Clerk of Orphans' Court

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.

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

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


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.