Wayne Pa Probate Lawyers – 6 – Short Certificates – Intro
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
Wayne Pa Probate Lawyers – 6 – Short Certificates
The official Pennsylvania Statute that governs this law is 20 Pa.C.S.A. §3101, et seq. and it officially is referenced by:
DISPOSITIONS INDEPENDENT OF LETTERS;
FAMILY EXEMPTION; PROBATE OF WILLS
AND GRANT OF LETTERS
A. Dispositions Independent of Letters
B. Family Exemption
D. Grant of Letters
E. Personal Representative; Bond
F. Personal Representative; Revocation of Letters; Removal and Discharge