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New Probate Requirements for Chester County, Pennsylvania

Posted on Wed May 28, 2014, on Probate and Estate Administration

An additional level of complication for some executors has been added to the Chester County Probate process. Probating the will of a deceased Chester County resident has always required that the executor bring the original will, original death certificate and a check book for fees, but in addition now the executor must provide the Register a photo I.D.

For most people finding a photo I.D. is not a problem, but for some people it can be difficult. For example, a recent client of ours moved to Pennsylvania from New York City to care for his mother. He did not have a driver’s license while in New York City, and when he moved to Pennsylvania he threw out his other photo identification, which was specifically for New York City establishments.

After his mother died, he had no photo I.D. so we could not file his mother’s will until he obtained a new photo I.D. Luckily, there was nothing in this estate that required immediate attention, so the delay caused no damage. Chester County does not require that you have a Pennsylvania driver’s license, but the I.D. card need be something that the Register can rely upon, such as a student I.D. or a passport.

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