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Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules provides the most current and comprehensive coverage of newly adopted, amended and rescinded rules for over 20 counties and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Each section is followed by a forms section and an index. Unique to this publication are editor’s notes, comments and writable CD-ROM.



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  • Brand: The Legal Intelligencer
  • Product Type: Books
  • Edition: 2019
  • Page Count: 952
  • ISBN: 978-1-62881-553-5
  • Pub#/SKU#: PORPH19
  • Pub Date: 11/28/2018

SUMMARY OF CONTENTS


Orphans’ Court Rules of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Appendix of Forms
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Forms
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Index
Allegheny County
Allegheny County Orphans’ Court Forms Appendix
Allegheny County Orphans’ Court Forms
Allegheny County Orphans’ Court Index
Armstrong County
Armstrong County Orphans’ Court Forms Appendix
Armstrong County Orphans’ Court Forms
Armstrong County Orphans’ Court Index
Beaver County
Beaver County Orphans’ Court Index
Berks County
Berks County Orphans’ Court Forms Appendix
Berks County Orphans’ Court Forms
Berks County Orphans’ Court Index
Bucks County
Bucks County Orphans’ Court Index
Butler County
Cambria County
Cambria County Orphans’ Court Forms
Cambria County Orphans’ Court Index
Chester County
Chester County Orphans’ Court Index
Crawford County
Crawford County Orphans’ Court Forms
Crawford County Orphans’ Court Index
Cumberland County
Cumberland County Orphans’ Court Index
Dauphin County
Dauphin County Orphans’ Court Index
Delaware County
Delaware County Orphans’ Court Index
Erie County
Erie County Orphans’ Court Index
Franklin and Fulton Counties
Juniata and Perry Counties
Juniata and Perry Counties Orphans’ Court Index
Lackawanna County
Lackawanna County Orphans’ Court Index
Lancaster County
Lancaster County Orphans’ Court Forms
Lancaster County Orphans’ Court Index
Lebanon County
Lebanon County Orphans’ Court Forms
Lebanon County Orphans’ Court Index
Lehigh County
Lehigh County Orphans’ Court Forms Appendix
Lehigh County Orphans’ Court Forms
Lehigh County Orphans’ Court Index
Lycoming County
Lycoming County Orphans’ Court Forms
Lycoming County Orphans’ Court Index
Monroe County
Monroe County Orphans’ Court Index
Montgomery County
Montgomery County Orphans’ Court Forms Appendix
Montgomery County Orphans’ Court Forms
Montgomery County Orphans’ Court Index
Northampton County
Philadelphia County
Philadelphia County Orphans’ Court Forms Appendix
Philadelphia County Orphans’ Court Forms
Philadelphia County Orphans’ Court Index
Schuylkill County
Schuylkill County Orphans’ Court Forms
Schuylkill County Orphans’ Court Index
Washington County
Washington County Orphans’ Court Forms
Washington County Orphans’ Court Index
Westmoreland County
Westmoreland County Orphans’ Court Index




PENNSYLVANIA STATE RULES


CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule 1.1. Short Title and Citation
Rule 1.2. Construction and Application of Rules
Rule 1.3. Definitions
Rule 1.4. Extension of Time Limitations
Rule 1.5. Local Rules
Rule 1.6. Mediation by Agreement, Local Rule, or Court Order
Rule 1.7. Entry and Withdrawal of Counsel
Rule 1.8. Forms
Rule 1.99. Confidential Information and Confidential Documents. Certification

CHAPTER II. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule 2.1. Form of Account
Rule 2.2. Form; Assets Transferred by the Exercise of a Power of Appointment
Rule 2.3. Form; Separate Accounts for Minors
Rule 2.4. Petition for Adjudication/Statement of Proposed Distribution; Virtual Representation
Rule 2.5. Notice of Account Filing
Rule 2.6. Filing with the Clerk
Rule 2.7. Objections to Accounts or Petitions for Adjudication/Statements of Proposed Distribution
Rule 2.8. Pleadings Allowed After Objections are Filed
Rule 2.9. Confirmation of Accounts; Awards
Rule 2.10. Foreign Heirs and Unknown Distributees
Rule 2.11. Appointment of Official Examiners

CHAPTER III. PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
PART A. PETITION PRACTICE
Rule 3.1. Petitions Generally
Rule 3.2. Headings; Captions
Rule 3.3. Contents of All Pleadings; General and Specific Averments
Rule 3.4. Form of Petition; Exhibits; Consents; Signing and Verification
Rule 3.5. Mode of Proceeding on Petition

PART B. RESPONSIVE PLEADINGS
Rule 3.6. Pleadings Allowed After Petition
Rule 3.7. Time for Filing and Service of Responsive Pleadings
Rule 3.8. Headings of Responsive Pleadings
Rule 3.9. Preliminary Objections
Rule 3.10. Denials; Effect of Failure to Deny
Rule 3.11. Answer with New Matter

PART C. PLEADINGS IN GENERAL
Rule 3.12. Signing
Rule 3.13. Verification
Rule 3.14. Amendment
Rule 3.15. Pleading More Than One Cause of Action; Alternative Pleadings

CHAPTER IV. FORMAT AND SERVICE OF LEGAL PAPER BY PARTIES AND COURT; ELECTRONIC FILING
Rule 4.1. Format of All Legal Paper
Rule 4.2. Citation or Notice to Individuals and Entities
Rule 4.3. Service of Legal Paper Other than Citations or Notices
Rule 4.4. Charities – Notice to the Attorney General
Rule 4.5. Service of Legal Paper by Court and Clerk.
Rule 4.6. Notice of the Date of Entry of an Adjudication or Court Order on the Docket
Rule 4.7. Electronic Filing

CHAPTER V. RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
Rule 5.1. Declaratory Judgment
Rule 5.2. Family Exemption
Rule 5.3. Intestate Share to Surviving Spouse from Real Estate
Rule 5.4. Revocation, Vacating or Extension of Time for Filing of Surviving Spouse’s Election
Rule 5.5. Appointment of a Guardian ad litem or a Trustee ad litem
Rule 5.6. Appointment of a Guardian for the Estate or Person of a Minor
Rule 5.7. Appointment of a Trustee
Rule 5.8. Discharge of Fiduciary and Surety
Rule 5.9. Partition
Rule 5.10. Public Sale of Real Property
Rule 5.11. Private Sale of Real Property or Options Therefor
Rule 5.12. Mortgage or Lease of Real Property
Rule 5.13. Inalienable Property
Rule 5.14. Designation of a Successor Custodian
Rule 5.15. Confirmation of Trustee Appointment

CHAPTER VI. Reserved

CHAPTER VII. RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE
Rule 7.1. Depositions, Discovery, Production of Documents and Perpetuation of Testimony
Rule 7.2. Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
Rule 7.3. Motion for Summary Judgment
Rule 7.4. Injunctions

CHAPTER VIII. RECONSIDERATION
Rule 8.1. Exceptions and Post-Trial Motions
Rule 8.2. Motions for Reconsideration

CHAPTER IX. AUDITORS AND MASTERS
Rule 9.1. Notice of Hearings
Rule 9.2. Filing of Report
Rule 9.3. Form of Auditor’s Report
Rule 9.4. Form of Master’s Report
Rule 9.5. Transcript of Testimony
Rule 9.6. Notice of Filing Report
Rule 9.7. Confirmation of Report
Rule 9.8. Security for Expenses and Fees

CHAPTER X. REGISTER OF WILLS
Rule 10.1. Forms
Rule 10.2. Petition Practice
Rule 10.3. Hearings
Rule 10.4. Appeals from the Register of Wills
Rule 10.5. Notice to Beneficiaries and Intestate Heirs
Rule 10.6. Status Report by Personal Representative

CHAPTER XI. Reserved.

CHAPTER XII. Reserved.

CHAPTER XIII. Reserved.

CHAPTER XIV. GUARDIANSHIPS OF INCAPACITATED PERSONS
Rules 14.2—14.5. (Reserved).
Rule 14.1. Guardianship Petition Practice and Pleading
Rule 14.2. Petition for Adjudication of Incapacity and Appointment of a
Guardian of the Person or Estate of an Incapacitated Person
Rule 14.3. Alternative Proof of Incapacity: Expert Report in Lieu of In-Person or
Deposition Testimony of Expert
Rule 14.4. Counsel.
Rule 14.5. Waiver or Modification of Bond
Rule 14.6. Determination of Incapacity and Selection of Guardian
Rule 14.7. Order and Certificate.
Rule 14.8. Guardianship Reporting, Monitoring, Review, and Compliance
Rule 14.9. Review Hearing.
Rule 14.10. Proceedings Relating to Real Property.
Rule 14.11. Transfer of Guardianship of the Person to Another State
Rule 14.12. Transfer of Guardianship of the Estate to Another State
Rule 14.13. Acceptance of a Guardianship Transferred from Another State.
Rule 14.14. Forms.

