Registers and Clerks:

As you know, we are in support of HB1903 which will allow personal representatives to advertise the existence of an estate on the official Register of Wills website, rather than a newspaper of general circulation.  The bill is schedule for a hearing on March 13, 2018.

There is some confusion regarding whether this bill would affect county bar association law journals.

It is not the intent of this bill, nor of the Registers of Wills and Clerks of the Orphans’ Court Association to eliminate any requirement to advertise an estate in the county law journals.  The bill does not affect county law journals.

We would ask that you share the attached memo with your local bar association.  If this bill is to pass, we need for these important partners to understand that it is not a threat to their essential operations.

Please contact me with any questions at

Donald Petrille, Jr., Esquire
Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans’ Court
County of Bucks
2017-18 Delegate – 2018 Vice President, Pennsylvania State Association of Elected County Officials
2017-18 President &  Legislative Liaison,  Registers of Wills and Clerks of the Orphans Court Association of Pennsylvania

County of Bucks
55 E. Court Street | Doylestown, PA 18901


Attachment: HB 1903 – Guidance to Bar Associations