The Philadelphia Register of Wills office is tasked with probating the wills of deceased, Philadelphia residents. Probate is the process by which the will of a deceased Philadelphian is judged by the Register to be valid or invalid.
The Philadelphia probate process requires that the person named in the will as executor bring the original will to the Philadelphia Register of Wills’ office where a representative of the Register will examine it for proper execution.
If the document is judged as proper, the Register will then also examine the deceased’s original death certificate. If both the will and the death certificate are in order, the Register will then verify that the person before them is the person named as the executor in the will by examining that person’s photo I.D. The Register will then make further inquiries to verify that this person is qualified to serve as either the executor or administrator.
If all is in order, the Philadelphia Register of Wills’ agent will then calculate the fee. Upon payment, the Register’s office will prepare the paperwork that the executor or administrator will use to prove to others that he or she is the estate’s representative.
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