Register of Wills / Clerk of Orphans’ Court

Frances Roland Kovaleski, Register of Wills

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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:

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

Please notice that all Register of Wills forms are now available online for your convenience.

Records Search for Register of Wills, Orphans’ Court and Marriage Records

(Note: Pop-ups need to be disabled to access online records. For support call Infocon at 814-472-6146) 

 


Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 20, 2020

The Judicial Emergency Declared in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania Shall Continue to Exist Through May 31, 2020 due to the COVID – 19 Crisis.


Emergency Judicial Order Dated April 1, 2020

in accord with the Order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court dated April 1, 2020 extending the declaration of the Judicial Emergency through April 30, 2020, it is hereby ordered and decreed that, the Judicial Emergency declared in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania shall continue to exist through April 30, 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis


Emergency Judicial Order Dated March 16, 2020

in accord with the Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania authorizing this Court to declare a Judicial Emergency in the 45th Judicial District of Pennsylvania, I do hereby declare that a Judicial Emergency exists in this Judicial District and shall continue to exist until April 14, 2020 on account of COVID-19


Temporary Motion Practice in Lackawanna County

Important change to Motion Practice in Lackawanna County Motion Court, Family Motion Court and Orphan’s Court

 


 

The Lackawanna County Register of Wills has implemented the following changes due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency

 


Extension of Filing Deadline Applies to Trusts/Estates, Partnerships and S Corporations


OTHER RESOURCES & LINKS


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.

 Frequently Asked Questions


Staff 


Lesa Ricciardi – [email protected]

Joan Panzera – [email protected]

Justin Giombetti – [email protected]


Administrative Contacts


General Inquiries Requests:
Phone: 570-963-6702
Fax: 570-963-6377

Frances Roland Kovaleski
Register of Wills
Phone: 570-963-6702
Fax: 570-963-6377
E-mail: [email protected]

Tracy Diskin Doherty Esq
Deputy Register of Wills
Phone: 570-963-6702
Fax: 570-963-6377
E-mail: [email protected]


Location


Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans Court
Lackawanna County Government Center
123 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 521
Scranton, PA 18503

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