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Welcome to the Register of Wills

To find the Register Of Wills Office in your jurisdiction, click a jurisdiction on the map or select from the dropdown list or menu items. All 23 counties and Baltimore City have offices headed by elected Registers that serve the residents in that jurisdiction. Estates are opened in the jurisdiction where the decedent was domiciled at the time of their passing. Click here for news and updates.

Maryland Register of Wills Offices

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Estates are opened in the jurisdiction where the deceased person was domiciled at the time of their passing. Safekeeping wills are filed in the jurisdiction where the testator lives.

Please note that some zip codes may cover multiple jurisdictions. If the domicile is near a jurisdiction border, please call all bordering Register of Wills offices for clarification. Enter a zip code to find your Register of Wills office:

Not a real zip code.

News and Important Updates

We have revised our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page with new features including updated questions and answers. Click here to review the new FAQ page.

We have revised our publications page with additional publications and new information. Click here to review the new publications page.

Qualifying domestic partners may file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with their local Register of Wills and become “registered domestic partners.” Click here for a detailed explanation of how to qualify and how you may benefit from this service. Click here for the necessary form.

For decedents dying on or after October 1, 2023, legislation is in effect that makes significant changes to Maryland’s intestacy law, which governs probate when someone dies without a Last Will and Testament. Click here for a side-by-side comparison of current versus new law and click here to read the legislation as signed into law by Governor Moore.

Who We Are

The Office of Register of Wills is a public office established under the Constitution of the State of Maryland. The Constitution provides for a Register from each county and the City of Baltimore. Each Register is elected by qualified voters for a four-year term of office at the time of the gubernatorial election.

The Register of Wills is responsible for appointing personal representatives to administer decedents’ estates and for overseeing the proper and timely administration of these proceedings.

We also perform the following duties: assist and advise the public in the preparation of all required forms; maintain and preserve the permanent record of all proceedings; serve as the Clerk to the Orphans’ Court; track estates and refer delinquent matters to the Court; determine and collect inheritance taxes and probate fees/court costs; audit accounts of personal representatives and guardians; mail various notices and court orders to interested persons; and, verify compliance with court orders. As a service, we provide safekeeping for wills of living persons.

What Is Probate?

The literal interpretation means to prove, as in proving one's will. It can be done administratively in the Register of Wills Office or judicially by the Orphans' Court when necessary. It is the marshalling of assets, the payment of all creditors and the transference of all property in the decedent's name to the beneficiaries either named in the will or who would inherit under the laws of intestacy (dying without a will).

About Our Services

The Offices of the Registers Of Wills are committed to giving our constituents the best service possible. Every effort is made to provide accurate information and assistance regarding matters that are important to you. Please be advised, however, that we are prohibited by law from rendering legal advice.

We have published this website in an attempt to carry on our tradition of courteous, professional and efficient service. The information you will find here is intended to assist you by providing some basic information relating to estates and the functions of our offices. Please be sure to check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and our Publications Section for general information, sample guides and informative brochures.

We sincerely hope you find this website helpful and your experience with our offices satisfactory.