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Carbon Register of Wills gives report of 2010 activity

Published January 10. 2011 05:00PM

The Carbon County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court, Judy F. Moon, has announced the following statistics for the office in 2010:

Acting as an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, for the collection of inheritance tax, the register collected $2,751,581.20. Commission on this amounted to $31,911.71, which was transfered to the Carbon County General Fund. The total fees collected for the year, other than inheritance tax, state taxes, J.C.P. fees and automation fees, amounted to $131,869.25.

Moon said $8,311 was forwarded to the State Tax Office for Judicial Computer Fees; $7,708 was collected and sent to the Pa. State Tax and Trust Fund; and $8,850 was remitted to the county, representing date processing charges, as was $38.65 that was generated in interest and $3,975 that was collected in automation fees.

The office opened 416 estates for the probation and administration of wills and processed numerous petitions for the Orphans' Court.

Other activity included: estate searches, genealogy research and family heritage information requested, 215, including 25 by mail, 183 by telephone and 7 by email; requests for various types of information, 145; and rendered assistance to 61 genealogists who visited the office last year.

The office staff also completed scanning of all estates and incapacitations for the current year; and additional marriage license information was indexed into the computer, completing records back to September 1960.

The office distributed $18,800 in marriage license fees; issued 376 marriage licenses; handled one guardianship of minors, 13 miscellaneous orders and petitions, 16 petitions for adoption, four voluntary termination proceedings, six involuntary termination proceedings, and eight incapacitations. Also, 17 accounts for court adjudication were filed, 109 family settlements with first and final accounts were handled, 222 receipt and releases were issued and 285 certifications of marriages were issued.

Forty-three applications/referrals for birth and death records were received in the office, while 215 estates and 646 marriage licenses were disposed of, including current marriages and those dating back to 1960.

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