Pennsylvania Probate Form RW-02

Petition For Grant Of Letters

Everything you need to know about Pennsylvania Form RW-02, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related PA probate forms.

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About Petition For Grant Of Letters

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Petition For Grant Of Letters is a commonly used form within Pennsylvania. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

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PA Form RW-02, which may also referred to as Petition For Grant Of Letters, is a probate form in Pennsylvania. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Atticus Fast Facts About Petition For Grant Of Letters

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Petition For Grant Of Letters:

  • This form pertains to the State of Pennsylvania

  • The official Pennsylvania source for this form is here.

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about ’s Form RW-02 - Petition For Grant Of Letters up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form RW-02

Step 1 - Download the correct Pennsylvania form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some Pennsylvania probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form RW-02, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in PA are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form RW-02 online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form RW-02 witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Petition For Grant Of Letters to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Petition For Grant Of Letters is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in Pennsylvania.

5 reasons you should submit RW-02 as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster Pennsylvania can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in Pennsylvania. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of Pennsylvania is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for Pennsylvania probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local Pennsylvania probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form RW-02, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit Form RW-02 Online

Petition For Grant Of Letters is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some Pennsylvania probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within Pennsylvania.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form RW-02 - Petition For Grant Of Letters f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the Pennsylvania probate court office.

Petition For Grant Of Letters is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any Pennsylvania-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

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PA Form RW-02, which may also referred to as Petition For Grant Of Letters, is a probate form in Pennsylvania. It is used by executors, personal representatives, trustees, guardians & other related parties during the probate & estate settlement process.

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Did you know?

  • Form RW-02 - Petition For Grant Of Letters is a probate form in Pennsylvania.

  • Pennsylvania has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in Pennsylvania.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in Pennsylvania, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Petition For Grant Of Letters

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding
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The Exact Text on Form RW-02

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on Pennsylvania Form RW-02 - Petition For Grant Of Letters. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

PETITION FOR GRANT OF LETTERS REGISTER OF WILLS OF Petitioner(s) named below, who is/are 18 years of age or older, apply(ies) for Letters as specified below, and in support thereof aver(s) the following and respectfully request(s) the grant of Letters in the appropriate form: Decedent's Information Name: File No: a/k/a: (Assigned by Register) a/k/a: a/k/a: Social Security No: Date of Death: Age at death: Decedent was domiciled at death in County, (State) with his/her last principal residence at Street address, Post Office and Zip Code City, Township or Borough County Decedent died at Street address, Post Office and Zip Code City, Township or Borough County State Estimate of value of decedent's property at death: If domiciled in Pennsylvania.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . All personal property$ If not domiciled in Pennsylvania. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Personal property in Pennsylvania$ If not domiciled in Pennsylvania. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Personal property in County$ Value of real estate in Pennsylvania.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ TOTAL ESTIMATED VALUE. . . . $ Real estate in Pennsylvania situated at: (Attach additional sheets, if necessary.) Street address, Post Office and Zip Code City, Township or Borough County A. Petition for Probate and Grant of Letters Testamentary Petitioner(s) aver(s) he/she/they is/are the Executor(s) named in the last Will of the Decedent, dated and Codicil(s) thereto dated State relevant circumstances (e.g. renunciation, death of executor, etc.) Except as follows: after the execution of the instrument(s) offered for probate Decedent did not marry, was not divorced, was not a party to a pending divorce proceeding wherein the grounds for divorce had been established as defined in 23 Pa. C.S. § 3323(g), and did not have a child born or adopted; and Decedent was neither the victim of a killing nor ever adjudicated an incapacitated person. NO EXCEPTIONS EXCEPTIONS B. Petition for Grant of Letters of Administration (If applicable) c.t.a., d.b.n., d.b.n.c.t.a., pendente lite, durante absentia, durante minoritate If Administration, c.t.a. or d.b.n.c.t.a., enter date of Will in Section A above and complete list of heirs. Except as follows: Decedent was not a party to a pending divorce proceeding wherein the grounds for divorce had been established as defined in 23 Pa. C.S. § 3323(g) and was neither the victim of a killing nor ever adjudicated an incapacitated person. NO EXCEPTIONS EXCEPTIONS Petitioner(s), after a proper search has/have ascertained that Decedent left no Will and was survived by the following spouse (if any) and heirs (attach additional sheets, if necessary): N ameR elationshipA ddress Form RW-02 rev. 10/11/2011 Page 1 of 2 Oath of Personal Representative CO M M O NW EALT H O F PEN NSYLV AN IA } } SS: CO U N T Y O F } Official Use Only Petitioner(s) Printed NamePetitioner(s) Printed Address The Petitioner(s) above-named swear(s) or affirm(s) the statements in the foregoing Petition are true and correct to the best of the knowledge and belief of Petitioner(s) and that, as Personal Representative(s) of the Decedent, the Petitioner(s) will well and truly administer the estate according to law. Sworn to or affirmed and subscribed before Date me this day of , Date By: Date For the Register Date BOND Required: YES NO FEES: To the Register of W ills: Please enter my appearance by my signature below : Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ ( ) Short Certificate(s). . . . . . ( ) Renunciation(s).. . . . . . . . ( ) Codicil(s). . . . . . . . . . . . . ( ) Affidavit(s). . . . . . . . . . . . B ond. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Commission. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O ther . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Automation Fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JCS Fee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TO TA L. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ Attorney Signature: Printed Name: Supreme C ourt ID N umber: Firm Name: Address: Phone: Fax: Email: DECREE OF THE REGISTER Estate of File No: a/k/a: AND NOW, , , in consideration of the foregoing Petition, satisfactory proof having been presented before me, IT IS DECREED that Letters are hereby granted to in the above estate and (if applicable) that the instrument(s) dated described in the Petition be admitted to probate and filed of record as the last Will (and Codicil(s)) of Decedent. Register of Wills Form RW-02 rev. 10/11/2011 Page 2 of 2

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