Carbon court news
Register of Wills
The Carbon County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court, Jean A. Papay, has announced the following for the end of the month of October, year of 2021.
Total files opened in the Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court: Testamentary/Administration, 20; Incapacitations/Guardianship, 0; Terminations of Parental Rights, 0; Adoptions, 0; Revenue, 14; Affidavit of Death, 0; Small Estate Affidavit, 2; Miscellaneous, 4. Total files opened, 38.
Total marriage license issued, 36; genealogy research, 23.
Acting agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue for the collection of Inheritance Tax: Collected - $337,359.38; Commission - $1,408.19 - transferred to Carbon County General Fund.
*Current and older marriage license information has been indexed into the computer, completing records back to 1952. Total fees collected: county fees, $15,873.30; commission fee to county general fund, $1,408.19. Total to county general fund, $13,728.80; judicial computer fees (state), $1,046.50; state tax and trust fund (state), $738; county data processing fee, $810; automation fee, $360.
Prothonotary Kayla M. Semmel released the statistical report of activities for her office for the month of September 2021.
There were 377 cases started in September with the following breakdown: civil actions, 16; custody, 14; DJ appeal, 8; divorce, 13; license appeal, 4; mortgage foreclosures, 5; name change, 6; court appointment, 1; protection from abuse, 29; judgments, 256; Stip/waiv liens, 1; custody modifications, 14; and writs, 13.
A total of 35 passport applications were processed in September. In addition, a total of 12 renewal applicants sought assistance from the office; and 42 photos were taken. Passports are by appointment and pictures can now be taken in the office.
Total income generated was $29,842.89; prothonotary fees, $22,764.78; custody/divorce fees, $2,259; data processing fees, $4,702.80; interest income, $24.81; PFA surcharge sheriff, $39.50; PFA surcharge courts, $25; and stenographer fess, $36.
In addition to the above fees, the office remitted to the county for the remote access fund for remote access fees of $1,800, remitted to the state department of revenue (fees collected on new cases) $2,883.05; and automation fund $1,200.80 - money collected for future automation and improvements to the office. Sales tax money turned over to the state for tax on passport photos, $35.70.