Dianne M. Rager, Kent County Deputy Register of Wills, says,
“[E-filing] is going to allow us the ability to rapidly communicate with attorneys, and reduce or eliminate the use of actual paper for many transactions.”
Working with the Court of Chancery, the Register of Wills offices have been moving incrementally to electronic filing of documents on a statewide basis. On October 1, 2013, the Kent County Register of Wills began requiring all matters to be electronically filed. Electronic filing has been in place at the New Castle County Register of Wills since December 2012. Sussex County Register of Wills is on track to implement e-filing in 2014. The standard practices and procedures of e-filing in effect with the Court of Chancery extend to the Office of the Register of Wills.
E-filing offers a cost efficient alternative to paper filing, with the benefit of improved efficiencies. For instance, with the implementation of e-filing in the Register of Wills, the Court of Chancery has online access to the estate docket for cases with pending litigation, which eliminates the need for Register of Wills staff to copy files or send original documents to the Court.
The Court of Chancery would like to extend its congratulations to the New Castle County Register of Wills, winner of the National Association of County Recorders Best Practices Award.
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