Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans Court


The Register of Wills Office is responsible for the probating of wills, appointment of a representative and issuing of short certificates to handle a decedent’s estate, acceptance of inheritance tax payments, and all other documents related to a decedent’s estate.

The Clerk of the Orphans’ Court is the filing office for petitions before the Orphans' Court including but not limited to guardianships, adoptions, and the issuing of marriage licenses.

Orphans' Court Rules Effective June 1, 2019

Records Access

The public can access Register of Wills and most Clerk of Orphans’ Court Records filed from 2004 to present and obtain copies for general use or certified copies to meet specific needs at the public terminals in the office Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM or through two websites:

  • Landex Remote: Here the customer sets up an account and then uses the money to draw down for complete access to the records and copies. 
  • Landex Webstore: Here the customer has free access to the indices but is charged a fee to download a document for viewing and / or printing.

Additional Records

  • Records prior to 2004 must be accessed through the office. Please call 570-825-1641 for information.
  • Certified copies must be obtained through the office. Please call 570-825-1641 for information.
  • Adoption Records are not available to the public. For questions regarding adoptions  please call 570-822-0764. All requests for data on adoptions granted in Luzerne County must be made in writing to the address below:
               Act 101 Coordinator
               Orphans' Court
               Luzerne County Courthouse
               Bernard C. Brominski Building
               113 West North Street
                Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
    Please provide as many details as possible, such as full name at birth, birth date, adoption date (or approximate time period) and full name following adoption.
  • Guardianship records, except the Final Decree and Docket, filed after January 6, 2018 are only available to the interested parties in the case.
  • Orphans' Court records, with the exception of marriage licenses, filed after January 6, 2018 are not accessible remotely, only in the office.


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