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Fee Bill

Register of Wills and Orphans' Court

Register of Wills Don Petrille Announces Credit Card Acceptance in Office Starting February 10, 2014

Register of Wills

Checks made payable to Register of Wills
Convenience Fee:
All Credit Card Transactions:
(up to $250.00) $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 - 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 petitions for grant of letters)
$40.25
          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%
Percentage of each dollar of each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof
1.00%
Research Service Fees:  
Minimum Fee (up to 1 hour)
$25.00
Hourly Fee (over 1hour/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
Witness Affidavit $15.00
Estate Search and Record $35.00
Letters of Administration and Testamentary
Graduated according to gross value of estate
Over
But Not More Than
Letters of Testamentary C.T.A. or Administration
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: Instruments not specifically listed will be charged at a rate comparable to this schedule for a similar instrument.

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Orphans' Court

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
Accounts

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
Readvertising 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 (all first filings) $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
Cemetery Trust Recording $100.00
Certifications $20.00

Birth Records (1893-1906)

 

Death Records (1893-1906)

 
(Plus copies/per page over 10 pages)
$1.00
Citations $40.00
Claims (incl. Satisfaction and/or Withdrawal) $40.00
Deed, Execution by Clerk $20.00
Disclaimer $30.00
Docket Entries (per page) $1.00
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 $60.00
(plus images/per page over 10 pages)
$1.00
Family Settlement $45.00
Imaging (paper and electronics)  

Per page/staff

$1.00

Per page/public

$0.25
Informal Accounts $60.00
JCP Fee, state mandated (Inter vivos trust, incapacitated and minor estates) $40.25
Motions

$85.00

1. Continuance
NC
2. Re-List
NC
3. Rule Absolute
NC
Notary Fee (each instrument) $5.00
Preliminary Objections $85.00
On-Line Search Fee (Imaging Fee/per page) $0.10
Outside Office Appearance $125.00
Petitions (all, including Guardianships) $85.00
Pleadings and Papers (instruments not specifically listed) $35.00
Praecipe $35.00
Entry/Withdrawl of Appearance
NC
Discontinue/Withdrawl 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%
Percentage of each dollar of each $1000 or fraction thereof
1.00%
Power of Attorney

$40.00

Receipt and Release $35.00
Returned Check Fee $45.00
Schedule of Distribution $35.00
Statement of Fiduciary $50.00
Stipulation $15.00
Subpoena $20.00
Trust Instruments $50.00
Adoptions (Each Child Separately)
ACP Fee, state mandated (all first filings) $10.00
Adoption Inquiries (search inquiries) $30.00
Amended Birth Certificate Application (form H105, 102) (Check payable to Vital Records) $20.00
Counseling Fee (filed with Report of Intention to Adopt) $75.00
JCP Fee, state mandated (first filings for petitions for adoptions) $40.25
Petition for Adoption (includes Certificate of Adoption) $115.00
Petition (other)  

Confirmation of Consent

$85.00

Putative father

$85..00

Register a Foreign Adoption
$85.00
Termination of Parental Rights
$85.00

Voluntary/Involuntary Relinquishment

$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 one 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 $50.00

$80.00

Includes ACP Fee
$10.00
Includes 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 Marriage License $10.00
Outside Office Appearance $125.00
Waiver under Age 16 $35.00
Waiver of three day waiting period

Emergency

$75.00

Active Military

NC

 

Please Note:
All information on this webpage is to inform and not to advise. It is based upon Pennsylvania law. The statements are general, and individual facts in a given case may alter their application or involve other laws not referred to here.

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