Pa Probate – Short Certificate – 5

Pa Probate – Short Certificate – 5

A Short Certificate is a legal document that shows the decedent’s name and date of death.

It will also show the name of the Executor/Executrix who has been named to handle the affairs of the estate.

A Short Certificate can be obtained at the “Register of Wills” office in the county court house.

Having a Short Certificate indicates that one has been appointed by the Register of Wills and has been issued

  • Letters Testamentary (if the decedent had a Pa Last Will; or
  • Letters of Administration (if the decedent did not have a Pa Last Will

Pa Probate – Short Certificate – Statute

The official Pennsylvania Statute that governs this law is 20 Pa.C.S.A. §3101, et seq. and it officially is referenced by:

CHAPTER 31
DISPOSITIONS INDEPENDENT OF LETTERS;
FAMILY EXEMPTION; PROBATE OF WILLS
AND GRANT OF LETTERS

Subchapter
A. Dispositions Independent of Letters
B. Family Exemption
C. Probate
D. Grant of Letters
E. Personal Representative; Bond
F. Personal Representative; Revocation of Letters; Removal and Discharge