Register of Wills

About Us

The Register of Wills is a judicial officer having jurisdiction over the Probate of Wills and the Granting of Letters to an Executor/Administrator.  The Register of Wills is the starting point for the legal process of commencing an Estate administration when a person passes away.  Whether a Decedent has a Will OR does not have a Will, the legal process starts with the Register of Wills granting fiduciary power to the appropriate Executor or Administrator.   Another responsibility of the Register of Wills is to serve as Agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania/Department of Revenue in collecting Inheritance Tax paid by estates of Pennsylvania decedents.  The Register of Wills office is also a historical resource for genealogical information.  The Register of Wills office is a public information office. Prior to 1800, before Adams County was formed, this area was part of York County.  Gettysburg is quite a historical place, and the Register of Wills office has records dating back to 1800.  HISTORY runs all through and around Gettysburg.  Just take a few quiet moments and one can feel it everywhere.  This office is happy to be a part of that historical experience! 

Effective September 1, 2016, Pursuant to the newly revised Orphans' Court Rules, as of today, only the standardized forms provided by the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania will be accepted. This is in regards to Rule 10.5 and Rule 10.6.

MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE:  4:00 p.m. will be the cut-off to begin an Estate probate.   If you have a special circumstance, please call or email the office to make special arrangements. Thank you for your cooperation.
See the Holiday Schedule (on the left side of the webpage) for days that Courthouse will be closed.
Contact Information:
Karen Heflin
Register of Wills 
County of Adams​
Register of Wills​
117 Baltimore Street​
Room 102​
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-337-9826
Fax:​ 717-334-1758

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