Waiver of Waiting Period

In cases of an emergency or where extraordinary circumstances exist, the Judge of the Orphans' Court Division, upon petition on a form supplied by the Clerk, may grant a waiver of the 3-day waiting period per 23 Pa. C.S. § 1303 (b). Emergencies are typically grave illnesses or a military applicant on active duty and preparing for deployment in less than 3 days.

There is no fee for an active military applicant to request this waiver. In all other cases there is an additional $75 fee.

Out-of-State Applicants

Travel plans are not an emergency! Please plan accordingly.