Probate Estates & Administration

The Register of Wills is the county office where a decedent's estate paperwork is processed. When a person passes away, the Register of Wills appoints a personal representative to administer the estate. If the decedent has a Will, the person(s) named in the Will should come to the Register's office to probate. If the decedent did not have a Will the next-of-kin should come to the Register's office to probate.

The following documents are needed to open an estate:

  • Original Will (if any)
  • Original death certificate (confirming Bucks County domicile)
  • Current government issued photo identification (for executor/administrator)
  • Name and address of intestate heirs
  • Date of death value(s) for personal and real property owned by decedent
  • Cash, check or credit card for payment of fees