Orphans’ Court Litigation

We have significant experience with estate and trust litigation. We represent clients in disputes that can take a variety of forms. Some common types of cases that we handle are:

  • Will Contests – Challenges to the validity of a will.
  • Fiduciary Disputes – Claims by or against executors and trustees regarding the administration of estates and trusts.
  • Guardianship Hearings – Appointment of a guardian for an incapacitated individual.
  • Power of Attorney Issues – Challenges to the validity of a power of attorney, and claims of abuse by the power of attorney agent.

In Pennsylvania these types of cases are generally litigated in the county Orphans’ Court. Orphans’ Court is also the forum for undisputed proceedings such as the settlement of accountings filed by executors or trustees.

Not all estate and trust disputes have to end up in litigation. We first aim to settle cases in an amicable and cost effective way, and usually we succeed. However, if a resolution cannot be reached outside of the Orphans’ Court, we are prepared to vigorously represent our clients through litigation.

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