Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court Division

Important Message about the new Orphans' Court
Rules Forms effective 7/1/18

Important Message about the Amendments to
the Public Access Policy effective 7/1/18

Guardianship Tracking System Training



Welcome message from the Register of Wills

Mary J. Walk, Esquire took office on January 2, 2018 as the Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court.  An attorney licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for over 18 years, Ms. Walk brings both her legal experience and commitment to public service to the Register of Wills office. 

The Register of Wills’ principal duty is the probate of wills and the acceptance for filing of all documents necessary to complete the administration of a decedent’s estate.  If a person dies without a will (i.e., intestate), the Register, upon petition, will appoint an administrator of the estate.  The Register is also the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s authorized agent for the collection of inheritance tax. 

The Register of Wills is a quasi-judicial position, meaning that if necessary, the Register can conduct a hearing to determine who should be appointed as executor or administrator of an estate.  The parties have a right to appeal the Register’s decision to the Orphans’ Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas. 

The Register also serves as the Clerk of the Orphans’ Court.  Therefore, our office serves as the filing office and custodian of records for matters involving adoptions, guardianships and estate litigation.  The office also issues all marriage licenses for Delaware County. 

The Register of Wills office belongs to you, the citizens of Delaware County.  Our goal is to serve your needs with efficiency and compassion.  We welcome your feedback. 

The Register of Wills Office located on the 1st Floor of the Government Center, 201 West Front Street, Media, PA.

Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, please arrive no later than 3:30 PM.

Probate Appointments:

Due to the resounding success of our pilot Probate Appointment Program, the Register of Wills Office is now accepting probate appointments Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We will always accept Walk-In probates in addition to those who have an appointment. 

Important Notice for Judicial Computer System Fees

Important Message about the new Notice of Language Rights Policy that goes into effect 1/31/18

Contact information:

  • Copies of Marriage License: 610-891-4414

  • Copies of Wills: 610-891-4411

  • Estate Searches: 610-891-4410

  • Inheritance Tax with Payment: 610-891-5395

  • Inheritance Tax without payment/no letter: 610-891-4410 or 4411

  • Additional Probate Fees/Supplemental Fees: 610-891-4410 or 4411

  • Pre-Marriage Licence Infomation: 610-891-4548 or 610-891-4547

  • Orphans Court Division: 610-891-4419

  • Adoptions/Account for Audit: 610-891-4416

  • Probate Questions: 610-891-4406, 610-891-4402, 610-891-4111

  • Short Certificates after Probate: 610-891-4411