The Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court Office provides 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.
Cell phones are not permitted inside the Lancaster County Courthouse.
Pursuant to Judicial Administrative Order dated February 2, 2021, the Lancaster County Courthouse is closed to public access through April 30, 2021. Emergency guardianships may be filed in Orphans' Court in person by appointment. A drop-box is located outside of our office for Orphans' Court filings, probate documents, and marriage license payments. It will be available between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. DO NOT PLACE INHERITANCE TAX RETURNS/PAYMENTS in the dropbox. Probate of an estate by videoconference may be requested. Click here for instructions.
We are currently reviewing drafts of probate documents submitted by email on March 3, 2021. Please do not contact our office for a status update unless you submitted your documents prior to this date and you have not received a videoconference appointment.
TBD Chief Deputy Email Phone: 717-295-5907
Probates and Estates
Email Phone: 717-299-8242 or 299-8243 Fax: 717-295-5914
Adoptions & Guardianship
Chevy Sigwart Deputy Clerk of the Orphans’ Court Email 717-295-2001