Register of Wills

Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court Operations 

COVID-19 Response  

We are now in the GREEN PHASE and the courthouse is open to visitors for official business in accordance with Court Order dated May 22, 2020.  While we are open, we are asking that where possible, business should be handled via phone calls, video calls, email, or regular mail. In person appointments are being made where other methods of communication will not work.

In order to reduce exposure and the volume of individuals here at any given time, walk-in traffic is discouraged and wait times are unpredictable.  Appointments are encouraged and will have priority over walk-ins.

Due to the volume of work, please check our website for up to date information and FAQs prior to calling.

For Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax payments, the postmark date is your filing date.

We are scheduling appointments for virtual Probates and Marriage License applications using video conferencing.

Instructions for Marriage License applications by Video Tele-Conferencing (pdf)

Instructions for Probate by Video Tele-Conferencing (pdf)

For questions or to schedule an appointment, please call 717-240-6345 or email

Thank you for your patience as we continue to meet essential needs while keeping our staff and public safe.

Lisa M. Grayson, Esq., Register of Wills & Clerk of the Orphans’ Court

Register of Wills

The primary function of the Register is to determine whether documents offered for probate should be admitted to the official record. The Register of Wills has the authority to appoint personal representatives for estate administration. The office processes all decedents’ estate filings and Inheritance Tax payments for individuals who were living in Cumberland County at the time of their death.

Mission Statement

The Cumberland County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court is a dual office of the Court of Common Pleas, whose mission and responsibility are to process court documents in an effective and efficient manner and to guarantee and preserve the accuracy and accessibility of those documents for their legal and historic value to the citizenry we serve.