Register of Wills

Register of Wills


Per order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, all PA Courts and Court-related offices are CLOSED to the public as of close of business on 3/19/2020.

Beginning 3/30/2020, York County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court will be scheduling appointments for virtual Will Probates and Marriage License applications using video conferencing.  Click here for the attached process for Will Probate.

Questions, please call:

Marriage Licenses – (717) 771-9288

Wills & Estates – (717) 771-9607

In the case of the Orphans’ Court, only persons filing Emergency Petitions for Guardianship will be admitted to the office. We ask all attorneys and citizens to conduct business by phone, email and mail. Please call (717) 771-9258.

Thank you for your cooperation during the COVID-19 National Emergency.

Bryan K. Tate, York County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court



Bryan K. Tate - Register of Wills

Bryan Tate

Bryan K. Tate

York Co. Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans' Court (2020 to present)


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 2019 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 $28 million. 

Since 2000, the Register of Wills remitted in excess of $427 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.