Clerk of Orphans' Court

News Release 4/2/2020 (pdf)

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 30, 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,  please e-mail regofwills@ccpa.net 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. 

Beginning 4/2/2020, Cumberland County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court will be 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.

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


The Clerk of Orphans’ Court serves as the filing office for the miscellaneous division of the Common Pleas Court. Actions filed in this office include Accounts, Adoptions, Appeals, Claims against estates, Guardianships, Minors’ estates, Small estate proceedings, and Trusts. This division is also responsible for taking marriage applications and issuing licenses for couples who wish to be married in Pennsylvania.

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.