The Honorable Allyn "Lyn" Price Nickle was elected Register of Wills in 1998 - the 16th Register elected to serve the citizens of Cecil County. Her years of probate experience include several four-year terms as Register of Wills, (1998 to present); two terms as Chief Deputy Register of Wills (1990 - 1998); and, eighteen (18) years experience as a legal assistant with a local law office specializing in real estate and probate.
A lifelong resident of Cecil County, Lyn graduated from North East High School. She completed a course of legal studies at the National Academy for Paralegal Studies, Inc., earning an award of Scholarly Distinction. An avid student of probate law, Lyn has also completed many credit courses as well as continuing legal education classes at Cecil College, the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Administering Estates in MD at the University of MD School of Law, as well as courses in Computer Systems Administration, Accounting and Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She lectures on The Importance of Having a Will and Administration of Estates at many faith-based and civic organizations and the annual Cecil County Senior Lifestyle Expo.
With special interest in preservation of the historic records, Lyn spearheaded operations to digitize old paper files and dockets. Records from the time Cecil County was established in 1674 until 1985 have been imaged and preserved in digital form. These images, as well as current files, are available to the public in her office research center. In addition to the imaging system, she supported design and implementation of an Electronic Document and Records Management System, a specialized computer system, used state-wide to manage records and ensure that records are preserved and protected. The new system has revolutionized administrative practices of the office.
Professional affiliations include the Maryland Register of Wills Association (having served as secretary, currently chairs the Probate Review Committee and is also a member of the Automation Committee), Maryland Orphans' Court Association and the National College of Probate Judges. Extracurricular activities include Jazzercise, membership in the Cecil County Historical Society, coordinating Maryland Charity Campaigns and she attends and volunteers in various community religious, civic, political and youth activities.