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Register of Wills lists 2013 activity

Published January 10. 2014 05:01PM

The Carbon County Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court, Judy F. Moon, has released the following statistical report for 2013:

Acting as an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue, for the collection of inheritance taxes, the office accepted 479 payments resulting in the collection of $3,610,280.40. Commission earned on that amount totaled $36,843.53, which was transferred to the Carbon County General Fund.

In addition to the inheritance tax, the total amount of fees collected in 2013, including state taxes and J.C.P. and automation fees, was $147,889.83.

A total of $9,165 was dispersed by the register to the State Tax Office for Judicial Computer Fees; $7,298 was collected for the State Tax and Trust Fund; $8,985 was forwarded to the county in data processing fees, as well as $8.80 in interest; and $3,965 was deposited in the Automation Fund.

The office opened 311 estates for the probation of wills and administration and 19 small estate petitions. Also handled were numerous Orphans' Court petitions and requests for estate searches, genealogy research and family heritage information, including five by mail, resulting in nine requests; 40 by telephone, resulting in 52 requests; and 32 by email, resulting in 68 requests.

The staff also assisted over 45 genealogists who visited the office throughout the year with 321 requests, totaling approximately 64 hours of personnel research assistance.

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 three-fourths of 1957.

The office distributed $17,800 in marriage license fees; issued 356 marriage licenses; and handled the following cases: guardianship of minors, 3; miscellaneous orders and petitions, 4; petitions for adoptions, 6; voluntary termination proceedings, 2; involuntary termination proceedings, 7; incapacitations, 14; and emergency incapacitation petitions, 4.

The office filed 17 accounts for court adjudications, 86 family settlements and informal accounts, with 68 first and final accounts, one first and partial account, and 498 receipt and releases.

A total of 794 certificates of marriage and certifications of application were issued, and 35 applications/referrals for birth and death records were accepted.

A total of 644 estates, 12 adoptions, 11 involuntary terminations, one voluntary terminations, 10 incapacitations and 11 miscellaneous cases were disposed.

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