Register of Wills, Tammi L. Elkin
Clerk of Orphans' Court
Petition for Guardianship of Minor Children
Office Hours: 8:00 - 4:30
Register of Wills Room 122
140 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16501
About the Office of the Register of Wills
The information provided on this website is not intended to be legal advice or to offer any opinion of the legal remedies available. The staff of the Register of Wills/ Clerk of the Orphans' Court is NOT permitted to offer opinions, directions, or instructions on any matter that may be construed as legal advice. Our office provides the forms but cannot offer any direction or legal advice as to the preparation. The information presented here is merely to answer frequently asked questions concerning the Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans' Court.
The Register of Wills also serves as an agent for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for filing and payment of Inheritance Taxes. The inheritance tax return and payment is filed at the Register of Wills, and is then forwarded to the Commonwealth by this office. If you have questions that are not answered in the instruction booklet, you should contact an attorney or an accountant for assistance.
As Clerk of the Orphans' Court, we accept filings for Adoptions, Guardians of Minors and Incapacitated Persons and miscellaneous petitions.
These matters usually require a hearing before the Judge of the Orphans' Court. We would urge you to seek the assistance of an attorney in these types of matters.
All records in the Register of Wills and Orphans' Court are open to the public with the exception of Adoption records. Adoption records are impounded (sealed by the Court) by law and available only by order of Court.