Register of Wills  

he Register of Wills' Office  and Clerk of the Orphans' Court Office provide a variety of services to the public, such as:

  • Probate of decedent estates
  • Collection of inheritance taxes
  • Issuance of marriage licenses
  • Maintenance of records pertaining to adoptions, guardianship, and estates

We are located on the second floor of the new courthouse. 
 If you bring a cell phone  or a smart watch into the courthouse you will be required to place it in a locker in the lobby if one is available.

OUR OFFICE WILL  BE CLOSED on FRIDAY,  MARCH 29, 2024 and WILL REOPEN on  MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2024 at 8:30  a.m.  THE MARRIAGE DEPARTMENT WILL REOPEN ON MONDAY,  APRIL 1, 2024 at 9;00 a.m.


We accept Petitions for Grant of Letters for filing in our office in person.  By special exception only, we will follow the procedure for videoconferences. Click here for instructions.


Inheritance tax returns and payments may be filed at the counter.  We use the postmark on mailed envelopes for the filing date of inheritance tax payments.


Divisions


Chief Deputy: Emily A. Carello
Email:  CarelloE@lancastercountypa.gov

  • Probates and Estates

Brenda  Huber
Probate Clerk
Email: BHuber@Lancastercountypa.gov

Paige Golay
Probate Clerk
Email: PGolay@Lancastercountypa.gov

  • Adoptions & Guardianship

Elridge Castillo
Deputy Clerk of the Orphans’ Court
E-mail: ECastillo@lancastercountypa.gov

  • Inheritance Tax Division

Helen McKinney
Inheritance Tax Clerk
Email: HMcKinney@lancastercountypa.gov

  • MARRIAGE HOTLINE

Marriage Clerk
717-295-3533