Register of Wills

Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court Operations 

COVID-19 Response  

To comply with the Governor's directives, the Courthouse will be mandatory telework where possible and BY APPOINTMENT ONLY if in person is necessary.  We encourage video conferencing, phone calls,  and mail, for all business with our office.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR PAPERWORK AT LEAST  FOUR WEEKS PRIOR TO THE WEDDING DATE TO ALLOW FOR PROCESSING.   

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 regofwills@ccpa.net.

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.