Register of Wills

UPDATE FOR ADAMS COUNTY REGISTER OF WILLS OFFICE

AS OF JUNE 8, 2022

 

ESTATE PROBATE OPTIONS:

  • PRE-SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT IS PREFERRED; HOWEVER, IS NOT REQUIRED AND WALK-INS ARE ACCEPTABLE.
  • ATTORNEY OFFICES MAY STILL SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL PROBATE BY CONTACTING US AS LISTED BELOW.
  • To schedule an appointment OR Attorney-represented Virtual Probate, please call:  717.337.9826, OR Email:  registerrecorder@adamscounty.us OR kheflin@adamscounty.us OR bchenault@adamscounty.us
  • Pro Se Probates must be done in person.

WE STRONGLY SUGGEST THAT AN EXECUTOR/ADMINISTRATOR SEE AN ATTORNEY BEFORE BEGINNING THE LEGAL PROCESS OF PROBATING. AN ATTORNEY IS SPECIALIZED TO HELP WITH THE MANY RESPONSIBILITIES REQUIRED OF AN ESTATE ADMINISTRATION.

 

OPTIONS FOR COUNTER-WORK AND ACCEPTANCE OF DOCUMENTS: (SUCH AS: ESTATE AND REVENUE DOCUMENTS, PA INHERITANCE TAX PAYMENTS, ETC.)

 

  • WALK-INS
  • MAIL-INS  (FED-EX, UPS, USPS)

 

REMINDER:   PROVIDE A SELF-ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE FOR RETURN OF TIME-STAMPED COPIES AND/OR RECEIPT TO YOU.

 

PUBLIC TERMINAL SEARCHING: (Title Searchers, Attorneys & Staff And Public):

Public Searching Of Our Records Is Available On Public Terminals In Our Office.  A Copier is Available for Copying and Can Be Accessed With a Copy Button Obtained From our office.

 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, CALL MAIN OFFICE LINE AT 717.337.9826

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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.

 
Hours:​
MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
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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 rightside 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
Email

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