Register of Wills releases statistical report for 2012
The Carbon County Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court, Judy F. Moon, has released the following statistical report for 2012:
Acting as an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, for the collection of inheritance taxes, the office accepted 472 payments resulting in the collection of $3,223,772.81. Commission earned on that amount totaled $32,779.91, which was transferred to the Carbon County General Fund. Besides the inheritance tax, the total amount of fees collected in 2012, including state taxes and J.C.P. and automation fees, was $80,083.14.
A total of $8,225 was dispersed by the register to the State Tax Office for Judicial Computer Fees; $7,503 was collected for the Pa. State Tax and Trust Fund; $7,740 was forwarded to the county in data processing fees, as well as $10.45 in interest; and $3,760 was deposited in the Automation Fund.
The office opened 367 estates for the probation of wills and administration and small estate petitions. Also handled were numerous Orphans' Court petitions and requests for estate searches, genealogy research and family heritage information, including 13 by mail, 92 by telephone, 25 by email and 87 other requests for various types of information. The staff also personally assisted over 40 genealogists who visited the office throughout the year.
The work detail also included scanning completion of all estates and incapacitations for the current year. Additionally, current and older marriage license information was indexed into the computer, completing records back to and including 1958, amounting to a total of 962 disposed cases.
The office distributed $18,300 in marriage license fees; issued 366 marriage licenses; and handled the following cases: guardianship of minors, 4; miscellaneous orders and petitions, 9; petitions for adoptions, 10; voluntary termination proceedings, 3; involuntary termination proceedings, 6; incapacitations, 17; and emergency incapacitation petitions, 3.
The office filed 22 accounts for court adjudications, 93 family settlements and informal accounts with 62 first and final accounts, three first and partial accounts, 547 receipt and releases, 375 certificates of marriage and certifications of application; and 27 applications/referrals for birth and death records.
A total of 495 estates, 12 adoptions, 11 involuntary terminations, three voluntary terminations, nine incapacitations and 16 miscellaneous cases were disposed.