Clerk of Orphan's Court
The Clerk of Orphans’ Court position is held by Frances Kovaleski who also serves as Register of Wills. The primary function of the clerk includes responsibility for taking applications for, and issuing, marriage licenses, the maintaining of dockets and files for petitions for incapacitated persons, appointment of guardians, formal accountings on estates, guardianships and trusts, adoptions (which records are confidential) and any other issues which may come before the Orphans’ Court Division. The Clerk of the Orphans’ Court is also responsible for assisting the Judge of the Orphans’ Court during Court proceedings as well as preparing and maintaining documents pertaining to those proceedings.

Office hours are Monday though Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. (Except holidays). The Office is located at:
Register of Wills/ Clerk of Orphans Court
Lackawanna County Government Center
123 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 521
Scranton, PA 18503

Customers may call the office directly at
(570) 963-6702 or fax at (570) 963-6377

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Please note that the Orphans’ Court has a no refund policy.

As of January 2nd 2024 payment is now being accepted in the form of cash or check.

Marriage License / Orphans’ Court Forms

Certified Copy of Original Marriage Record Genealogy Information
Officials Who Can Perform a Marriage Ceremony Dual Citizenship Information
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ACCOUNTINGS7 documents

  • Accounting/Audit Check List
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  • Notice of Charitable Gift
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  • Petition for Adjudication Decedents Estate
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  • Petition for Adjudication Guardian of Estate of Incapacitated Person
    document Header Petition for Adjudication Guardian of Estate of Incapacitated Person
  • Petition for Adjudication Guardian of Estate of Minor
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  • Petition for Adjudication Principals Estate (Under Power of Attorney)
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  • Petition for Adjudication Trust
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ADOPTIONS14 documents

  • Adoption Information Sheet
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  • Checklist – Alternate Procedure for Relinquishment
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  • Checklist – Involuntary Relinquishment
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  • Checklist – Voluntary Relinquishment
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  • Consent to Adopt a Child Under the Age of Eighteen
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  • Instructions to Release Adoption Information
    document Header Instructions to Release Adoption Information
  • Natural Parents Waiver of Confidentiality of Adoption Records
    document Header Natural Parents Waiver of Confidentiality of Adoption Records
  • PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form
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  • PA Request for Criminal Record Check
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  • Petition for Adoption
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  • Petition for Involuntary Termination
    document Header Petition for Involuntary Termination
  • Petition for Voluntary Relinquishment
    document Header Petition for Voluntary Relinquishment
  • Petition to Adopt a Child Under the Age of Eighteen
    document Header Petition to Adopt a Child Under the Age of Eighteen
  • Report of Intermediary
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GUARDIANSHIPS16 documents

  • Expert Report
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  • FLGT 2022 Training Schedule and Registration Form
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  • GTS Spring 2024 Guardian Workshops
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  • Guardian Checklist
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  • Guardian Cover Sheet
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  • Guardians Inventory for a Minor – 007070
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  • Guardians Inventory for an Incapacitated Person – 007071
    document Header Guardians Inventory for an Incapacitated Person – 007071
  • Guardianship Checklist
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  • Important Notice: Citation with Notice
    document Header Important Notice: Citation with Notice
  • Incapacitited Person Cover Sheet
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  • Key Points for Guardians
    document Header Key Points for Guardians
  • PA Confidential Document Form
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  • PA Confidential Information Form
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  • PA Notification of Mental Health Commitment
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  • Report of Guardian of the Estate – 007068
    document Header Report of Guardian of the Estate – 007068
  • Report of Guardian of the Person – 007069
    document Header Report of Guardian of the Person – 007069

MISCELLANEOUS7 documents

  • 2024 Orphans' Court Calendar
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  • Exemplification Form
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  • Fee schedule
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  • Lackawanna County Orphans' Court Rules
    document Header Lackawanna County Orphans' Court Rules
  • Notice of Claim
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  • Pennsylvania Orphans' Court Rules
    document Header Pennsylvania Orphans' Court Rules
  • The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania
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NOTICE OF LEGATEES1 document

  • March 2024
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