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BUCKS COUNTY REGISTER OF
WILLS/CLERK OF ORPHANS' COURT:

LINDA BOBRIN
By Chris Serpico

It's been said that "necessity
is the mother of invention."

Bobrin had been in office for a little
over two months when the pandemic
forced all of Bucks County's administration offices to shut down. During
what is traditionally one of the busiest
times of the year for people looking to
get marriage licenses, Bobrin and her
staff figured out a way that people could
still access services they desperately needed,
especially at a time when marriage
often was necessary to allow one
partner to obtain or maintain health
insurance coverage through their
partner's insurance plan.

So when the coronavirus struck in
early March, and pursuant to Governor
Wolf and President Judge Bateman's
directives, the Bucks County Courthouse
essentially shut down on March 17th,
hundreds of engaged couples in Bucks
County were left wondering how
in the world they were going to be
able to obtain the license required
for them to legally "tie the knot"
in Pennsylvania.
Although the virus shut down much
of the Commonwealth, and the rest
of the country for that matter, there
were a few counties that moved the
application process online, including
York, Dauphin, and Philadelphia.

Bobrin had been in
office for a little over
two months when the
pandemic forced all
of Bucks County's
administration
offices to shut down.

Bobrin's innovative solution was
commented on by newspapers
throughout the area, including
the Bucks County Courier Times,
the Erie Times-News, and The
New York Times!

But that wasn't the only innovation Bobrick came up
with. Because she recognized that despite the ongoing
health crisis, estates would still need to be opened,
her office introduced their "Fast Track Option," a pilot
program that utilizes technology to open estates. By
setting up an account after going online to www.
buckscounty.org/rowocrecords, attorneys and laypersons
can fill out an online form and submit necessary
documents, such as the original will and the original
death certificate, required to open an estate. Once the
Register is supplied with the necessary documentation by
regular mail, arrangements are made to set up a videoconference call to make necessary payments by credit
card, and to swear in the Executor or Administrator.

But they offered the service exclusively to their own
residents. Only in Bucks County was the opportunity
provided to citizens from anywhere in the country
to apply for a marriage license valid for the state
of Pennsylvania.
"We thought there had to be a way, with the technology
available to us, where we could help people who were
stuck at home. After we got things together we were
able to get it approved and then we moved forward,"
said Bucks County's Register of Wills, Linda Bobrin, when I
interviewed her at her office.

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