CHAPTER XV. ADOPTIONS*
Rule 15.1. Local Rules.
Rule 15.2.** Voluntary Relinquishment to Agency.
Rule 15.3. Voluntary Relinquishment to Adult Intending to Adopt Child
Rule 15.4.* Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights.
Rule 15.5. Adoption.
Rule 15.6. Notice to Persons; Method; Notice of Orphans’ Court Proceedings Filed on Dependency Docket.
Rule 15.7. Impounding; Docket; Entries; Reports; Privacy.
Rule 15.8. Registration of Foreign Adoption Decree

INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING PETITION TO REGISTER FOREIGN ADOPTION DECREE PURSUANT TO 23 PA.C.S. § 290
Rule 15.9. Petition for Adoption of a Foreign Born Child.

CHAPTER XVI. PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 3206 OF THE ABORTION CONTROL ACT
Rule 16.1. Definitions; Scope
Rule 16.2. Confidentiality
Rule 16.3. Precedence of Proceeding
Rule 16.4. Commencement; Venue; No Filing Fees
Rule 16.5. Application; Contents; Form of Verification; Assistance in Preparation
Rule 16.6. Dockets; Document Maintenance
Rule 16.7. Reserved
Rule 16.8. Reserved
Rule 16.9. Reserved
Rule 16.10. Form; Generally
Rule 16.11. Reserved
Rule 16.12. Reserved

ALLEGHENY


CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule 1.1. Short Title and Citation.
Rule 1.7. Entry and Withdrawal of Counsel; Agreements.
Rule 1.8. Forms; Cover Sheet

CHAPTER II. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule 2.1. Form of Account.
Rule 2.4. Petition for Adjudication; Supplements/Additions
Rule 2.5. Notice of Account Filing.
Rule 2.6. Filing with the Clerk; Audits.
Rule 2.7. Objections to Accounts.
Rule 2.9. Confirmation of Accounts; Awards.
Rule 2.12. Small Estates Petitions.

CHAPTER III. PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
Rule 3.1. Petitions Generally; Parties in Military Service.
Rule 3.5. Mode of Proceeding on Petition; Return Date; Preliminary Orders.

CHAPTER V. GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
Rule 5.8. Discharge of Fiduciary and Surety; Resignation.
Rule 5.10. Public Sale of Real Property.
Rule 5.11. Private Sale of Real Property or Options Therefor.
Rule 5.12. Mortgage or Lease of Real Property.
Rule 5.16. Sale of Real Estate; Additional Security or Waiver Thereof.
Rule 5.17. Compromise or Settlement of Wrongful Death or Survival Actions
Rule 5.18. Petition to Settle Claims for Minors.
Rule 5.19. Petition to Settle Claims for Incapacitated Persons.
Rule 5.20. Minors; Allowances for Support and Education
Rule 5.21. Corporations Serving as Fiduciaries
Rule 5.22. Surety Companies.

CHAPTER IX. AUDITORS AND MASTERS
Rule 9.1. Notice of Hearings.
Rule 9.6. Notice of Filing Report
Rule 9.7. Confirmation of Report.

CHAPTER XIV. GUARDIANSHIPS OF INCAPACITATED PERSONS
Rule 14. Incapacitated Persons; Guardians.

CHAPTER XV. ADOPTIONS
Rule 15. Adoption.

ARMSTRONG


CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule 1.1.1. Short Title and Citation.
Rule 1.6.1. Court-Ordered Mediation
Rule 1.8(c). Cover Sheet.

CHAPTER II. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRUBTIONS
Rule 2.4.1. Decree Confirming Account and Petition, and Approving Proposed Distribution, if any. Form.
Rule 2.5.1. Time for Filing Account.
Rule 2.5.2. Notice of Filing. Form
Rule 2.9.1. Distribution Determined by Auditor

CHAPTER III. PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
Rule 3.2.1. Headings; Captions.
Rule 3.4.1. Preliminary Decree Where Citation is Sought
Rule 3.5.1. Mode of Proceeding on Petition When No Answer is Filed

CHAPTER V. RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
Rule 5.1.1. Declaratory Judgment.
Rule 5.6.1. Appointment of a Guardian for the Estate or Person of a Minor.
Rule 5.16.1. Form of Petition—Settlement of Small Estate.

CHAPTER IX. AUDITORS AND MASTERS
Rule 9.1.1. Notice of Hearings.
Rule 9.1.2. Conduct of Hearing.
Rule 9.6.1. Notice of Filing of Report. Form of Notice.
Rule 9.7.1. Confirmation of Auditor’s Report.
Rule 9.7.2. Confirmation of Master’s Report.
Rule 9.7.3. Exceptions to Auditor’s Report or Master’s Report Time
Rule 9.7.4. Form of Exceptions. Place of Filing.
Rule 9.8.1. Security for Expenses and Fees.

CHAPTER X. REGISTER OF WILLS
Rule 10.3.1. Hearings.
Rule 10.4.1. Appeals from the Register of Wills. Petition. Citation
Rule 10.7. Filing of Inventory. Notice. Petition to Compel Filing of Inventory.
Objections to Inventory.

CHAPTER XIV. GUARDIANSHIPS OF INCAPACITATED PERSONS
Rule 14.2.1. Petition for Appointment of Guardian of Incapacitated Person. Preliminary Order.
Rule 14.2.2. Service of Notice of Filing of Petition and Hearing Upon Persons Other than
the Alleged Incapacitated. Proof of Service. Form.
Rule 14.2.3. Appointment of Counsel. Application
Rule 14.2.4. Emergency Guardian
Rule 14.2.5. Telephone Testimony.

CHAPTER XV. ADOPTION
Rule 15. Petitions Filed Pursuant to Chapter XV of the Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules.
Rule 15.4.1. Petition for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights. Form of Notice.

BEAVER COUNTY


LOCAL RULES OF ORPHANS’ COURT
1. Local Rule 1.3. Definitions
2. Rules Governing Specific Types of Petitions
Local Rule 5.16. Settlement of Small Estates.
3. Local Rule 9.1. Notice of Hearings
Local Rule 9.6. Notice of Filing Report.
Local Rule 9.7. Confirmation of Report.

RULE 15. ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.1 Local Rules.
L.15.1.A Practice and Procedure Generally
L.15.1.B Private Hearing.
L.15.1.C. Procedure to Notify Birth Parent of Hearing.
L.15.1.D Representation for Child.
L.15.1.E Consents of Natural Parents.
L.15.1.F Conditional Relinquishment.
L.15.1.G
Rule 15.2 Voluntary Relinquishment to Agency.
Rule 15.3 Voluntary Relinquishment to Adult Intending to Adopt Child
Rule 15.4 Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights.
Rule 15.5 Adoption.
Rule 15.6 Notice: Method and Time
Rule 15.7 Impounding; Docket Entries; Reports, Privacy.
Rule 15.8. Registration of Foreign Adoption Decree
Rule 15.9. Petition for Adoption of a Foreign Born Child.

RULE 16. PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 3206 OF THE ABORTION CONTROL ACT
Rule 16.1 Definitions. Scope.
Rule 16.2. Confidentiality
Rule 16.3. Precedence of Proceeding.
Rule 16.4. Commencement. Venue. No Filing Fees.
Rule 16.5. Application. Contents. Form of Verification. Assistance in Preparation
Rule 16.6. Dockets. Document Maintenance.
Rule 16.10. Form; Generally.
Rule 16.11. Form of Application by a Minor. [Repealed]
Rule 16.12. Form of Separate Unsworn Verification. [Repealed]

BERKS COUNTY


CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule 1.1A. Short Title and Citation.
Rule 1.4A. Holidays.
Rule 1.6A. Mediation.
Rule 1.7A. Counsel Information on Legal Papers.
Rule 1.7B. Entry and Withdrawal of Counsel.
Rule 1.9. Local Miscellaneous Rules.
Rule 1.9A. Sureties.
Rule 1.9B. Corporate Fiduciaries.
Rule 1.9C. Depository of the Court.
Rule 1.9D. Publication.
Rule 1.9E. Language
Rule 1.9F. Interpreters.

CHAPTER II. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule 2.5A. Audit Date.
Rule 2.7A. Objections to Accounts or Petitions for Adjudication/Statements of
Proposed Distribution—Order.
Rule 2.9A. Adjudication and Decree
Rule 2.10A. Foreign Heirs and Unknown Distributees—Report.
Rule 2.12. Small Estate Petitions
Rule 2.12 Settlement of Small Estates.

CHAPTER III. PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
Rule 3.4A. Preliminary Decree.
Rule 3.5A. Mode of Proceeding on Petition—Publication.
Rule 3.5B. Emergency Petition.
Rule 3.6A. Pleadings Allowed After Petition—Order.
Rule 3.9A. Preliminary Objections—Order.

CHAPTER V. RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
Rule 5.2A. Family Exemption—Valuation.
Rule 5.2B. Notice
Rule 5.3A. Intestate Share to Surviving Spouse from Personal Property
Rule 5.3B. Notice
Rule 5.4A. Extension of Time for Filing of Surviving Spouse’s Election
Rule 5.6A. Allowances from a Minor’s Estate.
Rule 5.10A. Contents of Petition
Rule 5.10B. Exhibits.
Rule 5.10C. Notice. Return.
Rule 5.10D. Security.
Rule 5.10E. Confirmation.
Rule 5.11A. Contents of Petition
Rule 5.11B. Exhibits.
Rule 5.11C. Security.
Rule 5.12A. Contents of Petition
Rule 5.16. Assisted Conception Birth Registration.
Rule 5.16A. Assisted Conception Birth Registration.

