Notice to Subscribers:
When I began adding summaries of court decisions and other materials to this site, I included all cases decided through the Orphans’ Court, including cases on adoptions and parental rights. I now realize that this does not really serve my intended audience, because there is very little to connect adoptions, which are governed by the Domestic Relations Code (Title 23 Pa.C.S.) and not the Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code, with estates and trusts (other than the the jurisdiction of the Orphans’ Court). In most cases, practitioners who work with estates and trusts will not be representing parties in adoptions.
I will therefore not be adding new decisions of the Orphans’ Court on adoptions or child custody issues, and the coverage of this site will be limited to issues arising under the Probate, Estates and Fiduciaries Code (Title 20 Pa.C.S.) and other issues related to trusts and to the estates of decedents, minors, and incapacitated persons.