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Register of Wills
Clerk of Orphans' Court Division

Jennifer Holsten Maddaloni, Esquire

Government Center
201 W. Front Street
Media,  PA 19063

Welcome message from the Register of Wills

Jennifer Holsten Maddaloni, Esquire

Thank you for visiting the Delaware County Register of Wills website. From probating Wills to issuing Marriage Licenses, and handling Petitions for Adoptions, this office handles a broad range of issues that the citizens of Delaware County face every day.  As your newly elected Register of Wills, I hope the information provided on this site is helpful to you.  

The Register of Wills office is comprised of 3 departments:  The Register of Wills, Marriage License andOrphans’ Court.  This website has information for
all 3 of these departments, such as, forms you may need or answers to questions that you may have, including the following:

If you are searching for Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax forms, this site has a
link to the Commonwealth of PA’s website.  If you are looking for how to
apply for a Marriage License, there are specific instructions provided here.
If you are trying to find a Notice of Claim form, there is one made available
on this website.

Some of the more commonly asked questions that this office receives are in regard to Will preparation and filing. If you are interested in preparing a Will, it is recommended that you seek the advice of an attorney.  The Register of Wills office does not prepare Wills, nor does it accept Wills for filing prior to someone’s death.

After perusing this website, if you have further questions, please feel free to contact our office at
610-891-4400.  We will be pleased to assist you and also willing to address any inquiries that you may have regarding the records we have on file.

Thank you.

Jennifer Holsten Maddaloni, Esquire
Register of Wills




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The primary function of the Register of Wills Office is to determine whether a document offered for probate should be received as the last will and testament of the decedent.

The office also is charged with determining who should be authorized to administer the estate of decedents where personal representative has not qualified of where the decedent died without a valid will.

Wills are frequently challenged on various grounds including forgery, lack of capacity or undue influence. The Register of Wills, Jennifer Holsten Maddaloni, Esquire, an elected official, hears testimony on these challenges, and makes a decision accepting or rejecting the document offer to probate.

When there is no will, the Register grants Letters of Administration, usually to the next of kin, to administer the estate. If there is a dispute as to whom should serve as administer, the Register decides who should be appointed. Approximately 3,000 estate matters are handled each year.

As Clerk of Orphans' Court Division, the primary function of the office is to act as custodian of all papers filed in Orphans' Court, including all orders signed by President Judge Chad F. Kenney relating to the administration of estates of decedents, minors and incapacitated persons and with adoptions as well.

It is also the responsibility of the Clerk of Orphans' Court Division to take applications for the issuance of marriage licenses in accordance with the Marriage Act of the Commonwealth. Approximately 2,500 marriage licenses are issued each year.

The office has Birth and Death records for the years 1893-1906.

The Register of Wills and the Clerk of Orphans' Court Division is located on the First Floor of the Government Center Building and may be reached at 891-4400.



201 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063
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