Orphans' Court Litigation

In Pennsylvania, most legal disputes involving trusts and estates are handled in a division of the Court of Common Pleas known as the Orphans' Court. These include will contests, claims involving the interpretation of a will, and disputes involving breach of duty, neglect or delay by a trustee, agent under power of attorney, or the personal representative (i.e. executor or administrator) of a decedent's estate.

The Orphans' Court also handles termination of parental rights and adoptions, adjudications of incapacity and appointment of a guardian of an individual's person and estate.

The Orphans' Courts of the Commonwealth operate under a distinct set of rules which are quite different than the rules that apply to other civil lawsuits. Pleading and practice before the Orphans' Court therefore requires specific knowledge and experience with these rules, which in many cases vary significantly from county to county.

At Worth, Magee and Fisher, our lawyers have years of experience practicing before the Orphans' Court Divisions of Lehigh, Carbon, Berks, and Northampton Counties and stand ready to assist you with any questions you have in this area.

Contact Our Firm To Discuss Your Trusts And Estates Disputes Today

We offer experienced and knowledgeable assistance with disputes litigated in Orphans' Court, contact our firm online or by calling 610-674-0505 or 866-490-5954 toll free. We offer flexible appointments and home or hospital visits to accommodate your unique circumstances. Our office is also fully ADA accessible.