
           Note: Deposit for Court Reporter, fee to be assessed at hearing $200.00
Imaging, per page - staff $1.00 
Imaging, per page/public $0.25
Inheritance Tax
          REV - 1500 (with Probate) NC 
          REV - 1500 Inheritance Tax Return (Non-Probate) $25.00 
          Supplemental Return (each) $20.00 
          706 Federal Estate Return Copy $20.00
          Release of Statutory Lien $15.00 
Inventory
          Original Filing $25.00 
          Supplemental Filing $20.00 
Letters* calculated based on probate assets Varies
Letters (reissue, revocation or to sucessor personal rep.) $75.00
Mandated Fees
          ACP - Automated Computer Project (all first time filings) $10.00 
          JCP - Judicial Computer Project (all first time filings) $10.00 
          PLL - Public Law Library (all petitions for grant of letters)  $10.00 
Outside Office Appearance $125.00
Notary Fee (per document) $5.00
Notice of Appeal from Probate  $50.00 
Petition (Miscellaneous)  $75.00 
Petition for Citation
          First person cited  $90.00
          Each add. person cited  $10.00 
          Answer or Withdrawal  NC 
          Certified Citation ea. $20.00 
Pleadings and Papers $30.00
Poundage (for monies determined by the court)
           Percentage of each dollar of the first $1,000 5.00% 
           ... each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof 1.00% 
Research Service Fees:
          Minimum Fee (up to 1 hour) $25.00 
          Hourly Fee (over 1 hour, billed in 1/4 hour increments) $40.00
          Imaging Fee (per page over 10 pages) $1.00 
Note: $80 deposit required on any research request over two hours
Renunciations, incl. Rejection, Resignation, and/or Designation $15.00
Returned Check Fee $45.00
Short Certificate $10.00
          Update Fee $4.00 
Subpoena $20.00
Withdrawal of Appearance  NC 
Witness Affidavit $15.00
Letters of Administration and Testamentary
Graduated according to gross value of estate
Over
But Not More Than
Amount Due
0 250 $50.00
250 1,000 $55.00
1,000 5,000 $90.00
5,000 10,000 $115.00
10,000 25,000 $140.00
25,000 50,000 $165.00
50,000 100,000 $190.00
100,000 200,000 $290.00
200,000 300,000 $390.00
Add $150.00 for each additional $100,000 or fraction thereof.

*ADDITIONAL PROBATE FEE: At the time of filing the Petition for Grant of Letters an estimate of the gross probate value of the estate is made. The initial fee for Letters is based on that estimated value. When the Inheritance Tax Return and Inventory are filed, the actual gross probate value of the estate is then calculated. If the actual gross probate value is greater than the estimated gross probate value, an additional probate fee is charged.

Note: Items not specifically listed will be charged at a rate comparable to this schedule for a similar item.

