The Primary function of the Register of Wills is to probate or legally establish the validity of a decedent’s will. In cases where a will does not exist, the Register of Wills will appoint a Personal Representative based on Pennsylvania Intestacy Laws. The Register of Wills is also an agent for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, collecting in excess of $14 million dollars of Inheritance Tax revenue annually.
Another chief responsibility of the Register of Wills office is the management, storage and preservation of filings dating as far back as 1878, making this office an excellent resource for genealogical research.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. (Except holidays). The office is located at:
The Scranton Electric Building Suite 400
507 Linden Street Ave. Scranton, PA 18503.
Customers may call the office directly at
(570)963-6702 or fax at (570) 963-6377.
Please notice that all Register of Wills forms are now available online for your convenience.
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OTHER RESOURCES & LINKS
- Lackawanna County Library System’s genealogy page
- Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts(For Statewide Fill-in Capable Orphans’ Court Forms)
- PA Department of Vital Statistics (To Request Birth and Death Certificates)
- The PA Register of Wills Association
- Pennsylvania State Archives
- PA State Association of Elected Officials
- PA General Assembly
Inheritance Tax forms are also available for download by visiting:
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Inheritance Tax Form and Instructions.
This website is intended to benefit the public and those who frequent the office of the Register of Wills. If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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General Inquiries Requests:
Deputy Frances Kovaleski
The Scranton Electric Building
507 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18503