Register of Wills

Bradley C. Jacobs- Register of Wills

Bradley C. JacobsYork 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)


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, Esq. - Solicitor

Read the 2017 annual report by clicking here.  estate notice

Commonwealth of PA Auditor General Audit Report for the office of Register of Wills - January 1, 2013-December 31, 2015

Financial Statement Audit For the Year Ended December 31, 2018

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 of Wills is  agent for the collection of Inheritance Tax for the Commonwealth of PA, Department of Revenue, Inheritance Tax Div.  In the calendar year 2018, Inheritance Tax collections totaled $26,215,011.69. 

Since taking office in 2000 the Register of Wills remitted in excess of $399 million to the PA. Dept. of Revenue, Inheritance Tax Div. from York County Estates.

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.