Administrative Orders; Register's No. 2013-767
[44 Pa.B. 25]
[Saturday, January 4, 2014]
Administrative Order No. 2
And Now, this 10th day of December, 2013, It Is Hereby Ordered as follows:
I. The Register of Wills of Mercer County shall accept for filing and maintain in a segregated alphabetical file Last Wills and Testaments that fall into any of the following categories:
A. Last Wills and Testaments held by an attorney where a conservator has been appointed pursuant to the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement and were not claimed by the maker of the Will;
B. Last Wills and Testaments held by an attorney who dies where no conservator is appointed and the Executor/Administrator of the estate of said attorney is unable to return the Last Will and Testament;
C. Last Wills and Testaments held by an attorney who has ceased the practice of law and the attorney's successor is unable to return the Last Will and Testament; and
D. Last Wills and Testaments held by an attorney who is unable to hold them and cannot return the Last Will and Testament.
II. The Register of Wills shall maintain an alphabetical index of the Wills held pursuant to this Rule. The index shall be available to the general public for inspection.
III. The Register of Wills shall turn over any Last Will and Testament held pursuant to this Rule, to the Executor or Executrix named in the Last Will and Testament; the Administrator of the maker's estate; the maker's attorney-in-fact; a court appointed Guardian of the maker; or an attorney retained by the maker's estate.
If the Register of Wills is uncertain whether or not a Last Will and Testament should be turned over, the matter shall be referred to the President Judge, or his designee, for a decision.
When a Last Will and Testament is turned over by the Register of Wills pursuant to this Rule, the recipient shall sign a receipt for said document and the Register of Wills shall maintain a copy of the Last Will and Testament until the Final Account of the maker's estate is confirmed absolutely. IV. There shall be no costs imposed by the Register of Wills for actions pursuant to this Rule.
V. This Order is effective immediately.
By the Court
THOMAS R. DOBSON,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-19. Filed for public inspection January 3, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]
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