Register of Wills

Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court Operations 

COVID-19 Response  

In response to COVID-19 pandemic, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ordered ALL COURTS CLOSED to the public, EXCEPT FOR EMERGENCIES, until April 3, 2020.  Please do not come to the courthouse or our office unless you have an appointment or court order directing you to appear. 

There will be limited staff working at the Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court office during this time.  The following Orphans’ Court proceedings will continue to be handled:

  • Emergency Guardianships

  • Judicial Bypass Petitions filed in Orphans’ Court

If you have an EMERGENCY, plan to get married before April 6, 2020, or have a Probate emergency, please e-mail or call our main number at (717) 240-6345.  All other matters should be mailed into the office.  For Pennsylvania Inheritance Tax payments, the postmark date is your filing date. 

As staffing resources allow, we will be processing mail, answering phone calls, and emails.  We will continually re-evaluate the situation so that we can address your needs.  We expect that after this initial 2 week shut down, there will be a step-up on services with a limited staff during the sustainment period.   Please continue to check our webpage and Facebook for updates.

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.