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How to Probate a Will in Pennsylvania

To probate a will in Pennsylvania, or obtain letters of administration if the decedent died without a will, the following must be filed with the Register of Wills of the county in which the decided was domiciled (i.e., maintained his or her primary residence) at death.

Depending on the circumstances, it may also be necessary to file:

For additional information and forms relating to practice before the Register of Wills of Philadelphia, see the Philadelphia Estate Practitioner's Handbook. (Although written for Philadelphia County, many of the forms and procedures will be similar to those in other counties.)

More information about how to administer an estate can be found in "How to Settle an Estate" by Charles K. Plotnick and Stephan R. Leimberg, published by Leimberg Associates, Inc., (610) 924-0515.

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