Estate Litigation

In addition to general civil litigation which is conducted in the Court of Common Pleas, our attorneys engage in estate litigation before the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The Orphans' Court Division is an equitable court that exercises jurisdiction over decedents' estates, testamentary trusts, inter vivos trusts, minors' estates, estates of incapacitated persons and adoptions. The Orphans' Court Division hears and determines various types of cases within the jurisdictional limits of the Court. Typically the Court hears cases dealing with will contests, challenges to the manner in which an executor has administered an estate, challenges to provisions in trusts and various other types of litigation.

Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of litigation in the Orphans' Court. Attorneys in our firm have litigated cases involving complex trust provisions as well as more common issues such as appointment of guardians of incapacitated persons and guardians of minors. In addition to representing litigants before the Orphans' Court Division, our firm also represents the Register of Wills of York County. As Solicitor for the Register, we hear and help the Register determine initial questions concerning the probate of wills in the Office of the Register of Wills.

Cases that we handle before the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas include:

  • Will contests
  • Objections to accounts of fiduciaries
  • Questions of interpretation of wills and trusts
  • Surcharge litigation
  • Removal of fiduciaries
  • Appointment of guardians for minors
  • Appointment of guardians for incapacitated persons

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