CHAPTER VII. RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE
Rule 7.1A. Discovery.
Rule 7.1B. Subpoenas.
Rule 7.2A. Briefs and Argument.
Rule 7.3A. Briefs, Argument, and Disposition.
Rule 7.5. Motions.
Rule 7.5A. Motions practice

CHAPTER VIII. RECONSIDERATION
Rule 9.1A. Manner of Notice.
Rule 9.6A. Manner of Notice.
Rule 9.7A. Objections.
Rule 9.7B. Confirmation.

CHAPTER XIV. GUARDIANSHIPS OF INCAPACITATED PERSONS
Rule 14.2A. Representation of alleged incapacitated person
Rule 14.2B. Evaluation.
Rule 14.2C. Expert testimony—Interrogatories
Rule 14.2D. Mental Health Commitment Form.
Rule 14.2E. Guardian Acknowledgment.
Rule 14.2F. Allowances From an Incapacitated Person’s Estate.

CHAPTER XV. ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.4A. Separate Petitions
Rule 15.4B. Affidavit of Paternity.
Rule 15.4C. Decree.
Rule 15.5C. Financial Responsibility.
Rule 15.6A. Waiver of Notice.
Rule 15.10A. Agreements for Post-Adoption Contact.

BUCKS COUNTY


Rule 1.1A. Short Title and Citation.
Rule 1.5A. Local Rules.
Rule 1.6A. Mediation by Agreement, Local Rule, or Court Order
Rule 1.7A. Entry and Withdrawal of Counsel.
Rule 1.9A. Holidays and Emergencies.

ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule 2.1A. Sessions of Court
Rule 2.4A. Additional Receipts and Disbursements
Rule 2.6A. Filing with the Clerk
Rule 2.7A. Objections to Accounts or Petitions for Adjudication/Statements of Proposed Distribution.
Rule 2.9A. Confirmation of Accounts; Awards.
Rule 2.10A. Foreign Heirs and Unknown Distributees.
Rule 2.11A. Appointment of Official Examiners.

PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
Rule 3.1A. Petitions Generally.
Rule 3.5A. Mode of Proceeding on Petition.
Rule 3.7A. Time for Filing and Service of Responsive Pleadings.
Rule 3.9A. Preliminary Objections.

FORMAT AND SERVICE OF LEGAL PAPER BY PARTIES AND COURT; ELECTRONIC FILING
Rule 4.2A. Citation or Notice to Individuals and Entities
Rule 4.7A. Electronic Filing

RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
Rule 5.4A. Revocation, Vacating or Extension of Time for Filing of Surviving Spouse’s Election
Rule 5.6A. Appointment of a Guardian for the Estate or Person of a Minor.
Rule 5.6B. Minor’s Estate, Allowances
Rule 5.8A. Discharge of Fiduciary and Surety.
Rule 5.10A. Public Sale of Real Estate
Rule 5.10B. Joinder and Consent.
Rule 5.10C. Procedure for Public Sale. Security.
Rule 5.10D. Public Sale. Exhibits.
Rule 5.11A. Private Sale of Real Property or Options Therefor.
Rule 5.11B. Petition to Fix or Waive Additional Security. Personal Representative. Other Fiduciary.
Rule 5.12A. Mortgage or Lease of Real Property.
Rule 5.16A. Petition to Settle Wrongful Death and Survival Actions
Rule 5.17A. Petition for Leave to Compromise Minor’s Action.

RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE
Rule 7.1A. Practice as to Depositions, Discovery, Production of Documents and Perpetuation of Testimony
Rule 7.1B. Pretrial Conference.
Rule 7.2A. Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.
Rule 7.3A. Motion for Summary Judgment.

RECONSIDERATION
Rule 8.2A. Motions for Reconsideration

AUDITORS AND MASTERS
Rule 9.1A. Notice of Hearings.
Rule 9.2A. Filing of Report.
Rule 9.5A. Transcript of Testimony
Rule 9.6A. Notice of Filing Report
Rule 9.7A. Confirmation of Report.

REGISTER OF WILLS
Rule 10.4A. Appeals from the Register of Wills.

ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.1A Form of Petition and Other Papers
Rule 15.1B Certificate of Adoption
Rule 15.2A Persons at Hearing for Voluntary Relinquishment to Agency
Rule 15.3A. Persons at Hearing for Voluntary Relinquishment to Adult
Rule 15.3B. Petition to Confirm Consent to Adoption
Rule 15.4A. Persons at Hearing for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
Rule 15.4B Pre-Hearing Procedures for Contested Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights.
Rule 15.4C Persons at Hearing for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights.
Rule 15.5A. Petition for Adoption
Rule 15.5B. Preplacement Home Study and Report; Investigation
Rule 15.5C. Disclosure of Fees and Costs
Rule 15.5D. Persons at Adoption Hearing
Rule 15.5E [RESERVED]
Rule 15.5F Persons at Hearing
Rule 15.6A. Notice

CAMBRIA COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS RULES OF THE ORPHANS’ COURT DIVISION


CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY RULES
CC Rule 1.1. Local Rules Citation Form.
CC Rule 1.2.
CC Rule 1.3. Mediation.
CC Rule 1.4. Entry of Appearance

CHAPTER II. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
CC Rule 2.1.
CC Rule 2.2. Statements of Proposed Distributions.
CC Rule 2.3. Distributions without Formal Accounting.

CHAPTER III. PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
CC Rule 3.1. Form of Petition, Exhibits, Consents
CC Rule 3.2. Filing of Pleadings.
CC Rule 3.3. Citation Practice.
CC Rule 3.4. Notice Practice.

CHAPTER IV. FORMAT AND SERVICE OF LEGAL PAPER BY PARTIES AND COURT; ELECTRONIC FILING—RESERVED

CHAPTER V. RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
CC Rule 5.1.

CHAPTER VI. RESERVED

CHAPTER VII. RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE
CC Rule 7.1. Discovery
CC Rule 7.2. Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.
CC Rule 7.3. Motion for Summary Judgment.

CHAPTER VIII. RECONSIDERATION—RESERVED

CHAPTER IX. AUDITORS AND MASTERS
CC Rule 9.1.
CC Rule 9.2. Notice of Filing Report.
CC Rule 9.3. Confirmation of Report

CHAPTER X. REGISTER OF WILLS
CC Rule 10.1.

CHAPTER XI. RESERVED

CHAPTER XII. RESERVED

CHAPTER XIII. RESERVED

CHAPTER XIV. SPECIAL FORMS
CC Rule 14.1.

CHAPTER XV.

CHESTER COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS ORPHANS’ COURT RULES


CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule L1.1A. Short Title.
Rule L1.2A. Trust Inter Vivos.
Rule L1.2B. Sureties.
Rule L1.2C. Corporate Fiduciaries.
Rule L1.2D. Committee on Rules.
Rule L1.2E. Reproduction of Papers.
Rule L1.3A. Definitions.
Rule L1.6. Mediation by Agreement or Court Order.

CHAPTER II. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule L2.1A. Accounts & Distribution
Rule L2.5A.(d)(1). Audits.
Rule L2.6A. Filing with the Clerk.
Rule L2.9A.(c). Schedule of Distribution.
Rule L2.9B. Distribution of Real Estate

CHAPTER III. PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADINGS
Rule L3.1A. Pleadings Generally.
Rule L3.4A. Additional Petition Requirements.

CHAPTER IV. FORMAT AND SERVICE OF LEGAL PAPER BY PARTIES AND COURT; ELECTRONIC FILING.
Rule L4.2A. Citation or Notice by Publication.
Rule L4.2B. Proof of Service of Citation or Notice.
Rule L4.3A. Publication of Legal Papers other than Citations or Notices
Rule L4.3B. Proof of Service of Legal Paper other than Citation or Notice
Rule L4.5A. Notices of Order, Decree, or Adjudication.

CHAPTER V. RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS.
Rule L5.6A. Appearance of Minor
Rule L5.6B. Guardian Bonds.
Rule L5.6C. Use of Minor’s Funds During Minority.
Rule L5.8A. Exhibits for a Petition to Discharge Fiduciary and Surety.
Rule L5.8B. Petition to Settle Small Estate.
Rule L5.10A. Public Sale, Contents of Petition, Additional Requirements.
Rule L5.10B. Public Sale of Real Property Petition Exhibits.
Rule L5.10C. Decree.
Rule L5.10D. Notice and Return.
Rule L5.10E. Security.
Rule L5.10F. Petition to Fix or Waive Additional Security, Personal Representative, Trustee
Rule L5.11A. Private Sale of Real Property Petition Exhibits.
Rule L5.11B. Security.
Rule L5.11C. Petition to Fix or Waive Additional Security, Personal Representative, Trustee
Rule L5.12A. Mortgage or Lease of Real Property, Additional Requirements.

CHAPTER VII. RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE.
Rule L7.1A. Discovery.

