Dauphin County Affidavit of Surviving Spouse Form (Pennsylvania)

All Dauphin County specific forms and documents listed below are included in your immediate download package:

Affidavit of Surviving Spouse Form

Dauphin County Affidavit of Surviving Spouse Form

Fill in the blank form formatted to comply with all recording and content requirements.
Included Dauphin County compliant document last validated/updated 11/29/2023

Affidavit of Surviving Spouse Guide

Dauphin County Affidavit of Surviving Spouse Guide

Line by line guide explaining every blank on the form.
Included Dauphin County compliant document last validated/updated 5/20/2024

Completed Example of the Affidavit of Surviving Spouse Document

Dauphin County Completed Example of the Affidavit of Surviving Spouse Document

Example of a properly completed form for reference.
Included Dauphin County compliant document last validated/updated 4/22/2024

When using these Affidavit of Surviving Spouse forms, the subject real estate must be physically located in Dauphin County. The executed documents should then be recorded in one of the following offices:

Recorder of Deeds - County Courthouse

101 Market St, Rm 102, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101

Hours: 8:00 to 4:30 M-F

Phone: (717) 780-6560

Local jurisdictions located in Dauphin County include:

  • Berrysburg
  • Dauphin
  • Elizabethville
  • Grantville
  • Gratz
  • Halifax
  • Harrisburg
  • Hershey
  • Highspire
  • Hummelstown
  • Lykens
  • Middletown
  • Millersburg
  • Pillow
  • Wiconisco
  • Williamstown

How long does it take to get my forms?

Forms are available immediately after submitting payment.

How do I get my forms, are they emailed?

Forms are NOT emailed to you. Immediately after you submit payment, the Dauphin County forms you order will be available for download directly from your account. You can then download the forms to your computer. If you do not already have an account, one will be created for you as part of the order process, and your login details will be sent to you. If you encounter any issues accessing your forms, please reach out to our support team for assistance.

What does "validated/updated" mean?

This indicates the most recent date when at least one of the following occurred:

  • Updated: The document was updated or changed to remain compliant.
  • Validated: The document was examined by an attorney or staff, or it was successfully recorded in Dauphin County using our eRecording service.
Are these forms guaranteed to be recordable in Dauphin County?

Yes. Our form blanks are guaranteed to meet or exceed all formatting requirements set forth by Dauphin County including margin requirements, content requirements, font and font size requirements.

Can the Affidavit of Surviving Spouse forms be re-used?

Yes. You can re-use the forms for your personal use. For example, if you have more than one property in Dauphin County that you need to transfer you would only need to order our forms once for all of your properties in Dauphin County.

What are supplemental forms?

Often when a deed is recorded, additional documents are required by Pennsylvania or Dauphin County. These could be tax related, informational, or even as simple as a coversheet. Supplemental forms are provided for free with your order where available.

What type of files are the forms?

All of our Dauphin County Affidavit of Surviving Spouse forms are PDFs. You will need to have or get Adobe Reader to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I need any special software to use these forms?

You will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer to use our forms. Adobe Reader is free software that most computers already have installed.

Do I have to enter all of my property information online?

No. The blank forms are downloaded to your computer and you fill them out there, at your convenience.

Can I save the completed form, email it to someone?

Yes, you can save your deed form at any point with your information in it. The forms can also be emailed, blank or complete, as attachments.

Are there any recurring fees involved?

No. Nothing to cancel, no memberships, no recurring fees.

Using an Affidavit of Surviving Spouse or Life Partner in Pennsylvania

The manner of vesting, or the way owners hold title to real property, determines what will happen to that property in the event of their death.

The three options available to co-owners vesting residential real property in Pennsylvania are tenancy in common, joint tenancy, and tenancy by the entirety. A tenancy in common and a joint tenancy are available to two or more owners, whereas a tenancy by the entirety is available only to married couples.

When co-owners vest as tenants in common, each one owns a separate share of the title. A joint tenancy with the right of survivorship means that, upon the death of one joint tenant, the deceased's interest in the property is proportionately distributed to the remaining joint tenants, thus avoiding probate. In tenancy by entirety, both spouses share 100% undivided ownership of the property. Similar to joint tenancy, when the first spouse dies, his or her interest in the property ceases, meaning the surviving spouse becomes the sole owner.

Pennsylvania property held in either a joint tenancy or a tenancy by the entirety vests automatically in the survivor(s) upon the death of an owner. This means that a deed is not required to transfer the decedent's interest. Rather, an affidavit of surviving spouse or life partner may be recorded in the office of the recorder in the appropriate county evidencing the surviving spouse's right to the decedent's interest. Such a document helps to maintain a clear chain of title (ownership history) and may be useful in future title searches.

Affidavits must meet standards for recording in the state of Pennsylvania as well as the requirements for affidavits pertaining to interest in real property as established by 21 P.S. 453, and requires the name, address, and age of the affiant, as well as a legal description of the real property concerned. Further, it states that the affiant was either the legal spouse or life partner of the decedent, and indicates that the supporting documentation -- the death certificate of the decedent and either a marriage license or a certificate of life partnership -- are authorized copies. The affiant makes the sworn statements contained within the affidavit in the presence of a notary public, declaring that they are true, correct, and complete to the best of his or her knowledge.

Each case is unique, so consult a lawyer with questions.

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