Register of Wills

York County Justice Center

Register of Wills

Bradley C. Jacobs- Register of Wills



York County Judicial Center
Second Floor
45 North George Street
York, PA 17401

Phone: (717) 771-9607 Fax: (717) 771-4678

Ara Kimberly McPherson - Chief Deputy


John C. Herrold - Solicitor

Read the 2014 annual report by clicking here. 


The Register of Wills is an elected official who serves as Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans' Court. The Register of Wills has jurisdiction of the probate of wills and the grant of letters to a personal representative.

Letters Testamentary (with a will) or Letters of Administration (no will) are granted to properly qualified individuals who meet the requirements of the Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code. When disputes arise at the time of probate, the Register, as a quasi-judicial officer, is empowered to hold a hearing, take testimony, review evidence and render a decision on the issue presented.

The Register is also an agent for the collection of inheritance taxes for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Revenue. In the calendar year 2014, the amount of inheritance tax collected by the Register of Wills was $26,330,100.41. This amount represents the largest annual inheritance tax collection in the history of the Register of Wills office which was established in 1749.

Since taking office in 2000 the current Register of Wills remitted in excess of $297 million to the PA. Dept. of Revenue, Inheritance Tax Div. from York County Estates.

Read the 2014 annual report by clicking here. 

Bradley C. Jacobs
York Co. Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans' Court (2000 to present)
Legislative Comm. Chair PA State Assoc. of Elected Co. Officials (PSAECO)
Past President Registers of Wills/Clerk of Orphans' Court
      Association of PA ( 2004-2005)
Member PA Historcial & Museum Commission, County Records Committee

The office of the Register of Wills will be open for transaction of business (i.e. Probates and Filings) pertaining to said office from the hours of 8 a.m. until 4:15 pm.

Attention: No cell phones, pagers, weapons or cameras are permitted in the York County Judicial Center. Please click here for a full list of prohibited items.