CHAPTER IX. AUDITORS AND MASTERS.
Rule L9.1A. Notice of Hearings.
Rule L9.6A. Report Notice and Objections.
Rule L9.7A. Decree.

CHAPTER X. REGISTER OF WILLS.
Rule L10.4A. Filing Petition for Appeal.
Rule L10.6A. Renunciations.

CHAPTER XIV. GUARDIANSHIPS OF INCAPACITATED PERSONS.
Rule L14.2A. Preliminary Decree.
Rule L14.2B. Petition, Additional Requirements.
Rule L14.2C. Service of Petition and Citation with Notice.
Rule L14.2D. Proof of Service of Petition and Citation with Notice
Rule L14.3A. Guardian’s Accounts.
Rule L14.3B. Notice of Filing of Account.
Rule L14.3C. Testamentary Writings.

CHAPTER XV. ADOPTIONS.
Rule L15.1A. Procedure.
Rule L15.2A. Appearance of Intermediary, Voluntary Relinquishment to an Agency.
Rule L15.3A. Appearance of Intermediary, Voluntary Relinquishment to an Adopting Adult.
Rule L15.4A. Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights.
Rule L15.5A. Adoption.
Rule L15.5B. Adoption Investigation Fee.
Rule L15.5C. Disclosure of Fees and Costs
Rule L15.6A. Notice; Method and Responsibility.
Rule L15.7A. Adoption Search Requests.

CRAWFORD COUNTY


CHAPTER I PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule 1.1. Title and Citation
Rule 1.3. Definitions
Rule 1.6. Mediation.
Rule 1.7. Attorneys
Rule 1.8. Cover Sheet.

CHAPTER II ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule 2.6. Filing with the Clerk
Rule 2.10. Foreign Heirs and Unknown Distributees.
Rule 2.11. Appointment of Official Examiners.

CHAPTER III PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
Rule 3.5. Form. Notice of Motion or Petition.

CHAPTER IV RESERVED

CHAPTER V RESERVED

CHAPTER VI RESERVED

CHAPTER VII RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING PROCEDURE
Rule 7.1. Depositions, Discovery, Production of Documents and Perpetuation of Testimony

CHAPTER VIII RESERVED

CHAPTER IX AUDITORS AND MASTERS
Rule 9.1.
Rule 9.6. Notice of Filing Report
Rule 9.7. Confirmation of Report.

CHAPTER X
Rule 10.2. Proceedings before the Register of Wills

CUMBERLAND COUNTY


CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule 1.1. Short Title and Citation.
Rule 1.6. Mediation by Agreement, Local Rule, or Court Order

CHAPTER II. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule 2.6. Filing with the Clerk
Rule 2.9. Confirmation of Accounts; Awards.
Rule 2.11. Appointment of Official Examiners.

CHAPTER III. PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
Rule 3.4. Form of Petition; Exhibits; Consents; Signing and Verification.
Rule 3.7. Time for Filing and Service of Responsive Pleadings.

CHAPTER V. RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
Rule 5.16. Small Estates.

CHAPTER VII. RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE
Rule 7.5. Argument Court.

CHAPTER IX. AUDITORS AND MASTERS
Rule 9.1. Notice of Hearings.
Rule 9.2. Filing of Report.
Rule 9.6. Notice of Filing of Report.
Rule 9.7. Confirmation of Report.

CHAPTER X. REGISTER OF WILLS
Rule 10.2. Petition Practice.
Rule 10.4. Appeals from the Register of Wills.

DAUPHIN COUNTY


CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule 1.1. Short Title and Citation.
Rule 1.2. Construction and Application of Rules
Rule 1.6. Mediation by Agreement, Local Rule, or Court Order
Rule 1.8(c). Docketing of Cases and Request for Assignment.
Rule 1.9. Disposition.

CHAPTER II. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule 2.11. Appointment of Official Examiners.

CHAPTER III. PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADINGS
Rule 3.4. Form of Petition; Exhibits.
Rule 3.7. Time for Filing and Service of Responsive Pleadings.

CHAPTER IV. FORMAT AND SERVICE OF LEGAL PAPER BY PARTIES AND COURT
Rule 4.2. Citation of Notice to Individuals and Entities

CHAPTER IX. AUDITORS AND MASTERS
Rule 9.1. Appointment; Notice of Hearings.
Rule 9.2. Filing of Report.
Rule 9.6. Notice of Filing Report
Rule 9.7. Confirmation of Report
Rule 9.9. Rules for Masters.

CHAPTER X. REGISTER OF WILLS
Rule 10.4. Appeals from the Register of Wills.

RULE 15. ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.1. Local Rules.
Rule 15.1.1. Practice and Procedure.
Rule 15.2. Voluntary Relinquishment to Agency.
Rule 15.2.1. [Reserved].
Rule 15.3. Voluntary Relinquishment to Adult Intending to Adopt Child
Rule 15.3.1. [Reserved].
Rule 15.4. Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
Rule 15.4.1. [Reserved].
Rule 15.5. Adoption.
Rule 15.5.1. [Reserved].
Rule 15.6. Notice: Method and Time
Rule 15.6.1. [Reserved].
Rule 15.7. Impounding; Docket; Entries; Reports; Privacy.
Rule 15.7.1. [Reserved].
Rule 15.8. Registration of Foreign Adoption Decree
Rule 15.9. Petition for Adoption of a Foreign Born Child.

RULE 16. PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 3206 OF THE ABORTION CONTROL ACT
Rule 16.1. Definitions. Scope.
Rule 16.2. Confidentiality
Rule 16.3. Precedence of Proceeding.
Rule 16.4. Commencement. Venue. No Filing Fees.
Rule 16.5. Application. Contents. Form of Verification. Assistance in Preparation
Rule 16.6. Dockets. Document Maintenance.
Rule 16.10. Form; Generally.
Rule 16.11. Form of Application by a Minor. [Repealed]
Rule 16.12. Form of Separate Unsworn Verification. [Repealed]

DELAWARE COUNTY


CHAPTER I
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 1.1A. Short Title and Citation.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 1.2A. Legal Publication.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 1.7A. Entry and Withdrawal of Counsel.

CHAPTER II
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 2.6A. Date of Filing.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 2.7A. Audits and Claims.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 2.9A. Schedules of Distribution.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 2.9B. Schedules of Distribution—Notice of Filing
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 2.9C. Objections to Schedule of Distribution—Notice of Filing, Time and Method, and Return.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 2.9D. Distribution of Real Estate.

CHAPTER III
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 3.4A. Proposed Form of Decree
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 3.5A. Citation Practice
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 3.5B. Notice Practice.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 3.5C. Uncontested Petitions
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 3.12A. Necessary Identification Information of Attorney.

CHAPTER V
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.2A. Whether Petition Required.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.2B. Voluntary Distribution
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.2C. Award in Adjudication.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.2D. Procedure When Appraisement of Personal Property Necessary
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.2E. Notice
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.2F. Procedure When Challenge to Family Exemption.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.4A. Extension of Time.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.5A. Filing of Report.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.6A. Appearance at Presentation of Petition
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.6B. Certificate of Health.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.6C. Certification of Household Residents
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.6D. Child Abuse and Police Clearances.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.6E. Federal Bureau of Investigation Clearance.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.6F. Allowances.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.10A. Public Sale, Contents of Petition, Additional Requirements.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.10B. Public Sale, Exhibits.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.10C. Notice
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.10D. Security.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.11A. Exhibits.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.11B. Procedure on Day Fixed for Approval.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.11C. Security.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 5.12A. Additional Requirements.

CHAPTER VII
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 7.1A. Pretrial Conference.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 7.1B. Practice as to Depositions, Discovery, Production of Documents and Perpetuation of Testimony
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 7.2A. Procedure for Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 7.3A. Procedure for Motions for Summary Judgment.

CHAPTER IX
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 9.1A. Local Rule as to Notice.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 9.6A. Notice and Objections.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 9.7A. Decree.

CHAPTER X
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 10.2A. Petition Practice.

CHAPTER XIV
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 14.2A. Format and Rules for Guardianship Filings
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 14.2B. Testamentary Writings.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 14.2C. Allowances from Incapacitated Persons’ Estates.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 14.2D. Certification.
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 14.2E. Testimony
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 14.3A. Accounts and Distribution
Del.Co.O.C. Rule 14.5A. Forms.

RULE 15. ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.1. Local Rules.
Rule 15.1A. Practice and Procedure Generally
Rule 15.1B. Appropriate Proposed Decree.
Rule 15.1C. Whether Hearing is Private.
Rule 15.1D. Whether Notice to Natural Father
Rule 15.1E. Representation for Child.
Rule 15.1F. Consents of Natural Parents.
Rule 15.1G. Conditional Relinquishment.
Rule 15.1H. Certificate of Birth
Rule 15.1I. Certificate of Health.
Rule 15.1J. Child Abuse and Police Clearances.
Rule 15.1K. Exhibits at Adoption Hearings
Rule 15.1L. Final Adoption Decree.
Rule 15.1M. Consent by Parents.
Rule 15.1N. Birth Outside Commonwealth
Rule 15.2. Voluntary Relinquishment to Agency.
Rule 15.3. Voluntary Relinquishment to Adult Intending to Adopt Child
Rule 15.4. Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights.
Rule 15.5. Adoption.
Rule 15.6. Notice; Method and Time
Rule 15.7. Impounding; Docket Entries; Reports; Privacy.
Rule 15.8. Registration of Foreign Adoption Decree
Rule 15.9. Petition for Adoption of a Foreign Born Child.

