York County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Goes Virtual

3/27/2020 – YORK – In response to the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration and closure of the York County Judicial Center to the public, the York County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court created video conferencing processes for virtual marriage license applications and probate of wills and estates, said Bryan Tate, York County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court. The video conferencing virtual processes will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020.

According to Tate, the office will use the Cisco Webex Meeting platform. The wills and estates probate process will be administered by Chief Deputy Register of Wills Kim McPherson, and the marriage license process will be administered by Chief Deputy Clerk of Orphans’ Court Becky Foust.

On Friday, March 27, 2020, the office tested the new video conferencing processes, Tate said. Tate and Foust held a video conference meeting with Brittany King and Brian Ishler, both of Dillsburg, to process their marriage license application. During the video conference meeting, Tate and Foust witnessed King and Ishler signing their marriage license application virtually and granted the license, which is being mailed to the couple. According to Tate, King and Ishler received York County’s first marriage license that was processed virtually.

Also on Friday, the office probated its first Will using video conference technology. Tate and McPherson met electronically with Attorney MacGregor Brillhart, of Stock and Leader LLC, and his client James Norton. Norton was sworn-in and was able to probate the Will of his late mother. Norton was granted letters testamentary as the executor of his mother’s will. Norton’s mother’s Will was York County’s first to be probated virtually, Tate said.

Directions are being posted on both of the offices websites for attorneys and citizens who want to schedule virtual processes. Those interested in scheduling virtual appointments are encouraged to check out: www.YorkCountyPA.gov/RegisterOfWills for wills and estates and www.YorkCountyPA.gov/ClerkOfOrphansCourt for marriage licenses. Tate said attorneys and residents who have questions should contact his offices for more information –

  • Wills and Estates at (717) 771-9607
  • Marriage Licenses at (717) 771-9288