Register of Wills  

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.

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.


Chief Deputy: Emily A. Carello
Phone: 717-295-5907

  • Probates and Estates

Phone: 717-299-8242 or 299-8243
Fax:     717-295-5914

  • Adoptions & Guardianship

Saskia Sayeg
Deputy Clerk of the Orphans’ Court


  • Inheritance Tax Division

Helen McKinney
Inheritance Tax Clerk

phone:  717-299-8246

  • Marriage Department

Marriage Clerk