RULE 16. PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 3206 OF THE ABORTION CONTROL ACT
Rule 16.1. Definitions. Scope.
Rule 16.2. Confidentiality
Rule 16.3. Precedence of Proceeding.
Rule 16.4. Commencement. Venue. No Filing Fees.
Rule 16.5. Application. Contents. Form of Verification. Assistance in Preparation
Rule 16.6. Dockets. Document Maintenance.
Rule 16.10. Form; Generally.
Rule 16.11. Form of Application by a Minor. [Repealed]
Rule 16.12. Form of Separate Unsworn Verification. [Repealed]

ERIE COUNTY


CHAPTER I
RULE 1 PRELIMINARY RULES

1.3. Additional Definitions

CHAPTER II
RULE 2 ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS

2.4. Petition for Adjudication/Statement of Proposed Distribution; Supplements/Additions.
2.6. Filing for a Particular Audit
2.7. Objections to Accounts or Petitions for Adjudi-cation/Statement of Proposed Distribution. Time.
2.9. Schedule of Distribution: Confirmation of Title to Real Property
2.10. Foreign Heirs and Unknown Distributees. Report by Fiduciary.

CHAPTER III
RULE 3 PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING

3.16. Motion Court Practice.

CHAPTER IV
RULE 4 FORMAT AND SERVICE OF LEGAL PAPER BY PARTIES AND COURT; ELECTRONIC FILING

Rule 4.1. Format of All Legal Paper.
Rule 4.5. Service of Legal Paper by Court and Clerk.

CHAPTER V
RULE 5 RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS

5.2. Family Exemption. Petition for Settlement of Small Estate.
5.10. Public Sale of Real Property. Method of Serving Notice.
5.16. Settlement of Small Estates.
5.17. Determination of Title to Real Property. PEF Code Section 3546.
5.18. Filing of Dispositive Instruments Including Wills Without Issuance of Letters.

CHAPTER VI. RESERVED

CHAPTER VII
RULE 7 RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE

7.1. Depositions, Discovery and Production of Documents.

CHAPTER VIII RESERVED

CHAPTER IX
RULE 9 AUDITORS AND MASTERS

9.1. Notice of Hearings.
9.6. Filing of Report.
9.7. Confirmation or Approval of Report.
9.8. Compensation of Auditor or Master.

CHAPTER X
RULE 10 REGISTER OF WILLS

10.1. Forms—Death Certificates—Estates.
10.3. Hearings.
10.4. Appeals from the Register of Wills.

CHAPTER XI RESERVED

CHAPTER XII RESERVED

CHAPTER XIII RESERVED

CHAPTER XIV
RULE 14 INCAPACITATED PERSONS

14.1. Procedure.

CHAPTER XV
RULE 15 ADOPTION

15.1. Procedure.
15.4.1. Involuntary Termination of the Parental Rights of a Putative Father Whose Identity or Whereabouts Cannot be Ascertained
15.4.2. Petition to Terminate Putative Father’s Rights Under § 2503(d) and § 2504(c).
15.5. Petition to Confirm Consent to Adoption, including Stepparent adoptions.

FRANKLIN AND FULTON COUNTY


RULE 39—LOCAL RULES OF THE ORPHANS’ COURT.
Rule 39-2.6.—
Rule 39-2.7.—

JUNIATA AND PERRY COUNTY


LOCAL RULES OF ORPHANS’ COURT PROCEDURE
Rule 1. Judges Local Rules
Rule 1.1-1. Citation of Rules.
Rule 1.2-1. Certificates of Appointment of Fiduciary.
Rule 1.2-2. Corporate Sureties. Approval.
Rule 1.6. Orphans’ Court Mediation Program.
1.6-1. Forms.
Rule 5.10(b). Public Sale of Real Property.
Rule 5.16-1. Procedure under § 3102.
Rule 5-16-2. Procedures Under § 3546.
Rule 9.1. Notice of Hearings.
9.1.-1. Pre-Hearing Conference
Rule 9.6. Notice of Filing Report
9.7. Confirmation of Report.
9.8-1. Security for Expenses and Fees.
10.1.-1. Certification of Record.
10.4. Appeals for the Register of Wills
10.4.1. Grant of Jury Trial.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY


CHAPTER I PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule 1.6(1). Mediation.
Rule 1.7(1). Entry and Withdrawal of Counsel.
Rule 1.9(1). Index of Proceedings
Rule 1.10(1). Computation of Time.
Rule 1.11(1). Legal Publication.
Rule 1.12(1). Sureties.
Rule 1.12(2). Corporate Fiduciaries; Approval Security.
Rule 1.13(1). Depositories of the Court.

CHAPTER II ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule 2.1(1). First Complete Advertisement
Rule 2.5(1). Contents of Notice
Rule 2.6(1). Required Exhibits
Rule 2.6(2). Submissions of Additional Documents.
Rule 2.6(3). Advertising of Accounts
Rule 2.6(4). Submission to Court.
Rule 2.7(1). Time of Filing
Rule 2.9(1). Schedules of Distribution.
Rule 2.9(2). Schedules of Distribution—Notice of Filing, Time, Method, and Return.
Rule 2.9(3). Objections to Schedules of Distribution.
Rule 2.10(1). Unknown Distributee.

CHAPTER III PETITION, PRACTICE AND PLEADING
Rule 3.2(1). Pleadings.

CHAPTER V RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
Rule 5.5(1). Time of Filing Report.
Rule 5.6(1). Allowance of Counsel Fee from Minor’s Estate
Rule 5.10(1). Notice
Rule 5.11(1). Exhibits.
Rule 5.16(1). Fees from Appointments.

CHAPTER VII RULES RELATING TO PREHEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURES
Rule 7.1(1). Depositions, Discovery, Production of Documents and Perpetuation of Testimony
Rule 7.5(1). Motion Court
Rule 7.5(2). Pre-Hearing/Trial Conference.
Rule 9.1(1). Notice
Rule 9.6(1). Notice and Objections.
Rule 9.7(1). Decree.

CHAPTER X REGISTER OF WILLS
Rule 10.6(1). Fee for Delinquent Filing.

RULE 15. ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.2(1) Caption and Docket Entry.
Rule 15.5(1) Investigation of Petition for Adoption.
Rule 15.5(2) Informational Statement — Investigation of Financial Arrangements.

LANCASTER COUNTY


Rule 1.1. Short Title and Citation.
Rule 1.3. Definitions
Rule 1.6. Mediation by Agreement, Local Rule or Court Order
Rule 1.9. Orphans’ Court Business Court.
Rule 2.5(d). Notice of Account Filing.
Rule 2.6. Filing with the Clerk
Rule 3.5(b)(1). Notice Practice.
Rule 3.5(d). Rule to Show Cause Practice
Rule
Rule 4.2(e). Citation or Notice to Individuals and Entities
Rule 7.1. Depositions, Discovery, Production of Documents and Perpetuation of Testimony

RULE 15. ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.1. Local Rules
Rule 15.2. Voluntary Relinquishment to Agency
Rule 15.3. Voluntary Relinquishment to Adult Intending to Adopt Child
Rule 15.4. Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
Rule 15.5. Adoption
Rule 15.6. Notice; Method and Time

LEBANON COUNTY


CHAPTER 1. LOCAL RULES OF ORPHANS’ COURT DIVISION
1.1. Short Title and Citation.
1.7. Attorneys: Members of the Bar and Practice.

CHAPTER 2. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
2.9. Confirmation of Accounts. Awards
2.11. Appointment of Official Examiners.

CHAPTER 3. RESPONSIVE PLEADINGS
3.5. Rule to Show Cause.

CHAPTER 5. RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
5.2. Family Exemption
5.3. Intestate Share to Surviving Spouse.
5.6. Appointment of a Guardian for the Estate or Person of a Minor.

CHAPTER 7. RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE
7.1. Depositions, Discovery and Production of Documents.
7.2. Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.
7.3. Motion for Summary Judgment.

CHAPTER 9. AUDITORS AND MASTERS
9.0. Appointment and Compensation of Auditors and Masters.
9.1. Notice of Hearing.
9.5. Transcript of Testimony
9.6. Notice of Filing Report
9.7. Confirmation of Report.

CHAPTER 10. REGISTER OF WILLS
10.4. Appeals from the Register of Wills.

CHAPTER 15. ADOPTION
15.1. Hearings.

CHAPTER 18. MARRIAGE
18.1. Waiver of Waiting Period.
18.2. Minors Under the Age of Sixteen.

CHAPTER 19. PROMPT DISPOSITION OF MATTERS AND TERMINATION OF INACTIVE CASES
19.1.

LEHIGH COUNTY


LOCAL RULES OF THE ORPHANS’ COURT OF LEHIGH COUNTY CHAPTER I GENERAL RULES
Rule 1.1-1. Local Rules.
Rule 1.3-1. Additional Definitions
Rule 1.7-1. Attorneys. Information
Rule 1.8-1. Local Forms.

