The Register of Wills is an elected official, one of whose functions is to determine whether a document offered for probate should be received as the last Will of the decedent. In situations where a Will does not name an executor, the Register determines who is authorized to administer the estate of the deceased.
Wills are frequently challenged on the grounds of forgery, incompetence of the testator, or undue influence. The Register hears testimony with regard to any challenge and makes a decision accepting or rejecting the document offered.
Where there is no Will, the Register grants Letters of Administration, usually to the next of kin. Where there is dispute among the heirs as to who should serve as Administrator, the Register will resolve this dispute.
The current Register of Wills is the Honorable Ronald R. Donatucci.
Register of Wills
Room 180 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107