Register of Wills

Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court Operations 

COVID-19 Response  

The courthouse is open for official business. However, for your safety as well as ours, we ask that where practical, business be conducted via phone calls, video calls, email, or regular mail.

To minimize exposure, in-person probate, marriage applications, and research, are BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

We strongly encouraged the use of video conferencing for probate and marriage applications.

Attention marriage applicants: If you are NOT a Cumberland County resident, your marriage application must be done by video conference.

Instructions for Marriage License applications by Video Conferencing (pdf)

Instructions for Probate by Video Conferencing (pdf)

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

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

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.