CHAPTER II FORMAL FIDUCIARY ACCOUNTS
Rule 2.1-1. Form. Title. Blending. Supplemental Accounts
Rule 2.1-2. Accounts by Cemetery Trustees.
Rule 2.1-3. Valuations.
Rule 2.2-1. Form. Appointed Estates.
Rule 2.3-1. Caption. Accounts for Minors. Additional Content.
Rule 2.4-1. Amended Petition for Adjudication/Statement of Proposed Distribution
Rule 2.4-2. Distribution. In Kind.
Rule 2.4-3. Distribution. In Kind. Real Estate.
Rule 2.4-4. Distribution of After-Discovered Assets.
Rule 2.5-1. Notice. Co-fiduciaries.
Rule 2.5-2. Notice to Guardian or Trustee ad Litem. Time.
Rule 2.5-3. Notice. Supplemental Accounts.
Rule 2.6-1. Time for Filing with the Clerk.
Rule 2.6-2. Time for Filing. Supplemental Accounts
Rule 2.7-1. Objections. Time for Filing.
Rule 2.7-2. Objections. Service. Return
Rule 2.7-3. Objections. Continuance of Audit.
Rule 2.9-1. Confirmation of Account, Order of Distribution and Satisfaction of Award.

CHAPTER III PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
PART A. PETITION PRACTICE

Rule 3.4-1. Exhibits. Certification.
Rule 3.4-2. Exhibits. Foreign Language. Translation.
Rule 3.4-3. Consents. Joinders. Averments
Rule 3.4-4. Consents. Joinders. Form. Acknowledgment.
Rule 3.5-1. Rule to Show Cause.
Rule 3.5-2. Praecipe
Rule 3.5-3. Alternative Service
Rule 3.5-4. Uncontested Petitions and Motions.

PART B. RESPONSIVE PLEADINGS
Rule 3.9-1. Briefs
Rule 3.9-2. Failure to File an Answer to Preliminary Objections
Rule 3.10-1. Failure to Answer.

PART C. PLEADINGS IN GENERAL
Rule 3.13-1. Permissible Signature

CHAPTER IV FORMAT; SERVICE OF LEGAL PAPER; ELECTRONIC FILING
Rule 4.1-1. Legal Paper
Rule 4.1-2. Briefs
Rule 4.2-1. Notice by Publication.
Rule 4.2-2. Time for Notice by Publication.
Rule 4.2-3. Return of Notice. Form of Affidavit.
Rule 4.6-1. Adjudication and Order. Service. Method. Proof.

CHAPTER V SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
Rule 5.5.1. Reports.
Rule 5.5-2. Compensation.
Rule 5.5-3. Resignation
Rule 5.6-1. Receipt of Death Benefit/Life Insurance Proceeds Payable to a Minor Without Appointment of Guardian of the Estate.
Rule 5.6-2. Access to Restricted Account Established by Court Order.
Rule 5.9-1. Procedure.
Rule 5.10-1. Petition.
Rule 5.10-2. Public Sale. Notice.
Rule 5.10-3. Public Sale. Return of Sale. Confirmation.

CHAPTER VI [RESERVED]

CHAPTER VII PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE
Rule 7.1-1. Discovery.
Rule 7.1-2. Pre-hearing Conference.
Rule 7.2-1. Judgment on the Pleadings. Brief.

CHAPTER VIII RECONSIDERATION [RESERVED]

CHAPTER IX AUDITORS AND MASTERS
Rule 9.1-1. Notice of Hearings. Method. Parties.
Rule 9.6-1. Service of Report
Rule 9.7-1. Objections to Report of Auditor or Master.

CHAPTER X PRACTICE BEFORE THE REGISTER OF WILLS
Rule 10.1-1. Supporting Documentation.
Rule 10.4-1. Certification of Record. Petition
Rule 10.4-2. Appeals from Register. Time for Filing Petition. Contents

CHAPTER XI [RESERVED]

CHAPTER XII [RESERVED]

CHAPTER XIII [RESERVED]

CHAPTER XIV ADULT INCAPACITY PROCEEDINGS [RESERVED]

APPENDIX

TO LEH.O.C. RULES

RULE 15. ADOPTIONS

Rule 15.1-1. Local Practice and Procedure.
Rule 15.1-2. Exhibits.
Rule 15.2-1. Voluntary Relinquishment to Agency.
Rule 15.3-1. Voluntary Relinquishment to Adult Intending to Adopt Child
Rule 15.3-2. Alternative Procedure for Relinquishment
Rule 15.4-1. Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights.
Rule 15.5-1. Adoption.
Rule 15.6-1. Notice
Rule 15.7-2. Access to Records.
Rule 15.8-1. Registration With the Court of Authorized Persons

LYCOMING COUNTY


L1.8. Motion Procedure. Cover Sheet.
L2.6. Proposed Decree of Distribution.
L2.7. Time for Filing Objections.
L2.9. Confirmation of Accounts; Awards.
L2.10. Foreign Heirs and Distributees
L9.1. Notice of Auditor’s or Master’s Hearing.
L9.6. Notice of Filing Auditor’s or Master’s Report.
L9.7. Confirmation of Report.
L14.2. Incapacitated Persons.
L14.5. Forms.

ADOPTIONS
L15.5. Request for Investigation.
L15.8. Proposed Findings and Decree.

MONROE COUNTY


CHAPTER I PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule 1.1. Short Title and Citation.
Rule 1.2. Construction and Application
Rule 1.6. Mediation.
Rule 1.7. Entry and Withdrawal of Counsel.

CHAPTER II ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule 2.5. Notice of Account Filing.
Rule 2.9. Confirmation of Accounts/Schedules for Distribution.
Rule 2.10. Filing Report of Unknown Distributees.

CHAPTER III PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING

CHAPTER IV FORMAT AND SERVICE OF LEGAL PAPER BY PARTIES AND COURT; ELECTRONIC FILING

CHAPTER V RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS

CHAPTER VI RESERVED

CHAPTER VII RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE

CHAPTER VIII RECONSIDERATION

CHAPTER IX AUDITORS AND MASTERS

CHAPTER X REGISTER OF WILLS
Rule 10.4. Appeals From Register of Wills.

CHAPTER XI RESERVED

CHAPTER XII RESERVED

CHAPTER XIII RESERVED

CHAPTER XIV GUARDIANSHIP OF INCAPACITATED PERSONS

CHAPTER XV ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.1. Caption and Docket Entry.
Rule 15.2. Investigation of Adoption
Rule 15.3. Informational Statement—Investigation of Financial Arrangements
Rule 15.4. Voluntary Agreement for Continuing Contact.
Rule 15.5. Request for Adoption Information.

CHAPTER XVI PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 3206 OF THE ABORTION CONTROL ACT
Rule 16.5. Assistance in Preparation of Filings/Right to Legal Representation.
Rule 16.10. Forms for Filing.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY LOCAL ORPHANS’ COURT RULES


CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY RULES
Local Rule 1.1A.
Local Rule 1.7A. Officers Not Eligible To Practice.
Local Rule 1.8A. Cover Sheet
Local Rule 1.8(c). Checklists.
Local Rule 1.99A. Confidential Information and Confidential Documents. Certification.

CHAPTER II. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Local Rule 2.4A. Audit List—When Called.
Local Rule 2.4B. Signatures.
Local Rule 2.4C. Additional Receipts and Disbursements.
Local Rule 2.5A. Notice following continuance.
Local Rule 2.6A. Index of Proceedings.
Local Rule 2.6.B. Holidays
Local Rule 2.6C. For a Particular Audit.
Local Rule 2.7A. Hearings on Objections to Accounts, Claims or Questions of Law.
Local Rule 2.9A. Schedules of Distribution
Local Rule 2.9B. Schedules of Distribution (Notice of Filing).
Local Rule 2.9C. Distribution of Real Estate.

CHAPTER III. PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
Local Rule 3.4A. Trust Inter Vivos.
Local Rule 3.4B. Sureties.
Local Rule 3.5A. Petition Requesting a Rule Setting a Date and Time for Response
Local Rule 3.9A. Disposition of Preliminary Objections

CHAPTER IV. FORMAT AND SERVICE OF LEGAL PAPER BY PARTIES AND COURT; ELECTRONIC FILING
Local Rule 4.7A. Electronic Filing of Legal Papers

CHAPTER V. RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
Local Rule 5.2A. Notice.
Local Rule 5.2B. Objections
Local Rule 5.2C. Final Decree
Local Rule 5.4A. Extension of Time.
Local Rule 5.6A. Appearance at Presentation of Petition.
Local Rule 5.6B. Minor’s Estate. Restricted Accounts. Waiver of Bond.
Local Rule 5.6C. Minor’s Estate. Guardian. Certificate of Appointment. Security
Local Rule 5.6D. Minor’s Estate. Allowances.
Local Rule 5.8A. Discharge of Fiduciary—Exhibits.
Local Rule 5.8B. Discharge of Personal Representative, Estates Not Exceeding $50,000.
Local Rule 5.10A. Public Sale. Contents of Petition Additional Requirements.
Local Rule 5.10B. Public Sale. Exhibits.
Local Rule 5.10C. Public Sale of Real Property. Notice. Return.
Local Rule 5.10D. Public Sale. Security.
Local Rule 5.10E. Petition to Fix or Waive Additional Security. Personal Representative. Trustee.
Local Rule 5.11A. Private Sale, Exchange or Option. Exhibits.
Local Rule 5.11B. Procedure
Local Rule 5.11C. Private Sale, Exchange or Option.
Local Rule 5.11D. Petition to Fix or Waive Additional Security. Personal Representative. Trustee.
Local Rule 5.12A. Mortgage of Real Property—Additional Requirements or Lease.
Local Rule 5.16. Settlement of Small Estates.
Local Rule 5.17A. Petition to Convert to Unitrust.

