Welcome to the County of Berks
Berks County Register of Wills

The Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphan's Court is an elected official who serves as a dual officeholder and whose primary function is to determine whether the document offered for probate should be received as the last will of the decedent. When disputes arise at the time of probate, the Register, as a quasi-judicial officer, is empowered to hold hearings, take testimony, review evidence and render decisions on how the administration of the estate shall proceed.

Responsibilities as Clerk of Orphan's Court include maintaining the docket and files for adoptions, guardianships and other issues which may come before the Orphans' Court Judge, as well as taking applications for, and issuing, marriage licenses.

Finally, the Register of Wills is a mandated keeper of all records filed here, and since those records must be kept forever, the office is a great resource for genealogical information.



  • Holiday Schedule

    Register of Wills Office will​ be closed or closing early for the following holidays:

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019
    Closed for lunch
    11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Friday, December 13, 2019
    Opening at 9:00 a.m.

    Tuesday, December 24, 2019
    Christmas Eve - Closing at 11:00 a.m.

    Wednesday, December 25, 2019
    Christmas Day - CLOSED

    Tuesday, December 31, 2019
    New Year's Eve - Closing at 1:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, January 1, 2020
    New Year's Day - CLOSED

  • Notification of New Office Hours

    NOTICE:  As of Wednesday, May 1, 2019, the hours for the Register of Wills Office will be Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. thru 4:30 p.m.  Respectfully, please plan accordingly with your clients.​

  • Orphans' Court Complete Rules
    The Updated Orphans' Court Rules, with incorporated amendments, are now available.
  • Orphans' Court Procedural Changes
    • When filing documents, please do not staple the original -- it makes for easier scanning.​
    • Because we do not have electronic filing, please make sure all filed documents contain an original signature, in blue ink.

Contact Information

Berks County Register of Wills
Berks County Services Center
633 Court Street, 2nd Floor
Reading, PA 19601

Email: rwills@countyofberks.com

Office Hours:  Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.