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.



  • December 24, 2018 and December 25, 2018 Office Schedule
    The Register of Wills Office will be closing at 11:00 a.m. on December 24, 2018.
    The office will be closed on December 25, 2018.​
  • December 31, 2018 and January 1, 2019 Office Schedule
    The Register of Wills Office will be closing at 1:00 p.m. on December 31, 2018.
    The office will be closed on January 1, 2019.​
  • Public Access Policy

    Effective January 6, 2018, a new public access policy established by the Administrative Office of PA Courts will be in place. Click Here to view the specifics.​

Contact Information

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

Email: rwills@countyofberks.com

Larry Medaglia, Register of Wills
Larry Medaglia