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Orphans' Court

Printable .pdf version
Checks made payable to Orphans' Court
Convenience Fee:
All Credit Card Transactions
(up to $250.00) $3.00
(over $250.01) $10.00
Plus: Imaging Per Page $1.00
FORMAL ACCOUNTINGS
Personal Representative, Trustee and Guardian Accounts 
Includes Advertising, Adjudication
Over
But not More than
Accounts (Advertising Included)
$0 $250.00 $25.00
$250.00 $1,000.00 $35.00
$1,000.00 $5,000.00 $50.00
$5,000.00 $10,000.00 $75.00
$10,000.00  $25,000.00  $100.00 
$25,000.00 $50,000.00 $150.00
$50,000.00 $100,000.00 $200.00
$100,000.00 $200,000.00 $250.00
$200,000.00 $300,000.00 $350.00
Add $150.00 for each additional $100,000.00 or fraction thereof
Re-advertising Accounts $100.00
Insolvent Estates $25
Exceptions to Accounts $40
ESTATES
Affidavit/Certificate of Service NC
Annual Reports/Inventory $30.00
Answers NC
Automated Computer Project (ACP) Fee, initial filing $10.00
Appeals
          Petitions  $80.00 
          Notice of Appeal to Superior Court  $80.00 
          Filing Fee to Superior Court (payable to Superior Court)  $85.50 
Bonds filing $15.00
Certification of Authorized to Act as Corporate Fiduciary  $50.00 
Cemetery Trust Recording $100.00
Certification of Record $20.00
Citations $40.00
Claims (incl. Satisfaction and/or Withdrawal) $40.00
Deed, Execution by Clerk** $20.00
Disclaimer** $30.00
Election Against a Will $20.00
Electronic Transfer Service Fee $10.00
          (plus images/per page over 10 pages/max fee $50.00)  $1.00 
Exemplifications of Record (issued) $60.00
          (plus images/per page over 10 pages) $1.00 
Family Settlement Agreement $45.00
Guardianship Annual Reports 
          electronically filed $0 
          paper filed/each $75.00 
Informal Accounts $50.00
JCP Fee, state mandated $40.25
Motions 
          Discovery
          Judgment on the Pleading
          Post Hearing
          Reconsideration (include a curtesy copy)
          Summary Judgment
$85.00 
Notary Fee (each instrument) $5.00
Preliminary Objections $85.00
Petitions (all, including Guardianships) $85.00
Pleadings and Papers (instruments not specifically listed) $35.00
Praecipe $35.00
          Entry/Withdrawal of  Appearance NC 
          Discontinue/Withdrawal Petition $35.00 
          Enter Judgment $35.00 
          Satisfaction of Award  $15.00 
          Settle, Discontinue and end  $15.00 
Poundage (for monies determined by the Court)
           Percentage of each dollar of the first $1,000 5.00% 
           ... each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof 1.00% 
Power of Attorney**  $40.00 
Receipt and Release** $35.00
Satisfaction of Award** $15.00
Schedule of Distribution** $35.00
Statement of Fiduciary** $50.00
Stipulation $15.00
Subpoena $20.00
Trust Instruments $50.00
ADOPTIONS
Adoption Search Inquiries $30.00
Amended Birth Certificate Application (form H105, 102) (Check payable to Vital Records) $10.00
Certified Adoption Decree  $20.00 
Counseling Fee (filed with Report of Intention to Adopt) $75.00
Petition to Adopt $165.25 
          Initial Petition  $95.00
          JCP $40.25 
          ACP $10.00 
          Certificate of Adoption $20.00 
Petition of Relinquishment of Parental Rights  $135.25 
           Initial Petition $85.00 
           JCP $40.25 
            ACP $10.00 
Subsequent Petitions $85.00 
Pre-placement Fee payable to B.C. Children and Youth $650.00
Report of Intention to Adopt $30.00
Report of Intermediary $30.00
RESEARCH
Service Fees:
          Minimum Fee (up to 1 hour) $25.00 
          Hourly Fee (over 1 hour/billed in 1/4 hour increments) $40.00 
          Imaging Fee (per page, over 10 pages) $1.00 
          Note: $80.00 deposit required on any research request over two hours
MARRIAGE LICENSES
Marriage License Application $80.00 
          Application  $50.00 
          ACP Fee $10.00 
          One Certified Certificate of Marriage $20.00 
Affidavit of Name Verification $10.00
Certification of Marriage $20.00
Consent of Parent or Guardian $10.00
Duplicate/Reissue Marriage License $10.00
Verification Letter  $20.00 
Outside Office Appearance $125.00
Waiver under Age 16 $35.00
Waiver of three day waiting period
           Emergency $75.00 
           Active Military NC 
Non-Resident and Out of State Affidavit for Marriage License (Maryland Application Process)  $20.00 
**Do Not Add $10 ACP Fee 

Note: Instruments not specifically listed will be charged at a rate comparable to this schedule for a similar instrument.

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Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court
Donald Petrille, Jr., Esquire

Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street 
3rd Floor, Administration Building 
Doylestown, PA 18901

Phone: 215-348-6265
Fax: 215-348-6156 
registerofwills@buckscounty.org
orphanscourt@buckscounty.org

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Hours:
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm 
1st & 3rd Wednesday every month – open until 7:30 pm (Doylestown Office Only)

Offsite Location for Probate & Marriage License Application: 
Lower Bucks Government Service Center 
7321 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA 19055
Phone: 267-580-3585
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
(Closed for lunch between 12:00 and 1:00 pm)
Appointments are encouraged at this location