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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Keep Litz doing the People's Business.


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Register of Wills/Marriage Licenses

Dawn Resanovich is the Register of Wills.  Dawn is elected  to a four year term of office.  She is located in room 105 of the Municipal Building, 400 S 8th St., Lebanon PA.  Phone 274-2801, extension 2215.

The Register of Wills records wills, grants letters of administration to settle estates, issues marriage licenses, maintains all records of the orphans' court, adoptions, and appointment of guardians.

The office also serves as the collection agent for PA Inheritance Tax owed by decedents that lived in Lebanon County.  The office receives a commission for the collection, docketing, deposit, and reporting associated with the PA Inheritance Tax.

While the staff cannot dispense legal advice, in many instances, assistance is given to persons seeking to probate wills or pay inheritance tax without an attorney.

Marriage Licenses

bulletCost is $70, and must be paid in cash.
bulletLicenses have a three day waiting period before they can be used, and expire in 60 days.
bulletTake your social security number, parent's address, occupation, place of birth, final divorce decree if your were previously married, and if applicable, a copy of your election to retake your maiden name.
bulletEffective 6/97, it is no longer necessary to get a blood test or take a physical.
Year Court Cases Marriages Revenue Commission
1992 591 975 $103,240 n/a
1993 674 928 $110,139 n/a
1994 612 953 $117,666 42,000
1995 582 943 $172,545 56,000
1996 752 885 $132,263 33,000
1997 659 1009 $135,633 43,000
1998 623 971 $178,057 74,000
1999 thru Nov. 626 914 $151,000 60,000

The Probate Process

bulletThe probate process involves "proving" of the deceased's will (i.e., that it was a properly signed, valid will and that it was the last one the decedent made).   As a practical matter, however, Probate Court also deals with disputes relating to the transfer of property of the deceased person and claims against the state.
bulletIf a will is declared to be valid, the probate estate is disposed of according to the will.  If the will is not valid or if the deceased left no will, then the probate court will order the property of the deceased to be disposed of through the Probate Court, according to state law.  Any disputes relating to the estate or claims against the estate will also be handled through the Probate Court.
bulletProbate property is any property in your name alone at the time of your death.  If property is held jointly by husband and wife with rights of survivorship, only the decedent's share or one-half of the property is included in the estate.  Assets payable to a named beneficiary at death are not included in the estate.  An exception to this rule is life insurance owned by the decedent or life insurance gifted within three years of death.
bulletThe probate process begins when the will is found after the deceased's death.  It is submitted to the Court in order that it may be approved as the last Will and Testament of the deceased.  The next step consists of an order that a notice of the petition be given to heirs and other "interested" parties.  This is normally done through "publication" or placing a legal notice in the local newspaper to the effect that John Jones has died and a petition has been submitted to the Court asking that "Mary Smith" be named executrix (administratix if there is no will).
bulletOnce formally appointed by the court, the executor will take all legal title to the deceased's probate assets.

Filing the Estate Inventory:

bulletThe Executor is required by law to file a "complete" inventory of the estate's assets within the statutory required time.  The inventory is submitted to the court and becomes a matter of public record.  The purpose of filing the inventory is to indicate to the court the items of property of which the executor must "account" for and to let beneficiaries, creditors and other parties know what is included in the estate.


Probate is the legal process of assembling a decedent's assets, paying a decedent's debts, and transferring title to a decedent's property to survivors.

The process is generally characterized by the following procedures:
1)  Probate administration is initiated by filing a petition to have the will probated and filed with the court.

2)  Once the will is admitted to probate, interested parties have a stated period of time in which to challenge or set aside the probate of the will.  Notice is given to all interested parties by letter or publication.

3)  All creditors have an opportunity to file their claims with the court within a stated period of time.

4)  A letter of authority (Letters testamentary) is given to the executor by the court to act on behalf of the estate as fiduciary.

5)  The will must be proved to be a valid document.

6)  Administration of the probate estate occurs which includes an inventory of all probate estate assets, payment of creditors' claims and distribution of the estate according to the terms of the decedent's will or according to the laws of intestacy, if there is no will.

7)  Once all claims, debts, and taxes have been paid and all the property distributed, the estate is closed.