CHAPTER VII. RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE
Local Rule 7.1A. Practice as to Depositions, Discovery, Production of and Perpetuation of Testimony
Local Rule 7.2A. Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
Local Rule 7.3A. Motion for Summary Judgment.
Local Rule 7.5A. Conference
Local Rule 8.2A. Motion For Reconsideration.
Local Rule 9.1A. Auditor or Master Notice of Scheduled Hearings.
Local Rule 9.6A. Notice of Auditor or Master Report.
Local Rule 9.7A. Confirmation of Auditor or Master Report.

RULE 14. GUARDIANSHIP OF INCAPACITATED PERSONS
Rule 14.1. Local Rules
Rule 14.2. Adjudication of Incapacity and Appointment of a Guardian of the Person and/or Estate of an Incapacitated Person.
Local Rule 14.2A. Testamentary Writings
Local Rule 14.2B. Incompetent’s Estate. Special Petitions.
Rule 14.3. Review Hearing
Local Rule 14.3A. Accounts and Distribution.
Rule 14.4. Proceedings Relating to Real Estate.
Rule 14.5. Form of Citation and Notice.

RULE 15. ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.1 Local Rules
Local Rule 15.1A. Adoption. Forms.
Rule 15.2 Voluntary Relinquishment to Agency.
Rule 15.3 Voluntary Relinquishment to Adult Intending to Adopt Child.
Rule 15.4 Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights.
Rule 15.5 Adoption
Local Rule 15.5(d)A. Filing of Disclosure of Fees and Expenses.
Rule 15.6 Notice; Method and Time.
Rule 15.7 Impounding; Docket Entries; Reports; Privacy.
Rule 15.8. Registration of Foreign Adoption Decree.
Rule 15.9. Petition for Adoption of a Foreign Born Child

RULE 16. PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 3206 OF THE ABORTION CONTROL ACT
Rule 16.1. Definitions. Scope.
Rule 16.2. Confidentiality.
Rule 16.3. Precedence of Proceeding.
Rule 16.4. Commencement. Venue. No Filing Fees
Rule 16.5. Application. Contents. Form of Verification. Assistance in Preparation
Rule 16.6. Dockets. Document Maintenance
Rule 16.10. Form; Generally
Rule 16.11. Form of Application by a Minor. [Repealed]
Rule 16.12. Form of Separate Unsworn Verification [Repealed]

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY ORPHANS’ COURT


Rule N1.6.1. Mediation.
Rule N2.5.1. Time for Calling of Accounts for Audit.
Rule N2.6.1. Time for Filing of Accounts for Audit
Rule N5.10.1. Public Sale of Real Property, Additional Requirements.
Rule N5.10.2. Notice. Confirmation.
Rule N5.11.1. Private Sale of Real Property, Exhibits.
Rule N5.11.2. Security.
Rule N7.1.1. Discovery.
Rule N7.1.2. Pre-Hearing Conference
Rule N9.1.1. Manner of Notice and to Whom Given of Appointment of Master or Auditor.
Rule N9.6.1. Notice of Intention to File.
Rule N9.7.1. Manner of Confirmation and Approval of Reports.

PHILADELPHIA ORPHANS’ COURT DIVISION RULES


CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY RULES
Rule 1.1A. Short Title and Citation.
Rule 1.3A. Definitions
Rule 1.8A. Forms.

CHAPTER II. ACCOUNTS, OBJECTIONS AND DISTRIBUTIONS
Rule 2.4A. Additional Receipts and Disbursements
Rule 2.4B. Papers to Be Filed With Accounts.
Rule 2.5A. Advertisement of Accounts. Posting.
Rule 2.6A. Filing for a Particular Audit
Rule 2.6B. When Audit Lists Called. Postponed or Adjourned.
Rule 2.7A. Appearances at Audit.
Rule 2.9A. Schedules of Distribution.
Rule 2.10A. Content of Report for Foreign Heirs and Unknown Distributees.
Rule 2.11A. Charitable Trusts. Visitorial Powers.
Rule 2.11B. Termination of Trust
Rule 2.11C. Compensation.

CHAPTER III. PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADING
Rule 3.4A. Exhibits, Consents, Approvals, Checklists, and Attachments.

CHAPTER IV. FORMAT AND SERVICE OF LEGAL PAPER BY PARTIES AND COURT; ELECTRONIC FILING
Rule 4.2A. Method. Absentee Individuals and Presumed Decedents.
Rule 4.7A. Electronic Filing and Service of Legal Papers

CHAPTER V. RULES GOVERNING SPECIFIC TYPES OF PETITIONS
Rule 5.2A. Family Exemption. Additional Requirements.
Rule 5.2B. Allowance for Family Exemption.
Rule 5.2C. Appraisal. Notice. Confirmation.
Rule 5.3A. Allowance to Surviving Spouse of Intestate. Additional Requirements.
Rule 5.3B. Appraisal. Notice. Confirmation.
Rule 5.4A. Petition for Citation to Restrain the Payment or Transfer of Property Under 20 Pa.C.S. § 2211(d).
Rule 5.4B. Petition to Extend the Time for a Surviving Spouse to file for an Elective Share in Accordance With 20 Pa.C.S. § 2210(b)
Rule 5.5A. Appointment of Guardian ad litem or Trustee ad litem. Report Requirements.
Rule 5.6A. Minor’s Estate. Restricted Account.
Rule 5.6B. Minor’s Estate. When Guardian Unnecessary.
Rule 5.6C. Minor’s Estate. Allowances
Rule 5.10A. Petitions for Leave to Sell Real Property at Public Sale Under 20 Pa.C.S. §§ 3353, 5155, 5521(b) and 7780.6(a).
Rule 5.11A. Petitions for Leave to Sell or Exchange Real Property at Private Sale Under 20 Pa.C.S. §§ 3353, 5155, 5521(b) and 7780.6(a).
Rule 5.12A. Petition for Leave to Mortgage or Lease Real Property Under 20 Pa.C.S. §§ 3353, 5155, 5521(b) and 7780.6(a).
Rule 5.13A. Public Sale of Inalienable Property Under 20 Pa.C.S. § 8301 et seq.
Rule 5.13B. Private Sale of Inalienable Property Under 20 Pa.C.S. § 8301 et seq.
Rule 5.13C. Mortgage of Inalienable Property under 20 Pa.C.S. § 8301.
Rule 5.13D. Real Estate or Fiduciaries in Other Counties of Inalienable Property. 20 Pa.C.S. § 8301.
Rule 5.16A. Settlement of Small Estates under 20 Pa.C.S. § 3102
Rule 5.16B. Procedure for Determination of Title to Decedent’s Interest in Real Estate under 20 Pa.C.S. § 3546.
Rule 5.16C. Petitions to Fix or Waive Additional Security under 20 Pa.C.S. §§ 3351 and 7780.6(a).
Rule 5.16D. Approval of Corporate Fiduciaries. Security.
Rule 5.16E. Petition to Enforce the Rights of an Electing Spouse under 20 Pa.C.S. § 2201 et seq.
Rule 5.16F. Fiduciaries in Military Service. Appointment of Substituted Fiduciary Pro Tem under 20 Pa.C.S. § 4301.

CHAPTER VII. RULES RELATING TO PRE-HEARING AND HEARING PROCEDURE
Rule 7.1A. Philadelphia Orphans’ Court Division Practice.
Rule 7.1B. Pre-Trial Conference.
Rule 7.2A. Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.
Rule 7.3A. Motion for Summary Judgment.

CHAPTER IX. AUDITORS AND MASTERS
Rule 9.1A. Appointment.
Rule 9.1B. Manner of Notice and to Whom Given
Rule 9.2A. Where Filed
Rule 9.6A. Time and Contents of Notice.
Rule 9.7A. Confirmation of Report. Objections.
Rule 9.8A. Security for Expenses and Fees.

CHAPTER X. REGISTER OF WILLS
Rule 10.1A. Register of Wills—Forms Required to be Used.

