In Pennsylvania, legal disputes involving wills, trusts, and estates fall under the jurisdiction of the Orphans' Courts of the Commonwealth. Issues related to adoptions, adjudications of incapacity and the appointment of guardians are also overseen by the Orphans' Court. The Orphans' Courts in Pennsylvania operate under a distinct set of rules as a branch of each County Court. This necessitates that attorneys cultivate specific knowledge and experience related to these unique rules and issues.
While dealing with legal matters before the Orphans' Court, the attorneys at Mette, Evans & Woodside are able draw from the resources of allied practice areas to give clients the exact blend of legal counsel required for their unique situation. Our experienced attorneys have represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in a diverse array of legal issues that arise in the jurisdiction of the Orphans' Courts. These issues include will contests, malfeasance committed by those responsible for administering estates or trusts, defending those accused of harming an estate or trust, protecting individuals who are incapacitated and their assets, and disputes over the interpretation of wills or other legal documents.
Interpretation Of Trust Documents • Disputes Regarding Wills • Distribution Of Trust And Estate Assets • Appointing Guardians • Will Contests • Cy Pres Proceedings • Trust And Estate Accountings • Fee And Commission Challenges