CHAPTER XIV. GUARDIANSHIPS OF INCAPACITATED PERSONS
Rule 14.2A. Petitions Under 20 Pa.C.S. § 5501 et seq.
Rule 14.2B. Practice and Procedure. In General.
Rule 14.2C. Practice and Procedure. Small Estate of Incapacitated Persons
Rule 14.2D. Practice and Procedure. Special Petitions
Rule 14.2E. Practice and Procedure. Modification of Existing Orders and Adjudication of Capacity

SCHUYLKILL COUNTY


LOCAL RULES
Rule 1.1. Short Title
Rule 1.5A. Local Rules Committee
Rule 1.5B. Bonds and Security
Rule 1.5C. Schuylkill Legal Record
Rule 1.7. Attorneys
Rule 1.8A. Praecipe to Transmit
Rule 1.8B. Orphans’ Court Account Checklist.
Rule 1.8C. Account Certificate.

ACCOUNTS AND DISTRIBUTION
Rule 2.1. Form of Accounts and Additional Requirements
Rule 2.4. Petitions for Adjudication and Statements of Proposed Distribution; Supplements and Additions
Rule 2.5. Notice and Advertisement.
Rule 2.6. Filing with the Clerk
Rule 2.7. Objections. Service.
Rule 2.11. Official Examiners.

PETITION PRACTICE AND PLEADINGS
Rule 3.1. Petitions Generally.
Rule 3.3. Pleadings.
Rule 3.4. Signing.
Rule 3.5. Mode of Proceeding on Petition. Citation Practice

SPECIAL PETITIONS
Rule 5.2. Family Exemption, Appraisal and Allowance Prior to Audit
Rule 5.6A. Appointment of Guardian for Minor. Consents Required.
Rule 5.6B. Minors Accounts and Age of Majority
Rule 5.6C. Petition for Allowance from a Minor’s Estate.
Rule 5.6D. Petition for Settlement of an Action Involving a Minor.
Rule 5.9. Partition
Rule 5.10A. Public Sale of Real Property by a Personal Representative.
Rule 5.10B. Public Sale of Real Property by a Trustee
Rule 5.10C. Public Sale of Real Property by a Guardian of an Incapacitated Person or a Minor’s Estate.
Rule 5.10D. Public Sale of Real Property. Advertisement
Rule 5.11. Private Sale of Real Property
Rule 5.12. Pledge, Lease, or Exchange of Real Property.
Rule 5.13A. Inalienable Property. Public Sale by a Trustee or Personal Representative.
Rule 5.13B. Inalienable Property. Public Sale by a Guardian of a Minor.
Rule 5.14A. Petition for the Settlement of a Small Estate.

PRE-HEARING AND HEARING RULES.
Rule 7.1. Pre-Hearing Conference

AUDITORS AND MASTERS
Rule 9.1. Notice of Hearings.
Rule 9.5. Transcript of Testimony
Rule 9.6. Notice of Filing Report
Rule 9.7. Report of Auditor or Master. Disposition. Procedure
Rule 9.8. Compensation and Security.

CLERK OF THE ORPHANS’ COURT
Rule 10.1. Monies Paid.
Rule 10.4. Form of Appeal from Register of Wills’ Decision

INCAPACITATED PERSONS
Rule 14.2A. Counsel for Incapacitated Persons.
Rule 14.2B. Reports of Guardian. Notice.
Rule 14.2C. Guardians. Bond.
Rule 14.2D. Notice.
Rule 14.2E. Allowance for Maintenance and Support

ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.1A. Petition to Confirm Consent of Natural Parent. Notice. Copy of Consent to Natural Parent.
Rule 15.4A. Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights. Notice.
Rule 15.4B. Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights. Service.
Rule 15.4C. Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights. Incarcerated Parent.
Rule 15.4D. Contested Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights. Appointment of Counsel for Minor Child. Costs.
Rule 15.5A. Adoptions.

WASHINGTON COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA LOCAL ORPHANS’ COURT RULES


O.C. Rule 1.1. Citation of Rules.
O.C. Rule 1.2. Sessions of Court. Miscellaneous Business.
O.C. Rule 1.3. Definitions.
O.C. Rule 1.6. Washington County Orphans’ Court Mediation Program.
O.C. Rule 2.4. Medical Assistance.
O.C. Rule 2.6. For a Particular Audit
O.C. Rule 2.9. Distribution of Real Estate
O.C. Rule 3.2. Filing, Indexing, and Dockets
O.C. Rule 3.9. Preliminary Objections.
O.C. Rule 5.10-1. Terms and Conduct of a Public or Private Sale.
O.C. Rule 5.10-2. Return, Confirmation of Sale, and Security
O.C. Rule 5.16. Settlement of Small Estates.
O.C. Rule 7.1. Pre-Trial Conference.
O.C. Rule 9.1. Notice by Auditors or Masters.
O.C. Rule 9.6. Notice and Objections.
O.C. Rule 9.7. Decree.
O.C. Rule 10.3. Fees for Hearings
O.C. Rule 10.4. Form of Appeal from the Register of Wills.
O.C. Rule 10.4. Issuance of Citation.

RULE 15. ADOPTIONS
Rule 15.1 Local Rules.
Local Rule 15.1-1 Adoption Act of 1980.
Local Rule 15.2-1 Contents of Petition; Additional Documents.
Rule 15.2 Voluntary Relinquishment to Agency
Local Rule 15.2-1 Contents of Petition; Additional Documents
Local Rule 15.2-2 Persons at Hearing.
Local Rule 15.2-3 Exhibits.
Rule 15.3 Voluntary Relinquishment to Adult Intending to Adopt Child.
Local Rule 15.3-1 Contents of Petition: Additional Documents.
Local Rule 15.3-2 Persons at Hearing.
Local Rule 15.3-3 Exhibits.
Rule 15.4 Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
Local Rule 15.4-1 Persons at Hearing.
Local Rule 15.4-2 Contents of Petition.
Local Rule 15.4-3 Exhibits.
Local Rule 15.4-4 Guardian Ad Litem.
Rule 15.5 Adoption
Local Rule 15.5-1 Petition.
Local Rule 15.5-2 Contents of Petition: Additional Documents.
Local Rule 15.5-3 Notice.
Local Rule 15.5-4 Investigation.
Local Rule 15.5-5 Persons at Hearing.
Rule 15.6 Notice; Method and Time.
Local Rule 15.6-1 Notice in Proceedings Under Rule 15.2, 15.3 or 15.4.
Rule 15.7 Impounding; Docket Entries; Reports; Privacy.
Local Rule 15.7-1 Impounding; Docket Entries; Reports; Privacy.
Rule 15.8. Registration of Foreign Adoption Decree.
Rule 15.9. Petition for Adoption of a Foreign Born Child

RULE 16. PROCEEDINGS PURSUANT TO SECTION 3206 OF THE ABORTION CONTROL ACT
Rule 16.1. Definitions. Scope.
Rule 16.2. Confidentiality.
Rule 16.3. Precedence of Proceeding
Rule 16.4. Commencement. Venue. No Filing Fees
Rule 16.5. Application. Contents. Form of Verification. Assistance in Preparation.
Rule 16.6. Dockets. Document Maintenance
Rule 16.10. Form; Generally
Rule 16.11. Form of Application by a Minor. [Repealed]
Rule 16.12. Form of Separate Unsworn Verification. [Repealed]

WESTMORELAND COUNTY ORPHANS’ COURT RULES


Rule WO1.6. Mediation.
Rule WO1.8. Cover Sheet.
Rule WO1.9. Bill of Costs
Rule WO1.10. Change of Address.
Rule WO2.5. Notice of Account Filing—Copies of Account Sent with Notice
Rule WO2.6. Audit List.
Rule WO3.7. Return Days.
Rule WO3.9. Preliminary Objections—Briefs
Rule WO5.6. Petition to Invade Principal Assets (Minor’s Estate).
Rule WO5.16. Jurisdiction
Rule WO5.17. Small Estates.
Rule WO5.18. Petition to Compromise and Settle Minor’s Claim.
Rule WO5.19. Petition to Compromise and Settle Incapacitated Person’s Claim.
Rule WO5.20. Petition to Compromise and Settle Wrongful Death and Survival Action.
Rule WO5.21. Petitions for Allowance (Minors Settlement).
Rule WO7.2. Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.
Rule WO7.3. Motion for Summary Judgment—Briefs
Rule WO7.5. Motions Practice.
Rule WO8.2. Motions for Reconsideration
Rule WO10.7. Issuance of a Short Certificate After an Estate is Closed.
Rule WO10.8. Family Settlement Agreements.
Rule WO14.2. Medical Testimony—Guardianships
Rule WO14.6. Petition.
Rule WO14.7. Petition to Invade Principal Assets (Incapacitated Persons’ Estate).
Rule WO14.8. Petition for Sale of Assets
Rule WO14.9. Petition for Compromise of Claim.
Rule WO14.10. Reports.
Rule WO15.1. Medical Testimony—Adoptions.
Rule WO15.2. Voluntary Relinquishment to Agency.
Rule WO15.3. Voluntary Relinquishment to Adult Intending to Adopt Child
Rule WO15.4. Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights.
Rule WO16.2. Abortion Confidentiality.
Rule WO16.10. Application for Judicial Authorization of an Abortion.
Rule WO16.11. Consent to an Abortion on Behalf of an Incapacitated Person.
Rule WO16.12. Guardian Ad Litem
Rule WO16.13. Medical Testimony.
Rule WO16.14. Testimony of Applicant’s Parents.
Rule WO16.15. Transcript of Testimony